Wednesday was a good day for South Surrey teams competing at BC School Sports High School Basketball Championships at the Langley Events Centre, as all three schools advanced to Thursday’s quarter-finals.
In the 4A senior boys tournament, the Semiahmoo Thunderbirds – who entered the 16-team field as the No. 7 seed – defeated No. 10 Oak Bay Wednesday night, 80-65, while at the 3A event, the No. 2-ranked Elgin Park Orcas advanced after a high-scoring 92-71 victory over Timberline. At the 2A tournament, meanwhile, the Southridge Storm also moved into the next round with ease, after a 65-41 win over the Summerland Rockets.
In the 4A tournament, almost all the top seeds advanced, with the lone exception being Abbotsford Senior, who were upset by the lower-ranked Fleetwood Park Dragons.
In their opening win, Semiahmoo was led by a balanced scoring attack that had four players hit double-digits in points – Marcus Flores led the way with 20; Cole Bekkering had 19; Torian Lee had 15 and Andre Juco chipped in with 10.
In Elgin Park’s win, the Orcas were led by a 22-point effort from Adam Olsen, while Faizaan Shaheen had 18.
Against Summerland, Southridge was led by six-foot-four forward Rohan Sall, who had 24 points.
.@BC4ABoysBBall update from @LangleyEvents: On Wednesday, Surrey’s Fleetwood Park Dragons were the lone non-top eight team to advance to today's quarter-final round in large-school 4A division.
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Semiahmoo’s second-round opponent will be a tough test, as they’ll square off against No. 2 seed Centennial today (Thursday) at 3:30 p.m. The Burnaby squad advanced after a 95-54 win Wednesday over Fort St. John’s North Peace Secondary.
Elgin Park – who have been one of the strongest teams at the 3A level all season – will play No. 10 St. Thomas More Collegiate today, at 5:15 p.m. In their first-round game, St. Thomas More upset No. 7-ranked Mark R. Isfeld 92-74 to move into Round 2.
In 2A action Thursday, Southridge will play Kamloops’ Westsyde Secondary next, with tip off scheduled for 8:45 p.m. at the LEC’s south court.
Action continues Friday, with semifinals, and the all three tournaments wrap up Saturday with championship games.
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