CORNER BROOK Andrew Burden got the nod as the tournamentâ€™s most valuable player as the G. C. Rowe Crusaders claimed gold in Summerford.
Burden drained 17 points to lead the Rowe boys to a 56-29 victory over St. Paulâ€™s Academy of Gander in the championship final of the 2014 West Coast Provincial Grade 8 Boys Basketball Tournament.
Alan Hoven poured in 10 points and Andrew Antle had an eight-point outing for the champions at New World Island School gymnasium Sunday morning.
Kyle Fraser had the hot hand for the Gander entry with eight points, while Aaron Pinkson had six and Eric Piercey threw in five.
The Rowe boys jumped out to a 10-5 lead after the first quarter as Hoven scored six of his 10 points. By halftime, the Crusaders had stretched the lead to 36-17 thanks to seven points from Burden and six from Antle.
In the second half, the champions continued to focus on solid defence to protect the lead and only surrendered 12 points, while Burden rose to the occasion with another 10 for the winners.
Burden and Antle dominated the hardwood for the Rowe squad with 16 points each in a convincing 88-24 victory over host New World Island Academy in one of two semifinal matchups Saturday afternoon in Summerford.
St. Paulâ€™s Academy earned its berth in the final by ousting Presentation Junior High 28-27 in the other semifinal matchup. Aaron Pinkson scoring four points in the final minute, including the game-winning shot.
Liam Smith was player of the game for the Presentation boys.
Both Rowe and Presentation finished first in their respective divisions with 2-0 records in round-robin play.
Roweâ€™s run to the top included an 89-14 victory over Exploits Valley Intermediate of Grand Falls-Windsor and a 49-40 decision over the host team.
Presentation Junior High went 2-0 in round-robin play, thanks to a 48-21 win over the host Summerford team and a 58-28 win over Greenwood Academy of Campbellton.