If the opening round of the 55th Chancellor Tournament at St Thomas More is any indication, it’s going to be quite the ride over the final two months of the senior boys basketball season.
All three Richmond teams were were edged in tight battles at the 16-school event that wraps up on Saturday in Burnaby.
The No. 7 ranked McMath Wildcats were surprised 57-51 by the North Delta Huskies. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the defending BC 3A champions but they aren’t going away just yet and they will happen to see Richmond schools at next month’s new South Fraser Zone 3A playoffs.
The Steveston-London Sharks showed they were every bit deserving of their honourable mention ranking and then some in a 98-91 loss to the No. 1 ranked GW Graham Grizzlies. In easily the highest scoring game of the opening round, the Chilliwack school finally put the contest away in the late going.
The Sharks host their annual Bob Carkner Classic next week.
The McNair Marlins are playing at the 2A level this season but the always feisty No. 4 Road program showed it was more than up for the challenge against the No. 6 3A ranked Tupper Tigers. This outcome also went right down to the wire with the Tigers squeaking out a 63-62 victory.
The Marlins will be in the thick of the city’s 2A bragging rights along with Hugh Boyd and Cambie. They host the No. 8 3A ranked MacNeill Ravens on Monday at 7 p.m. in league play.
Other tournament action saw the honourable mention Richmond Colts trimmed 76-72 by former Lower Mainland foe Lord Byng during first round play of the Bulldog Classic at Churchill.