Hansen Hurricanes advance to 3A final four

Rick Hansen defeats STMC 61-59 in overtime on Thursday

Hansen's Josh Dhillon dekes through the Cahiri defence during 3A basketball provincial action.

Hansen's Josh Dhillon dekes through the Cahiri defence during 3A basketball provincial action.

For the second straight year, the Rick Hansen Hurricanes senior boys basketball team has reached the 3A final four.

But it wasn’t easy for the 2016 bronze medallists.

The Hurricanes trailed 32-21 at the half, and were down 45-25 with about four minutes left in the game.

And then the comeback began.

Led by guard Josh Dhillon (25 points) and Aman Dhillon (16 points), the Hurricanes fought back, pushed the game to overtime and won 61-59.

Hansen now battles Bodwell tonight (Friday) at 5:15 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre. A win means they play for the gold medal game tomorrow (Saturday) at 6 p.m., a loss pushes them back to the bronze game tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Also in the 3A, the Bateman Timberwolves fell 73-51 to South Kamloops on Thursday.

Wes Evans had team-high 20 points in a losing cause. The loss means the best Bateman can hope for is fifth. The Wolves take on Lord Byng tonight at 8:45 p.m.

The W.J. Mouat Hawks also saw their 4A title dreams fade away, after a 74-52 loss to Oak Bay on Thursday.

Mouat trailed 39-31 at halftime, and couldn’t close the gap in the second half.

Dhivaan Bhogal led the Hawks with 23 points and 14 rebounds. The best Mouat can finish now is fifth, and they battle St. George’s today at noon.

The Yale Lions lost again in the 4A tournament, dropping a 83-78 game to Belmont on Thursday. The Lions were up 49-40 at the half, but couldn’t hang on.

Yale next plays Mount Baker today at 5:15 p.m.

In the 2A conference, the Abbotsford Christian Knights beat Smithers 114-83 on Thursday. The Knights can finish as high as ninth in the conference.

ACS next takes on Nechako Valley today at 1:45 p.m.

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