Jesse Crookes hits game-winner to earn Terry Fox first B.C. provincial title since 1994

Terry Fox Ravens guard Jesse Crookes had no clue how the final game of his high-school career would end.

Not until there were 3.4 seconds left on the score clock.

“I knew we had about two seconds left or something like that, and I just thought that I’ve got to shoot it – and I did – and I didn’t think it was going in.

“And then I was pumped.”

That was Crookes’ reaction after hitting the game-winning shot at the 67th B.C. Boys AAA Championship, defeating the Walnut Grove Gators 75-74 in front of over 4,000 fans at the Langley Events Centre (LEC).

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Walnut Grove and Terry Fox set to clash in B.C. AAA final

Everyone’s eyes were transfixed on Jadon Cohee.

The grade-10 hoop prodigy for the Walnut Grove Gators was absolutely torching the Vancouver College Fighting Irish, his young legs spurring him on to finish the game as the only Gator not to get a breather.

A humble 1-for-4 outing in the first quarter, then an eight-point explosion in second, Cohee began to turn heads as he continuously slithered his lanky frame around the tough Fighting Irish defence.

But the young 6-3 guard got quiet in the second half while his veteran back court counterpart Ethan McKean; who had quietly been having his biggest game of the tourney, emerged in the fourth and completely took over.

It was a McKean three, followed by a steal, and finally another three for the senior guard that put the Gators up 61-58 and effectively closed the doors on Vancouver College’s chance for redemption at the B.C. Triple-A boys championship.

“I just love it, I love the big game moments,” said McKean after his Gators had just beat the Fighting Irish 61-60 in the provincial semifinals on Friday, Mar. 15 at the Langley Events Centre (LEC).

“That’s what I dream about.”

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Abu Khan brings Fighting Irish third-straight Emerald Championship

Fighting Irish post Abu Khan tries to get up over the long reach of Terry Fox's Ryan Sclater in the finals of the Emerald Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 21. Khan was named tournament MVP, recording 29 points and 15 points in the championship game. - Brian Jones Photo

When the Vancouver College Fighting Irish devised a game-plan for the championship final of their home tournament, it probably didn’t involve taking the offensive burden away from their dominant backcourt.

Cole Penman and Isaiah Solomon, two talented lead guards who share the Irish’s point guard responsibilities just as well as they share the basketball, had been instrumental in Vancouver College’s first two wins of the 47th annual Emerald Tournament.

And even apart from Penman and Solomon – shooting guard and three-point assassin Erickson Evangelista had been the catalyst in a convincing semifinal win over Burnaby South the night before.

So why rely on 6-foot-8 Abu Khan to do all the work?

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Terry Fox and Vancouver College set to play for Emerald Tourney title

Vancouver College guard Erickson Evangelista knocks down one of his four threes during the Fighting Irish's 82-75 win over Burnaby South. Evangelista led all VC scorers with 20 in the game. - Brian Jones Photo

A look back at the second day of action at the 47th annual Vancouver College Emerald Tournament, and a preview for Saturday night’s final.

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