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49er boys overtake province’s top ranking

Harry Knapp was instrumental in the construction of a public dock and the transient moorage facility on Silverdale’s waterfront. He has been a Port of Silverdale commissioner for 31 years. - Photo by Valentina Petrova
Harry Knapp was instrumental in the construction of a public dock and the transient moorage facility on Silverdale’s waterfront. He has been a Port of Silverdale commissioner for 31 years.
— image credit: Photo by Valentina Petrova

Ladysmith senior boys are No. 1.

The basketball team moved from second to first in the provincial rankings as of Sunday, after finishing third in a six-team tournament in Nanaimo.

An early stumble kept the 49ers out of the Wellington tournament final, as the team’s only loss in the weekend tournament came in the first game against Carihi. The contest came down to the buzzer and Carihi squeezed out a one-point victory — 82 to 81.

Dylan Borgerson racked up 30 points while Spencer Fyfe-Wilson had 27 during the close match.

In the 49ers’ second game, the team pulled ahead of D.W. Poppy by 16 points, winning 71 to 55. Borgerson continued to lead the way in points scoring 22 for the team. Fyfe-Wilson scored 19 points.

In its final game, Ladysmith narrowly escaped a loss, winning against Highland by a shot — 64 to 62. Borgerson and Fyfe-Wilson both shot an even 18-point game, with Jackson Blondeau racking up 12 points.

Ladysmith will be back on their home court starting Friday as the 49ers host a two-day tournament. A key match will see the home team take on the fourth-ranked AA team Sa-Hali of Kamloops.

Three Vancouver Island teams now hold the top three spots in the AA rankings. Lambrick Park of Victoria is second and Mark Isfeld of Courtenay is third.

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