Langley Christian’s Peyton Grim was named a first team Fraser Valley all-star. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Young Lightning going to B.C’s

Just two Grade 12 players on Langley Christian senior squad

Last year, the Langley Christian Lightning did not even field a senior boys basketball team.

This year? The team qualified for the B.C. boys AA provincial basketball championships after a second-place showing at the Fraser Valley championships.

Head coach Jon Mayan said his team — which has just two Grade 12s on the roster — had no goals coming into the season.

“We have focused on the process and purposely stayed away from goal setting,” he explained. “Making sure it is each practice you are focused on and not getting too far ahead of ourselves.”

The Lightning lost 73-62 to Pacific Academy in the Fraser Valley final on Saturday (Feb. 24) night at Trinity Western University.

“Both teams made some runs in the third quarter but in the fourth, they hit some shots and we didn’t,” Mayan explained about the gold-medal game.

But coming top two is a great accomplishment, especially considering the Lightning were the third seed out of the East Division.

In their playoff opener, with the loser eliminated, the Lightning beat Surrey Christian 112-55. They then knocked off the Delview Raiders — an honourable mention in the provincial top 10 rankings — 75-61 in the quarter-finals.

That was followed by another upset, this time over the East Division’s top team, the Abbotsford Christian Knights, 67-60, in the semifinals.

“I think we have peaked at the right time,” Mayan said, adding that they purposefully scheduled themselves some tough opponents.

“So this young team learned what it takes to compete at this level. We (wanted to be) battle tested.”

The Lightning now await their seeding for next week’s provincial championships, which run March 7 to 10 at the Langley Events Centre.

Langley Christian’s Peyton Grim and Asher Mayan were named to the Fraser Valley all-star team.

And Langley Fundamental Titans’ Eric Aujla was a second team selection

The Titans won their opening round Fraser Valley game 63-51 over Burnsview but lost 70-65 to Southridge and 63-37 to Archbishop Carney.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Langley Christian’s Ermin Simon. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Langley Fundamental Titans’ Eric Aujla was named a second team Fraser Valley all-star. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Just Posted

Thousands attend speech by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leader in Langley

President Russell M. Nelson is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator

VIDEO: Rough days for Langley Rivermen

Chilliwack Chiefs proved tough opponents in back-to-back games

Free day at the new Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre

Event held to mark completion of the project coincides with $17K donation by Aldergrove Rotary Club

Langley Rams vanquish Chilliwack Huskers

The highlight of the game was a late game goal line stand

Cloverdale, Langley Thanksgiving food drive collects ‘record-breaking’ amount of food

Annual food drive collected 35,000 lbs of food for Langley Food Bank

‘Fire tornado’ erupts as firefighters battle interior B.C. wildfire

Firefighters near Vanderhoof were taken by surprise

Syrian family can, finally, feel safe after settling in B.C.

Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity White Rock meets sponsored family for the first time

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

The Big Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced at an event Monday at its headquarters near Los Angeles.

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel’ triumph at Emmys

In a ceremony that started out congratulating TV academy voters for the most historically diverse field of nominees yet, the early awards all went solely to whites.

Korean leaders meet in Pyongyang for potentially tough talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in began his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.

Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile

A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was brought down over the Mediterranean Sea as it was returning to its home base inside Syria, killing all 15 people on board.

Vancouver park board passes motion to learn Indigenous place names

The name of Vancouver’s Stanley Park is now up for debate as the city’s park board confronts its colonial past and pursues reconciliation.

Champ golfer from Spain killed in Iowa; suspect charged

Police said Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead Monday morning at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, about 30 miles north of Des Moines.

Abdelrazik torture lawsuit delay would be unconscionable: lawyer

The federal government is making a last-minute plea to delay the Federal Court hearing

Most Read