KELOWNA, B.C. - The 2013 Okanagan Basketball All-Star Game welcomed a number of skilled high school players from across the Okanagan valley to the UBC Okanagan gymnasium Saturday. The "Furnace" held four All-Star games, including Junior teams for both Girls and Boys, and Senior teams for each as well. Exciting competition from the Okanagan's best drew spectators from around the Valley to come and support their players for the event that is now in its fifth year running.
Summaries of each game are below. See the bottom of the page for photos of each team.
What began as a close game throughout the first half became a pull-away win for the Dark team as they won 54-31 versus the Light team.
Okanagan Mission Secondary's Claire Smeltzer was the Dark team's Player of the Game and finished with a game-high 10 points. Three of her teammates each recorded seven points in Princess Margaret's Danielle Ruocco, Kelowna Secondary's Paige Briscoe and Kalamalka's Jordan Karol.
The Light team's Player of the Game was Rebecah Salway who finished with six points that were all recorded in a strong second quarter. Princeton's Samantha Simons added five points while Immaculata's Amanda Grant chipped in four as well in the effort.
The Light team held a lead for most of the game until the Dark team locked down on defense for the fourth quarter to pull out a 54-51 win.
Summerland's Abishek Lekhi was the Dark team's Player of the Game with a game-high 15 points. Mount Boucherie's Quincy Johnson added eight and Jeff Tubbs scored seven as well.
Dr. Knox's Matt LaFontaine was the Light team's Player of the Game behind a 10 point outing. Teammates Moises Blandon (Okanagan Mission) and Vinayak Pendharkar (Kelowna) scored six and five points each, respectively.
Continuing a trend for the day, the Dark team ended up running away with this one as they downed the Light team 68-54.
Princeton's Julia Reichert was the Dark team's Player of the Game with 14 points, though her defense in the interior continually hampered the Light team's scoring efforts. Kiana Lalonde (Kelowna Secondary) led all scorers with 21 points alongside Reichert. South Kamloops' Maya Olynyk rounded out the winning team's double-digit scorers with 10.
Vernon Secondary's Jenna Marrion was Player of the Game for the Light team, posting 12 points. Teammates Ashley Truman (Mount Boucherie) and Jaeda Stanhope (Kelowna Secondary) pitched in eight and ten points, respectively.
Capping off the night, the Senior Boys Light team held off a late rally from the Dark team and pulled away to a 96-80 finish with an Alex Hart dunk at the buzzer to put the icing on top.
Hart (Immaculata) was the Light team's Player of the Game with a game-high and day-leading 29 points as he dominated from everywhere. Teammates Joe Davis (Westside) and Parminder Sidhu (South Okanagan Secondary) dropped ten and nine points, respectively, in the effort alongside Hart.
Kelowna Secondary's Joel Burma poured in 21 points to lead the Dark team en route to Player of the Game honors. Kelowna Christian's Ryan Lintell added 13 while Kelowna Secondary's Cooper Simson chipped in eight points in the loss for the Dark team.
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