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Story by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

The Lambrick Park Senior Girls and Claremont Junior Boys will vie for Provincial titles Saturday after both teams won their semi-final match-ups on Friday evening at their respective BC High School Provincial Basketball Championships.

In the Senior Girls “AA” Championships, Lambrick’s Chelsea Strandlund would score 30 points, including a clutch three-pointer with 16 seconds remaining to give the Pride an exciting and evenly played 76-72 win over Holy Cross.  Despite the last second heroics, the Pride win really came in the first quarter when they jumped out to a 23-18 lead. After that they would play exciting even-up basketball with Holy Cross, with the teams tying each other in the second (20-20) and fourth quarters (18-18), and Holy Cross outscoring Lambrick by a single point, 16-15 in the third.  Also having strong games for Lambrick were McKenzie Smith with 21 points and Tyger Holt with 15.  Holy Cross was led by Rachel Beaucamp with 20.

The Pride will now face-off against Britannia in the final at 7:30 pm on Saturday evening.

In the Junior Boys Provincials at Vancouver College, the Claremont Spartans continued their march to the finals Friday with a quarter-final 50-44 win over Walnut Grove in the morning and a an exciting 37-35 win over St. George’s in the semi-final Friday evening.  In the semi-final, the Spartans used a 15-7 fourth quarter run to overcome a 28-22 deficit and grab the win.  The Spartans were led by Luke Collombin, who was named player of the game with a team-high 12 points.  Alex Jordache also chipped in with 10.  

Claremont now plays Vancouver College on Saturday night in the final at 4:15 pm.

All other Island teams still in action at the other Provincials are now vying for consolation positions, as the last remaining contender, the “AA” Boys from Brentwood College went down to defeat 53-43 to Mission in the Senior Boys “AA” Provincials semi-final in Kamloops.  The game was tied at 35 at half-time but then Brentwood went stone cold, mustering just eight points in the second half.  Brentwood College will now face Chilliwack’s G.W. Graham in the Bronze medal game Saturday.

In other “AA” Boys action, after dropping their opener Wednesday, the Lambrick Park Lions put together their second solid performance in a row with an 85-61 win over South Okanagan.  The Lions started slowly in this one as the first quarter saw the Hornets leading by 10 with Lambrick struggling to find the net. The lights finally came on for Lambrick mid-way through the second quarter, as Chris Fougner initiated the Lambrick comeback with some solid defence and several three-pointers.  Fougner, with 23 points, Lucas Dellabough, with 23 and Brendan Somers, with 25, did the bulk of the scoring for the Lions as they eventually pulled away for the win.  Fougner was named player of the game for the Lions.  Lambrick will now meet Archbishop Carney Saturday morning in the 6th place game.

In other “AA” action, St. Michael’s University School (SMUS) lost their second in a row, dropping a 62-51 decision to Windsor.  The Blue Jags will now face Duchess Park in the 8th place game Saturday.

At the Senior Girls “AAA” Provincials, both Claremont and Oak Bay continued on in the consolation round Friday.  Claremont defeated Yale 67-59 and will now play Maple Ridge in the 5th place game Saturday.  Oak Bay met up with Handsworth and were thumped 71-44, knocking the Bays into the 11th/12th place game Saturday against New Westminster.

Finally, in Senior Boys “A” action at Trinity Western University, both Duncan Christian (72-61 to Bulkley Valley) and Bella Bella (64-37 to St. Jean Brebuf) lost their consolation games Friday and will meet each other Saturday in the 11th / 12th place game.