Celtics No. 2 in the province

The Richmond Youth Basketball League Celtics finished second at Basketball BC’s under-13 provincial club championship. - sub
The Richmond Youth Basketball League Celtics finished second at Basketball BC’s under-13 provincial club championship.
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Richmond Celtics reached the final of Basketball BC’s under-13 girls’ provincial club championship Sunday at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Only forming at the end of February, the Richmond Youth Basketball League reps posted a 2-1-1 exhibition record prior to the two-day provincial event, at which they finished as the tournament’s highest scoring team and allowed the second-fewest points—an indication of both their individual skills and how quickly they were able to mesh.

The Celtics completed the short, but successful spring campaign coming up just shy in the title game won by South Burnaby Screaming Eagles 35-28. The Celtics tipped off round-robin play Saturday with a 37-16 win over Seymour Storm before topping Slamma Jamma Orange 43-23 and losing 36-34 to Tri-Cities Chaos. The Celtics then defeated Vancouver Bobcats 37-26 in the semifinals to reach the final against a South Burnaby team that also finished first in the recent metro league.

The Celtics comprised of Sophia De Le Torre, Jalen Donaldson, Sophia Kostiuk, Emily Latrace, Carlene Lock, Annie Morrison, Jessica Porter, Tayah Takasaki, Jennifer Vonas, Ellen Yam and Abby Zawada. The team was coached by Andrew and Jessica Zawada and Justin and Scott Porter.

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