Hyacks handle Panthers

The New Westminster Hyacks downed the Moscrop Panthers 67-61 in the first round of the Burnaby/New Westminster senior boys basketball playoffs Tuesday.

They were to meet the league's top finishers, the Byrne Creek Bulldogs, who had a 17-7 record overall this season and were ranked 10th in the last provincial AAA Top 10 poll, in a semifinal match Wednesday.

The other semi featured the Burnaby Mountain Lions and the Burnaby South Rebels, who finished second in the league. The Lions downed the Burnaby North Viking 78-48 Tuesday.

The BNW final and the third place game will be played Friday with three teams advancing to the Lower Mainland tournament.

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