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Tamanawis wins opener at B.C. championships

Sukhjot Bains of the Tamanawis Wildcats shoots over the reach of Carson Graham Eagles defender Matt Douglas during a game Wednesday at the B.C. Senior AAA High School Basketball Tournament in Langley. Looking on is Mitchell Wutunee (10). - EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER
Sukhjot Bains of the Tamanawis Wildcats shoots over the reach of Carson Graham Eagles defender Matt Douglas during a game Wednesday at the B.C. Senior AAA High School Basketball Tournament in Langley. Looking on is Mitchell Wutunee (10).
— image credit: EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER

The Carson Graham Eagles found a way to keep pace with the Tamanawis Wildcats for 20 minutes.

But the Surrey school eventually pulled away for a 67-50 win in a first round game at the B.C. Senior AAA boys high school basketball championships at the Langley Events Centre Wednesday night.

Tamanawis, ranked seventh in the province, led 30-28 over the unranked Eagles, but blew the game open in the third quarter. They held Carson Graham to just six points and built their lead to 49-34 with 10 minutes to play.

Ravjot Dhaliwal was the high scorer for the Wildcats with 22 points, also adding nine rebounds. Sukhjot Bains contributed 13 points and six rebounds, with Manny Dulay scoring 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

The Wildcats will face a familiar opponent tonight at 6:30 p.m. when they tip-off against the White Rock Christian Academy Warriors in the quarterfinal round. The two rivals from the Fraser Valley South West league had played three times after a 68-66 overtime win by Tamanawis in the championship game of the RCMP Classic in January.

The Wildcats followed up with a 62-58 win on their home court nine days later to clinch first place in league play, but lost 60-58 at Tamanawis Secondary in the playoff tournament.

The Wildcats won for the third time in four games Feb. 27, defeating the Warriors 60-51 in a Fraser Valley tournament game at White Rock Christian high school, a win that clinched a berth to the B.C. tournament.

The Warriors edged the third-ranked St. George's Saints 63-62 in their first round game yesterday afternoon.

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