SABRES PUNCH TICKET TO 3A PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH VICTORY OVER WINDSOR

In a game that was like a 15 round heavyweight boxing match the Sutherland Sabres outlasted the Windsor Dukes 54-50 to take the 2014 AAA Howe Sound Championship.  The two teams were very familiar with each other as they played a number of times during the season and this was their second game within 24 hours.

Sutherland wanted to get down the floor and run the ball to take advantage of their athleticism, Windsor was content to walk the ball up the floor and pound it inside to take advantage of their size.  The score at the end of the first quarter was 14-12 for Sutherland and it was clear that there would be no easy baskets in this game.  Hunter Mason hit a long three early in the second quarter to put WIndsor ahead for the first time, but Sutherland answered back, and the lead changed hands 5 times in the second quarter alone.

Gaddy Zubaidi of Sutherland and Khalil Shivji of WIndsor established themselves as the "go to" players for their respective teams.  Zubaidi has 12 at the half, Shivji had 11 and Sutherland held a one point lead at the break.

The battle continued in the third quarter as Shivji hit a 3 to get things going but Sutherland answered back with a run and built a 5 point lead which did not last as Windsor quickly closed the gap by midway in the third.  Nothing was settled at the end of the third quarter as Sutherland continued to cling to a one point advantage.  

  GRADDY ZUBAIDI WAS SELECTED TOURNAMENT MVP AS WELL AS THE "NO REGRETS" PLAYER OF THE FINAL GAME IN LEADING SUTHERLAND TO THE AAA HOWE SOUND CHAMPIONSHIP

GRADDY ZUBAIDI WAS SELECTED TOURNAMENT MVP AS WELL AS THE "NO REGRETS" PLAYER OF THE FINAL GAME IN LEADING SUTHERLAND TO THE AAA HOWE SOUND CHAMPIONSHIP

Sutherland again pulled away early in the 4th, but again WIndsor fought back to close the gap to 2 points midway through the 4th quarter and it was clear that this one was going down to the wire.  With less than 4 minutes to go Sutherland stretched their lead to 7 points on a steal by Cole Keffer.  As the clock was winding down it looked like the game was done but Shivji hit a miraculous trey and the Dukes were down three with 14 seconds to go. Keffer made one of two foul shots and that was enough as the Sutherland Sabres won 54-50 in front of a boisterous home crowd.

"Our Grade 12's have been warriors their whole careers and I'm happy they got the job done one more time.  The kids from Windsor gave us everything we could handle so full credit goes to them and their coaches," said a relieved Brad Thornhill after the game.

Graddy Zubaidi lead all scorers and was elected the "NO REGRETS" player of the final game along with tournament MVP.  Cole Keffer and Jeremy Elliott of Sutherland were named Tournament All-Stars.

Windsor's backcourt duo of Khalil Shivji and Braeden Snelling both had spectacular tournaments for the Dukes and were also named to the Tournament All-Star team as was Hunter Mason who was a force in the middle for Windsor.

The Sabres will now move on to play in the Telus AAA Provincial Championship in Langley later in March.

(FINAL GAME PHOTOS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THIS SITE LATER THIS WEEKEND)

WINDSOR DUKES FORCE SUDDEN DEATH GAME WITH WIN OVER SUTHERLAND

The Windsor Dukes put in a 40 minute blue collar effort and surprised the Sutherland Sabres in front of a boisterous Sutherland crowd winning 59-53 to force another sudden death game in the Howe Sounds.

Windsor was able to control the tempo slowing the ball down to a pace that favoured the Dukes and they established a 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.  Windsor extended the lead midway through the second quarter and then Sutherland went on a run as Graddy Zubaidi scored the first 16 points for the Sabres.  Sutherland took at 27-23 lead at the half and it looked like they were back on track but somebody forgot to tell the Windsor Dukes !

Windsor was able to stifle the talented Sabres by packing the middle with big bodies and forcing the Sabres to earn their points from the perimeter.Sutherland was up 3 at the end of the third quarter but it was clear that this one was going down to the wire.  The Dukes put the hammer down in the fourth quarter and took a 5 point lead with 4:37 to go, and it looked like the Sabres were done, but a steal by Cole Keffer in the open court with a minute and a half to go got the Sabres to within 2 points much to the delight of the Sabres fans.  Player of the game Khalil Shivji answer right back with a spectacular drive and lay-up of his own and the Dukes were headed to victory.

  KHALIL SHIVJI EFFECTIVELY MANGED THE TEMPO OF THE GAME, ADDED 17 POINTS AND WAS SELECTED PLAYER OF THE GAME

KHALIL SHIVJI EFFECTIVELY MANGED THE TEMPO OF THE GAME, ADDED 17 POINTS AND WAS SELECTED PLAYER OF THE GAME

Shivji finished the game with 17 points and backcourt teammate Braden Snelling chipped in with 15 points.  Graddy Zubaidi led all scorers with 31 points while Cole Keffer had 15 in a supporting role for the Sabres.  

The sudden death final game will be played on Thursday night at 8pm at Sutherland.


WINDSOR DUKES ADVANCE TO HOWE SOUND 3A FINAL

It was either playoff fatigue or the fact these teams had faced each other so many times this year, or a combination of both that resulted in a very deliberate and slow paced game where scoring was definitely at a premium.  The Dukes held a 7-6 lead after the first quarter and it was clear that neither team was going to allow their opponent any easy looks at the basket.

Windsor's backcourt tandem of Khalil Shivji, and Braden Snelling again controlled the tempo for the Dukes and managed the offence. Windsor used its depth in the middle to rebound effectively and not allow the Eagles any easy looks in the middle.

