GW Graham basketballers in provincial championship chase

The Grizzlies have 3 teams pursuing provincial batters, with the senior girls a good bet to win one.

It has been a historic month for GW Graham basketball, one that may end in a provincial title for at least one team.

The senior girls are favourites at the AA provincial tournament that is continuing today and tomorrow at the Langley Events Centre.

If all goes right, they could be in the final tomorrow (Saturday) at 3 p.m.

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Meanwhile, the GWG Grade 9 boys are in their own provincial tournament that started yesterday (March 1) and continues though Sunday at Heritage Woods secondary school in Port Moody.

The Grizzlies qualified for the tournament as one of three wild-card entries.

After rolling through the regular season with unbeaten record, GW Graham entered Fraser Valleys as the seventh seed and finished sixth overall, earning them a spot in the wild card tournament.

With their season on the line, the Grizzlies downed the W.J. Mouat Hawks by a 55-45 count and dumped North Vancouver’s Handsworth Royals 79-56.

Clay Kurtz led the way against Handsworth with 34 points. Logan Buchwitz added 26, Darwin Douglas had 13 and Grayson Frick eight.

Buchwitz and Douglas were the top rebounders.

Their team is seeded 18th in a 20 team provincial field. The top three seeds are the Abbotsford Panthers, Vancouver College Fighting Irish and McMath Wildcats.

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GW Graham’s senior boys are also involved in a championship chase, trying to return to provincials for a seventh time in nine years. The Grizzlies bounced Langley and Clayton Heights in Fraser Valley playoffs to earn a semi-final berth. They played Pitt Meadows Wednesday night after Progress press deadlines. If they won, they’re in. If they didn’t, the convoluted AAA qualification process gives them two more cracks at it.

This is GWG’s first season at the AAA level.

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