Sharks' stellar hoops season extended

Aliya Prasad
Aliya Prasad's 31 points powered the Steveston-London Sharks past Burnaby South and onto the provincial championships.
— image credit: Don Fennell photo

In its short six-year history, Steveston-London Secondary has quickly established itself as a school of champions.

The Sharks have strived to carry the torch of proud, competitive athletic teams established over five decades by the Steveston Packers and London Legends, representing the two schools than combined to become Steveston-London.

Shark teams have achieved success in a wide variety of sports and have recently reestablished themselves at the top of the always competitive high school basketball community.   Earlier this month, the Grade 8 girls’ team won the Richmond championship over rival R.A. McMath on the Wildcats' home floor before being eliminated in the Vancouver and District championship tournament hosted at Steveston-London. The Grade 8 boys’ team came third in a strong Richmond league,  then got on a roll in the Vancouver and District championships, with victories over the previously undefeated St. Thomas Aquinas from North Vancouve,  before they knocked off their rivals from McMath in the semifinal only to lose to the Richmond Colts in the Vancouver and Disrict final.  As the second seed from the Vancouver and District zone, the Sharks will now go to the Grade 8 Boys' B.C. championships in Pitt Meadows from March 6-9.

The Sharks senior girls’ team pulled off the biggest Richmond girls' basketball accomplishment in more than a decade.  They defended their Richmond championship and won back-to-back district titles in another hard fought final game over their top rivals from McMath. The Sharks continued their strong play at the Lower Mainland championships where they defeated the Kitsilano Blue Demons 59-53 in the opening round before dropping a game to the B.C. No. 3 Handsworth Royals in the semi-finals.   The Sharks quickly rebounded in the consolation draw and then defeated the hosts and B.C. No. 9-ranked Burnaby South Rebels 83-74 in a thrilling, wide-open consolation final.  The Sharks finished third in the Lower Mainlands and won an automatic berth to the 2013 B.C. Girls' AAA Championship Tournament to be held at the Langley Events Center from March 6-9.  The Sharks become the first Richmond girls’ basketball team to qualify for the AAA B.C. tournament in 12 years.


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