Killarney’s Senior Boys Basketball team finished a tumultuous campaign by winning Eric Hamber’s Midtown Showdown in convincing fashion, defeating Prince of Wales, Templeton, and the hosts by a combined total of 84 points over the three games. The Cougars were led by tournament MVP John Easton, and tournament all-stars Eli McCrea and Louis MacPherson.
It was an up-and-down campaign for the Cougars. Before Christmas, the team’s record sat at 7-3, having lost in the finals of both the Gladstone and Point Grey tournaments, and in the semi-finals of the Cougar Classic. Unfortunately, with the winter break came Covid, and Omichron negatively affected the team as league play began. Through the adversity, the boys fell to 1-4 in the league, and missed an opportunity for the playoffs due to an administrative choice.
City All-star Louis MacPherson led the team in scoring, averaging 18.2 points per game, which included a career-high 40 versus Delview. Eli McCrea showed great improvement, acting as team leader and often leading in both scoring and rebounding, including a career-high 31 point, 17 rebound performance in the final at Gladstone. This season saw many of the boys reach career highs, including JP Rafael (20), Keeti Anpalagan (16), Clinton Cabarong (16), and John Easton (32).
Coaches McGuire and MacPherson would like to thank all of the boys for their hard work and tireless dedication, and managers Faith Tso and Yoni Marom for making life easier. Especially Faith, for her five years of service.
The Senior Boys roster includes Grade 12 students Keeti Anpalagan, Clinton Cabarong, Janssen Camangeg, John Easton, Wreneil Hafalla, Eli McCrea, Louis MacPherson, Gurshaan Mangat, Johnson Nguyen, JP Rafael, Vineil Singh, Caden Stopchycki, and grade 11 students Theo Depford and Mitchell Klassen.