The G.P. Vanier Towhees were voted the Most Sportsmanlike Team at the 2012-13 Vancouver Island Senior Boys’ AAA Basketball Championships, held Feb. 28 to March 2 at Mount Douglas Secondary in Victoria.
However the Courtenay cagers lost two straight games and will not advance to the B.C. championships, March 12-16 at the Langley Events Centre. Claremont won the Island championship and a berth to the B.C.s. by beating Oak Bay 61-52. Third-place Belmont challenged second-place Oak Bay on Tuesday for the second Island berth.
The Towhees (North #3) opened the Islands Thursday, March 1 with a 68-37 loss to Oak Bay (South #2). Joaquin Paterna led Vanier with eight points. On Friday they fell 61-54 to Mount Douglas (South #4). Scott Stevens scored 18 points and Paterna added 16.
FREE THROWS Vanier’s last trip to the B.C.s was in 2007 when they tied for 10th … in 2006 they broke four records at the Provincial championships …