The St. Thomas More Knights just wanted to make the B.C. tournament. On Sunday, they added the first-ever Sea-to-Sky zone title to their cache and didn't hold back their joy. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Ok, so where did these Knights come from? Internal belief in face of mounting losses helped St. Thomas More earn a most unexpected BC AAA berth!

LANGLEY — If you had simply counted up the W’s and the L’s along the will-testing 3-10 stretch which Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Knights navigated over the first six weeks of 2020, you wouldn’t have believed your eyes this past Sunday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre.

Back in December at the Tsumura Basketball Invitational, Karter Fry and Victoria's SMUS Blue Jags gave DJ Laconsay (left), Matt Dunkerley and the rest of Vancouver's Tupper Tigers a solid push before faltering. This week, Vancouver Island MVP Fry and the Jags move into 3A No, 8, not far behind the No. 4-ranked Tigers. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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02.25.20 edition FINAL Varsity Letters B.C. boys high school basketball rankings: In the 11th hour, Oak Bay, STM and SMUS all crash the Top 10 party

Welcome to the final B.C. senior boys basketball rankings of the season.Quad-A and Triple-A rankings will be joined by both Double-A and Single-A by Wednesday evening.BOYSQUAD A (records, rankings reflect games played Feb. 18-25. Records indicate games against B.C. competition only)1 Burnaby South Rebels (31-2) (LW-1)Last week — Won all three games to finish first […]

With the scoreboard perfectly framed to tell the story, St. Patrick's Irish Coquia sinks the biggest shot of his life Tuesday in the B.C. JV final at the LEC. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Picturs 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Irish eyes were crying, and for good reason! MVP Coquia’s clutch dagger trey lifts St. Pats past Churchill for first-ever B.C. JV hoops crown

LANGLEY — Irish eyes were crying, but if you’d seen just what transpired over the final 20 seconds of play in Tuesday night’s B.C. junior boys basketball championships, you’d understand why.

High-flying Ron Putzi dunks during the Richmond Colts' 1988 title win over Seaquam at the PNE Agrodome. (Photo property of BCHSBBOA 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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…And then there were two! The Diamond Jubilee 75th anniversary fantasy bracket produces our two all-time boys team finalists!

LANGLEY — We’ve arrived at the Final Four of our 75th anniversary all-time 64-team B.C. High School Boys Basketball Association championship bracket.None of the fan bases from any of our quartet of survivors wants to hear that our committee couldn’t make a bad choice, but the truth is, these are saw-off matchups.Coins were not flipped, […]

Longtime St. Patrick's boys basketball architect Nap Santos shows his emotion as he congratulates the JV Celtics on their run to Tuesday's B.C. JV championship final. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Celtics hoping that Tuesday is St. Patrick’s Day! No. 1 seeds storm Walnut Grove in JV semifinals, now set to face Churchill in all-Van City B.C. final

LANGLEY — The St. Patrick’s Celtics spent the first two days of the 2020 B.C. junior boys basketball championships looking like a team seemingly miscast as the 32-team event’s No. 1 overall seed.Yet as the second half of it’s provincial semifinal against the No. 4 seed Walnut Grove Gators of Langley began Monday evening at […]

The big Dawg in charge, Sir Winston Churchill's Filip Subotic (right) finds his way past Kelowna's Maxim Storozhuk during Monday's semifinal clash at the 2020 B.C. junior boys basketball championships at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Sir Winston Churchill set to challenge for B.C. junior boys title after Subotic directs Bulldogs to big win over Kelowna Owls

LANGLEY — It hasn’t been that long since Vancouver’s Sir Winston Churchill Secondary last experienced the sweet sensation of a provincial boys basketball championships, but after six years, Bulldogs nation might be one sleep away from adding another.Point guard Filip Subotic’s game-high 29 points, as well a healthy does of his on-court generalship proved to […]

Burnaby South's Sasha Vujisic (left) does his best to disrupt Centennial's Paul Didenko during Sunday's inaugural Fraser North Quad-A final at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Ten days before 75th B.C. boys tourney tips off, No. 1 Burnaby South and No. 2 Centennial remind an LEC sell-out crowd what is so great about this game!

LANGLEY — Once, twice, and now three times makes it a trend. At least that’s what Centennial co-coach Rob Sollero surmised Sunday night, after his No. 2-ranked Centaurs faced the No. 1-ranked Burnaby South Rebels for the third time this season, this time for the first-ever Fraser North Quad-A hoops crown.

Abbotsford's Lockhart MacGreggor (centre) battles through the defence of Kelowna's Everett Schmuland (left) and Ryan Braam during B.C. junior boys quarterfinal play Sunday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION B.C. Junior Boys Championships DAY 2: Top seeds all advance as Celtics, ‘Dawgs, Owls, Gators combine for a high-powered Final Four

LANGLEY — How’s that for a seeding committee that knows it’s stuff?It’s a draw that may be distinctly lacking in Cinderellas, yet there is no question that the whichever teams claims the 2020 B.C. junior boys basketball title is going to be full deserving.No., 1 seed St. Patrick’s, No. 2 seed Sir Winston Churchill, No. […]

Irish Coquiam of the No. 1-seeded St. Patrick's Celtics of Vancouver, drives to elude the defence of the Handsworth Royals on Saturday during Sweet 16 action on Day 1 of the 2020 B.C. junior boys basketball championships. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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2020 B.C. Junior Boys Basketball Championships: Powerhouses St. Pat’s, Churchill, Kelowna and Walnut Grove survive the Day 1 grind! Here’s our complete look!

LANGLEY — The top four seeds and and six of the top eight are still alive as the B.C. junior boys basketball championship hit Day 2 on Sunday with the quarterfinal round at the Langley Events Centre.

Centennial Centaurs head coach Gordon Betcher accepts the spoils of victory in 1972 after a win over the North Delta Huskies. (Photo property of the B.C. High School Boys Basketball Association 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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The 75th anniversary Diamond draw hits the Final Four! Kaz, Disbrow, Putzi, Betcher, Bradley and Parmar all share their thoughts on B.C. hoops history!

NORTH DELTA — As our Elite Eight round rolled around this week, and the committee entrusted with selecting the winners in our 75th anniversary B.C. high school boys basketball all-time tournament bracket delivered their latest set of verdicts, I knew it was time to pick up the phone and talk with some of the people […]