The Sa-Hali Sabres grounded the Oliver Hornets 86-77 in the Okanagan Valley Senior AA Boys Basketball Championships final Saturday night at Pleasant Valley Secondary in Armstrong.
The No. 2 Sabres and No. 7 Hornets both advance to the provincials, March 9-12, in Kamloops.
All-star Ben Olson recorded 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the eighth-rated Fulton Maroons stuffed the Valleyview Vikings of Kamloops 59-45 to grab the third provincial berth.
Gurbinder Randawa chipped in with 15 points for the Maroons.
Earlier, Fulton iced the Princess Margaret Mustangs of Penticton 76-66 with Greg Hyde pocketing 26 points.
Olson earned 22 points and 10 assists, while Mitchell Rouault sank 17 points.
Fulton will meet the fifth-ranked St. Michael’s University Blue Devils of Victoria in first-round action at the provincials.
“That should be a tough game and we’re looking forward to it,” said Fulton head coach Dale Olson. “The boys are ready, we are playing well, and we should have a good week of practice. The drive to the championship begins now.”
The Mustangs knocked out the PVSS Saints 77-60 Saturday afternoon.
Sa-Hali brushed back the Maroons 66-62, while the Hornets iced Pleasant Valley 79-60 in semifinal play.