Rambler girls win MEI hoops tournament

Sebastien Marshall (14) challenges a Kitsilano shooter during the Legal Beagle tournament. - Gary McKenna/Black Press
Sebastien Marshall (14) challenges a Kitsilano shooter during the Legal Beagle tournament.
— image credit: Gary McKenna/Black Press

The sixth-ranked Maple Ridge Ramblers senior girls won the MEI Invitational Basketball Tournament over the weekend.

In the semi-final, Ridge defeated the host Eagles 57-54 after trailing by 12 points at the half.

The energetic Eagles dominated the first half with a trapping zone defence and good inside offence. With some offensive adjustments at halftime and switching to zone defence, Ridge cut the deficit to 43-42 after the third quarter.

Kolbie Orum scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback. She had 18 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks overall.

The final was a matchup with the tall and athletic Vernon Panthers. Ridge led the entire game, but could never pull away from a speedy Panthers team that kept pace with lay-ups off the fast break. The Ramblers won 63-57.

Senior point guard Kirby Marchand was player of the game with 17 points. Grade 10 forward Gabby Cousins was a selected to the all-star team and Orum was tourney MVP.

Ramblers boys host tourney

The Maple Ridge Ramblers senior boys basketball squad hosted a small weekend tournament, playing their first game against the North Shore’s Handsworth – an honourable mention in the provincial rankings.

The Royals started quick, winning the first quarter 25-8. The Ramblers played Handsworth even for the second and third quarters, but lost 91-58. The leading Ridge scorer was Pavel Niemirski, with 31, and grade 10 Ethan Coumont had 10 recoveries and nine rebounds.

On Friday, Ridge played St. Thomas More – a Burnaby school ranked fifth in double A. The Ramblers had a solid defensive game, giving up just 58 points, but could only manage to score 43 against a tough Knights defence. Amit Rakhra led Ridge in scoring with 16 points.

Saturday, the Ramblers played the Fleetwood Park Dragons, falling 56-49. That was a significant improvement from the Rams first meeting, with Fleetwood in mid-December, when they were defeated by 22. This game also marked the first time that two of the team’s most experienced players, Tyler Pipke and Josh Fitz-Morris, have been able to play this year. Counmont led the Ramblers with nine rebounds and 16 points.  Rakhra scored 11.

Tough competition at Legal Beagle

The Pitt Meadows Marauders went 1-2 at the Legal Beagle Tournament at Terry Fox secondary in Coquitlam.

Their first game was an 88-65 loss to the White Rock Christian Academy, followed by a close 69-59 loss to Kitsilano. Kits is the top-ranked team in B.C., while White Rock is fourth.

On Saturday, Pitt beat Vancouver College 80-51. The Fighting Irish are ranked 10th.

The Marauders host their annual Air Show senior boys tournament, tipping off Thursday at 7 p.m. against Mt. Boucherie of Kelowna. A win there would set up a noon Friday game against the winner of Cowichan and North Delta.

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