Handsworth headed to the locker room at halftime nursing a 4 point lead, and it looked like the much anticipated game between the Royals and Spartans would be another classic Howe Sound Playoff game. That was not the case.
We have no idea what the halftime discussions were in the locker rooms, but clearly one worked and the other did not. Handsworth dominated the third quarter outscoring the potent Spartans 23-11, and cruised to a 69-40 victory in what had to be the biggest surprise of the evening.
"This is not done yet," said Handsworth captain Adam Karmali, " we know the history of this tournament, and you just have to look at the last two years where the team that has had the bye, was not able to close it out, and we need to break that trend." Karmali was brilliant again for the Royals with 32 points, many from long range, and was selected Player of the Game for Handsworth. Kevin Franklin got going from outside early in the third quarter and chipped in with 9 points for the Royals who now will play on Wednesday against the winner of west Van and Sentinel which will be played tomorrow night at 6pm at Sutherland.