The Duchess Park Condors made a big early new year statement while there looks to be plenty of parity at the 3A level of BC boys high school basketball this season.
That’s what the 55th annual Chancellor Tournament revealed on the weekend.
The 16-team tournament concluded on Saturday at St. Thomas More in Burnaby where the Prince George school toppled the GW Graham Grizzlies 108-88 in the title game — a result that will move them past the Chilliwack school and into the No. 1 spot in this week’s rankings.
The event also featured three teams from Richmond that all lost opening round heartbreakers.
The No. 7 ranked McMath Wildcats were surprised 57-51 by their new South Fraser Zone rival — the North Delta Huskies.
The Wildcats rebounded with wins over Burnaby Mountain (92-55), Magee (81-71) and rival Steveston-London Sharks (60-53). Grade 11 guard Travis Hamberger was an all-star honourable mention.
The Sharks gave the Grizzlies all they could handle in the opening round — falling 98-91. They then got past Rick Hansen (81-65) and Carson Graham (96-74).
The McNair Marlins nearly pulled off the upset of the tournament — falling 63-62 to the No. 6 ranked Tupper Tigers in the first round.
McNair then was trimmed 66-63 by Carson Graham before defeating Abbotsford’s Rick Hansen 76-70. The Marlins closed out the tourney Saturday with narrow 64-56 loss to the host Knights.
Meanwhile at the Bulldog Classic at Churchill, the Richmond Colts came back from a 76-72 loss to eventual runner-up Lord Byng to finish fifth thanks to wins over New West (91-78) and West Vancouver (82-60).