Langley Christian Lightning's Brennan Gardner scored 30 points as his team upset of the Golden Eagles 90-73 on the opening day of the B.C. 2A senior boys basketball championships at the Langley Events Centre.

Langley Christian Lightning's Brennan Gardner scored 30 points as his team upset of the Golden Eagles 90-73 on the opening day of the B.C. 2A senior boys basketball championships at the Langley Events Centre.

Lightning strike down Eagles in upset

No. 14 Langley Christian beats No. 3 Golden on opening day of B.C. 2A senior boys basketball championships at Langley Events Centre

In terms of seeding, the Langley Christian pulled off the biggest upset on the opening day of the four provincial high school basketball championships.

The Lightning were seeded No. 14 but pulled off the shocker, taking down the No. 3 Golden Eagles 90-73 on Wednesday (March 11) at the B.C. 3A tournament at the Langley Events Centre.

The win earned Langley Christian a quarter-final date with the No. 11 Delview Raiders, a familiar foe.

The Lightning and Delview split a pair of games last month at the Fraser Valley championships, with the Raiders placing third and Langley Christian fourth.

In Langley Christian’s victory over the Eagles, the team raced out to a 28-10 first quarter lead and never looked back.

Golden did cut the deficit to 44-34 at the half but Langley Christian re-established a comfortable margin in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 23-14 in the period.

Langley Christian shot an incredible 59 per cent from downtown, hitting 10 of 17 three-point attempts.

Leading the way was Brennan Gardner, who sunk six of his 10 triples to finish with 30 points. He also had eight assists and six rebounds.

And Gardner was one of five Lightning players in double figures — Aaron Flach (16 points), Linden Bontkes (15 points), Reid Marriott (12 points) and Nathan Dickhof (10 points).

As a team, Langley Christian shot 48.5 per cent from the field.