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Isfeld Ice win first game at B.C. 3A boys basketball championships

Courtenay team takes on top-seed Southridge on Thursday afternoon
Hank Magdanz drives past Duchess defenders.
Hank Magdanz of the Isfeld Ice drives past Duchess Park defenders in Wednesday action. The Ice won the tournament opener 68-51.

One down, three to go.

The Isfeld Ice (Vancouver Island #3 - B.C. #8) defeated Duchess Park Condors (North Central #1- B.C.  #9) 68-51 in their opening game of the 2015-16 BC Senior Boys 3A Basketball Championships Wednesday, March 9 at the Langley Events Centre.

They are now just three wins away from a provincial championship. Which looks easy on paper, but is anything but in reality as the top 16 3A teams in B.C. battle toe-to-toe.

Noah Kaefer paced the Ice with a game-high 24 points while Jeppe Madsen and Hank Magdanz added 18 each. The Ice led 15-8 after one quarter and 37-27 at the half.

The Condors cut the lead to 48-43 after three quarters, but Isfeld put together an impressive fourth quarter, out-scoring the Condors 20-8 to take the win.

The Ice will take on Southridge (Fraser Valley #1 - B.C. #1)  Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the quarter-finals. Southridge put up the most points on Day 1 in their 88-58 win over L.V. Rogers (Kootenays #1 - B.C. #16).

The semifinals go Friday with the championship final set for 6 p.m. Saturday. Follow the action at

Lyle Dhur of Sportvictoria notes Island teams went 6-4 at the four B.C. championships on Wednesday.

Winners were:

4A - Oak Bay over Yale 64-54

3A - Mark Isfeld over Duchess Park 68-51

2A - St. Michaels over Kelly Road 84-37

2A - Lambrick Park over Smithers 100-54

2A - Shawnigan Lake over Pacific Academy 90-74

1A - Duncan Christian over Immaculata 78-76 in OT

Losers were:

4A - W. J. Mouat over Cowichan 90-83

3A - Lord Byng over Wellington 66-62

3A - St. Thomas More over Nanaimo 62-58

1A - St. Ann’s over St. Andrew’s 62-42

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