Burnaby South Secondary is riding high today on their first day back to school after winning Saturday’s provincial boys basketball championship.
The 80-72 win over Semiahmoo in the 4A final gave Burnaby South their first BC high school basketball championship in 39 years.
When pro teams in Canada win a championship, they get usually a phone call from the prime minister. The Burnaby South Rebels got something even better: an Instagram video from NBA star, Jeremy Lin.
“Congratulations to the Burnaby South Rebels on your provincial championship,” said Lin. “Way to make history.”
The video was taken by Burnaby South alumni Keana Li, who spotted Lin shopping in Gastown on Sunday.
“I was very involved with the Rebels athletics program growing up and I just thought it would be so cool if Jeremy gave them a shoutout,” Li told Daily Hive. “So then we were chatting and I told Jeremy about how Burnaby South won provincials for the first time in 39 years and how the whole Burnaby South community would go crazy if he gave them a shoutout.”
“He was so awesome about it.”
The Asian-American basketball pro made headlines when he burst onto the scene in 2011-12 with the New York Knicks, inspiring a global craze known as ‘Linsanity.’
Now playing for the Brooklyn Nets, Lin plans to spend most of this season in British Columbia, as he rehabs a knee injury at Fortius in Burnaby. He appeared in just one game this season before suffering the season-ending injury.
“The goal is to rebuild my body from the ground-up,” Lin said in a video posted to Instagram in November. The 29-year-old has appeared in just one game this season, his eighth in the NBA.