The West Vancouver Highlanders picked up where they left off last night, playing together as a unit and getting after every loose ball which proved to be more than Handsworth could handle. The victory forced a final deciding game in the double knockout tournament which will be played on Thursday night, 6pm at Sutherland Secondary School.
Both teams started tentatively recognizing the importance of the game. The score was knotted at 12 after the first quarter as the both teams were challenged to find their rhythm on offence. In the second quarter West Van started to move the ball effectively on offence, and the Handsworth defence broke down allowing West Van to get to the basket or hit wide open jumpers from the perimeter. West Van was starting to get on a roll and took a 30-22 lead into the locker room at the half.
Handsworth clawed back late in the third quarter and cut the lead to 5 points after West Van had extended their lead to as many as 12. A cloth 3 by Matt Fedak closed the quarter and West Van led 44-36 at the break. West Van took care of business in the fourth quarter and went on to a 63-46 victory.
The Highlanders were once again led by their backcourt duo of Luke Ryan and Matt Fedak who had 24 and 14 points respectively. Luke Ryan had his best game of the tournament and was selected Player of the Game for his efforts. Adam Karmali was the leading scorer for Handsworth with 15 points.