Marauders golden at North Shore Invitational

The Pitt Meadows Marauders continued to roll over the weekend,  capturing the North Shore Invitational senior boys basketball tournament.

They started the 16-team tourney with a 72-44 win over Belmont, then followed it up with a 71-53 win over Sentinel Team in their home gym.

Calgary’s Western Canada team was easily the most athletic and one of the biggest teams in the tourney, said Pitt coach Rich Goulet, but his team handed them a 57-55 loss to punch their ticket to the final.

They beat Handsworth 62-50 in the final, as Graham Smith got his second triple double in as many weeks.

In the championship game he put up 16 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists against Handsworth.

It was a great week for Graham who is the starting center on the U16 provincial team and a member of Basketball Canada Center of Performance in BC.

Goulet said Smith’s  improvement in distributing the ball, as he faces double and triple-team coverage, has been one of the team’s main areas of improvement.

They have also cut their turnovers in half, and the defence no longer gives up easy drives to the basket.

Point guard Elijah Lapurga has also stepped up, and was recognized with a player of the game and an all-star.

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