The Pitt Meadows Marauders boys host the first game of post-season high school basketball action, tipping off the playoffs for the Quad A Fraser Valley North tonight at 7:45 p.m.
The North is a tough league, as Pitt found out last week as the regular season wound down. Tuesday they lost 79-59 to the Terry Fox Ravens of PoCo, the second-ranked team in the province. Then Friday they lost a close game against fourth-ranked Heritage Woods of Port Moody by a tight 70-67 score.
“We made some adjustments in our practice that we could have used against Fox,” said coach Rich Goulet.
Star post Graham Smith had 37 points against Fox, and 34 against Heritage Woods – despite having a Port Moody player draped all over him for much of the game, said Goulet.
Pitt finished in fourth place with a 4-2 record, while Heritage Woods went a perfect 6-0 with a small upset of Fox.
Six of the eight teams in the league will advance to the Fraser Valley Tournament, but Goulet said seeing will be critical to advance to the provincials.
Ramblers beat Titans
In Triple A Fraser Valley East league action, the Maple Ridge Ramplers beat their crosstown rival SRT Titans 64-48 on Friday.
Ethan Coumont had 28 points and 13 rebounds, and his brother Tristan scored 16 with seven boards. Strong defence by Owen Stewart and Josh Solk helped the Ramblers shut down SRT in the second half.
Ridge is now 3-3 in league play, with three more games this week. Thursday they host Robert Bateman, who are 7-0 in league.
SRT is now 1-6, and the Westview Wildcats 2-5.