Vancouver College loses to R.C. Palmer 71-63 in senior boys high school AAA provincial final game
By Brent Mattson
The B.C. Catholic
VANCOUVER--The Vancouver College Fighting Irish ended their stellar season on a sour note, losing to Richmond's R.C. Palmer Griffins in the 2011 B.C. High School Triple-A Boys Provincial Championship March 19.
After taking a commanding lead in the first quarter, the Irish fell to the Griffins 71-63 at a packed Langley Events Centre.
This is the first provincial title for the Griffins, and would have been the first time that the Irish had won since 1967, had they had been able to edge out R.C. Palmer.
Griffin Vijay Dhillon was named MVP of the tournament, with 26 points in the final game. Vancouver College's Vincent Tolentino was not far off with 20. Reiner Theil of Vancouver College was also named to the first all-star team, along with two players from R.C. Palmer.
The devastating loss came after Vancouver College's fairly easy journey to the finals, defeating Kelowna Secondary 82-65 in the quarter-finals and Terry Fox Secondary 76-64 in the semi-finals.
In the first quarter the Irish appeared to be continuing their streak, with the Griffins trailing 12-0 within the first 5:15. By late in the first quarter, they were up 19-2. Vancouver College seemed destined to break their drought, which has been concurrent with that of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The tide began to turn when Grade 10 Griffin Jamie Madewan was subbed in. Madewan proceeded to score three 3-point shots in a span of just over a minute at the end of the quarter to bring the score to 20-13.
Madewan continued to bring the momentum in the second quarter, sinking another 3-point shot early on, and the rest of the Griffins rallied around him.
At 6:40 in the second quarter R.C. Palmer's Billy Cheng scored another 3-point shot to tie the game at 25-25. The half closed with the Irish edging out the Griffins by one point, with a score of 33-32.
In the third quarter the Griffins came out swinging, netting 21 points to the Irish's 10, putting them ahead 53-43. A strong showing by Vancouver College in the fourth quarter wasn't enough to close the gap, and the Irish came up short by 12 points.