The No. 7 seed among the four tiers of the 2022 BC Schools Provincial Men’s Basketball Championships didn’t do well on opening day Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre.
Three of the four No. 7 seeds have lost in their respective matches to the No. 10 seed, with two No. 6s, two No. 8s and a No. 5 as well.
The four seeds from each tournament qualified for the quarter-finals.
The quarter-final round begins at 3:30 p.m. with all four games at Fieldhouse.
The No. 11 Aberdeen Hall (Kelowna) Gryphons are targeting a second straight win over the No. 3 Cedars Christian Eagles. The Gryphons won 80-76 over the No. 6 King David Lions (Vancouver) while that Cedars Christian outscored the Surrey Khalsa School Lions 90-44.
The Barriere Cougars were also upset as the No. 10 seed cruised to a dramatic 68-66 victory, hitting a three-pointer with less than four seconds left for the final margin of victory over the Meadowridge Gryphons. No. 7. The Cougars’ next task is another Gryphons team, this time number 2 Glenylon Norfolk from Victoria. Glenlyon Norfolk picked up a 92-32 win over Northside Christian Northstars.
The top seed and 2020 Unity champion Christian Flames (Chilliwack) is set to face the No. 8 Bulkley Valley Royals (Smithers). The Flames won 85-45 against the Brookes Westshore Gryphons of Victoria. The Royals won 89-65 over the Nanaimo Christian Trail Blazers.
And the final quarter-final will feature the No. 4 Fernie Falcons and the No. 5 Kelowna Christian Warriors. The Warriors beat the Fort St. James Falcons 68-51 and the Falcons edged past the Pemberton Red Devils 93- 45.
Tournament 2A featured a pair of upsets as the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds lost their first-round matches.
The first of those upsets was No. 9 West Point Gray Academy Wolves (Vancouver) winning 66-51 over No. 8 Langley Christian Lightning. The victory sets up a quarter-final game against the top-seeded King George Dragons (Vancouver) after the Dragons defeated the Samuel Robertson Technical Titans of Maple Ridge 68-31.
The No. 10 Windsor Dukes (North Vancouver) had the second upset of the group by knocking out two-time defending champion Charles Hays Rainmakers (Prince Rupert) 66-53. Next up for the Dukes will be the second-seeded Lambrick Park Lions after Victoria School defeated Oliver’s Southern Okanagan Hornets 102-43.
Another quarter-final will see No. 4 Westsyde Whundas (Kamloops) and No. 5 Southridge Storm (Surrey). The Storm won 65-41 over the Summerland Rockets while the Whundas won 76-34 over the JL Crowe Hawks of Trail.
No. 3 Brentwood College (Mill Bay) take on No. 6 Pacific Academy Breakers (Surrey). Brentwood College won 90-49 against the Hugh Boyd Trojans of Richmond while Pacific Academy won 82-54 against the Nechako Valley Vikings (Vanderhoof).
The quarter-final round begins at 3:30 p.m. with all four matches on the south court.
The MEI Abbotsford Eagles were the 12th-lowest seed among the four tiers to advance to the championship round after a 75-64 win over the Kelowna Okanagan Mission Huskies. The Eagles’ next opponent will be No. 4 AR MacNeill Ravens (Richmond) after the Ravens needed extra time to beat the Vancouver Sir Charles Tupper Tigers 90-83.
The top-seeded St. Patrick Celtics won 103-49 over the LV Rogers Bombers (Nelson), setting up a quarter-final clash with the No. 9 Princess Margaret Lions (Surrey). The Lions eliminated the champion 2020 GW Graham Grizzlies (Chilliwack) 63-60.
The Duchess Park Condors (Prince George) and Byrne Creek Bulldogs of Burnaby were the day one winners, with the No. 3 Condors beating the No. 14 St. Michaels University Blue Jags 65-47. The No. 6 Bulldogs defeated the Gladstone Gladiators 69-56. E
And Wednesday’s final two games of the 3A tournament saw the tenth seed St. Thomas
The Collegiate Knights (Burnaby) beat Mark R. Isfeld Ice of Courtenay 92-74 while their next opponent, the No. 2 Elgin Park Orcas (Surrey), won 92-71 over the Timberline Wolves of Campbell River .
The quarter-final matches will be played on center court and begin at 3:30 p.m.
Surrey’s Fleetwood Park Dragons were the only team not in the top eight to advance to Thursday’s quarter-final after beating the senior Abbotsford Panthers 76-71. This victory earns them an appointment with the Fighting Irish of Vancouver College (3rd) after winning 96-57 against the Holy Cross Crusaders (Surrey).
The other side of this table features the No. 2 Centaurs (Coquitlam) and the No. 7 Semiahmoo Thunderbirds (Surrey). Semiahmoo held off the Oak Bays of Victoria 80-65 while Centennial won 95-54 against the North Peace Grizzlies of Fort St. John’s.
The top half of the draw will pit the No. 1 St. George’s School Saints (Vancouver) against the eighth-seeded Walnut Grove Gators of Langley. The Gators edged the Terry Fox Port Coquitlam Ravens 74-72 while the Saints edged past the Burnaby Mountain Lions 75-43.
And the other quarter-final will pit the No. 4 Kelowna Owls against the No. 5 Burnaby South Rebels. The Rebels defeated the Claremont Spartans (Victoria) 94-62 while Kelowna won 70-54 against the Surrey Enver Creek Cougars.
The four quarter-finals will be played in the Arena Bowl, starting at 3:30 p.m.
For the full tournament schedule, daily results and scoresheets, visit www.bchighschoolbasketballchampionships.com