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Cedars Christian improves to 2-0 at single-A boys zone championship

Duchess Park advances to triple-A zone basketball final

The Cedars Christian Eagles and Fort St. James Falcons are heading for a high-noon showdown.

They’ll meet Saturday at noon on the basketball court at the College of New Caledonia to decide who will advance to the North Central zone single-A boys championship game.

The Eagles took care of business Friday night, knocking off the Sir Alexander Mackenzie Grizzlies of Hagensborg, 91-47 to improve to 2-0 at the 11-team tournament.

The Falcons put the squeeze on the Westside Academy Warriors, beating them 56-51 on Friday to keep their title hopes alive.

The winner of Cedars-Fort St. James playoff advances to the zone final at 5 p.m. at CNC. The loser will play a 3 p.m. game against one of the teams trying to make it through as a back-door qualifier on Saturday.

Those qualifying games start at 9 a.m. when Westside meets Fraser Lake, followed at10:30 a.m. by a playoff between Northside Christian of Vanderhoof and Sir Alexander Mackenzie. The winners meet at 1:30 p.m. Whichever team wins that game will be back on the court at 3 p.m. to play the loser of the Eagles-Falcons game. That will determine the other zone finalist.

Under the double-knockout tournament format, teams will remain in the hunt for one of the three provincial berths up for grabs this weekend as long as they haven’t lost twice.

Other tournament results Friday were as follows: Northside Christian 68 McBride 38; Fraser Lake 65 Mountain Christian 57; Northside Christian 53 Chetwynd 27; Mountain Christian 66 Acwasalcta 35; Fraser Lake 62 Tumbler Ridge 33.

The single-A provincial tournament is scheduled for March 9-12 in Langley.

Meanwhile, at the North Central zone triple-A championship in Quesnel, the Duchess Park Condors scored a 122-62 win over Lake City of Williams Lake to advance to the final Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Duchess Park will play the winner of the College Heights Cougars-Lake City playoff at 11 a.m.

On Friday, College Heights defeated the host Correlieu Coyotes 96-94, after an earlier 100-79 win for the Cougars over Dawson Creek.

There are two provincial berths available, which means each of the teams in the final on Saturday will move on to the B.C. triple-A championship, March 2-5 in Langley. If Duchess Park loses tat game, a second final will be played Sunday at 10 a.m.