Walnut Grove Gators’ Ty Rowell goes up for the lay-up against the Belmont Braves during the Candy Cane Classic at Walnut Grove Secondary on Dec. 4. The Gators went 3-0 to win the Candy Cane Classic title and lost in the championship final on Saturday night to the Kelowna Owls at Vancouver College’s Emerald Classic.

Walnut Grove Gators’ Ty Rowell goes up for the lay-up against the Belmont Braves during the Candy Cane Classic at Walnut Grove Secondary on Dec. 4. The Gators went 3-0 to win the Candy Cane Classic title and lost in the championship final on Saturday night to the Kelowna Owls at Vancouver College’s Emerald Classic.

Oak Bay get better of Gators in Emerald Classic final

Battle between two of the province's top-ranked 4A senior boys basketball teams goes in favour of Oak Bay

The Walnut Grove senior boys team lost in the championship finals at Vancouver College’s Emerald Tournament on Saturday.

The Gators — ranked third in the province among 4A senior boys teams — fell 82-75 to Oak Bay in the championship final.

It was the Gators first loss of the season after starting with five wins, including taking all three the weekend before at the Walnut Grove Candy Cane Classic.

At the Emerald Classic, Walnut Grove’s Ty Rowell picked up both the tournament’s top outstanding player as well as a first team all-star award.

Jake Cowley was also named a first team all-star.

The Gators beat SMU 91-57 in round one at the Emerald Classic and edged the Semiahmoo Totems 83-78 in the semifinals.