Pitt Meadows wins Chancellor Tournament

The Pitt Meadows Marauders senior boys basketball squad won the Chancellor Tournament at Saint Thomas More over the weekend.

The Pitt Meadows Marauders senior boys basketball squad won the Chancellor Tournament at Saint Thomas More over the weekend.

Pitt beat Sir Charles Tupper (Vancouver) by a score of 82-71 in the championship game. Tupper is ranked fifth in B.C. in triple A basketball.

Star post Graham Smith averaged 37 points per game, and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Jordan Murley and Mark Ashamalla both received first team all-star selections.

Pitt coach Rich Goulet said Ashamalla was “blistering hot” shooting from outside in the final, and put up 18 points. That was the perfect complement to Smith’s dominant inside game for Pitt.

The tournament, which was in its 48th year, was mostly contested by triple A teams, several of them in the top 10 rankings.

Pitt opened the tourney on Thursday by beating Charles Best (Coquitlam) 64-34. They also had wins over ninth-ranked Vernon 68-44, and Fleetwood Park of Surrey.

Starting tomorrow, the Marauders will host their annual Air Show Tournament, tipping off at 6:30 p.m. against South Okanagan – a team ranked in the top 10 on the double A circuit, who will be in tough against quadruple and triple A teams.

The championship is set for Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Last year’s champions, the Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs, are back. They beat the Marauders in last year’s final, ending a string of four straight Air Show championships.