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Gators through to Fraser Valley semifinals

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Walnut Grove Gators' Jadon Cohee drives to the hoop during his team's Fraser Valley East Division playoff victory on Feb. 16. The Gators advanced to the Fraser Valley semifinals after a 78-64 victory over the North Delta Huskies on Feb. 27.
— image credit: Gary Ahuja/Langley Times

The Walnut Grove Gators assured themselves of at least a top four finish at the Fraser Valley championships.

The senior boys basketball team defeated the North Delta Huskies 78-64 on Monday night at Walnut Grove Secondary.

And the victory was huge as it automatically qualifies the Gators for the B.C. AAA provincial basketball championships later this month at the Langley Events Centre.

The Fraser Valley championships conclude this weekend at the LEC.

The Gators, seeded second in the Valley, face the No. 3 Terry Fox Ravens in one semifinal on Friday at 7:45 p.m.) while the top-seed Pitt Meadows Marauders face the No. 5 Tamanawis Wildcats.

All four teams are ranked in the top seven in the province — with Pitt Meadows second, Terry Fox fifth, Walnut Grove sixth and Tamanawis seventh.

The bronze medal game is Saturday at 6 p.m. and the gold medal game is at 7:45 p.m.

The Gators are 3-0 at the tournament so far. They beat No. 31 Sullivan Heights 86-52 on Feb. 22 and then defeated No. 18 Heritage Woods 81-59, setting up their game versus North Delta.

For the full Fraser Valley tournament draw, click here.

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