North Delta Huskies' senior guard Suraj Gahir is ready to establish himself as one of the greatest North Delta Huskies of all time this season. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational 2018: Led by electrifying Suraj Gahir, senior-laden North Delta Huskies chase first B.C. title since 1990

NORTH DELTA — Twenty-nine seasons after their last grand triumph, Husky pride has once again hit the heights and it will all be on display for three days later this week at the Langley Events Centre.

Burnaby South's Jiordano Khan, pictured in the 2017 B.C. junior boys championship game, gets his chance in front of the home crowd this season when the Rod Thompson Memorial runs Dec. 19-21, one of eight invitationals being hosted at the school this season. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. high school basketball’s miracle marathon! Burnaby South to host eight consecutive tourneys from now until the end of January

BURNABY — Maybe it’s not the basketball event of the high school year. Yet when the home team takes on Surrey’s Frank Hurt Hornets at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the opening round of the Grade 8 boys Rebels Classic at Burnaby South Secondary, one of the most ambitious single-school undertakings in B.C. high school sports history […]

Burnaby South head coach Mike Bell and blue-chip guard Baltej Sohal are ready to hit the court running in 2018-19. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Encore, encore 2018: No identity crisis for B.C. Quad-A boys champion Burnaby South, these Rebels love who they are

BURNABY — It’s been an entire off-season since the 11th-hour transformation of the Burnaby South Rebels happened right before our eyes. You remember them, right?

North Delta head coach Jesse Hundal guides a Huskies team which opens 2018-19 at No. 1 in the Triple A rankings and is aiming for its first provincial senior varsity title since 1990. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Senior boys preseason basketball rankings: Rebels, Huskies, Seyhawks, Sparks top the polls in B.C.’s four tiers

LANGLEY — Provincial pollsters were all given the option of revamping pre-season rankings from the original versions issued this past March. Beginning Dec. 5, rankings will be updated every Wednesday for the duration of the season, with the exception of the holiday season.

Former UBC Thunderbirds forward Stephanie Bell, pictured in 2014 during the Canada West playoffs at War Gym, got to UBC with an HSBC scholarship. Now, in her new position with The Big Ticket tourney, the former Argyle Piper is helping give back to her high school community. (Photo by Bob Frid property of UBC athletics)
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The Big Ticket: New tourney’s scholarship program brings it all back home for ex-UBC star Stephanie Bell

NORTH VANCOUVER — Stephanie Bell has not forgotten the feeling, even though it happened eight years ago this December.As a star 6-foot senior forward with North Vancouver’s Argyle Pipers, Bell remembers hearing her name called at the conclusion of the former HSBC Classic boys and girls high school basketball tournament, discovering soon afterwards that she […]

Sixteen of the best B.C. senior boys basketball teams will converge on the LEC Dec. 6-8 for the 2018 Tsumura Basketball Invitational. (LEC graphic)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational: Complete draw for our senior boys 16-team, 32-game classic at the LEC

LANGLEY — If you were at the Langley Events Centre last March, you got a chance to witness just how ever-evolving and fluid the state of a high school basketball team really is.

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Doing a double take? Yes, that is Oak Bay's resident basketball star Diego Maffia, this year the starting setter for the Barbers' Top 10 AAA volleyball team, and the leading scorer on the Bays varsity soccer team. Remind you of another Victoria wunderkind of the past? (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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A Sunday read: Oak Bay’s star multi-sport student-athlete Diego Maffia shares a high school resume strikingly similar to you know who!

VICTORIA — He’s the reigning Vancouver Island AAA MVP in one sport. In another, at it’s 2017 B.C. AAA championship tournament, he was the event’s second-leading scorer. And finally, in the sport of basketball, the one he calls his speciality, he is easily among a handful of the best long-range shooters our province has seen in the […]

The Burnaby South Rebels, defending champs and No. 1 in VarsityLetters.ca's Big 10 preseason poll, headline at the 7th annual Tsumura Basketball Invitational this December at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational: Our 2018 boys tournament features B.C.’s cream of the crop in Quad-A, Triple-A tiers

LANGLEY — Defending B.C. Quad-A champion Burnaby South heads a star-studded field of 16 senior boys teams this December  at the seventh annual Tsumura Basketball Invitational.

Holy Cross' Uyi Ologhola (right) drives on Vancouver College's Jack Cruz-Dumont during 2017 B.C. championships. On Sept. 1, Cruz-Dumont's family will present the third annual John Dumont Classic as a fund-raiser for Ologhola following the recent passing of his mother Edna to cancer. (File photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics)
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John Dumont Classic: Tourney’s third edition pays it forward by helping lift the heavy heart of Surrey hoops star

BURNABY — When Jack Dumont thinks about the past two years, the rising UBC Thunderbirds freshman can’t help but reflect on the help and support which was extended to himself, his mom Trixie and his younger brothers Hunter and Cole through the outstretched arms of B.C.’s tight-knit basketball community.

South Kamloops Titans' guard Nick Sarai is a big part of the blue-chip class of incoming freshman at Kamloops' Thompson Rivers University. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics)
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Varsity Letters’ B.C. Recruits List 2018: Where 167 girls and boys basketball prospects are headed this coming season

LANGLEY — It’s been a busy week thus far, unveiling the names of the over 500 student-athletes who have been a part of B.C. Recruits List Week here at Varsity Letters. Soccer, football and volleyball have had their turn. Today, we look at basketball.