Gators tops at Candy Cane Classic

Walnut Grove ranked first amongst Quad-A senior boys basketball teams in B.C.

Walnut Grove Gators’ Bryce Derton (right) drives to the hoop during the Gators Candy Cane Classic, which wrapped up at Walnut Grove Secondary last week (Dec. 10 to Dec. 12). The Gators, the top-ranked senior boys’ Quad-A basketball team in the province, went 3-0.

The Walnut Grove Gators improved to 6-0 on the basketball season after a perfect showing at Candy Cane Classic.

The senior boys basketball team — which is the top ranked Quad-A school in the province — hosted their annual December tournament at Walnut Grove Secondary last week (Dec. 10 to Dec. 12).

The Gators beat Semiahmoo 105-47 and then pounded Cowichan 86-46.

They closed the tournament with a 76-56 win over the Gleneagle Talons, who are ranked third in the province among Quad-A schools.

Walnut Grove is now in Hawaii for a tournament. The Gators’ next home game is an exhibition match against the Abbotsford Panthers on Dec. 31.

The game will be played at Walnut Grove Secondary at 3 pm.

The team begins league play on Jan. 3 when they host the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers at 7 p.m.

The Gators are the defending Triple-A provincial champions and this year marks the first of the new Quad-A division.

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