CHARLOTTETOWN – The Three Oaks Axemen have advanced to the championship game of the P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior AAA Boys Basketball League.
The Axemen punched their ticket to Tuesday’s 8 p.m. final at UPEI with a 93-49 win over the Bluefield Bobcats in one of four senior AAA semifinals played at UPEI on Thursday.
The Axemen controlled the play and took a 47-30 lead into halftime, and pushed that margin to 70-40 at one point.
Rilind Musliu scored 17 points to lead the Axemen, who received 14 from Cameron Wall and 13 from Logan Cameron.
Daniel Wills had 16 to pace Bluefield, which received 14 points and 11 rebounds from Matthew Meenink. Josh Fall added eight points and Seth Cheverie chipped in with seven.
Three Oaks will be opposed by the Charlottetown Rural Raiders, who outlasted the Colonel Gray Colonels 58-55.
With the score tied 50, Parker Roche hit a foul shot and Logan MacCallum and Zack Wall scored late hoops to give Rural a 57-52 lead with 12.8 seconds remaining. Jessie Flemming hit a three-pointer to make it a 57-55 game, but Roche hit a foul shot with 1.1 seconds remaining to close out the scoring.
The Colonels will take on the Bobcats in the bronze-medal game Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The Three Oaks Axewomen fell behind the Colonels 15-4 in the first quarter, and never recovered in dropping a 61-52 decision.
Gray led 25-18 at the half and 34-27 at the end of three.
Helena Vos scored 20 points to lead the Colonels. Lauren Lilly (18), Jane Doyle (13) and Georgie McKenna (12) were the top point-getters for Three Oaks.
The Colonels will face top-seeded Charlottetown Rural in Tuesday’s final at 6 p.m. The Raiders built a 61-11 halftime lead en route to downing the Westisle Wolverines 94-31 in a semifinal game Thursday afternoon.
Maddie Hurley (18), Ashley Plaggenhoef (15), Devon Lawlor (14), Lauren Reid (14), Sydney Whitlock (10) and Taylor Mitton (9) were Rural’s top offensive producers.
Lyndsay Callaghan (12) and Gemma Shea (5) were Westisle’s leading scorers.
Westisle and Three Oaks will play for the girls’ bronze medal on Tuesday at 2 p.m.