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March 11
A Message from Coach Gourley (and for Coach Gourley)

A huge congratulations to our Senior Boy's Basketball team, coaches, and managers.  As you can tell by the description of their final game below, our Senior Boys worked hard and played hard.  While I know that this is because they are fantastic young people, I also know that the person who brings out their best qualities is the coach, Jeff Gourley.  Thank you for all that you do for our community.  

February 2015 Courier Article - Basketball Coach Gourley Always Putting Kids First

And now from Coach Gourley . . . .

Yesterday afternoon your Tupper Tigers played their final game of the season at the Provincial Championships at the Langley Events Centre. Their opponent on the day was the # 6 ranked, Condors of Prince George's Duchess Park Secondary. Up for grabs - 5th or 6th at the Provincial Championships.

This was a match made in basketball heaven for the final game of the season between two evenly matched teams. It was a see-saw affair right from the tip off as the two teams exchanged baskets and the lead on several occasions.
The Tigers lead 26 - 22 at the end of the first quarter but the Condors went into the break with a 1 point advantage at 42- 41.

The Tigers put their foot to the floor and entered the fourth quarter leading by 10, 68 - 58, but the Condors were not going to go home without putting up a fight. With six ticks left on the clock and your Tigers inbounding the ball with a 1 point lead 75 - 74, they turned the ball over and it was the Condors chance for heroics. The Prince George team inbounded the ball got the shot up but it rolled off the rim and junior forward Jovan Dhillon snatched the rebound to end the game with a 5th place finish for your Tigers at this year's championships.

Leading the team on the day were junior guards Norben Bulosan and Gaurab Acharya with 26 and 24 points a piece. Acharya was named player of the game for his efforts. Later in the evening he was named to the 2nd team all-star team.

We are so proud of our boys for battling so hard all year long. With the obstacles and injuries they had to overcome, many other teams would have simply given up but the boys worked harder and played fiercely throughout the playoffs even while missing so many key players up until the Provincial Championships.

To come into the tournament ranked 10th in the province and defeat #9 Clayton Heights, #7 Duchess Park and #5 McMath the finish was somewhat of a story book ending to the year.

We say good bye to seniors Paul Santos, Neerav Kaila, JJ Roldan, Benson Laconsay and captain Ranell Sebastian but starting this Wednesday we will be greeting center Matthew Dunkerly's fellow junior teammates to the senior ranks to begin preparation for next season.

The Tigers would like to thank all the educators, administrators, and students who came out to the LEC to support us as well as throughout the year.

We would like to thank the Physical Education department at Tupper, especially Ms. Wong for juggling the gym schedules and for all their support.

To all the parents who were there through the thick and thin of the season with rides, food and over all support - thank you.

A very special thank you to parent manager Kehl Peterson whose help, dedication, organization and support has no way to be measured.

Last but not least,  a huge shout out, thank you and all out love and respect to the most amazing Associate Coach any one could ask for. Thank you Patrick Cumaual from all the players, parents and myself.

Another year goes into the history books and preparation has already begun for next year as your Tigers have been invited to every major tournament in the province so far!

Coach Jeff Gourley

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