High-school hoops heading toward home stretch
Titans set to host AAA female Okanagan championship
The South Kamloops Titans are bringing a perfect 12-0 regular-season record into the female AAA Okanagan basketball championship, which they will host this weekend in the John Peterson gym.
South Kam finished the season with a pair of weekend wins — beating Penticton 75-28 on Friday, Feb. 15, and following up with a 60-28 win over Mt. Boucherie of Kelowna on Saturday, Feb. 16.
The Titans are first in action this weekend at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22.
South Kam will play the winner of a game between Mt. Boucherie and Penticton.
At 7:45 p.m., the Kelowna Owls will play the winner of a Salmon Arm-Rutland tilt.
The bronze-medal game will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, with the championship game set for 2:45 p.m.
The winner of the championship game will advance to the provincial championship, held in Langley from March 6 to March 9.
Tickets cost $5 for the weekend or $2 for a single game.
Boys from Sa-Hali, Westsyde heading to Okanagans
The Sa-Hali Sabres and the Westsyde Whundas booked spots at the Okanagan AA boys basketball championship on the weekend.
Sa-Hali downed Westsyde 60-47 in the gold-medal game at the Okanagan West Zone championship tournament, hosted by the Whundas on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16.
The Sabres benefitted from a strong defensive effort in the final and were led offensively by senior guards Russell Dolson and Noah Marchand.
Dolson had 16 points and Marchand finished with 24.
Team B.C. player Joe Davis led Westsyde with 30 points. Senior shooting guard Nick Alcantara chipped in with nine for the Whundas.
The first- and second-place teams qualified for the Okanagan tournament, set to run from Thursday, Feb. 21, to Saturday, Feb. 23.
Valleyview beat Merritt 84-34 in the bronze-medal game at the West Zone tournament.
Valleyview had a chance to claim a spot at the Okanagan championship with a win in a challenge game after KTW’s press deadline on Monday, Feb. 18.
Sabre girls win West Zone
In female AA play, Sa-Hali and Valleyview qualified for the Okanagan tournament.
The Sabres dumped the Vikings 64-28 in the final of the West Zone championship.
Kiana Rainville led Sa-Hali with 14 points, while Mackenna Pearce scored 16 for Valleyview.
Westsyde downed Merritt 52-17 to claim third place.
Sa-Hali is hosting the AA boys and girls provincial championship tournaments at the Tournament Capital Centre and TRU gym from March 6 to March 9.