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?

Nicole Vander Helm is enjoying a happy homecoming with the Simon Fraser Clan, having found a place where she can play her total game. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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From Santa Clara to Simon Fraser: How a true north return helped Nicole Vander Helm re-discover her basketball joy

BURNABY — Nicole Vander Helm admits to have taken a pretty circuitous path in order to re-discover her version of basketball happiness.

Kelowna's Parker Johnstone was unstoppable in the fourth quarter, scoring 30 points and leading the Owls past Abbotsford's W.J. Mouat Hawks. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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01.13.18: Legal Beagle 2018 hits Day 3, we’ve got live reports from Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam

Welcome to coverage from the third and final day of the 29th annual Legal Beagle invitational senior boys basketball tournament here in PoCo. Keep checking back here throughout the day for reports from all of the games, including our championship final between the Semiahmoo Totems and the Oak Bay Bays at 7:30 p.m.

Holy Cross defenders Uyi Ologhola (left) and Jamal Osei-Anim pressure Semiahmoo's Jordan Chen during Legal Beagle quarterfinal play-in action Friday afternoon in Port Coquitlam. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Legal Beagle 2018: Semi-finals for Semiahmoo after Totems survive Holy Cross’ rally and full-court pressure scheme

PORT COQUITLAM —The Semiahmoo Totems knew they had an Achilles Heel, and so they made it a front-and-centre priority in each and every one of their practices.

Terry Fox head coach Brad Petersen led his Ravens' to fourth at this past weekend's TBI. His PoCo squad will be looking to a lot better by the time the Legal Beagle rolls around in January. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Legal Beagle 2018! Varsity Letters gives you the first look as the Terry Fox Ravens prepare to host a blockbuster

PORT COQUITLAM — B.C.’s boys basketball fans, here’s something to spend your holidays counting down! The Terry Fox Legal Beagle invitational rolls Jan. 11-13 at the Port Coquitlam school and the draw, released here on Varsity Letters, is a dandy.

Oak Bay's Diego Maffia was the picture of focus Saturday in the Bays win over Holy Cross in the 2017 TBI final at the Langley Events Centre. (Wilson Wong/UBC athletics photo not to be used with out granted permission)
Holy Cross Crusaders' guard Gabe Takeawoa was at his best Friday, leading the Surrey school past Abby's SW.J. Mouat Hawks in the semifinals of the 2017 TBI. (Wilson Wong/UBC athletics photo not to be used without granted permission)
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From B.C. Final Four last March to Tsumura Basketball’s title-tilt on Saturday, all hail Holy Cross vs. Oak Bay at the LEC!

LANGLEY — When last we left Surrey’s Holy Cross Crusaders and the Oak Bay Bays of Victoria, we were right here at the Langley Events Centre. It was mid-March and the Crusaders were topping the Bays for third-place at the Telus B.C. AAAA championship tournament.

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.

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.