LANGLEY — Hope you are enjoying our broadcasts today of Final Four action of the 2018 B.C. boys high school basketball championships live from the Langley Events Centre.
I am calling the AAA and AAAA semifinals with my broadcast partner Paul Eberhardt and thus, more extensive reports from all Final Four games will follow later this evening.
We would, however, like to keep you updated, and thus we will provide scores and details as time permits, right here at Varsity Letters!
No. 2 WESTSYDE 66 vs. No. 3 KING GEORGE
LANGLEY — The King George Dragons are headed to their first B.C. senior boys varsity championship final.
Seyoung Choi scored 19 points, and Raz Gugasayan and Mohab Mundadi added 11 points apeice to lead Vancouver’s Dragons to a 61-50 win over the previously undefetaed and No. 2-seeded Westsyde Whundas of Kamloops.
The Dragons came out of halftime and held the Whundas to just five points en route to the 11-point win.
Spencer Ledoux scored 20 points in vain for the Whundas.
BYRNE CREEK 76 NORTH DELTA 64
LANGLEY — Bal Dhillon wasn’t going to come clean on the junk defence he threw on the North Delta Huskies Friday, but it wound up turning the game around and leading his Byrne Creek Bulldogs into Saturday’s championship final against the South Kamloops Titans.
North Delta had shot the ball so well heading into the half and to start the third quarter, but when the Bulldogs there the mysterious multi-zone look at the Huskies, it helped trigger a 15-0 run that put the Bulldogs on top 53-50.
From that point they never looked back.
Martin Djunga scored 33 points for the winners, while Arun Atker led North Delta with 25 points.
BULKLEY VALLEY CHRISTIAN 79 SIMILKAMEEN 63
The legend of Salmon Loki just keeps on growing.
The 6-foot-5 senior forward continued to put up big numbers, his astounding 44 points and 21 rebounds carrying Smithers’ Bulkley Valley Christian to a 79-63 win over Similkameen’s No. 2-seeded Sparks.
With Loki’s glasswork leading the way, the Royals won the battle of the boards 57-37.
Corbin Marsden led the Sparks with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
SOUTH KAMLOOPS 65 PITT MEADOWS 59
LANGLEY — In a game of runs, the South Kamloops Titans saved their best for last and rallied to beat Pitt Meadows.
Nursing a one-point lead with 1:59 remaining, Titans’ Evan Jumaga knocked down a trey to snap a drought for South Kamloops and put the Okanagan champs on top by a score of 61-57.
The Titans then went back to their pressure scheme and immediately generated a steal, Sam Jean going strong to the goal for a lay-in with 1:51 left and 63-57 lead.
It was just enough to hold off the 24 points and nine rebounds of Pitt’s 6-foot-7, 320-pound Gio Manu who affected the game from start to finish.
Nick Sarai scored 19 to lead South Kam, fellow guard Jumaga added 18, pivot Ripley Martin 12 points and 10 rebounds, and guard Reid Jansen 10 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
The Titans had led by as many as 14 points in the first half, but the Marauders came all the way back to lead by three in the early stages of the fourth quarter.
South Kamloops, a finalist a year ago, face the winner of the days next game between North Delta and Byrne Creek.
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