Marauders still in the fight for first Quad-A provincials berth

The Pitt Meadows Marauders are still fighting for a berth in the first-ever AAAA provincial basketball championship.

Pitt, the only local team in the top division, had a chance at a guaranteed spot with a win on Tuesday night in the Fraser Valley Tournament, but saw it slip away with a 79-68 loss to Holy Cross.

Now they are two wins away.

They will play North Surrey at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Fleetwood Park. The winner of that game will face a tough matchup against either Heritage Woods or Terry Fox on Friday night at 6:45 p.m.  Both teams have been in the provincial top-10 rankings.

If the Marauders can advance through those games, they can play in the game for fifth/sixth in the Fraser Valley on Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre (LEC), at 6:45 p.m.

The Valley gets six of the 16 berths in the provincial championships, which will be held March 12-15 at the LEC.

The Marauders defeated the Semiahmoo Totems 73-62 on their way to the second round of the Fraser Valleys.

Graham Smith scored in all possible ways on Friday, with ten threethrows, ten two-pointers and one trey, to lead the Air Force with 33 points.

It was guard Elijah Lapurga who lit up the Semiahmoo team in the first quarter on his way to a 21-point game.

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