The draw-makers were nearly bang on when it came down to selecting the first eight seeds as seven of the top eight advanced to the quarter-final round and seeds one through four are through to the semi-finals.
It will be the Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs and Kelowna Owls in one semi-final and the St. Patrick Celtics and Walnut Grove Gators in the other.
All four emerged victorious in their respective Quarter-Final matchups on Sunday at Langley Events Centre in day two action at the 2020 Junior Boys Basketball Provincial Invitational Tournament.
There will also be a new champion as the defending champion Burnaby South Rebels fell in their quarter-final clash.
The second-ranked Bulldogs battle the No. 3 Owls in the first semi-final on Monday (6:30 p.m.) while the No. 1 Celtics are up against Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators, the fourth seed (8:00 p.m.). Both games are on South Court.
The third-seed Kelowna Owls led the No. 6 Abbotsford Panthers by three points at the break but outscored the Panthers 27-19 in the third quarter to build a double-digit lead they would not relinquish in a 74-57 victory. The Owls had five players reach double figures led by Micah Borne’s 24 and Oaklen Kowal’s 19. Dilveer Randhawa scored 21 to lead the Panthers.
The day’s second Quarter-Final saw the No. 2 seed Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs fall behind 19-9 but they held the No. 7 Vancouver College Fighting Irish to eight points in the second, cutting the deficit to a basket at the half. With Churchill up by three points in the final period, the Bulldogs were automatic from the free-throw line, scoring their last 11 points from the line in an 81-72 victory. Aeron Vidad had 25 for Churchill while Jack Ferguson scored 27 for the Irish.
The St. Patrick Celtics fell behind 7-1 early to the No. 8 Lambrick Lions but steadied themselves to lead 17-14 after one quarter and led the rest of the way with a 61-49 final score. Jornel Ursua scored 16 points (including four three-pointers) and Joey Panghulan added 13 as the top-ranked St. Patrick Celtics held off the No. 8 Lambrick Park Lions. Aiden Grew led the Lions with 21 points, 15 of which came from behind the arc.
The fourth-seeded Walnut Grove used a huge third quarter, outscoring the No. 12 Burnaby South Rebels 21-9 over that eight-minute stretch. The Rebels would get as close as four in the fourth quarter but the deficit was too much with the Gators winning 73-66. Kevin Kao scored 21 points, including seven of eight free throws in the fourth quarter and Jacob Antchak had 16 for the Gators. Armaan Hehar led the Rebels with 18 while Zach Chan 14.