The White Rock Christian Academy Warriors have punched their ticket to the B.C. senior boys AAA hoops tourney and three other Surrey teams remain in the hunt for provincial berths following a wild Monday night on the hardwood.
The Warriors took care of business on their home floor, downing Enver Creek 97-78 in the quarter-final round of the Fraser Valley tournament. With the win, the Warriors advance to the Valley semifinals Friday and are assured of finishing no worse than fourth overall - good for a berth in B.C.s.
"Knowing we have a spot in the provincials locked up does take some pressure off," said Warriors coach Dale Shury. "The Fraser Valley tournament is so deep and anything can happen. Look at Tamanawis - they were looking good with a chance to clinch and with one loss on Monday, they're now playing an elimination game Thursday. You just never know."
Point guard Tyus Allen led the Warriors with 27 points against Enver Creek while Vartan Tanielian helped out with 22.
Enver Creek is still in the hunt for a provincial berth, but must win an elimination game Thursday against Gleneagle at Fleetwood Park.
The Warriors will now take on the W.J. Mouat Hawks in Friday's semifinal round at the Langley Events Centre. The Hawks came through with one of the biggest upsets of the Valley tournament when they ventured into Newton and stunned the fourth-ranked Tamanawis Wildcats 72-40 Monday night.
The first two quarters were quite even with Mouat holding a slim 24-23 lead at the halftime break. When play resumed, the nightmare began for Tamanawis. The Wildcats were colder than the taxman's heart, hitting just two of their first 22 shots to dig themselves into a massive hole they ultimately couldn't climb out of.
"The final score really didn't reflect the game," said Wildcats coach Mike McKay. "We couldn't buy a bucket and we couldn't hit a free throw in the second half."
Tamanawis must put the setback behind them quickly as they face another struggling team, Pitt Meadows, in a sudden-death elimination game Thursday at Fleetwood Park.
Elsewhere, the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers' hopes of a Valley semifinal berth and automatic provincial berth were dashed with an 87-50 loss to Walnut Grove in Langley Monday.
Like Enver Creek and Tamanawis, the Panthers now face an elimination game Thursday where a win over Sardis will keep their provincial dream alive.