The West Vancouver Highlanders played one of their best game of the year when it counted. The Highlanders got out to an early lead going up 19-8 after the first stanza behind the hot hand of Matt Fedak who had 9 points in the first quarter. Sentinel made a push in the second quarter but West Van answered back and built the lead at halftime to 33-2-.
Sentinel changed things up in the second half applying full court pressure but West Van dissected the pressure with perfection and extended the lead to 19 points at the end of three and cruised to a 72-46 victory to advance to the AAAA Howe Sound Finals to face Handsworth. The last time West Van made it to the Finals was in 2007 when they took 2 straight over the same Handsworth Royals who were the #1 team in the Province at that time led by one Robert Sacre !
The Highlanders seem to be peaking at the right time, their ball movement on offence was impressive as was their commitment to team defence. Matt Fedak led the Highlanders with 22 points but it may have been the balanced scoring in the balance of the lineup that was the key for West Van. Austin Penrose had 15 point for Sentinel in a losing cause.
Tomorrow's game goes at 6pm at Sutherland, when the Handsworth Royals will attempt to defend their Howe Sound title. West Van will need to beat Handsworth twice, while Handsworth needs only one victory to claim the 2014 AAAA Howe Sound Championship.