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Down by 18 points in the third quarter, some might have thought Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary would have to settle for second place at the B.C. Senior Boys 4A Basketball Championships.
But the Panthers clearly had a different outcome in mind as they battled the Kelowna Owls for the provincial title. The latter part of the third quarter saw the Surrey squad go on an unmatched 25-point run, driving them from an 18-point deficit to a seven-point lead. It was the momentum they needed.
Kelowna pushed back, pulling too close for comfort in the final minutes with a couple of three pointers. Tweedsmuir hung on, however, sinking a pair of free throws to secure the win 91-86.
Seeded ninth entering the tournament, making it to the final was almost a victory in itself for the Panthers. An earlier comeback win over Holy Cross in the quarter-final secured them a spot in the semi-finals, where they defeated the reigning champion Burnaby South Rebels for a shot at the B.C. high school banner.
The win marks Tweedsmuir's first-ever quad-A boys provincial title. Lord Tweedsmuir point guard Arjun Samra was named tournament MVP.
See the full results HERE.