Proving the adage that size isn't everything, the B.C. Christian Academy Panthers continue to make a lot of noise on the Single-A senior boys basketball court.
The smallest school in senior boys basketball competition, ranked eighth overall in a recent poll, put forward an impressive push at last week's Delview Classic tournament in Delta.
Against Double-A Cambie, the Port Coquitlam-based Panthers sharpened their claws with a 76-46 win, where Keenan Dowell scored 15 points from outside the arc in the first quarter. The Grade 9 guard finished with 27 points, while six-foot-eight forward Dean Johnston tallied 22 points and Kosia Cauw added 15.
While they were bumped in the second round by former AAA champion R.C. Palmer 91-67, the Academy rebounded to trump Langley Christian 74-57 in the third-place game.
Earning positions on the all-star team were Dowell (first team) and Johnston (second team).
In league play, the Panthers caused a ripple in the rankings when they knocked off No. 6 Unity Christian of Chilliwack 70-57. It was a four-point game at the half but the PoCo squad pulled away with a big 10-0 run in the third quarter.
Dowell contributed seven treys and 23 points, while Cauw tallied 21 points, including three dunks.
They also stopped Meadowridge 80-57 despite a slow start. Up 32-29 at halftime, the Panthers again made a major adjustment and rolled out with an 11-2 streak in the third. Cauw netted 21 points and Johnston 18, while Braydon Peters chipped in 11.