The Yukon Senior Basketball Championships ended on March 7 with the boys and girls finals at Vanier Catholic Secondary School.
In the girls final, the Vanier Crusaders faced off against the F.H. Collins Warriors.
The Warriors entered the game looking to avenge their loss in the Super Hoops final and opened up a 13-8 lead after a low-scoring first quarter.
The game opened up in the second quarter as both teams found their scoring touch. The halftime score was 37-26 for the Warriors.
In the second half, the Warriors expanded their lead further. At the end of three, it was 58-36 for the Warriors.
The Crusaders made some noise in the fourth, outscoring the Warriors 21-16, but F.H. Collins cruised to a 74-57 win.
Warriors’ player Sheridan Curteanu was named tournament MVP.
The day’s basketball concluded with the boys final featuring the Vanier Crusaders and the Porter Creek Rams.
The Crusaders entered the game having won the last seven Yukon championships, while the Rams haven’t lifted the trophy in more than a decade.
Porter Creek started the game utilizing their strength and size to attack the basket, jumping out to an early 11-5 lead in the middle of the first quarter. Vanier didn’t go away quietly though, and fought to stick with the Rams. At the end of the first, the Rams were up 22-18.
Sparked by strong play from the bench, the Rams continued to roll in the second quarter and led the game 46-39 at halftime.
Seven straight titles don’t happen by accident though, and the Crusaders regrouped at halftime and immediately went on a 15-5 run to take a 54-51 lead with 6:33 left in the third. A time-out helped the Rams find their nerve again and the score after three quarters was tied 68-68.
The fourth quarter was back and fourth, with neither team able to build a comfortable lead.
With 1:11 left to play, the Crusaders had an 87-81 lead over the Rams. The Rams scored to make it 87-83 with 42.1 seconds to play.
After the Rams scored two more points, the Crusaders fouled a Rams player to send him to the line with 3.2 seconds to play a chance to tie.
Porter Creek hit its first free throw, but missed its second. The Crusaders grabbed the defensive rebound and a loose ball foul by the Rams stopped the clock with 0.2 seconds to go.
Final score was 87-86 for the Crusaders, who have now won eight straight Yukon Championships.
Tournament MVP was Josh Rumbaoa of the Crusaders.
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