A year ago, the storybook run that the Terry Fox Ravens enjoyed would have made a fitting film called That Championship Season.
Unfortunately, the 2013 followup could be called Ravens of the Lost Arc.
The Port Coquitlam squad put forth a gutsy effort Wednesday against the No. 2-ranked Kitsilano Blue Demons at the B.C. AAA senior boys basketball championship, only to fall 65-54.
For good portions of the game, Fox was able to contain the Demons' six-foot-eight centre Luka Zaharijevic. They even erased an early nine-point deficit and stood tied 28-28 at the half.
But a one-for-20 success rate on three-point shots limited any kind of extra momentum they could cobble together in the second half, resulting in a consolation side spot.
"Second half, I think we played tough enough defensively but we just couldn't hit a shot to save our life," said Ravens coach Steve Hanson. "One for 17 [Tuesday] and 1-20 [Wednesday]. I think a lot of those shots were good looks that we hit all year, it sometimes just doesn't go down."
On Thursday the Ravens bounced back from the loss to Kits with a solid 87-50 decision over Belmont to stay in range for a sixth-place finish.
Against Kits, the central theme was to deliver an upset. After falling behind 13-4 early in the first quarter, Fox took a timeout and got back into the game.
Liam Hancock drained the team's only trey to tie it midway through the second quarter. A Brad Peters free throw gave the No. 14-seed its one and only lead of the game.
Kitsilano started the second half with some new jump and outscored Fox 18-8 in the third quarter. Zaharijevic counted three clutch buckets from inside.
Although Fox continued to fire long bombs from afar, none of them fell.
"I was confident we could beat that team, absolutely. We said it all week, we have to hit our shots and we didn't," said Hanson.
Zaharijevic finished with 19 points, while Grade 10 Mike West led Fox with 15, and Hancock contributed 11.
Against Belmont, Casey tallied 19 points and West chipped in 14.
Fox plays either Handsworth or Enver Creek today (Friday) at 2: 30 p.m.
Action continues through Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.