For a third straight year, the Duncan Christian School Chargers are the best single-A senior boys basketball team on Vancouver Island.
The Chargers completed the three-peat with a tight 54-52 win over Glenlyon Norfolk School last Saturday.
"I told the boys before the game the it was going to be an ebb-andflow game with the lead switching many times," DCS coach Jim Brandsma said. "Glenlyon is a fast team and their center can block pretty much anything coming from our big guys so he really affected our game."
The Chargers led for most of the game, but were down by nine points going into the fourth quarter.
Defensive stops and quality shots allowed the team to claw its way back.
"We had really good ball pressure at the end of the game to finally pull off the win," Brandsma said.
Nick Kapteyn finished the game with 18 points and 12 rebounds, Doug Groenendijk had 13 points and 13 steals, and Jesse van Wingerden had 13 points and six steals.
The Chargers easily won their pool to reach the final, beating Dwight International School and Campbell River Christian handily.
Groenendijk led the way against Dwight with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Kapteyn had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Johnny Caron had 12 points, van Wingerden and Michael Brandsma had 10 points each, and Alan Park eight points and 10 rebounds.
Against Campbell River Christian, Groenendijk put up 29 points, 18 rebounds, and seven assists; Kapteyn had 25 points, 15 rebounds and six steals, van Wingerden had 14 points, eight assists and 13 steals, Brandsma scored 14 points, and Park had 12 points.
Groenendijk, who averaged a double-double, was named tournament MVP, matching his feat from two years ago, and van Wingerden was selected as an all-star.
The Chargers will head to the provincial tournament in Langley next week, hoping to improve on their fifth-place seeding.