Lord Tweedsmuir senior guard Arjun Samra (left), battling with Burnaby South's Kyle Kirmaic on Saturday in the TBI final at the LEC, was selected tourney MVP. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athleitcs 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2018: Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers manage an upset special, topple No. 1 Burnaby South Rebels in Saturday’s final

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Burnaby South's Aidan Wilson, pictured here defending Terry Fox's Ko Takahashi (6), was the man of the hour Friday as the Rebels found a way to Saturday's TBI 2018 finals. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2018: No. 1 Burnaby South withstands huge rally from No. 2 Terry Fox to earn title game berth against No. 4 Lord Tweedsmuir

LANGLEY — Resiliency is proving to be worth its weight in early-season gold for some of B.C.’s best senior boys Quad A high school basketball teams.

Holy Cross' Uyi Ologhola (centre) is book-ended by Kelowna Owls Ajay Gill (left) and Jon Haughton during Friday morning's TBI quarterfinals at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2018’s dream quartet! B.C.’s top four-ranked Quad-A teams all advance to Friday Final 4, including No. 1 Burnaby South vs. No. 2 Terry Fox

LANGLEY — Diego Maffia, Bithow Wan, Parker Johnstone, Suraj Gahir. When that’s a group of four who will not play in this evening’s Final Four here at the 2018 Tsumura Basketball Invitational, you know even the quarterfinal round is a battle to survive.

Last season Burnaby South and Oak Bay met in the quarterfinals of the BC tourney as respective No. 8 and No 1 seeds. When they meet in the TBI quarters on Friday, it will be with those ranking numbers flipped. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Friday at TBI 2018: Setting up the day, previewing the Rebels-Bays replay of 2018 BC’s, and chatting with South’s Sasha Vujisic

LANGLEY — Has the uniqueness of Friday’s marquee match-up struck you just yet? Yes, that one! On Friday, the Tsumura Basketball Invitational’s second set of morning quarterfinals at 10:30 a.m. includes one drenched in plotlines.

Terry Fox's David Chien was one of an outstanding crop of Ravens' guards on Thursday. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION TBI 2018: Live game reports from Day 1 of the Tsumura Basketball Invitational

Welcome to the first of three days here from the Langley Events Centre any TBI 2018. We’re complete for the night with reports on all eight games!

Harry Parmar and the Kelowna Owls have become a traditional part of the Tsumura Basketball Invitational field. The Owls open play Thursday against Richmond' R.A. McMath Wildcats. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2018: A game-by-game look as Thursday’s opening round gets set for a 1:45 p.m. LEC tip-off

LANGLEY — Putting together the draw for a high-end 16-team invitational tournament is not easy. But it’s fun. You want to anticipate potential match-ups at the quarterfinal, semifinal and championship final stages, while insuring a balance between top and bottoms halves, as well as individual quadrants.

Reflecting on some of the special moments that will accompany the start of TBI 2018. (LEC graphic)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational 2018: The top four things I’ll ponder and be thankful for on strolls around the LEC

LANGLEY — Here’s four things I will enjoy watching as I stroll, broadcast, and photograph the action over the next three days, beginning Thursday, at the 2018 Tsumura Basketball Invitational (full draw below).

St. George's Saints guard Jerric Palma (right) helped lead his Saints through a busy opening stretch of the 2018-19 season. (Photo courtesy Jon Hayduk/St. George's athletics)
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B.C. senior boys Big 10 basketball rankings: All four tiers check in as new No. 2 Fox pulls up to No. 1 Burnaby South’s bumper

LANGLEY — Our first B.C. senior boys basketball rankings following late November’s opening tip reveals just how strong the top half of the Triple-A tier’s Top 10 is in relation to the best of Quad-A.

Centennial's Grade 11 forward Dominic Parolin has made a rousing debut at senior varsity and will lead his Centaurs into TBI 2018 Thursday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational 2018: With Grade 11 big man Parolin on the the scene, Centennial Centaurs a rising force

COQUITLAM — It isn’t always the smoothest of transitions, yet over the past few seasons, we’ve witnessed the sudden impact that top junior teams have had as they have migrated the following season to their respective senior varsity programs.

Terry Fox's Grady Stanyer plays one of the most critical roles in all of B.C.boys high school basketball this season as the lone front court presence on a uber-talented Terry Fox Ravens' squad. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational 2018: Great guards galore and a rugged Raven named Grady ready to grind for gritty Terry Fox

PORT COQUITLAM — Oh how far they have come in just 12 months. A year ago, at this very juncture of December, one week into the 2017-18 season, the Terry Fox Ravens were preparing for the opening round of the Tsumura Basketball Invitational as the only unranked Quad A team in the elite 16-team field.