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Owls cruise to opening win

The KSS built a large first half lead and cruised to an easy victory in the opener of the Interior Savings Western Canada Basketball Tournament at KSS.

The Owls got 26 points from Hunter Simson in a 93-72 win over Ross Sheppard Thunderbirds from Edmonton.

KSS jumped out to a quick 32-16 lead after one quarter, and built the lead to 22 at the break.

Simson also grabbed six rebounds and had three assists in the contest. Parker Johnstone added 23 points, six boards and four rebounds.

Malcolm Greggor came off the bench to contribute 20 points in the win.

The Owls will now take on the Burnaby South Rebels in one of two semi-finals set for Friday evening.

The Rebels, ranked number two in the province, took out Alberta's number three ranked Cardston Cougars 78-55 in their opener.

Sasha Vujisic led the Rebels with a double-double, finishing with a game-high 27 points and 13 rebounds. The Rebels ran out to a 30-11 first quarter lead and never looked back.

The other semi will pit two of the top teams from the Prairies.

Alberta's number one ranked Jasper Place Rebels will face off with Manitoba's number one rated Vincent Massey Trojans.

Jasper Place dispatched Salmon Arm 89-66 in their opener. Justin Hunter had 29 points and 10 steals in the win.

And, in the closest game of the opening night, the Trojans upended Oak Bay 97-89. Vincent Massey trailed by two going into the final 10 minutes before running away in the final quarter.

Kyler Filewich led the way with 30 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and six steals. Diego Maffia was a one-man wrecking crew for Oak Bay, with a tournament-high 54 points. He hit 21 of 44 shots, including 12 of 26 from beyond the arc.

The semi-finals begin at 5:15.


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