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Quarterfinals set at RCMP Classic

All-Surrey basketball tournament continues today at three high schools
Princess Margaret Lion Gerald Librada leaps towards the basket next to Rajan Atker of the Panorama Ridge Thunder during a senior boys' game the 26th annual Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic at Panorama Ridge Secondary on Jan. 10.

Eight teams are continuing their chase for the Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic championship, and will play today for a berth in Friday night's semifinal games.

Eight games in the first round of the all-Surrey senior boys high school tournament were played at four locations yesterday (Tuesday).

The three-time defending champion Tamanawis Wildcats advanced  with an 82-50 victory over the Kwantlen Park Timberwolves at Kwantlen Park Secondary.

Tamanawis, an honourable mention in the latest provincial top 10 rankings, will play the North Surrey Spartans this evening at 4:45 p.m. at Enver Creek Secondary in one of four quarterfinal games. The Spartans won their first round match at Kwantlen Park, topping the Earl Marriott Mariners 63-58.

A second quarterfinal contest at Enver Creek today will feature two South Surrey schools tipping off at 3 p.m. The Semiahmoo Totams, ranked 10th provincially, will play the Southridge Storm. Semiahmoo won their first-round game 88-61 over the Clayton Heights Nightriders at Panorama Ridge Secondary, while the Storm got past the Enver Creek Cougars 81-68 at Fleetwood Park Secondary.

The Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers, ranked ninth provincially, were at Guildford Park Secondary on Tuesday, where they pushed aside the Johnston Heights Eagles 85-42. The Panthers will play this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary against the Guildford Sabres, 64-61 winners on their home court over the Sullivan Heights Stars.

The fourth quarterfinal today is at Fleetwood Park, where the Fraser Heights Firehawks and Panorama Ridge Thunder will battle for a semifinal berth.

The Thunder, an honorable mention in the provincial poll, defeated the Princess Margaret Lions 66-58 at Panorama Ridge. Fraser Heights won their first round game at Fleetwood Park, defeating the host Dragons 74-48.

Semifinal games will be played Friday at 5:45 and 7:45 p.m. at Enver Creek. Winners will play in the championship game, also at Enver Creek, Saturday at 7:45 p.m.