Top four seeds all through to semi-final round


Vancouver College vs. the Tamanawis Wildcats in the BC School Sports 4A Boys Basketball Provincial Championships quarter-finals on March 7 at Langley Events Centre. Ryan Molag photo

A pair of Victoria teams are hoping to make it an all-Vancouver Island championship final as both the No. 1 Oak Bay Bays and No. 2 Spectrum Thunder advance to the semi-final round at the BC School Sports 4A Boys Basketball Provincial Championships following the quarter-final round on Thursday (March 7) at Langley Events Centre.

The Bays face the No. 4 Tamanawis Wildcats of Surrey in one semi-final while the Thunder battle the No. 3 West Vancouver Highlanders in the other. The games get underway on Friday (March 8) in Arena Bowl at LEC beginning at 7:00pm.

#2 Spectrum Thunder 86 #7 Burnaby South Rebels 66

The Spectrum Thunder closed the first half with nine straight points and never trailed again, knocking off the Burnaby South Rebels 86-66. The trio of J Elijah Helman (22 points), Justin Hinrichsen (21 points) and Tyler Felt (19 points) combined for 62 of their team’s points in the victory. Lordrikk Gutierrez had 25 for the Rebels.

#3 West Vancouver Highlanders 70 #6 Semiahmoo Thunderbirds 64

For the second straight game, the West Vancouver Highlanders found themselves in a fourth-quarter scrap, and once again, the third-seed came through, defeating the defending champion Semiahmoo Thunderbirds 70-64. The Highlanders were down a point early in the final period, but back-to-back 3-pointers put them ahead for good. West Vancouver sank eight triples for the game, with Calvin Kuzyk draining five of those as part of his 36-point game. Jack Clayton (29 points) and Jack Snead (19) were the top scorers for Semiahmoo.

#4 Tamanawis Wildcats 65 #5 Vancouver College Fighting Irish 54

Trailing 39-35 in the third quarter, the Tamanawis Wildcats scored 20 of the next 24 points, defeating the Vancouver College Fighting Irish 65-54. Arjun Hehar finished with 20 points while Sartaj Bhangu added 17 for the Wildcats. Vince Velasquez had 18 and Isaiah Bias had 14 for Vancouver College.

#1 Oak Bay Bays 89 #8 Yale Lions 56

Twenty-two points from Heath Taylor and 20 courtesy of Thomas Beames led the No. 1 seed Oak Bay Bays to a 89-56 win over the Yale Lions. Nylan Roberts’ 24 points led the Lions.