The Mount Sentinel Wildcats dropped a very close 82-72 decision to Grand Forks Wolves in the semi final round of the Kootenay High School Single A Boys' Basketball Championships Saturday in Salmo.
The loss eliminated the Wildcats from the tournament.
Fernie Falcons knocked off the Wolves 121-81 in the final to capture the zone title and a berth in the BC High School Single A Boys' Basketball Championships.
Mount Sentinel opened the tournament with a 67-35 victory over Nakusp. Ti Loren let the Cats with 26 points while Kyle Kabatoff had 18 and Jacob Robinson nine. Grand Forks blasted J.V. Humphries of Kaslo 95-21 in quarterfinal action.
In the semi final, Mount Sentinel and Grand Forks were tied 18-18 after one quarter before the Wolves jumped all over the Cats to take a 18-point lead at halftime.
The Wildcats, paced by top scorers Loren, with 30, and Kabatoff, with 28, roared back with a 15-3 run to cut the lead to four in the fourth quarter. However, the Wolves were able to hand on for the 10-point victory.
Mallard's Source for sports would like to salute the Wildcats with Team of the Week honors.
The team includes Coaches Tony Kabatoff and Ed Nielsen and players Mike Hennelly, Nathan Hernandez, Kyle Kabatoff, Aaron Spurge and Logan Smart. Middle, acob Robinson, Cody Lemay, Xavier Moore and Ty Theoret. Front, Tristen Geswein, Ti Loren.
Host Salmo Falcons lost 107-67 to Fernie and 63-56 to Sparwood.