VIDEO: Rattlers finish second in basketball tournament after narrow loss to Keremeos

By on February 13, 2018

Kav Dhaliwal leaps to plunk the ball into the net and score against L.V. Rogers in the Rattlers’ first game on Friday. (Richard McGuire photo)

The Osoyoos senior boys basketball Rattlers came within a few hairs of winning their Desert Classic tournament in Osoyoos, but a final-period surge by Keremeos left them in second place.

The Rattlers were undefeated when they began the championship game around 7 p.m. on Saturday against Similkameen Elementary Secondary School (SESS) from Keremeos, who were also undefeated.

As fans in the packed bleachers cheered the boys on, the Rattlers led through most of the game’s first three periods.

By the end of the third period, Osoyoos was up 64-51 and the Rattlers were on fire.

Only in the final period did Keremeos dominate play, picking up 37 points to the Rattlers’ 13. The final score was 88-77 for Keremeos.

Rattlers’ coach Casey Brouwer called the game the most exciting of the season.

“We had a packed gym with family and friends cheering on both teams,” said Brouwer.

Amritpal Aujla scored 25 points for the Rattlers, 16 of those in the third quarter, winning recognition as player of the game.

“We had a great weekend of basketball,” said Brouwer. “I’m very proud of all our players and the teams that were here. We are two weeks away now from the Valleys, in which we have a chance at making provincials.”

The Rattlers opened the tournament on Friday afternoon, soundly defeating L.V. Rogers Secondary School from Nelson by 81-39.

A second game on Saturday morning against Desert Sands Community School from Ashcroft was almost as lopsided with the Rattlers winning 74-41.

Meanwhile, SESS beat Regent Christian Academy and then Summerland Secondary School to make it into the final.

Summerland and Desert Sands played each other for third place. Desert Sands beat Summerland 75-64.

Other teams came from Princeton and Fernie.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

Kav Dhaliwal leaps with the ball as the Rattlers take on Keremeos in the final game of the tournament. (Richard McGuire photo)

The gymnasium was packed with fans, who erupt with cheers when the Rattlers score. (Richard McGuire photo)

Simrandeep Brar advances with the ball through a web of Keremeos players. (Richard McGuire photo)

Kav Dhaliwal leaps to aim the ball at the net in the Rattlers’ first game agains L.V. Rogers from Nelson. (Richard McGuire photo)

Justin Davis advances with the ball past an L.V. Rogers opponent in the Rattlers’ first game on Friday. (Richard McGuire photo)

Marco Cheng zips around an opponent from L.V. Rogers in the Rattlers’ first game on Friday. (Richard McGuire photo)

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