South upsets Saints

The Burnaby South Rebels pulled off a big upset in the AAA Lower Mainland zone senior boys high school basketball tournament Thursday and gave their hopes for a berth in the provincial championship a big boost.

The Rebels edged the No.-5 ranked team in the province, the St. Georges Saints 84-83 at the Vancouver west side school Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the zone where they will face the Burnaby Mountain Lions who defeated the Byrne Creek Bulldogs 76-73 in overtime.

The winner of the game between the Rebels and Lions will automatically qualify for the provincials in Langley March 12-16, along with the other finalist. The other will get two more chances to nab one of the five berths by finishing third, fourth or fifth.

The semifinal will be played at Kitsilano secondary on Wednesday, 8:15 p.m. with the final on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The other semifinal will be between two Vancouver schools, the host Blue Demons and the Churchill Bulldogs.

Despite its loss, Byrne Creek remains alive for one of the other berths. The Bulldogs will take on the John Oliver Jokers at Kitsilano on Tuesday at 4:45 p.m.

• South senior girls team, meanwhile, had their provincial hopes take a bit of a hit Thursday when the Argyle Pipers defeated the Rebels 81-51 Thursday in a Lower Mainland semifinal matchup.

However, they can still reach the provincial championships, which run March 6-9 in Langley, if they beat Kitsilano on Friday evening with the winner of that game getting the third and final berth available.

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