If you subscribe to the theory that good teams can win games even when they’re not at their best, the Byrne Creek should be the favourite to win the AAA title.
If not, then the Bulldogs could be in trouble in the semi final and beyond.
Bryne Creek defeated Sir Charles Tupper 68-57. Byrne Creek was down by one, but turned it on in the second half to pull out the win.
“They’re very skilled” said Byrne Creek head coach Balraj Dhillon after on what made Tupper such a tough opponent. “They all dribble and shoot, [and] they’re never going to quit. They’re going to play with more heart than anyone else you’ll see this year and I honestly believe they have one of the best coaches in the province.”
Byrne Creek came out with a purpose, scoring early to take a five point lead after the first quarter. But in the second quarter, Tupper’s speed started to prove effective as they were getting up the court in a flash. Norben Bulosan scored a timely three off an inbound, and a Benson Laconsay three would give the Tigers a one point lead at half. Both teams shot 25% and below from the field, and below 10% from distance.
Although Tupper played well in the second half, Byrne Creek found their stride and played a solid half of basketball. They finally used their size to their advantage as illustrated by Majok Deng. He had five second half blocks, including a couple on the three point line.
The turning point of the game came in the final three minutes. Simon Crossfield had a chance to make it a two point game from the line, but missed both. Byrne Creek would not look back, eventually running out the clock to seal the deal.
Majok Deng finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds. Bithow Wan had 17 points. For Sir Charles Tupper, Sebastian Lemos had 13 points.
Byrne Creek will play North Delta at 5:15 tomorrow.