THE lowest two Fraser Valley seeds knocked out the top two Lower Mainland sets on day one of the 4A Tournament at the BC High School Basketball Championships at Langley Events Centre.
In just the second game of the round of 16 on Wednesday, Port Moody’s Heritage Woods Kodiaks, the No. 15 seed, pulled off the shocker as the Fraser Valley’s seventh seed knocked off the Lower Mainland champion and No. 2 seed Kitsilano Blue Demons. And then a few games later, the No. 13 Centennial Centaurs (Coquitlam) drilled a long-distance three at the buzzer to force overtime before knocking off the No. 4 Vancouver College Fighting Irish.
The quarter-finals get underway on Thursday at 3:00 p.m with No. 3 Terry Fox (Port Coquitlam) vs. No. 6 Oak Bay (Victoria), No. 7 Kelowna vs. No. 15 Heritage Woods, No. 5 Burnaby South vs. No. 13 Centennial and the No. 1 Holy Cross Crusaders battle the No. 9 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in an all-Surrey final.
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No. 7 Kelowna Owls 58 defeat No. 10 Belmont Bulldogs 49
The Kelowna Owls outlasted the Belmont Bulldogs in a defensive battle, defeating the Victoria squad 58-49. The Owls were up one point at halftime and limited Belmont to 21 second-half points.
Parker Johnstone led Kelowna with 23 points on 11 of 23 shooting while also grabbing seven rebounds. Hunter Simson added 17 points and four steals.
Markus Modrovic led the Bulldogs with 15 points and 14 rebounds and Maxwell Leeder and Daunte Nelson each had 13 points.
No. 15 Heritage Woods Kodiaks defeat 81 No. 2 Kitsilano Blue Demons 68
Port Moody’s Heritage Woods Kodiaks led by as many as 25 points before posting an impressive 81-68 win over Vancouver’s Kitsilano Blue Demons as the Fraser Valley’s seventh seed knocked off the Lower Mainland champions.
Zach Hamed had a monster game for the Kodiaks with 25 points and 25 rebounds while Arshia Movassaghi was right behind with 24 points.
As a team, Heritage Woods shot 42.3 per cent from the field while the Blue Demons struggled, connecting on 29.4 per cent of their field goals and just 23.1 per cent from the three-point line. Kitsilano also hit just 9 of 22 free throws. Luka Dolman led the team with 26 points and eight rebounds.
No. 6 Oak Bay Bays 91 defeat No. 11 W.J. Mouat Hawks 65
Diego and Lucas Maffia combined for 48 points as Victoria’s Oak Bay Bays used a hot first half to ground Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat Hawks 91-65.
The brothers combined to hit eight three-pointers (six for younger brother Lucas) while the Hawks shot four for 18 from beyond the arc.
Oak Bay’s Jaime Molins and Ewan Mackenzie chipped in with 17 points apiece.
Mouat’s leading scorer was Manvir Johal with 17 points while Gershaun Sarowa had 15. The Hawks shot 51.4 per cent in the second half but could not overcome a shaky first half which saw them sink just 24.3 per cent (nine for 37) of their shots as they went to the locker room trailing 55-25.
No. 3 Terry Fox Ravens 119 defeat No. 14 Mount Baker Wild 45
The Terry Fox Ravens (Port Coquitlam) were lights-out offensively, hitting on 50 per cent of their shots as they reached triple digits in a 119-45 win over Cranbrook’s Mount Baker Wild.
A big key in the game was rebounding as Terry Fox held a 55-17 advantage, including 28 offensive rebounds to the Wild’s 12 defensive boards.
Cameron Slaymaker led the onslaught with 24 points while Jacob Mand had 21 points. Grady Stanyer (12) and Jake McFarland (11) combined for 23 of the Ravens’ rebounds.
Carter Marlow led Mount Baker with 13 points.
No. 5 Burnaby South Rebels 114 defeat No. 12 Walnut Grove 84
The Burnaby South Rebels were lights-out with their shooting, hitting 54.1 per cent of their field goals and 44 per cent (11-for-25) from beyond the arc as they blew past Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators 114-84.
The Rebels had four players combine for 90 points.
Justin Sunga (27 points, eight rebounds, five steals), Baltej Sohal (23 points, six assists, three rebounds), Jiordano Khan (22 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals) and Sasha Vujisic (18 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots) keyed the Burnaby South attack.
The Gators were led by Nolan Premack (27 points, 13 rebounds, five steals, two assists), Jarrett Jacobs (23 points, nine assists, six assists, two steals) and Kyle Kong (14 points, 10 rebounds).
No. 13 Centennial Centaurs 83 No. 5 Vancouver College Fighting Irish 82 (OT)
Leif Skelding drilled a long-distance three-pointer as time expired to force overtime and the Centennial Centaurs (Coquitlam) completed the upset in the extra period, edging the No. 4 seed Vancouver College Fighting Irish 83-82.
The Centaurs were down five at the half but shot 46.3 per cent from the field in the second half and overtime.
Skelding hit five three-pointers as he scored a team-high 23 points. He also had four steals, two rebounds and two assists. Terry Cho chipped in with 13 for the Centaurs.
The Fighting Irish were led by 31 points and 18 rebounds from Toni Maric and 16 points and eight rebounds from Toni Maric.
No. 9 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers 81 defeat No. 8 West Vancouver Highlanders 76
Arjun Samra’s 32 points helped Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers rally for an 81-76 win over the West Vancouver Highlanders. The Panthers trailed by as many as 13 points in the first quarter of a back-and-forth game which saw the score tied 13 times and the lead change hands 11 times.
Parsa Zadeh led the Highlanders with 32 points and 16 rebounds.
No. 1 Holy Cross Crusaders 107 defeat No. 16 North Peace Grizzlies 67
The top-ranked Holy Cross (Surrey) Crusaders cruised to the 107-67 opening round victory over Fort St. John’s North Peace Grizzlies.
Michael Risi and Nosa Ehizode had 14 points apiece to lead Holy Cross while Liam Peterson countered with 28 points for the Grizzlies.