South Kamloops' head coach Tim Unaegbu finally gets a championship moment with his players on LEC soil, hugging (left to right) Sam Jean, Reid Jansen, Nick Sarai and Josh Jean. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics)
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South Kamloops: Even from afar, presence of coach Unaegbu touches spirit of Titans, guides them to B.C. AAA hoops title

LANGLEY — This is a story that began 365 days ago, with a vow from a head coach that both he and his basketball team, gutted in defeat, would return to tend to unfinished business.

Byrne Creek's Martin Djunga (right) and McMath's Bryce Mason met earlier this season at the Tsumura Basketball Invitational. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Byrne baby, Byrne… Byrne Creek’s Bulldogs showcase true team depth to top McMath, repeat at Mainland AAA champs

RICHMOND — The game’s stretch drive took the stretch out Burnaby’s Byrne Creek Bulldogs, yet even without the enviable length and wing-span provided by two if its most dynamic players, B.C.’s No. 1-ranked senior boys Triple A basketball team found a way to repeat as Lower Mainland AAA champs Friday at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Byrne Creek Bulldogs' senior Majok Deng brings a cerebral aura to the court for B.C.'s No. 1-ranked AAA boys basketball team. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Just say ‘Rock, chalk, Majok’ and Byrne Creek’s Bulldog nation salutes its professorial senior Majok Deng

BURNABY — His first name is Majok, but you’re excused if you say Magic. “He is just a really engaging kid, an intellectual at heart,” begins head coach Bal Dhillon when asked to describe the essence of the 6-foot-8 senior guard/forward with Burnaby’s Triple A No. 1-ranked Byrne Creek Bulldogs.

Byrne Creek's senior guard Martin Djunga has found a family of basketball brothers at his Burnaby-Edmonds high school. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Byrne Creek Tip-Off Invitational: Djunga, No. 1 Bulldogs springboard into tourney-host role following Chancellor championship

BURNABY — For about as long as Martin Djunga can remember, he’s been surrounded by his basketball brothers, the ones he’s teammed with to help lift Burnaby’s Byrne Creek Secondary to its greatest athletic heights.