Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Banner within their grasp: Rainmakers In Langley for BC Provincials

Tournament Time in Langley for the
Charles Hays Senior Boys Rainmakers

(click to enlarge team roster courtesy AA tournament website)

The 2019 AA Provincial High School Basketball Tournament gets underway today, the last stop on a fairly impressive season for the Charles Hays Senior Boys Rainmakers, with but only four days between Mel and Ryan Bishops' team and a Provincial banner.

The tourney which celebrates it's Fiftieth year this week, is the highlight reel showcase for high school basketball in British Columbia and has delivered many memorable showdowns and performances in many of those fifty years.

As we outlined on Monday, the consensus of observers at Provincials is that the Charles Hays Squad are the tournament favourite, bringing consecutive weeks at Number One in the province into the tournament; their work ethic steeled by some extensive testing against AAA and AAAA teams at tournaments through the season.

Among those that have marked the Makers' as a team to watch, is Vancouver sports journalist Howard Tsumura, who is looking forward to watching the Charles Hays boys this week in Langley.

"Charles Hays is built to the stage right now where they have absolutely no fear even in the 4A forum they just walk right in there and they're just going to play whoever you put in front of them ... McChesney just a terrific talent, so you don't want to put any undue pressure on anyone, but if anyone can take the kind of expectation, based on their body of work it's Charles Hays" 

You can follow his observations on all of the Provincial tournaments this week at the Langley Events Centre through his online journal Varsity Letters.

More notes on the tournament can be reviewed from the home page for the AA tournament, while updates through the four days of BC's version of March madness can be found through the tourney twitter feed.

Another source for notes on basketball in the province is the BC Hoop Scoop twitter feed, which will keep an eye on tournament developments from Langley.

You can also follow the Rainmakers through their twitter feed, while CHSS may also have notes through the week through their school twitter feed.

Tournament action from the tournament can be viewed through the pay per view streamcast available here.

The price per day for broadcast is $8.50, while a tournament pass costs $24.00.

As the tournament tips off, we will track the tournament action through the week through this page which will serve as our AA Provincials Archive.

The Tournament Results

The Charles Hays Rainmakers are 2019 AA BC High School Champions

Saturday, March 9
Championship Final 
Charles Hays Rainmakers 78 vs  George Elliot Coyotes 51


Friday, March 8
Semi-Final (8:45 PM tip off)
Charles Hays Rainmakers 74 vs Sa-Hali (Kamloops) 66
Boxscore )

Thursday, March 7
Charles Hays Rainmakers 87 vs Westsyde (Kamloops) 68
Boxscore  )

Wednesday, March 6
Charles Hays Rainmakers 119 vs Sparwood 45
Boxscore )

The Tournament Notes

March 9 -- Having brought the Rain to Langley, Charles Hays Rainmakers are bringing home a AA Provincials Banner  NCR
March 9 -- ONE MORE GAME! It's off to the finals for Charles Hays after a hard earned Semi-Final victory in AA Tournament Play  NCR
March 7 -- Bring On Sa-Hali!! Rainmakers advance to Semi-Finals at AA Tournament  NCR
March 7 -- 'Quaterfinals for Three Please:" PG Schools all set for provincial bouts
March 7 -- Sa-Hali Sabres reach provincial basketball semi-final; Westsyde Whundas' title chase ends
March 7 -- Rick Hansen, Abbotsford Christian post wins at provincials
March 6 -- Prince George teams win at provincial championships
March 6 -- Rainmakers on a roll after Day One of Provincials  NCR
March 5 -- Abbotsford Senior boys basketball teams tip off Wednesday
March 5 -- Condors, Trojans, Eagles all set for basketball provincials
March 5 -- Abootsford senior boys basketball teams tip off Wednesday
March 5 -- Westsyde, Sa-Hali have upsets on mind at B.C. championship
March 5 -- Island teams to boys provincials
March 4 -- Rainmakers and Sparwood to launch AA provincials on Wednesday  NCR
March 3 -- Surrey teams at basketball provincials
February 27 -- Elphinstone tops Seycove in overtime - twice! to win Howe Sound title

Basketball fans of the Northwest will also want to keep an eye on the AAA tournament taking place at the same time in Langley, Terrace's Caledonia will be pursuing their own hopes for a provincial banner through the week. The AAA tourney twitter feed is available here.

For a look back at the Rainmaker season see our Charles Hays Sports Archive here.

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