After a crushing 67-64 overtime loss to the Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs last Tuesday to open the B.C. senior boys Triple A basketball championship in Langley, the Pitt Meadows Marauders took their frustrations out on their next two opponents.
The Marauders trailed the Burnaby Mountain Lions 28-27 at halftime last Wednesday afternoon before taking control in the second half in a 67-47 victory.
Leading 46-42 after three quarters, the Marauders owned the fourth stanza, out-scoring the Lions 21-5.
High-scoring centre Jordan Rich had another fine game for Pitt Meadows, scoring 29 points while blocking five shots.
Pitt Meadows’ other offensive force, guard Sebastien Marshall, tallied 21 points for the winners.
Then, in a game that got underway at 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, the Mt. Baker Wild received a jolting wake-up call from the Marauders.
Pitt Meadows dominated from start to finish, leading 35-10 at halftime and never loosening the grip, outscoring Mt. Baker 25-5 in the third quarter and 15-4 in the fourth to win 75-19.
Quickly realizing the Wild was overmatched, Marauders head coach Rich Goulet used his entire bench. The result was a very balanced attack with four players hitting double figures in points.
Forward Graham Smith led the way with 13 points, while guard/forward Alejandro Canjura had 12. Rich (11 points) and guard Enzo Tadeo (10 points) were the other Marauders scoring in double figures.
In total, 13 Marauders scored two points or more for the Marauders.
The tournament continues today and Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.
The Marauders play at 1 p.m. Saturday against the winner of today’s (March 15) Caledonia Kermodes/ Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs match-up.
Saturday afternoon’s game at the LEC will decide the 13th and 15th place finishers in the provincial tournament.