The Summerland Secondary School senior boys Rockets basketball team advanced to the Okanagan Valley championships following a win against George Elliott School in Vernon last Thursday. In the back row from left are Coach Dave Stathers

Rockets earn spot in championships

The Summerland Secondary School senior boys Rockets advanced to the Okanagan Valley Championships with a 60-53 win over Winfield.

The Summerland Secondary School senior boys Rockets basketball team advanced to the Okanagan Valley Championships with a close 60-53 win over George Elliot School of Winfield Thursday night in Summerland.

The Rockets held a 12 point lead at the half and extended it to 19 points in the third quarter before Winfield staged a comeback.

The Rockets were led by a career-best 32 points from Grade 12 point guard Jordan Stathers which included four three-pointers.

Grade 11 captain Abhi Lekhi also contributed 14 points and some great pressing defense.

Other scorers were Sam Fehr with seven and Gurek Rathore with five.

Coach Dave Stathers said, “The boys played with passion and tenacity. We pressed them the whole game.”

The win followed a 75-50 playoff loss to Princess Margaret of Penticton on Wednesday and contributed to an overall season record of 13-13.

Summerland, Princess Margaret and first-place Oliver all advance to the Valley Championships this Thursday to Saturday in Vernon.

The top two teams from that tournament qualify for the provincial finals in early March.