UBC's latest recruit, rising fourth-year point guard Jadon Cohee has big goals for both himself and the Thunderbirds' basketball program. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics)
UBC Thunderbirds' head coach Kevin Hanson had plenty of reasons to smile as he welcomed rising fourth-year shooting guard Manroop Clair into the fold on Monday at War Gym. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics)
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The rare air of UBC’s Manroop Clair: Few in all of university hoops can dial distance with the aplomb of ‘Birds newest recruit

VANCOUVER — There is simply no way to understate just how deep and dangerous the UBC Thunderbirds men’s basketball team got when the news hit Monday that former Burnaby South Rebels’ star Manroop Clair would, this coming season, adorn himself in blue and gold and resume his university basketball career on the Point Grey campus.In […]

Burnaby South fans may well get a chance to enjoy another of these rare moments as the Rebels will enter the 2018-19 season as the clear B.C. Quad A title favourite. (Photo by Wilson Wong, UBC athletics)
Once Burnaby South Grade 10 big man Sasha Vujisic found his health and his fitness, the road to a AAAA B.C. title turned into an expressway. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics)
Burnaby South's resident Grade 10 prodigy Sasha Vujisic scored 21 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the Friday Final Four, but he also dished the night's sweetest dime. (Photo by Howard Tsumura, property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Sasha to Jusuf: How a touch-pass from junior Vujisic to senior Sehic tells the story of Burnaby South’s amazing run to the AAAA final

LANGLEY —  There was a moment down the stretch-drive of Friday night’s B.C. AAAA boys semifinal, when you stopped and realized that everything that the Burnaby South Rebels might have represented just a few weeks ago had been so clearly tossed out the window.

Watching North Delta's Suraj Gahir reminds this former Huskies grad of the 1987-88 season and the sublime play of former ND great Craig Preece. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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TSUMURA: On 30 years of B.C. high school basketball ties, and why the 1988 Final Four remains my all-time favourite

LANGLEY — I am writing with pace in my hotel room this morning because I have a self-imposed deadline on my plate. It’s 9:32 a.m. and I start to tap keys, and I must be at the Langley Events Centre by the strike of noon to watch the Fighting Irish of Vancouver College tip-off against Victoria’s […]

Belmont's Daunte Nelson (centre) speeds up court while being fouled by Vancouver College's Cam Wright. Jack Cruz-Dumont looks on as the Bulldogs earned a berth in the Final Four against Burnaby South. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Belmont, Burnaby South: How a pair of unlikely underdog dance partners punched their tickets to the AAAA Final Four

LANGLEY — Belmont Bulldogs head coach Kevin Brown was asked in the aftermath of a second day of bracket-busting havoc being wreaked by his team on the rest of the field here at the B.C. senior boys AAAA basketball championships if he foresaw any scenario where his team would still be in pursuit of the […]

Lord Tweedsmuir coaches Drew Gallacher (left) and Bill Ruby watch as they out their Panthers through the paces during a 20-minute shoot around Tuesday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers: Late swoon in FV Final Four casts Cloverdale crew in ‘back-to-basics’ boot camp for B.C. tourney

LANGLEY — The usual week-plus between the finish of zone tournaments and the B.C. championships is spent in different ways by all teams, yet in the end, it’s all about coaches and players gaining energy from each other by reinforcing what it was that got them to a spot amongst the province’s final 16.In Cloverdale, […]

Tupper's Mathew Dunkerley (left) and Benny Bradford make life tough for Burnaby Mountain's Joao Coimra during Sweet 16 round action at the B.C. junior boys basketball championships Saturday at the Langley Events Centre. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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B.C. junior boys basketball at its Elite 8: Irish, Hawks, Royals, Saints, Tigers,Bulldogs and a pair of Panthers

LANGLEY — We’re down to eight teams in the chase for the 2018 B.C. junior boys basketball title, and we’ve only finished the first of four days!Sunday’s championship round quarterfinal schedule:TOP HALF DRAW3:30 p.m. — Vancouver College vs. Seaquam (South Court), Handsworth vs. St. George’s (Centre Court)BOTTOM HALF DRAW2 p.m. — Sir Charles Tupper vs. […]

Tyus Batiste (front row, fifth from left) is already a coaching veteran at age 20, leading the defending B.C. champion Burnaby South Rebels back to the LEC for the 2018 JV provincials. (Photo courtesy Burnaby South athletics)
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Tyus Batiste: Burnaby South grad gives back, young coaching lifer has Rebels ready for another B.C. junior title run

BURNABY — Think about our province’s most durable high school basketball coaches and in many instances, their careers started when they themselves were still high schoolers, coaching the younger grades in the programs they were still an active part of as players.