The Rick Hansen Hurricanes are Grade 9 boys basketball provincial champions.

The Rick Hansen Hurricanes are Grade 9 boys basketball provincial champions.

Rick Hansen wins Grade 9 boys provincial title

Hurricanes defeat Vancouver College in final, Abbotsford Panthers place fifth

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The Rick Hansen Hurricanes Grade 9 boys basketball team earned a provincial title with a 48-45 win over the Vancouver College Fighting Irish in Port Moody on Sunday afternoon.

Jayden Bains of the Hurricanes was named the tournament’s most valuable player, with teammates Jaskaran Bajwa and Ammetoje Khangura named tournament all-stars.

Hansen opened the tournament with a 69-34 win over St. Georges’s on Friday, followed that up with a 61-57 win over the Abbotsford Panthers on Saturday morning and qualified for the final with a 41-38 victory over Elgin Park on Saturday night.

It’s the first time Hansen has won a Grade 9 provincial basketball crown.

The Panthers also had a strong showing at the event, finishing fifth in the province. Abbotsford’s Jesse Davis and Brandt Lenz were both named tournament all-stars. The Panthers previously won the Fraser Valley championship in February.