Cory Ang (left) of the Fulton Maroons goes up for a basket with Shayne Groeneveld of the PVSS Saints looking for the block Wednesday night in North Zone senior AA boys basketball action at Fulton.

Cory Ang (left) of the Fulton Maroons goes up for a basket with Shayne Groeneveld of the PVSS Saints looking for the block Wednesday night in North Zone senior AA boys basketball action at Fulton.

Kitzman delivers for Fulton

Tye Kitzman delivered big time as the host Fulton Maroons grounded the PVSS Saints 88-48 Wednesday night.

Morning Star Staff

Tye Kitzman delivered big time as the host Fulton Maroons grounded the Pleasant Valley Saints 88-48 in the North Zone Senior AA Boys Basketball Championships final Wednesday night.

Kitzman, a 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, flushed 36 points and hauled in 14 rebounds as the Maroons qualified for the Okanagan Valley tournament next week in Kamloops.

Brandon Isaac canned 14 points and recorded 10 rebounds for the Maroons, while Cory Ang chipped in with 11 points and seven assists. Darrien Broomfield supplied eight points, 13 boards and six steals. Ben Kornelsen hit 11 points for PVSS, while Shawn Kuit and Shayne Groeneveld each had 10.

“The boys are firing on all cylinders and feel good heading into the Valley championships,” said Fulton head coach Dale Olson.

The Saints also advance to the Valleys, while the Kalamalka Lakers took the third berth by ambushing the Seaton Sonics 69-63 Wednesday night.

In first-round playoff games Tuesday night, the Maroons smothered Seaton 96-40 and PVSS punished Kal 66-48.

Kobe Romanovitch rang up 21 points for Fulton, who went primarily with their bench. Nick Berg bagged 16 points and Akam Gakhal sank 14.

Groeneveld pocketed 22 points and Brayden Wiebe earned 16 as Pleasant Valley stuffed the Lakers.

Meanwhile, Fulton iced VSS Panthers 45-37 in a junior boys challenge playoff game Tuesday night.

Noah Lee produced 10 points and Nate Banga added eight for the Maroons, who got a great game off the bench by big Ike Olson on the boards and defensively.

Fulton led 10-7 after one quarter behind the offence of Caden Doyle and Hunter Krieger, who combined for eight points. VSS pulled ahead 18-16 at the end of the second half.

In the third quarter, Fulton took the lead 31-28 behind fantastic defence from Olson, who grabbed 10 of his 15 boards and chipped in four points.

Landon Currie played stellar defence on VSS star Leon Schenker all night, and combined with Lee and Banga to score 11 points in the quarter.

Fulton proved that they could take control of an important game in the fourth quarter, holding VSS to three field goals and dropping in six, including two from behind the arc from Brett Hansen and Lee.

Krieger scored seven points and pulled down a game-high 24 rebounds. Banga and Currie combined for nine steals in the game.  Doyle earned six points with four steals and 12 boards.

The Maroons play the NorKam Saints today at 2:30 p.m. in the first round of the Valley Championships in Kelowna.

“We had their (Panthers) number this year, defeating them in every tournament, league game and this challenge game,” said Fulton coach Johnal Lee. “They played with a lot of heart and their defence was spectacular, but we match up very well against them.  We are looking forward to the next round. The boys are very excited to represent Vernon in the Valleys”