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Dragons 'overachieve' at LEC

Simran Grewal and Cyrille Butac of the Fleetwood Park Dragons defend against a Penticton Lakers opponent during the B.C. Girls Senior AAA High School Basketball Tournament in Langley. - EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER
Simran Grewal and Cyrille Butac of the Fleetwood Park Dragons defend against a Penticton Lakers opponent during the B.C. Girls Senior AAA High School Basketball Tournament in Langley.
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As time wound down on the final game of their season, the Fleetwood Park Dragons were disappointed in the score, but pleased with their placing at the B.C. Girls Senior AAA High School Basketball Tournament.

The Dragons had to claw their way into the 16-team provincial tournament, where after a first-round victory they ran out of gas and lost their final three outings.

But considering what they went through to get there, coach Pam Reynolds was more than satisfied with an eighth place finish.

“This group has overachieved, we lost seven people from last year. So we’re really proud of this group,” said Reynolds after a 61-25 loss to the Riverside Rapids Saturday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre (LEC). “The kids are exhausted, they’ve played 10 games over the past two weeks.

“Eighth place? That’s phenomenal. Fifth would have been nice, but there were teams better than we were.”

The Dragons played five games in six days at the Fraser Valley championship tournament, which also concluded at the LEC. They won three times, but it wasn’t enough to qualify for the provincials. In a playoff game in North Vancouver two days after the Fraser Valley tournament concluded, the Dragons defeated Burnaby Mountain Lions to advance to the B.C. championship.

The Dragons edged the Penticton Lakers 56-54 in a first-round game. Simran Grewal with 17 points and 13 rebounds and Cyrille Butac with 16 points led the Dragons attack in what turned out to be their final victory of the season.

Fleetwood Park lost 73-24 loss to the Holy Cross Crusaders on Thursday, and had nothing left for their final two games. Friday was a 40-26 setback against the Handsworth Royals.

“It was a really good season, and we fought hard,” said Reynolds, noting there were only two Grade 12 players in a lineup that featured two Grade 10s and a Grade 9.

“I hope they get it, they had a great season. I think they will in a couple of days.”

- Two Surrey schools competed at the B.C. Senior AA Boys tournament, also at the LEC last week.

The Pacific Academy Breakers won two of four games and placed 11th, while the Delview Raiders also won a pair of games and finished 13th.

Jaiten Rana of Delview was a second team all-star.

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