Ramblers, Titans in contention for provincials berth
Two local senior boys basketball teams had a shot at making the provincials heading into action on Thursday night.
In the triple A Fraser Valley Tournament on Monday night, the SRT Titans beat Surrey’s Guildford Park 60-49, while the Maple Ridge Ramblers dropped a close contest against the North Delta Huskies 58-53.
North Delta entered the playoffs ranked eighth in the province at the triple A level.
Then, the Titans won again on Wednesday, beating the Robert Bateman Timberwolves 82-66.
The Ramblers, who have been playing outstanding defence in the last month of the season, shut down Princess Margaret in a 59-39 win.
Both local teams were scheduled to play Thursday night at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, with SRT taking on Brookswood, while Ridge was to face Sullivan Heights.
Both needed to win, and then take another game tonight against a tough opponent, in order to advance to the Fraser Valley final four. That would also punch their ticket provincial championship at Langley Events Centre March 12-15. The Valley has been allocated four berths into that 16-team tournament.
If successful, the Ramblers are facing a likely rematch with the Huskies tonight, because the tournament draw brought the Huskies against the top-ranked Abbotsford Panthers.