The Sa-Hali Sabres have captured both host berths for the provincial senior AA basketball championships.
The Sabres girls' and boys' teams won West Zone titles on the weekend, meaning they have qualified for the provincial championships, scheduled to run March 6-9 at the Tournament Capital Centre and TRU Gym.
It's the sixth straight year that both Sabres teams have won the West Zone.
Sa-Hali's girls, who were ranked No. 1 after the regular season, rolled through the four-team West Zone playoffs, beating the Merritt Panthers 73-13 and the Valleyview Vikings, 64-28.
Haley Cochran had 16 points to lead the Sabres over Merritt, and Jaida Wallat scored 15. Kiana Rainville lead the Sabres' victory over Valleyview with 14 points, with Wallat and Marilyn Bowden each scoring eight. McKenna Pearce had 16 points for Valleyview.
The Vikings had defeated the Westsyde Whundas 45-40 in a semifinal. Pearce had 21 points to lead the Vikings. Ray Grinberg led Westsyde with 13 points, and Hannah Stainton scored 10.
The Whundas knocked off Merritt 52-17 to finish third. Grinberg had 13 points and Karly Brooks added 10 for Westsyde.
The Sabres and Vikings both will appear at the Okanagan championship in Winfield on the weekend. Valleyview will look to qualify for provincials with a top-three finish there, while Sa-Hali is looking to improve its ranking heading into provincials.
The Sabres boys, meanwhile, went into their West Zone championship at Westsyde ranked third, but opened with an 80-53 victory over the second-ranked Valleyview Vikings.
Sa-Hali senior guards Noah Marchand and Russell Dolson led the way, with Marchand scoring 18 points and Dolson counting 17. Austen Langill added 10 points to the winning cause.
The Vikings went on to dump the No. 1-ranked team, the host Whundas, 60-47 in the final. Marchand scored 24 and Dolson had 16 points in the victory. Joe Davis led the Whundas with 30 points, with Nick Alcantara helping out with nine.
The Whundas had beaten the Merritt Panthers 84-24 in a semifinal.
Sa-Hali, finally healthy after an injury-plagued season, will join Westsyde at Okanagans, from Feb. 21-23. The Vikings, who defeated the Merritt Panthers 84-34 in the third-place game, have a chance to play their way into Okanagans in a challenge game against a team from the North Zone today.
The NorKam Saints ended their Okanagan senior AAA girls basketball season with a pair of road losses.
The Saints fell 55-32 to the Mount Boucherie Bears in West Kelowna on Thursday, before suffering a 55-38 loss to the Penticton Lakers on Friday.
Rebecca Frasca had 13 points Thursday for NorKam, which trailed 29-13 at the half.
The Saints were only down three heading into the second half Friday, but the Lakers ran away with the game. Rachel Cantin had 12 points in the loss and Frasca scored 10.
The South Kamloops Titans captured their fourth Grade 8 boys basketball tournament title of the season, sweeping the Brocklehurst Broncs' weekend event.
South Kam enjoyed a great tournament season, winning at Brock, Westsyde, Sa-Hali and in Vernon, along with a second-place finish at St. Ann's and a 4-0 round-robin effort in Penticton. The Titans are scheduled to play their final league game against the Crusaders at St. Ann's on Wednesday.
South Kam opened Brock's tournament with a 57-50 victory over the Valleyview Vikings. Samad Temelow-Carter had 16 points for South Kam, with Brayden MacLean scoring 17 for Valleyview.
Temelow-Carter had 10 more points in South Kam's 44-29 victory over the Crusaders. Quinton Adam had nine points for the Crusaders.
The Titans edged the Chase Trojans 40-35 in the championship final. Ethan Thacker had 11 points in the victory, and Ben MacDonald added 10. Liam Ross, with 12 points, and Jake Herman, with nine, led the Chase offence.
The Titans' game MVPs were Colton Gerlib, Thacker and Beau Williamson-Solecki.
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