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Owls top Gators in Legal Beagle final

Terry Fox Ravens’ Alex Nesterenko goes to the hoop over Walnut Grove Gators’ Charles Luu during Friday’s semifinals in the 23rd Legal Beagle senior boys basketball tournament in Port Coquitlam.  - Kelsey GODDARD/ submitted photo
Terry Fox Ravens’ Alex Nesterenko goes to the hoop over Walnut Grove Gators’ Charles Luu during Friday’s semifinals in the 23rd Legal Beagle senior boys basketball tournament in Port Coquitlam.
— image credit: Kelsey GODDARD/ submitted photo

The Walnut Grove Gators nearly pulled off the upset, but in the end fell short against the province's top-ranked AAA senior boys' basketball team.

Playing in the championship final of the 23rd Legal Beagle senior boys' basketball tournament last week in Port Coquitlam, the Gators lost 65-55 to the Kelowna Owls.

Walnut Grove is ranked sixth in the province.

The Gators had three players named to the tournament all-star team: Paul Getz, Desean Monsanto and Jadon Cohee.

In the team's other tournament games, they defeated R.C. Palmer 74-58 and Tamanawis 80-67. Tamanawis is ranked third in the province, while Palmer is unranked, but the defending provincial champion.

In the semifinals, Walnut Grove needed overtime, but they edged the host ninth-ranked Terry Fox Ravens 60-58.

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