Having lost their opening round game 52-49 to eventual runner-up Port Moody, the Belmont Bulldogs were contemplating where they might have otherwise finished at the Pitt Meadows Airshow senior boys basketball tournament.
The Bulldogs followed up on Friday with a pair of solid efforts, a 92-83 win over North Delta and a 74-51 victory against Charles Hayes of Prince Rupert, but finished in the lower half of the 12-team event.
“We really should have beat (Port Moody), but turnovers and lack of rebounding on our end really hurt,” said Bulldogs coach Kevin Brown.
Mount Boucherie from Kelowna won the championship game Saturday, 85-70 over the Lower Mainland team.
A bright spot in the tournament for Belmont was Jackson Leeder being named to the all-star team after scoring 15, 41 and 27 points. Brown noted that Luke Baloran and Dontae Bull were also very consistent in their play throughout the weekend.
The Bulldogs host Claremont tonight (Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.) in Division 1 city league play, then host Lambrick Park next Tuesday.
Royal Bay boys play back-to-back
Coming off a 56-46 win over Glenlyon Norfolk, the Royal Bay Ravens senior boys open their week today with a home game against Stelly’s at 7:30 p.m. The Ravens travel to Mount Douglas on Wednesday (Jan. 20) for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Rams, who entered this week’s Div. 2 league play undefeated at 6-0.
Royal Bay carry 3-2 overall record into the Stelly’s game, good for fourth place.