The Abbotsford Panthers advanced to the Snowball Classic basketball tournament final for the first time since 1992, but lost 123-83 to a strong Semiahmoo Thunderbirds team in the 61st championship game on Saturday (Jan. 14).
The 61st edition of the tournament saw the Panthers open the event with an 88-59 win over the Robert Bateman Timberwolves on Thursday (Jan. 12). Panthers star Dilveer Randhawa was named the player of the game with 31 points.
Other action from Thursday included: Semiahmoo defeating the Yale Lions 100-68, the Burnaby South Rebels beating Brentwood College 80-63 and the St. George’s Saints downing the Kelowna Owls 79-60.
Friday (Jan. 13) scores included: Kelowna beating Bateman 100-38, Brentwood over Yale 93-61, Semiahmoo defeating Burnaby South 103-61 and Abbotsford downing St. George’s 89-86.
This was the first tournament since 2020 as the past two years saw the event cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The last time an Abbotsford-based team won the tournament was in 2010 when Marek Klassen led the Yale Lions to the title.
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