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Dragons split two games at 3A provincials

Emeka Okuma of the Fleetwood Park Dragons collides with a Charles Hays Rainmaker (Prince Rupert) opponent Wednesday during the B.C. High School Boys 3A Basketball Championship at the Langley Events Centre Wednesday. The Dragons lost the first round game 52-51.  - BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER
Emeka Okuma of the Fleetwood Park Dragons collides with a Charles Hays Rainmaker (Prince Rupert) opponent Wednesday during the B.C. High School Boys 3A Basketball Championship at the Langley Events Centre Wednesday. The Dragons lost the first round game 52-51.
— image credit: BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER

The Fleetwood Park Dragons still have a shot at a ninth place finish at the B.C. Senior 3A Boys Basketball Championship at the Langley Events Centre.

The Dragons were upset 52-51 by Prince Rupert's Charles Hays Rainmakers Wednesday morning in a first round game, then got their first win of the tournament Thursday with a 51-49 decision over the McMath Wildcats.

Fleetwood Park was ranked fourth among Senior 3A schools in B.C. prior to the tournament, but lost a close game to a Rainmakers team ranked just outside the top 10. The contest was tied on seven occasions and saw nine lead changes, and the Dragons received 14 points from Kevin Alexandrov and 11 points and 11 rebounds from Emeka Okuma.

Thursday's game was just as close, as the lead changed hands eight times and was tied nine times.

McMatch led by one at half-time but the Dragons outscored McMath by nine points in the third period to take a 38-30 lead into the final 10 minutes.

Okuma was the lone Dragon to score in double digits, tallying 17 points while collecting six rebounds. Karmveer Virdi and Amaan Khangura were the top Fleetwood Park players on the boards, collecting seven rebounds each.

The Dragons will play again tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. against the Maple Ridge Ramblers and with a win will play for ninth place Saturday at noon.

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