Windsor led 24-11 at the half and cruised to a 45-35 victory and have earned the right to take another shot at AAA League Champion Sutherland who enjoyed the night off.

Snelling and Shivji each had 10 points to lead the Dukes in scoring and Shivji was selected player of the Game.  Carson's Josh Servillon led all scorers with 17 points while Kein Sanjari chipped in with 11.

Windsor will play the second half of tomorrow night's championship doubleheader at 8pm at Sutherland.

  WINDSOR DUKE BACKCOURT STALWART KHALIL SHIVJI

WINDSOR DUKE BACKCOURT STALWART KHALIL SHIVJI

SUTHERLAND ADVANCES TO 3A FINAL WITH VICTORY OVER WINDSOR

The Sutherland Sabres once again were ready to play from the opening tip, the Sabres scored the first ten points of the game and never trailed in the game before, winning 61-42.  Sutherland extended their lead to 16-4 before Windsor finished with a flurry and closed the gap to 16-10 at the end of the first quarter.   That may have been as close as Windsor would get as Sutherland took a 37-24 lead to the locker room at halftime and never looked back from there.

Windsor made some adjustments at halftime in an attempt to slow down Sutherland's Graddy Zubaidi but there was no stopping Zubaidi on this night as he finished with 30 points and was selected the Player of the Game. "I feel like we are still getting better'" said Sutherland coach Brad Thornhill after the game, "but at the same time, i feel like we still have not put together 40 minutes, and that needs to be our focus for the rest of the week."

  SUTHERLAND SABRES' GRADDY ZUBAIDI HEADS TO THE HOOP SCORING 2 OF HIS 30 POINTS 

SUTHERLAND SABRES' GRADDY ZUBAIDI HEADS TO THE HOOP SCORING 2 OF HIS 30 POINTS 

Jeremy Elliott was once again strong on the boards for the Sabres and also contributed 10 points. Windsor was led by Khalil Shivji who had 13 points in a losing effort for WIndsor who will now play Carson Graham tomorrow night at 7:45 at Sutherland.  Windsor beat Carson in overtime in their first round match up last week.

   


CARSON ELIMINATES ROCKRIDGE AND MOVES ON IN 3A ACTION

The Carson Graham Eagles were all business in tonite's AAA elimination game getting out to a 20-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, en route to a 66-44 victory over the Rockridge Ravens of West Vancouver.

"I was pleased with the way we started the game, but I know we will need 40 minutes like that, if we are to advance tomorrow night" said Carson coach Larry Donohoe after the game.  The Eagles were led by their diminutive point guard Josh Servillon who finished the game with 15 points, 9 steals and 4 assists and was selected Player of the Game for his efforts.  Mike Worthen chipped in with 14 points for the Eagles.

  PLAYER OF THE GAME JOSH SERVILLON WAS PLAYER OF THE GAME WITH 15 POINTS AND 9 STEALS

PLAYER OF THE GAME JOSH SERVILLON WAS PLAYER OF THE GAME WITH 15 POINTS AND 9 STEALS

Rockridge was led by Arman Mehrikhamaneh with 11 points , Leo Liu with 9 points and Conor Borill and Julius Dai each had 8 points each. 

Carson Graham will now play the WIndsor Dukes in a sudden death game tomorrow night a  7:45 pm at Sutherland Secondary School.

SUTHERLAND MAKES STATEMENT IN OPENING ROUND OF 3A HOWE SOUND CHAMPIONSHIP

The Sutherland Sabres were all business in their opening round matchup against Rockridge in the late game of the AAA Howe Sound Championship.  Sutherland came out shooting the three ball, hitting five in the first quarter (including 4 by Player of the Game Braden Toikka) to take a 25-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.  The Sabres did not sit back, holding Rockridge to 2 points in the second quarter and took a 43-12 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The teams traded baskets through the second half and Sutherland cruised to a 70-40 victory in the opening round of the Howe Sounds.

Graddy Zubaidi led all scorers with 21 points while Braden Toikka finished with 12 points for the Sabres.

Sutherland will now play WIndsor in their second round matchup on Monday while Rockridge will play Carson Graham.

  BRAEDEN TOIKKA HITS FOUR 3"s IN FIRST QUARTER AND IS SELECTED PLAYER PLAYER OF THE GAME

BRAEDEN TOIKKA HITS FOUR 3"s IN FIRST QUARTER AND IS SELECTED PLAYER PLAYER OF THE GAME

WINDSOR TAKES CARSON IN OVERTIME TO WIN OPENING GAME OF HOWE SOUND 3A CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Windsor Dukes trailed most of the game but were able to catch the Carson Graham Eagles at the end of regulation and squeaked out a one point victory in overtime to win the opening game at the AAA Howe Sound Championship.  

The Eagles looked good early and led 17-11 at the end of the first quarter.  The Eagles looked to have things in control at that point but the Dukes served notice and the game was tied at 21 three minutes into the second quarter.  The game remained tight, Carson took a 4 point lead to the locker room, but neither team could put together a run to take much of a lead in the second half.  Carson held the lead late in the fourth quarter, but Windsor took advantage of a couple of Carson turnovers late in the game to snatch the victory.

Braden Snelling had 19 points to lead the Dukes and was selected Player of the Game for his efforts.  Khalil Shivji chipped in with 12 points for WIndsor, while Keian Sanjari and Josh Servillon led Carson scorers with 19 and 12 points respectively.

  BRADEN SNELLING WAS SELECTED PLAYER OF THE GAME IN OVERTIME VICTORY OVER CARSON GRAHAM

BRADEN SNELLING WAS SELECTED PLAYER OF THE GAME IN OVERTIME VICTORY OVER CARSON GRAHAM