Colts and Ravens crowned city Bantam champions

Grade 8 tournaments kickoff a busy month of playoff basketball in Richmond

The Richmond Colts and MacNeill Ravens have begun “February Madness” in Richmond high school basketball by being crowned Bantam champions.

The Ravens made history by becoming the first girls team at the No. 4 Road school to win a city banner — capping a perfect run with a 47-38 win over the McNair Marlins. The Colts earned Richmond bragging rights with an impressive 61-33 victory against the Burnett Breakers in Friday’s final.

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The city championships continue next week with titles on the line at four different schools — Senior Girls (Burnett), Junior Boys (Cambie), Juvenile Boys  (Richmond High) and Juvenile Girls (Hugh Boyd). The Senior Boys will start Feb. 12 at Steveston-London.

The Ravens and Colts not only earned city banners but also the opportunity to host the Vancouver and District Championships which also feature the top teams from the North Shore and Burnaby/New West Leagues. Those tournaments also start Feb. 12.

MacNeill and McNair with the class of the Bantam Girls League all season with both taking unbeaten records into their Jan. 23 league encounter. The visiting Ravens won that game 37-24 and duplicated the feat just over a week later in the same gym.

They advanced to the final with a 70-34 win over Steveston-London while the Marlins got past Burnett, 45-45. McNair and Burnett will join MacNeill at the V&Ds.

On the Bantam Boys side, the Colts needed a 46-38 win over Burnett a week ago to lock-up the No. 1 seed for the city playoffs. The rematch was tight until the third quarter when a big run set the stage for Richmond High to pull away.

The Colts also cruised to a decisive 63-32 win over Cambie in the semi-finals, while Burnett got past host MacNeill, 49-40.

Both teams are headed to the V&Ds, as are the Ravens thanks to narrow 52-50 win over Cambie in the third place game.

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