Besides the electric doubleheader at Steveston-London on Friday night, there was another all-city match-up with provincial tournament implications playing out in Surrey.
The Hugh Boyd Trojans are off to the provincials for the first time in nine years after their 64-52 win over the McNair Marlins in the third place game at the South Fraser 2A Championships.
In similar fashion to the 3A zone playdowns, the result avenged a 63-62 loss a week earlier to the Marlins at the city championships for the No. 1 Richmond 2A seed.
Boyd opened the South Fraser playoffs with an 86-49 win over Burnsview then fell to eventual champion Southridge 67-56 in the semi-finals. The Trojans bounced back with a 75-53 win over Pacific Academy, setting the stage with the final battle with McNair.
It was a significant result given this is a senior-loaded team that needed to take advantage of this small playoff window.
Norm Schultz’s squads is led by first team city all-star Nicholas Berda, second team member Cory Meister, along with Jason Grewal and Payton Hinds. All are in Grade 12.
After being a fixture in the top 10 provincial rankings all season, Boyd has earned the No. 11 seed for the BC 2A Championships and will open play at the Langley Events Centre on Wednesday (1:15 p.m.) against No. 6 Lambrick Park from Victoria.
The Marlins’ earlier results included an 84-74 opening round win over Pacific Academy before dropping a 65-52 decision to host and runner-up Surrey Christian. They advanced to the third place game with a 69-59 win over Cambie.
At the buzzer…
The BC 3A Championships’ seeding and draw was also announced on Sunday.
South Fraser champion Richmond High has earned the No. 6 seed and will face No. 11 Magee on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Steveston-London is the No. 10 seed and will meet former Lower Mainland Zone rival No. 7 St. Thomas More at 7:45 p.m.
South Fraser runner-up MacNeill is the No. 13 seed and will also face a former Lower Mainland foe — No. 4 Tupper at 11:45 a.m.