The Brookswood Bobcats Grade 8 boys basketball was the No. 4 seed when the district championships began, but were the champions once they ended thanks to a 38-28 victory over Langley Christian.

’Cats ground Lightning in district final

Brookswood Grade 8 boys are Langley district champions after defeating Langley Christian

There were tears after the Brookswood Bobcats won the district championship, but not from the players or coaches.

The tears came after the seven-year-old daughter of head coach Kelsey Stewart accidentally broke the championship trophy.

But all that mattered was that for the first time in nine years, the Bobcats had captured the Grade 8 boys Langley district championship.

The ’Cats defeated Langley Christian 38-28 at Langley Christian School on Friday afternoon.

Brookswood was down 12-2 after one quarter as the team struggled offensively, missing several easy shots.

“Once one (shot) went in, they started going in,” Stewart said. “The guys loosened up a little bit.”

Evan Kim led the team with strong defence and rebounding. And with the opposition focused on stopping the big man from beating them, that opened things up for Jamie Cameron and Angelo Morales, who led the way offensively.

Brookswood was the fourth seed heading into the district playoffs while the Lightning were third. Both teams were 6-3 but Stewart said the league was very competitive this year as two of the ’Cats losses were by a combined four points.

“The league was really tight this year,” he said. “They were seven good teams.”

In the semifinals — which were played earlier in the day on Friday — Cameron hit a free throw with 20 seconds left to help Brookswood knock off No. 1 Walnut Grove 48-47. Walnut Grove had won the past eight Grade 8 boys district championships.

Morales also had a big game with 26 points, including four three-pointers. One of those three’s came with a minute left to give Brookswood the lead.

At the start of the season, Stewart was not sure what to expect.

“We had a bunch of kids who had already played with our club system, the South Langley Basketball Club, but we weren’t too sure how they were going to be,” he said.

This season was also a reversal of the year before when Brookswood was tops in the league but finished fourth at the district championships.

In the third-place game, Walnut Grove defeated Stafford.

All four teams are competing this week at the Fraser Valley championships.


Just Posted

Giants ground Rockets in WHL action

Vancouver builds early lead, never looks back in 6-1 win at Langley Events Centre

VIDEO: emergency landing near Langley airport

Plane lost power during take-off

Crash on 200 Street in Langley Township

Report of traffic congestion following late morning accident

Surrey’s Justin Sourdif to debut for Vancouver Giants tonight in Langley

Last month, he suited up for Team BC in the WHL Cup and was named tournament all-star.

Heavy downpours expected in parts of Metro Vancouver

Heavy rain will begin to ease off Sunday evening as the frontal system moves south out of the area

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Surrey’s Sourdif makes Giant debut

Vancouver Giants coach among those impressed by Surrey teen

Start on time: Canucks looking to shake first-period struggles

Canucks centre Bo Horvat said the formula for getting a leg up is there for everyone to see

COMMUTER ALERT: Snowfall warnings in effect across B.C.

Travelling this weekend? Check the forecasts before hitting the road

Drones take off to search for missing North Okanagan women

A volunteer search party was supported by professional drone operators

Tips for keeping your personal data safe, from the experts

It’s important to keep your ‘online footprint’ safe

Lights to turn blue ahead of funeral for fallen Abbotsford police officer

Buildings across B.C. are going blue Saturday night in honour of Const. John Davidson

Ride-share pioneer drives up quietly to B.C. battleground

Lyft approaches B.C. without Uber bombast, eyes small towns

Crash shuts down Highway 91 in Richmond for hours

The stretch of highway was closed for more than 6 hours due to a multi-vehicle accident

Most Read