Two Surrey school basketball teams will battle tonight (Thursday) for a chance to keep shooting for a provincial title.
Holy Cross Crusaders and Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers are in an “Elite Eight” round matchup at Langley Events Centre, starting at 6:30 p.m., in the 4A division of the boys provincials.
To get there, the No. 1-ranked Crusaders topped Fort St. John’s North Peace Grizzlies 107-67 in an opening-round game on Wednesday (March 6). Michael Risi and Nosa Ehizode each scored 14 points to lead Holy Cross.
Earlier in the evening, the No. 9-ranked Tweedsmuir rallied to top West Vancouver Highlanders 81-76 in a back-and-forth game, led by Arjun Samra’s 32 points.
At the recent Fraser Valley championships, Holy Cross earned a trip to the 4A division finals on Feb. 21 with a 105-93 win over Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers. The Crusaders went on to the win the regional title three nights later.
Today (Thursday), following a day of some upsets Wednesday, other 4A quarter-final games will have No. 3 Terry Fox (Port Coquitlam) vs. No. 6 Oak Bay (Victoria), No. 7 Kelowna vs. No. 15 Heritage Woods and No. 5 Burnaby South vs. No. 13 Centennial.
The 4A boys provincial final game is Saturday evening (March 9) at the LEC, with semi-finals on Friday.
In 3A action, the No. 9-ranked North Delta Huskies beat Bryne Creek by a score of 74-48, on the strength of Arun Atker’s game-high 23 points. Today, the Huskies will face Sir Charles Tupper in a quarter-final game, 6:30 p.m. start.
In the 2A division, Surrey’s Pacific Academy lost 82-68 to D.P. Todd in opening-round action on Wednesday.
In the girls 1A provincials tournament being played in Abbotsford, Surrey’s Khalsa Lions lost to Bulkley Valley by a score of 60-54, with Avnoor Waraich earning a game all-star nod for the Lions.