While Mouat's Harvir Garcha (right) gives chase to Tamanawis' Miguel Tomley on Sunday night in Langley, a capacity LEC crowd looks on from the centre court stands. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Mighty Miguel drops 49, leads Tammy to epic overtime win over Mouat as big, bad Fraser Valley firms up its B.C.-bound field

LANGLEY — While it would take an exhaustive case study to call it the greatest top-tiered Fraser Valley senior boys high school basketball championship game ever, the 2,000-plus in attendance Sunday evening at the Langley Events Centre would all tell you that it needs to be in the running.

Vancouver College's Levi Dvorak, blocking out against South Kam's 6-10 Ripley Martin earlier this season, was a difference maker Friday as the Fighting Irish repeated as Lower Mainland AAA champs with a win over St. George's at the Richmond Oval. (Varsity Letters file photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Van College’s Levi Dvorak: Irish senior conducts a symphony in rebounding en route to 4A Mainland title win over Saints

RICHMOND — Levi Dvorak shares a surname with one of classical music’s giants of symphonic composition. And while Vancouver College’s Dvorak, at 6-foot-3, may not have been gifted as a giant to do the kind of work he does in the trenches for the Fighting Irish, there is no doubt that the senior lifted the art […]

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.

Suraj Gahir (left) of the 3A North Delta Huskies, as well as both Valdi Alarie-Hill (middle) and Ewan MacKenzie of the 4A Oak Bay Bays both have their teams in the top four of their respective tiers this week. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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02.21.18 B.C. senior boys Big 10 basketball rankings: Tweedsmuir, Mouat the big 4A climbers

LANGLEY — With just one more set of rankings will follow after the completion of zone championships, it’s that time of year that even ranked teams face: Sudden elimination.

Yale's Bradley Braich is bravely speaking out about his battle with mental illness. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Bradley Braich: Yale’s star guard won’t hide from mental illness, wants to help others avoid his nightmare journey

ABBOTSFORD —He was born into a sport where, during solitary jump-shooting drills, finding a stretch of perfection was not entirely impossible. Yet when held to a standard that existed only in his mind, it became an act which on too many days proved agonizingly unattainable.

Reppin' his jersey number with pride, Tupper's Gaurab Acharya has knocked down 101 treys already this season. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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One tough Tiger: Over a season of adversity, Tupper’s compact Gaurab Acharya thinks big, plays even bigger

VANCOUVER — Jeff Gourley, like so many of our province’s veteran high school basketball coaches, is often asked the question that centres around the ‘R’ word.

Gurlal Mann and the rest of the defending B.C. Triple A champion Rick Hansen Hurricanes of Abbotsford are making a late run among the provincial elite. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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02.14.18 Valentine’s Day edition: B.C. boys Big 10 high school rankings for all four tiers, plus their preseason ranks

LANGLEY — The countdown from Valentine’s Day to tip off at the 2018 B.C. boys high school basketball championships at the Langley Events Centre hit precisely 21 days at 8:30 this morning. Can you wait?

Both the Kelowna Owls and WJ Mouat Hawks are teams deserving of spots in the B.C. AAAA top 10 rankings, but incredible parity and a glut of teams makes it impossible to include everyone. (Varsity letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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B.C. boys Big 10 basketball rankings 02.07.18 edition: All four tiers check in, Quad-A jockeying continues

LANGLEY — We’ve got all four tiers of B.C. senior boys basketball checking in with new Big 10 rankings this week. In many precincts, the playoffs have arrived and in all the rest, it’s down to the nitty gritty of league play.

Semiahmoo Totems head coach Ed Lefurgy met Adam Paige (left) and Vlad Mihaila on the same day six years ago, and the trio have seen eye-to-eye ever since. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Vlad and Adam: How two senior Totems passed a special eye-test and helped lift Semiahmoo hoops to B.C. elite status

SURREY — In these days of wireless hi-tech everything, there is something about the telekinetic link between Adam Paige and Vlad Mihaila which makes you want to call them Bluetooth basketball brothers.