The path to a provincial title for Abbotsford-based senior girls and boys basketball teams begins on Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre.
The senior girls 3A tournament sees a trio of local high schools in the mix.
The Lions finished fourth at the recent Fraser Valley regionals, with star Tana Pankratz named a tournament first team all-star.
Sr. Girls close out FV playoffs with a tough loss to Riverside 81-74. Karishma Rai poured in 22 and Kyleigh Boldt added 15! Brook White hauled in 28 rebounds! Congrats to Tana Pankratz on her 1st Team All-Star selection! Next stop, Provincials at LEC. @YaleLions @BCHoopGirls
— Yale Lions BBall (@YaleBasketball) February 18, 2019
The Panthers finished seventh at the regionals, and enter the provincials as the ninth seed. Abbotsford Senior takes on Okanagan-Mission in the opening round tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
It’s the first-ever trip to the provincials for the Timberwolves, who qualified for the event with a wildcard win over Killarney on Feb. 19. Bateman is slotted as the seventh seed, and take on Argyle tomorrow at noon.
— Bateman Girls Basketball (@BatemanBball) February 20, 2019
Games for the 3A senior girls tournament run until Saturday night.
The 2019 BC Secondary School Girls AAA Basketball Championships Draw is set! Get ready for all the Girls basketball action kicking off next Wednesday! Join us for every game @LangleyEvents or stream them all on @TFSETV. pic.twitter.com/Ui5MktO07Z
— BC AAA Girls Basketball (@BCAAAGirlsBBall) February 21, 2019
Senior boys 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A provincial tournaments run from March 6 to 9, with the draws set to be released in the coming days.
The W.J. Mouat Hawks will likely enter the 4A tournament as a middle seed, after finishing fourth at the recent Fraser Valley regionals.
We got our second win of the post-season over Brookswood 82-69. Good team effort…Everyone got lots of playing time. We play in the semi-finals of the Fraser Valleys on Wednesday night at 8:15 at Clayton Heights @BCHoopScoop @theBCSportsHub @bcboysbball
— Hansen Sr. Boys Basketball (@hansen_bball) February 23, 2019
Both MEI and Bateman will have to win out to hope to qualify. The 3A Fraser Valley crown will be handed out on Friday night.
The boys tournament opened on Saturday at the LEC, with both Yale and the MEI Eagles competing.
The Lions went on a strong run at the event, posting wins over St. Thomas Aquinas and J.L. Jackson on Saturday, but then fell in the quarterfinals to R.A. McMath on Sunday. Yale then fell to Walnut Grove on Monday in the consolation bracket, and will now play Claremont in the seventh place game later today (Tuesday). Earlier this month Yale won the Fraser Valley Tournament.
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🚨Banner Alert🚨 Congratulations to the Yale Jr. Boys' Basketball team on winning the Fraser Valley Championships! The Lions defeated the Walnut Grove Gators for the Gold with a score of 55-46. Joseph Ho takes home MVP! 🐐 Harman Bola is a FV All-Star. MEI also won the bronze game over Panorama Ridge and Trey Smith joins Bola on the FV All-Star team. #AbbotsfordBasketball #ABA #WeRepAbby PC: @reidloewen07
MEI opened with a win over Eric Hamber on Saturday, but then fell later that day to Okanagan Mission. The Eagles defeated A.R. MacNeil in the consolation bracket on Sunday and then beat Sir Winston Churchill on Monday. They play against St. George’s in the ninth place game today at 1 p.m.
The junior girls provincials open on Wednesday, with both Yale and MEI in the title hunt.
Yale, seeded 12th, takes on W.L. Seaton in a qualification game, while the Eagles (13th seed) take on Duchess Park. The junior girls champion will be crowned on Saturday.
Over in Port Moody, a trio of Abbotsford Grade 9 girls basketball teams hit the court this weekend at provincials.
Fresh off a Fraser Valley title win on Thursday, the Abbotsford Traditional Titans enter the event as the number two seed.
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🚨Banner Alert🚨 First. In. School. History. The @abbytitans grade 9 girls' basketball team made school history winning it's first Fraser Valley Championship banner. This group of players are passionate, determined and respectful – well earned and deserved championship. Congratulations to Ashleen Dhillon (MVP), Priya Sangha (All-Star), Amritpal Brar, Sukhjot Kandola, Sumeet Brar, Upneet Rai, Harsukhman Rai, Joban Bhangu, Sarah Raufi, Janica Dhaliwal and the coaching staff. #AbbotsfordBasketball #ABA #WeRepAbby
Also competing in Port Moody is the Bateman Timberwolves and the Hansen Hurricanes. The Grade 9 title will be awarded on Saturday night.
Also this weekend is the Grade 8 boys and girls provincials at Semiahmoo Secondary in South Surrey.
The championship games are set for Saturday afternoon, with the girls game set for 2:30 p.m. and the boys set for 4:15 p.m.