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#1 Kelowna Dominates En Route to 2015 Kodiak Klassic Title

Making their first trip out of the Okanagan, #1 ranked Kelowna Owls got through their first tournament with relative ease. Powered by 6’9″ Team Canada member Grant Shephard (2017) and a deep roster led by 2016 grads Matt Lafontaine, Davide Ciancio, Parker Simson, Colin McGrath & Nav Sandhu, it was clear Kelowna wanted to make their mark. In the semi-final game against #4 Kitsilano, Shephard was unstoppable inside as he dominated with 42 points & 19 rebounds as Lafontaine (16p, 6r), Simson (16p, 4r), McGrath (11p) and Ciancio (11p, 4r)

The Churchill Bulldogs, ranked #2 & 2014 Provincial Champions, came into the tournament without their starting centre, 6’6″ Matija Gabrillo, but had their core of 2016 standouts: Karn Virk, Harry Liu, Lambert Pajayon and Izaiah Ugoalah. In Friday night’s semi-final Churchill took down 2015 Provincial Champs, Yale, 89-85 to give us our first match-up between #1 and #2.

Liu was tasked with guarding Shephard and came out of the gate on fire as he scored 12 first quarter points with Kelowna’s lead at 25-18. However, in the second quarter it was 2017 6’3″ G Mason Bourcier and Lafontaine that carried the Owls with latter going on an individual 7-point run. Bourcier had 16 points in the first half as Kelowna extended their lead to 57-37. Despite Liu knocking down two 3s to kick off the second half, the Owls kept getting transition points as Simson was getting to the hoop at will. Virk and Liu did their best to keep Churchill in the game but it wasn’t enough for Kelowna’s all-around scoring as the Owls maintained their #1 status with a 113-93 win.

Kelowna: Lafontaine (25p, 8r, 2a), Sandhu (15p, 2r), Shephard (17p, 9r), Simson (15p, 5r, 5a), Bourcier (25p, 6r, 5a), Ciancio (4p, 3r, 2a), McGrath (9p, 1r, 1a), Keys (4p, 3r)

Churchill: Liu (41p – 9 3PM, 7r), Virk (32p, 9r, 1a), Payajon (6p, 4r), Ugoalah (8p, 3r, 1a)

Kelowna’s Path to the Title:
Round of 16: Kelowna 95 – HM Killarney 38
Elite 8: Kelowna 106 – #10 Terry Fox 59
Final 4: Kelowna 117 – #4 Kitsilano 93
Championship Game: Kelowna 113 – #2 Churchill 93

Final Standings (current ranking in brackets):
1. Kelowna (1)
2. Churchill (2)
3. Kitsilano (4)
4. Yale (HM)
5. Terry Fox (10)
6. Oak Bay (7)
7. W.J. Mouat (HM)
8. St. George’s (6)
9. Holy Cross (8)
10. Killarney (HM)
11. Panorama Ridge (HM)
12. Port Moody
13. West Vancouver (9)
14. St. Francis Xavier
15. Vancouver College (HM)
16. Heritage Woods

Award Winners

MVP: Grant Shephard, Kelowna


Outstanding Defensive Player: Harry Liu, Churchill


1st Team All-Star:
Mason Bourcier, Kelowna
Luka Lizdek, Kitsilano
Harry Liu, Churchill
Karn Virk, Churchill
Riley Braich, Yale


2nd Team All-Star:
Tamikah Otanga, Yale
Matt Lafontaine, Kelowna
Myka Tang-Blumenschein, Oak Bay
Jonas Serrano, Terry Fox
Jon Mikhlin, St. George’s


Heritage Woods Scholarship Winners:
Colin McGrath, Kelowna
Joel Klammer, W.J. Mouat
Myka Tang-Blumenschein, Oak Bay
Matt Clay, Heritage Woods
Alex Asperin, Holy Cross

Tournament history, bracket and scores can be seen at


Photos courtesy of Paul Czene

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