Riley Braich of Yale controls the ball during a game against Queen Charlotte at the B.C. High School Boys 4A Basketball Provincial Championships at Langley Events Centre on Wednesday. Braich scored 45 points in the game.

Riley Braich of Yale controls the ball during a game against Queen Charlotte at the B.C. High School Boys 4A Basketball Provincial Championships at Langley Events Centre on Wednesday. Braich scored 45 points in the game.

Dynamic backcourt duo leads Yale to final four at 4A championships

Lions face Kelowna on Friday night in semifinals of 2015 Boys BC 4A High School Boys Basketball Championships

The No. 2-ranked Yale Lions have advanced to the final four of the 2015 B.C. High School Boys 4A Basketball Provincial Championships.

On Thursday, Yale defeated the No.7-ranked Semiahmoo Totems 88-76 to advance to the semifinals against Kelowna (No. 3).

Yale’s dynamic backcourt duo of Jauquinn Bennet-Boire and Riley Braich continued their torrid point production on Thursday, with Bennet-Boire scoring 48 and Riley adding 27.

Yale coach Euan Roberts knows his backcourt presents match-up problems for opponents.

“Jauquinn’s basketball IQ is off the charts,” said Roberts. “His playmaking, ball-handing scoring. Riley is an excellent compliment. A dead-eye shooter, handles the ball well, and he loves to play the game.”

Yale forwards Tamikah Otanga and Mike VanderWerff have provided solid rebounding at both ends of the court, while Terry Kwon and Matt Kerc-Murchison have done an excellent job of defending the opposition’s top players, said Roberts.

“It’s really been a team effort.”

Yale faces Kelowna (No. 3) Friday at 7 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre to decide a berth in the final, which takes place Saturday at 8:15 p.m at the LEC.

“We’ve seen them, they’ve seen us, now its time to go play,” said Roberts.

In the other semifinal, Terry Fox (No. 8) plays Sir Winston Churchill (No. 4).

Oak Bay, the top-ranked 4A team heading into provincials, fell to Terry Fox 68-51 on Thursday.

Yale easily won its opening game of the tournament against Queen Charlotte 91-66, with Bennet-Boire scoring  20 and Braich netting 45.

This season Bennett-Boire was named Fraser Valley league MVP and Braich named first-team all-star.

In other Thursday games, the Abbotsford Panthers fell to R.A. McMath 82-70 and Charles Hays defeated Robert Bateman 72-58 in 3A games and Abbotsford Christian lost to Kelowna Christian 71-65.

Abbotsford News

Just Posted

Most Read