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STMC Knights to face No. 1 Tamanawis in B.C. Jr. Boys basketball final

STMC looks to end 35-year title drought.
The St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights are set to face the Tamanawis Wildcats in the 2023 junior boys provincial championship.

Burnaby's St. Thomas More Collegiate will look to win a junior boys' provincial title Tuesday night (Feb. 28) for the first time in more than three decades. 

The Knights, ranked 11th, will face the top-seeded Tamanawis Wildcats (Surrey) in the 2023 B.C. basketball championship at the Langley Events Centre with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

On their way to the final, STMC defeated three higher-seeded teams including number-six Rick Hansen (57-52), crosstown-rival third-ranked Burnaby South Rebels (45-40) and the number seven-ranked Brookswood Bobcats (66-49). 

In the semi-final against Brookswood, Shane Deza dropped 22 points for the Knights while Zeru Abrea chipped in with 17. 

On their way to the final, the Wildcats defeated Burnaby Mountain (46-33), St. Patrick Celtics (63-51) and the Heritage Woods Kodiaks (69-55). 

Tray Belanger paced Tamanawis with 34 points while Sunny Dhami finished with 20. 

Meanwhile, St. Thomas More Collegiate's junior girls team has been ranked 12th for its provincial tournament scheduled for March 1 to 4, also at the Langley Events Centre. 

The Knights will face 21st-ranked Sir Alexander Mackenzie in its opening game at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday (March 1).