The back of Holy Cross Crusaders' guard Jamal Osei-Anim warm-up jacket told it all Friday morning at the TBI, as teams around the Greater Vancouver area mourned the loss of the Panorama Ridge Thunder's popular senior guard. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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TBI 2017 players, coaches carry heavy hearts on Friday following passing of beloved Raphael Alcoreza

LANGLEY — You couldn’t take more than a few steps around the Langley Events Centre Friday morning at the Tsumura Basketball Invitational without feeling an outpouring of compassion and grief from B.C.’s tight-knit high school basketball community following the tragic loss of Raphael Alcoreza.Sadly, the Panorama Ridge Grade 12 player, who was rushed to hospital after […]

Walnut Grove's Alisdair Coyle (left) contends with the athletic defence of Byrne Creeks' Martin Djunga on Thursday in the opening round of the TBI at the LEC. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Day 1 at the 2017 Boys TBI: Quad A powers survive Sweet 16 to set up Top 10-filled quarterfinals

What a terrific round of games to open TBI 2017 at the Langley Events Centre. Here’s reports from all of today’s eight games as well as a full schedule of tomorrow’s games:

Sir Charles Tupper forward Joven Dhillon (right) is one of a host of Grade 11 starters fuelling the efforts of East Van's Tigers at this weeks Tsumura Basketball Invitational in Langley. (Wilson Wong/UBC athletics)
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TBI 2017: How Tupper has hit the upper-echelon, Tigers’ hoops in tip-top shape from top to bottom

VANCOUVER — Material trappings have never been a part of the blue-collar basketball culture at East Vancouver’s Sir Charles Tupper Secondary.

North Delta Huskies head coach Jesse Hundal places equal importance on the team's on-court work ethic and its off-court appreciation of program history. (Varsity letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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TBI 2017: Future bright but history also key for North Delta’s tradition-honouring basketball Huskies

NORTH DELTA — It’s easy to have a soft spot for a classic era of B.C. boys high school basketball, that span during the early-to-mid 1970s when the growth in the popularity of the game was out of control, and the single-tiered championship final was a mass spectacle played in venues as large as the […]

Linking a generation of Handsworth Royals, Cam Mowat (right) has returned to his old North Vancouver high school and this weekend leads them into the No Regrets tournament, named after his late teammate Quinn Keast. (Blair Shier/www.blair.photo)
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Built in Quinn’s Royal image: The Keast ‘No Regrets’ tourney gets set for tip-off amidst a Handsworth hoops renaissance

NORTH VANCOUVER — Cam Mowat doesn’t need to take even a second to ponder the question. “I haven’t done the math, but I know you have kids here who are now at Handsworth who know exactly who he was, what his history is, and how they can be motivated by his story,” says the third-year head […]

Holy Cross head coach Anthony Pezzente reacts during B.C. quarterfinal overtime win over Vancouver College last March at the LEC. (Photo used through the permission of Wilson Wong/UBC athletics)
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Holy Cross hoops: Ready to sprint a marathon, No. 1 Crusaders set to celebrate treys and tres tempo

SURREY — It might have happened in the quarterfinal round at last season’s Telus B.C. Boys AAA basketball championships, but to Surrey’s Holy Cross Crusaders, their 99-86 overtime win over the Vancouver College Fighting Irish has carried all the momentum of a provincial final.

Lambrick Park's Matt Collett (left) is back with his Lions in the 2A Top 10, as is GW Graham's Geevon Janday with the now-Triple-A Grizzlies. Celebrate Monday! High school basketball is back. (Photo used through the permission of Wilson Wong/UBC athletics) (Photo used through the permission of Wilson Wong/UBC athletics)
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11.26.17: B.C. senior boys varsity basketball’s preseason Big 10 rankings for Quad, Triple, Double and Single-A tiers

The B.C. senior boys basketball season tips off Monday, and to get things started, we present the Big 10 rankings for all four of this province’s tiers. Here’s to a great season and our promise of B.C.’s best high school basketball coverage, right here at Varsity Letters:

Walnut Grove guard James Woods, the reigning BC boys AAAA tourney MVP, will be back at the LEC next month for the 2017 TBI. (Wilson Wong, UBC athletics)
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FULL DRAW! The 2017 boys Tsumura Basketball Invitational at LEC

LANGLEY — If you are a high school basketball purist and you enjoy, as much as I certainly do, watching all of the varied styles and personalities of this great game, then the 16-team 2017 boys Tsumura Basketball Invitational is sure to please.

Tamanawis' Miguel Tomley (right) will play collegiate basketball beginning in 2018-19 with the Cal Baptist Lancers. (Varsity Letters file photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Miguel Tomley: Tammy’s superstar point guard to begin collegiate career with Cal Baptist Lancers

SURREY — To some, Miguel Tomley’s basketball future may appear to have been cast along a road less travelled. Yet ask the superstar point guard with Surrey’s Tamanawis Secondary Wildcats what the main reason was that he chose Cal Baptist University over a number of other higher-profile schools as the place to continue his fast-rising basketball […]