Abbotsford Panthers guard Chase Claypool dribbles the ball past a Windsor defender during the 3A boys Provincial Basketball Championships at the Langley Events Centre Wednesday.

Abbotsford Panthers guard Chase Claypool dribbles the ball past a Windsor defender during the 3A boys Provincial Basketball Championships at the Langley Events Centre Wednesday.

Abby teams undefeated in opening day of boys basketball championships

Abbotsford defeats North Vancouver's Windsor Dukes 63-53 in first game of 3A high school basketball tourney

The Abbotsford Panthers got to work early at the 2015 Boys BC 3A High School Boys Basketball Championships on Wednesday, defeating Windsor 63-53.

Abby played in the 3A opener in the early time slot, 8:30 a.m., against a big and physical Dukes squad that includes six-eight centre Bandon Meyers.

But Panthers coach Prentice Lenz saw early on that his team was prepared to play.

“[I was happy with] how hard we worked today. We came to play, which is key for us in this tournament.”

The Panthers are the No. 6 seed in the tournament, while Windsor was ranked No. 11.

After the game,  Lenz described his team’s performance as a “gritty” effort.

Not only was his club facing a large, physical team, but they also  had to set their alarm clocks early for the 8:30 a.m. tip off.

“[That’s] a tough slot,” said Lenz, who noted that his team had some nervous energy early on but quickly calmed down.

He described the opponent from North Vancouver as “big and skilled.”

The Panthers were led by guard Chase Claypool’s 27 points. Forward Jordan Goheen, who played a strong game at both ends of the court, added 12 points.

In other 3A action, Robert Bateman defeated Matthew McNair 63-52. In 1A play Abbotsford Christian beat Fernie 66-32.

Yale, the No. 2 seed in 4A, easily defeated Queen Charlotte 91-66.

For a photo slideshow from day one of the tournament, click here.