Kitsilano was clearly prepared for the Rainmakers holding the team to 44 points on the night, removing the space required to make the charge towards a championship at the North Vancouver tournament, with Kits holding off the Rainmakers through the fourth period to secure their 65-44 victory.
And while the final result is no doubt a disappointment for the Charles Hays squad, the run from Thursday to Saturday night, most likely secures the Rainmakers their placement in the weekly provincial rankings heading into Christmas.
As they took to the court on Thursday for their first match up, the Province newspaper had listed the Charles Hays squad as the number three team in AAA provincial ball.
With the success of the weekend past, that is territory that they should be found in again when the next listings come out.
Heading into Saturday's final game, the Rainmakers had scored a total of 181 points and only surrendered 139 in their own end, as strong defensive play mixed with offensive output to carry them into tourney wrap up.
The path to Saturday night's Final looked like this
Thursday-- Charles Hays 65 - 46 over Belmont
Friday -- Charles Hays 54 -- 45 over host Carson Graham
The Semi Final on Saturday afternoon found the Rainmakers topping North Vancouver's Sutherland by a score of 62 -48, setting the stage for the Saturday night showcase against Kitsilano.
The Rainmakers also won a tournament tune up game on Wednesday over Yellowknife of the Northwest Territories.
Two Rainmakers were named to the Tournament All Star Team, with Justin McChesney and Rosendo Masocol both selected for the honours at the end of the tournament.
|Justin McChesney driving for the hoop|
at the NSIT
|Rosendo Masocol heading up court|
You can view more of the photos from the tournament action here.
From the weekend, the Rainmakers now sport a record of 7 and 1 in basketball play so far in 2014-15.
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