Bateman wins Grade 9 girls basketball title

For the first time in school history, the Bateman Timberwolves Grade 9 girls basketball team are Fraser Valley champions.

The Timberwolves clinched the win on Friday by beating the Abbotsford Christian School Knights 43-21 in the tournament final.

It ended a dominant run for the team, that saw them open the tournament with a 55-18 win over Vedder Middle on Wednesday, and post a 55-14 win over Unity Christian on Thursday.

The Grade 8 girls tournament saw Abbotsford high schools finish second, third and fourth. The MEI Eagles advanced to the tournament final on Monday, but fell 65-31 to Tweedsmuir in the final. In the third-place game, W.A. Fraser downed C.G. Howe 42-38.

Also finishing third was the Abbotsford Middle Huskies Grade 8 boys, who beat Tweedsmuir 47-43 on Monday.

The W.J. Mouat Grade 9 boys team placed second after falling 50-34 to Tweedsmuir on Saturday. The Yale Lions finished third, with a 63-50 win over Heritage Woods.

Yale’s junior boys team placed third, by beating rival Mouat 66-60 on Saturday. MEI junior placed sixth at the tournament, following a 62-55 loss to Panorama Ridge on Saturday. Yale’s Bradley Braich and Mouat’s Prav Gill were named all-stars.

The three teams all head to the provincials starting on Saturday in Langley.