Next up on our Top Players list is determining one of the most important roles of basketball — the scorer. After all, you still need to put up more points than your opponent to win a game of basketball.
But being a scorer isn’t just about putting up massive point totals. It’s about being the guy when the game is on the line, you know you can give the rock to and he can make something happen. Someone who has ice in their veins no matter the situation.
If you watched the 3A provincial tournament at all, you know exactly who the winner of this category is.
Suraj Gahir was that guy this past season. I watched a lot of North Delta’s games this year, not just at provincials, and Suraj had an ability to score in so many ways he was pretty much impossible to stop. He could get to the rim and finish in a million different ways, he could post up a guy, his midrange game was wet, AND he could shoot the three consistently.
And you want to talk about clutch? Let’s take a trip down memory lane to the 3A provincials back in March.
Against Duchess Park in the semi-finals, he hit the game winning three at the buzzer to send his team to the finals. He could have gone for two for the tie, but he had the confidence to say ‘Don’t worry, I got the win.’
In the finals against Vernon, he made the eventual game winner driving to the hoop with under a minute left. He then hit the free throw, under pressure that I can’t even imagine, to get them up by two and give his program their first banner since 1990. Suraj had so much ice running through his veins he was like Frozone from The Incredibles.
Congrats to Suraj on the award, and we can’t wait to see you ball out on the hardwood in college!
Here’s what the voters had to say on the North Delta standout:
“U see provincials?”
“Clutch in provies 2x.”
“Can score anytime u need a bucket.”
“Gets every shot in, from any angle.”
Alright, let’s count down the rest of these high flying scorers.
#2 - Arjun Samra, Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers
Another provincial MVP, Arjun was the main scoring threat on a Panthers team that went the distance. His ability to finish each and every way was truly amazing to watch.
“He seriously gets buckets! You name it, he’ll get it.”
#3 - Liam McChesney, Charles Hays Rainmakers
A dominant inside player, Liam was perhaps the best post up scorer in the province last season. Not only that, but he had a brilliant mid-range game for a player of his size and stature.
“He will always be the most efficient way to get a bucket due to his versatility especially at that size in terms of being a threat inside, outside as well as from mid.”
#4 - Parker Johnstone, Kelowna Owls
Truly a player that can score from everywhere. He was a consistent scorer for the provincial runner ups with tremendous athletic ability.
“Complete package when it comes to a player. Can shoot if you need a shot, and can drive if you need a layup.”
#5 - Arshia Movassaghi, Heritage Woods Kodiaks
This guy balled out at provincials. Was one of the main reasons they were able to pull off the massive upset against the Irish.
“What he did in provincials especially in the game against Vancouver College he went off.”
Stay tuned for the next instalment! You aren’t going to want to miss this one.
Written by: Nick Bondi