The 2019 Vancouver Island junior girls basketball champion Pacific Christian School Pacers at Belmont secondary where they defeated Claremont Spartans in the final. (Submitted)

The 2019 Vancouver Island junior girls basketball champion Pacific Christian School Pacers at Belmont secondary where they defeated Claremont Spartans in the final. (Submitted)

WATCH: Pacers score buzzer-beater to send Island final into overtime

Pacific Christian edge Claremont Spartants in Island junior girls basketball championship

It took a ‘hail Mary’ three-pointer to save overtime as the Pacific Christian School Pacers junior girls basketball team won its second straight Island championship by defeating the Claremont Spartans 47-42 at Belmont secondary on Feb. 16.

Down three points with seven seconds to go, Pacers point guard Addy Tupas-Singh (MVP of the 2017 Island championship) swished a running three-pointer over a Claremont defender to extend the championship final into overtime.

Pacer Ella Parker snagged a rebound and passed to Tupas-Singh who wove in and out as the time ticked down, launching the game-tying basket in the final seconds.

“She swished it,” said John Stewart, PCS athletic director.

READ MORE: PCS girls win first Island junior basketball title

Tupas-Singh was named to the tournament All-Star team and Pacers teammate Jenna de Greeff earned the MVP honours.

The Pacers and Spartans now advance to the junior girls provincials, Feb. 27 to March 2 at the Langley Event Centre.

PCS defeated faced the host Belmont Bulldogs in the semifinal though the latter had already secured a berth in the provincials by winning a previous qualifying tournament—with a buzzer-beater three-pointer over Pacific Christian, no less, said Stewart.

This time the Pacers won 60-47.

PCS and Claremont finished the first quarter tied 18-18. The Pacers flirted with a six-point lead in the third quarter. It was Claremont who took pulled ahead with a five-point lead and only a minute remaining in the fourth quarter.

PCS enters the 24-team provincials ranked fifth, Claremont ninth and Belmont 15th.

reporter@saaanichnews.com

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