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Mustangs ready for valley championship
The Princess Margaret Mustangs senior boys basketball team has advanced to the AA Okanagan Valley championship.
The Mustangs open the tournament at Vernon’s Fulton Secondary on Thursday facing Valleyview at 5:15 p.m.
The Mustangs faced the South Okanagan Hornets last Thursday for the South Zone championship, but lost. Mustangs coach Raj Dhillon said his team played well to start, but the Hornets defensive pressures gave them problems.
“We didn’t handle the pressure and we panicked leading to turnovers,” said Dhillon. “We relied on our shots too much.”
The Mustangs focus for the Valley Championship is to respond to pressure better and reducing their turnovers.
Along with host Fulton Secondary and Maggie, the championship has Summerland Secondary, Southern Okanagan Secondary School, Kalamalka Secondary, Westsyde (Kamloops) and Pleasant Valley Secondary (Armstrong) competing. Final results from their loss to the Hornets was not available.
The Mustangs are hosting the AA Okanagan Valley championship and play their first game Thursday at 2 p.m. against either Pleasant Valley or Winfield’s George Elliot. Those teams played Tuesday night.
Sa-Hali plays Fulton at 3:35 p.m., while Vernon takes on Valleyview (Kamloops) and Okanagan Mission plays Westsyde.
The top three teams qualify to go to provincials. The Mustangs are the No.2 seed by virtue of defeating Sa-Hali by four points in Mustang Mania three weeks ago.
The championship game will be played Saturday at 6:45 p.m.