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
A very special thank you to parent manager
Kehl Peterson whose help, dedication, organization and support has no way to be
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
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
Hear the R.O.A.R.S.