Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Rainmakers Title quest tips off this afternoon, with Saturday finale the target destination

Charles Hays Rainmakers at the Big Show,
Provincials start today with four days of high tempo
basketball in motion leading to Championship Saturday

(click to expand on roster above)

It's almost show time in Langley, as the Charles Hays Rainmakers prepare for their first match up at this years Provincials tournament, marking yet another return to the finale to the BC High School basketball season.

With an upper tier seeding in the AA Basketball Provincials, the Charles Hays Rainmakers are in the favourites grouping, leading one of the four brackets that take to the court today at the Langley Events Centre.

Having compiled an 18 and 2 record heading into the tournament, as well showcasing their skills in a number of games in Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island tournaments this past winter, the Senior Boys  won't be flying under the radar and as the run up to tournament time has passed by.

As tournament time comes around the team from northern BC has become very much part of the conversation for lower mainland basketball observers.

As we took note of on Monday, the Rainmakers got a fair bit of attention as part of the pre tournament draw streamcast, as Howard Tsumura and Chris Kennedy observed as to some of the Charles Hays trips to the south and the success that they found on those competitions against top tier southern teams.

The tournament is available for viewing through a stream cast from the Langley Events Centre, a Pay Per View initiative that has two price packages.

Pricing for the event features a game by game rate of $8.50, or a tournament pass for 24 dollars.

You can find more information on the stretch Internet service here.

More items of interest on the Provincials can be found from the AA Senior Boys Website, tournament updates can also be reviewed through the 2A Boys Basketball Twitter feed

The road to Saturday's finale starts this afternoon at 5:15 PM, when the Rainmakers take on the RC Palmer Griffins.

The Richmond school gained entry to the Big Show in Langley by way of a third place finish in the Lower Mainland AA Championships, topping the St. Pat's Celtics 78-69, the very same team that had had beaten them a year ago in Provincials qualification play.

A look at the notes for the Vancouver area championship provides for a bit of a pre game scouting report on what to expect from the Griffins, which you can read here.

As well, you can get an overall look at what's ahead for all four brackets in the Provincials from our archive page here.

From the first tip to the final buzzer, you can follow the trail of the Rainmakers as they navigate the Provincials tournament below:

Saturday, March 10
7th/8th Place Game 11:30 AM
Charles Hays 62 vs Clarence Fulton 52

Rainmakers claim 7th Place finish in 2018 Tournament

Friday, March 9
Placement Round Game 8:45 PM
Charles Hays 56 vs Shawnigan Lake 60

Thursday, March 8
Quarter Final 5:15 PM
Charles Hays 80 vs Seycove 91

Seycove advances to Provincials Semi-final; Rainmakers move over to consolation round

Wednesday, March 7
Opening Match 5:15 PM
Charles Hays 63 vs RC Palmer 49

Liam McChesney named player of the game


For updates on the Rainmakers in Langley, follow the CHSS Twitter feed.

For a look back at the season that brought them to Langley, see our archive page here.


Scores from the other Divisions of the Tournament

AAA Divsion

Consolation Round Game  7:00 PM
Caledonia 64 vs Carihi 71

Consolation Round Game 10:15 AM 
Caledonia 46 vs G. P. Vanier 67

Consolation round
Caledonia 53 vs Clayton Heights 80

Caledonia 47 vs Byrne Creek 77

A Division

Championship Final  1:30 PM
Bulkley Valley Christian School 53 vs Heritage Christian 65

Heritage Christian is the Single A Champion for 2018
Bulkley Valley claims second place in Provincials

Semi-Final Game 3:30 PM
Bulkley Valley 79 vs Similkameen 63

Quarter Final Game
Bulkley Valley 63 vs Kelowna 54

Bulkley Valley 99 vs St. Andrew's 34

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