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Gators stop Saints in round of 16

Walnut Grove Gators Lucas Hodgson (left) and Duncan Rumak of the Queen Charlotte Saints race for the ball during the 2014 BC High School Boys 4A Basketball Championship at the Langley Events Centre on Wednesday. The Gators won 80-56. - Boaz Joseph/Black Press
Walnut Grove Gators Lucas Hodgson (left) and Duncan Rumak of the Queen Charlotte Saints race for the ball during the 2014 BC High School Boys 4A Basketball Championship at the Langley Events Centre on Wednesday. The Gators won 80-56.
— image credit: Boaz Joseph/Black Press

An 80-56 victory in the opening round has the Walnut Grove Gators through to the quarter-finals at the B.C. high school boys 4A basketball championships at the Langley Events Centre.

The Gators led 35-25 at the half against the Queen Charlotte Saints before pulling away in the second half in the tournament's first game on Wednesday (March 12) morning.

Walnut Grove is the tournament's fourth seed while the Saints are ranked 13th.

Walnut Grove's Bryce Derton earned player of the game honours with 21 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals.

The Gators' Jadon Cohee finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and a steal and Lucas Hodgson chipped in 13 points, four rebounds and three steals.

Nathan Vogstad led Queen Charlotte with 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

The Gators now match-up against the No. 5 Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs. The Bulldogs survived a scare in their opener, edging the No. 12 West Vancouver Highlanders 87-79.

The quarter-final game is set for March 13 at 2:45 p.m.

Seven of the top eight teams advanced in the opening round.

The top-ranked Tamawanis Wildcats play the No. 9 Burnaby South Rebels; the No. 3 Vancouver College Fighting Irish face the No. 6 Holy Cross Crusaders and the No. 2 Gleneagle Talons battle the No. 7 Sardis Falcons.

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