Brentwood’s Senior Boys Take on Provies
30 games. Over a hundred practices. Countless hours of hard work.
All this dedication boils down to four days of the most competitive basketball British Columbia has to offer: BC Provincials. The top 16 teams in each division are gathered in Langley Event Centre to find out who is the best of the best, and Brentwood is here to make a statement.
The Brentwood Senior Boys Basketball Team earned the #1 seed going into the tournament, making them the favorites to win. “We’ve had a lot of games and a lot of wins against triple and quad-A teams compared to some other double-A teams in our bracket,” explains David O, Whittall ‘23. “I think those experiences not only earned us the #1 seed but also prepared us for the caliber of teams we’ll be competing against.”
Brentwood also just came off of a championship win at Islands, with many of the players receiving awards. Dylan G, Whittall ‘23, won first team all-star, Jayden L, Ellis ‘23, won defensive MVP, and Milan P, Privett ‘24, won MVP of the entire tournament.
At provincials, the intensity is turned up tenfold. These next four games will be the last high school basketball games for all the 12th Graders in the province, including 8 of Brentwood’s own. “This last season means a lot to me; I’ve been a part of Brentwood’s Senior Basketball Program since Grade 8. Bringing home the provincial championship means so much more when you know you’ll never have the opportunity to do it again,” says Dylan G, Whittall ‘23 and Senior Boys Basketball Captain.
BC goes above and beyond when it comes to basketball provincials. Coach Gage explains: “High school basketball in BC is the most competitive in all of Canada, and as a result the production of the event is extremely high. Teams are welcomed by a banquet on the first day and all the games are broadcasted live, with awards given to players each game.” Finalists in the tournament even get to play in the main court of the Langley Event Centre, which features a 5000 seat arena that Brentwood is fighting to enter on the last day to win the provincial championship.
After defeating the #16 seed, Archbishop Carney, #9 seed Summerland and then Westsyde, the boys fell to the King George Dragons in the Gold Medal Game. Dylan G and Jayden L were both names to the All Star team. Congrats on a terrific season!
Nick C, Rogers ‘23