SIX of the top eight seeds advanced in the first round of the 3A Boys Tournament at the BC High School Basketball Championships after day one on Wednesday at Langley Events Centre.
Thursday’s quarter-final round begins at 3 p.m. with No. 6 A.R. MacNeill (Richmond) vs. No. 14 Argyle (North Vancouver), No. 2 Vernon goes up against No. 7 Rick Hansen (Abbotsford), No. 1 Sir Charles Tupper (Vancouver) vs. No. 9 North Delta and No. 4 Duchess Park (Prince George) and No. 5 G.W. Graham (Chilliwack).
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No. 4 Duchess Park Condors 72 defeat No. 13 Caledonia Kermodes 49
The Duchess Park (Prince George) Condors offence took flight in the second quarter, outscoring Terrace’s Caledonia Kermodes 28-14 over that 10-minute span for the 72-49 victory.
The Condors shot 41.2 per cent from the field and 41.7 per cent from beyond the arc in the first half, building a 42-27 lead. Caleb Lyons led Duchess Park, shooting 50 per cent for the game and finishing with 25 points and seven points.
Jackson Netzel had 21 points for Caledonia.
No. 6 A.R. MacNeill Ravens 77 defeat No. 11 Robert Bateman Timberwolves 67
Down 14 points at one point in the second quarter, Richmond’s A.R. MacNeill Ravens rallied to win by 10, defeating Abbotsford’s Robert Bateman Timberwolves 77-67.
The Ravens used a balanced attack as four players hit double figures with Hudson Swaim scoring 17, Jackson Thackwray and Usman Tung contributing 16 points apiece and Omar Abumalouh chipping with a dozen.
The Timberwolves got 22 points from Isaiah Peters, 15 from Darsh Brar and 13 from Sam Davenport.
No. 14 Argyle Pipers 85 defeat No. 3 Pitt Meadows Marauders 69
Tied after three quarters, North Vancouver’s Argyle Pipers took control in the final period to knock off the No. 3 Pitt Meadows Marauders 85-69.
The Pipers hit eight of their 11 three-pointers in the second half, led by Gerial Larosa (28 points, six three-pointers) and David Finch (16 points, four three-pointers). Ethan Hanlon also had 16 points while both Finch and Hanlon each grabbed 10 rebounds.
Pitt Meadows was led by 25 points from Cole Leon and 19 from Ryan Tougas.
No. 2 Vernon Panthers 83 defeat No. 15 Reynolds Roadrunners 44
A 17-point advantage in the first quarter set the tone for the Vernon Panthers as they cruised to a 83-44 win over Victoria’s Reynolds Roadrunners.
Vernon dominated in the paint, outscoring the Roadrunners 56-22 and they also controlled the boards with a 48-33 advantage.
The Panthers were led by 24 points and 12 rebounds from Kevin Morgan and 19 points and 11 rebounds from Isaiah Ondrik.
Takeshi Croke and Ephrem Woldu led Reynolds with 15 points apiece.
No. 1 Sir Charles Tupper Tigers 73 defeat No. 16 Mark Isfeld Ice 58
The top-seeded Sir Charles Tupper Tigers from Vancouver used strong second and third quarters to defeat the 16th-seed Mark Isfeld Ice (Courtenay) in the round of 16.
The Tigers led by two points after one quarter but stretched the lead to six at the half and 15 after three quarters in what became a 73-58 victory.
Simon Crossfield led Tupper with 20 points, eight steals and five rebounds. Gaurab Archarya had 14 points and seven assists.
Aidan McDonald led the Ice with 19 points and nine rebounds and Temwa Mtawali had 13 points and nine rebounds.
No. 5 G.W. Graham Grizzlies 85 defeat No. 12 Steveston-London Sharks 59
The three-headed attack of Geevon Janday (18 points), Jude Hall (17 points) and Zachary Klim (17 points) powered Chilliwack’s G.W. Graham Grizzlies to an opening round 85-59 win over Richmond’s Steveston-London Sharks.
The Grizzlies never trailed in the contest and they shot 44.3 per cent from the field.
Jhonelle Vergara led the Sharks with 11 points.
No. 7 Rick Hansen Hurricanes 86 defeat No. 10 G.P. Vanier Towhees 71
Abbotsford’s Rick Hansen Hurricanes built an early 11-point first quarter lead on their way to an opening-round 86-71 win over Courtenay’s G.P. Vanier Towhees.
The Hurricanes shot the ball extremely well, hitting on 41.3 per cent of their field goals with Gurkaran Mangat going for 23 points while grabbing 14 rebounds. Harjot Dhaliwal chipped in with 16 points and five assists.
Peter Greaves led the Towhees with 25 points and 14 rebounds.
No. 9 North Delta Huskies defeat 74 No. 8 Byrne Creek 48
Arun Atker scored a game-high 23 points as the No. 8 North Delta Huskies scored a 74-48 win over the Byrne Creek (Burnaby) Bulldogs.
The Huskies trailed by two points in the first quarter but led the rest of the way.
Bithow Wan led the Bulldogs 22 points and 15 rebounds.