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The Elite 8 is set at the BC Junior Boys Basketball Provincial Invitational Tournament.

The 32 teams from across the province tipped off on Saturday at Langley Events Centre, with each team playing twice to get down to Sunday’s quarter-final matchups.
The quarter-final round gets underway on Sunday (February 26) at 11:00am and 2023 will see a new Junior champion as last year’s winners – the No. 2 seed Vancouver College Fighting Irish – fell in the Sweet 16 round to the No. 18 seed Elgin Park Orcas.

The Surrey school held off the Fighting Irish 68-65 to book their spot in the final eight teams. Up next for the Orcas is the No. 7 seed Brookswood Bobcats. The Langley squad won 53-40 over the No. 10 Handsworth Royals.

The other quarter-final match on the bottom half of the draw will feature the third-seed Burnaby South Rebels and the 11th-ranked St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights. The Knights defeated the No. 6 Rick Hansen Hurricanes 57-52 while the Rebels were 71-57 winners over the No. 19 Dover Bay Dolphins. The top half of the draw saw three the No. 1 seed Tamanawis Wildcats defeat the No. 17 Burnaby Mountain Lions 46-33. Up next for the Wildcats will be the No. 8 St. Patrick Celtics. The Celtics used a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the No. 24 Yale Lions 63-54.

The fourth quarter-final game has the No. 4 Sullivan Heights Stars set to battle the No. 12 Heritage Woods Kodiaks. The Kodiaks won 67-59 over the No. 5 Westsyde Whundas while the Stars defeated the 13th-seed Lambrick Park Lions 78-49.
The quarter-final round begins on Sunday at 11:00am, with games also set for the 12:30pm, 2:00pm and 3:30pm.

Day 1 Scores:
St. Patrick 75 Rutland 44
Yale 54 St. Michaels University School 36

Sullivan Heights 76 Lord Byng 38
Heritage Woods 68 Windsor 26
Tamanawis 70 R.E. Mountain 45
Lambrick Park 67 Summerland 57
Burnaby Mountain 71 Magee 45
Westsyde 72 Correlieu 39
Handsworth 71 Centennial 40
Dover Bay 50 Pacific Academy 47
Elgin Park 62 Vernon 50
Burnaby South 63 Abbotsford Senior 40
St. Thomas More Collegiate 67 Semiahmoo 47
Rick Hansen 87 Smithers 41
Brookswood 72 Oak Bay 55
Vancouver College 80 LV Rogers 38
St. Michaels University School 59 Rutland 56
Summerland 55 Lord Byng 52
Windsor 75 Correlieu 46
Magee 59 R.E. Mountain 36
Pacific Academy 64 Abbotsford Senior 49
Sullivan Heights 78 Lambrick Park 49
Heritage Woods 67 Westsyde 59
Semiahmoo 79 Smithers 39
Tamanawis 46 Burnaby Mountain 33
St. Patrick 63 Yale 54
Vernon 57 LV Rogers 36
Elgin Park 68 Vancouver College 65
Brookswood 53 Handsworth 40
Centennial 52 Oak Bay 39
Burnaby South 71 Dover Bay 57
St. Thomas More Collegiate 57 Rick Hansen 52