Shivi Viria (6) of the Tamanawis Wildcats goes to the basket against the Mt. Baker Wild during the B.C. Senior AAA High School Basketball Tournament Tuesday at the Langley Events Centre. Tamanawis won 71-41.

Shivi Viria (6) of the Tamanawis Wildcats goes to the basket against the Mt. Baker Wild during the B.C. Senior AAA High School Basketball Tournament Tuesday at the Langley Events Centre. Tamanawis won 71-41.

Ousted in the second round

Dragons, Wildcats at B.C. tournament

Surrey’s two entries at the B.C. Senior AAA High School Basketball Championships have been knocked from championship contention.

The Fleetwood Park Dragons and Tamanawis Wildcats both won their first round games Tuesday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre, then lost a day later in the round of 16 Wednesday morning.

Both schools continued play yesterday (Thursday), seeking a pair of wins which would allow them to play tomorrow (Saturday) for sixth place.

Coming off an eighth place finish at the Fraser Valley championship tournament, Fleetwood Park edged the Kitsilano Blue Demons 65-64 in the tournament’s first-ever game to be played in Langley. Trailing 33-32 at half time, the Dragons surged to a 51-46 lead after three quarters then hung on for the victory.

Avi Grewal was six-for-11 from behind the three-point line, and was perfect on four free throw attempts for a game-high 22 points. The six-foot-four Grade 12 forward also had a pair of steals.

Harp Grewal played all 40 minutes, just missing a triple double. The Grade 12 guard scored 13 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had eight assists. Manna Sahota had a double double, collecting 16 rebounds while scoring 13 points.

Wednesday against the W.J. Mouat Hawks, Fleetwood Park was edged 57-52.

The Dragons hung with the Fraser Valley champions throughout the contest, but could not cut into a Hawks lead which consistently remained between three and six points throughout the second half.

W.J. Mouat trailed 19-18 after one quarter, went up 28-27 at the half, and built the advantage to 38-35 at three-quarter time.

Avi Grewal topped Fleetwood Park scorers with 17 points, a total that included three treys. Harp Grewal netted a dozen points, adding five assists  five rebounds and a pair of steals. Eldred Gomez dominated the boards with 16 rebounds.

Tamanawis, which defeated Fleetwood Park 76-57 in a playoff for seventh place at the Fraser Valley event, had no trouble posting a victory Tuesday, ripping the Mt. Baker Wild of Cranbrook 71-41. After scoring just 25 points in the first half, the Wildcats poured in 29 in the third quarter, building a nine-point lead to 23 going into the final 10 minutes.

All 15 Tamanawis players got on the floor, with six-foot-five forward Gagan Sahota leading the way with 20 points and five rebounds, earning Player of the Game honours. Navjot Bains and Ravjot Dhaliwal added 15 points apiece, Bains completing the double double with 13 rebounds.

The Lower Mainland zone champions from Richmond handed the Wildcats a loss Wednesday. The R.C. Palmer Griffins outscored the Wildcats in three of the four quarters in a 62-44 victory.

Grade 11 guard Manjodh Dulay was the lone Tamanawis player scoring in double digits, hitting three treys in a 13-point outing.

 

Surrey North Delta Leader