The Golden Secondary School senior boys basketball team didn’t earn the result they were hoping for at the provincial championships in Langley, but came away with a great deal of experience that they’ll be able to use going forward.
The Eagles’ tournament started off with a 67-57 loss to the Valleyview Vikes, their rivals from Kamloops who bested them in Golden back in January at the Kicking Horse Classic. Once again, the Eagles played a close game against the highly ranked Vikes, but failed to come up with a win.
“I think there were five lead changes in that game…for most of the game it was a four point game between us,” said head coach Kindy Gosal. “It was a disappointing loss for us and maybe a game that we should have won…but kudos to Valleyview who had an amazing tournament.”
The loss eliminated the Eagles from the main tournament and sent them into the consolation round against Southridge. The Surrey school proved to be too much for the Eagles as well, and the boys from Golden suffered their worst defeat of the tournament by a 70-52 score.
“That was probably the game that we struggled the greatest, we just simply didn’t seem to be able to get our game going against them…for some reason we didn’t come out with the same type of intensity and mental acuity that we needed to,” Kindy said.
The Eagles were then matched up with Notre Dame, who they flew past for a 64-53 victory, the team’s only win of the tournament.
In Golden’s final game of the tournament, and its season, they lost to Delview by a 75-63 score.
Throughout the tournament the Eagles were led by captain Saje Gosal, who contributed in all facets of the game while averaging over 24 points and between 11 and 12 rebounds a game.
Despite going 1-3 in the tournament, there are some definite positives for the Eagles heading into next season. The Eagles will be without the graduating Rahul Summan next season, but the rest of their roster will be back for another year, including standouts Saje and Neal Randhawa.
“We were one of the younger teams (in Langley). We hope to be back next year and to use this as a learning experience,” Kindy said.