What was it Premier Christy Clark once said? “Well, that was easy”?
So it goes for the Osoyoos Secondary Rattlers, who are off to the provincial A Boys basketball championships in Langley March 8 after finishing third at the Okanagan Valley championships in Kelowna over the weekend.
Not only did the Rattlers earn a berth in the provincial championships they did it in style, knocking off two of the province’s top teams, including one they’ve struggled with all season.
And they did it with elimination staring them in the face each time.
The Rattlers dumped Kelowna’s Immaculata High School 100-80 Saturday to take the third provincial berth.
Coming into the game, Immaculata was the province’s third-ranked A Boys team.
“Not only did we win the game, we beat them by 20 points and dropped 100 on them,” said head coach Casey Brouwer.
“We outscored them 36-15 in the first quarter. After that the boys never looked back.”
The tournament start was anything but that easy.
The Rattlers dropped a disappointing 88-77 loss to Kamloops St. Anne’s in the opening round Thursday and found themselves on the elimination side of the draw.
The Osoyoos side rebounded by knocking off Lumby’s Charles Bloom 86-80 Friday afternoon.
Saturday the magic happened.
“Our third game came down to us playing (Similkameen Secondary School), whom we have been battling all season,” said head coach Casey Brouwer. “They beat us twice in regular season.”
Not this time. The Rattlers scored an 87-77 win Saturday morning and advanced to the third-place game, scheduled for later that afternoon.
“The guys were so focused on the (Similkameen) game,” said Brouwer. “They knew what they had to do. We came out more united than I have ever seen the guys.”
The big Saturday wins have the Rattlers headed to Langley for the provincial championships March 8-12.
“We’re not sure yet on our ranking going in, but seeing as we beat two of the top 10 teams currently we should be going in to provincials ranked somewhere between fifth and seventh,” said Brouwer.