Lord Tweedsmuir senior guard Arjun Samra (left), battling with Burnaby South's Kyle Kirmaic on Saturday in the TBI final at the LEC, was selected tourney MVP. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athleitcs 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2018: Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers manage an upset special, topple No. 1 Burnaby South Rebels in Saturday’s final

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Burnaby South's Aidan Wilson, pictured here defending Terry Fox's Ko Takahashi (6), was the man of the hour Friday as the Rebels found a way to Saturday's TBI 2018 finals. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2018: No. 1 Burnaby South withstands huge rally from No. 2 Terry Fox to earn title game berth against No. 4 Lord Tweedsmuir

LANGLEY — Resiliency is proving to be worth its weight in early-season gold for some of B.C.’s best senior boys Quad A high school basketball teams.

Holy Cross' Uyi Ologhola (centre) is book-ended by Kelowna Owls Ajay Gill (left) and Jon Haughton during Friday morning's TBI quarterfinals at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2018’s dream quartet! B.C.’s top four-ranked Quad-A teams all advance to Friday Final 4, including No. 1 Burnaby South vs. No. 2 Terry Fox

LANGLEY — Diego Maffia, Bithow Wan, Parker Johnstone, Suraj Gahir. When that’s a group of four who will not play in this evening’s Final Four here at the 2018 Tsumura Basketball Invitational, you know even the quarterfinal round is a battle to survive.

Harry Parmar and the Kelowna Owls have become a traditional part of the Tsumura Basketball Invitational field. The Owls open play Thursday against Richmond' R.A. McMath Wildcats. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2018: A game-by-game look as Thursday’s opening round gets set for a 1:45 p.m. LEC tip-off

LANGLEY — Putting together the draw for a high-end 16-team invitational tournament is not easy. But it’s fun. You want to anticipate potential match-ups at the quarterfinal, semifinal and championship final stages, while insuring a balance between top and bottoms halves, as well as individual quadrants.

Reflecting on some of the special moments that will accompany the start of TBI 2018. (LEC graphic)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational 2018: The top four things I’ll ponder and be thankful for on strolls around the LEC

LANGLEY — Here’s four things I will enjoy watching as I stroll, broadcast, and photograph the action over the next three days, beginning Thursday, at the 2018 Tsumura Basketball Invitational (full draw below).

South Kamloop's Maddy Gobeil has committed her university basketball future to the UFV Cascades. She'll be at LEC Dec. 13 for the start of TBI girls 2018. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Mighty Maddy makes her move! South Kamloops Titans’ senior B.C. MVP point guard chooses future with Fraser Valley Cascades

ABBOTSFORD — Some of our best memories are stored away just below the surface, needing just a figurative nudge from within to bring a smile to our faces.

Centennial's Grade 11 forward Dominic Parolin has made a rousing debut at senior varsity and will lead his Centaurs into TBI 2018 Thursday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational 2018: With Grade 11 big man Parolin on the the scene, Centennial Centaurs a rising force

COQUITLAM — It isn’t always the smoothest of transitions, yet over the past few seasons, we’ve witnessed the sudden impact that top junior teams have had as they have migrated the following season to their respective senior varsity programs.

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.

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.

Centennial's Grace Killins is headed to Simon Fraser to begin her university basketball career in the fall of 2019. Before then, she ready for a highly-anticipated senior season with Coquitlam's Centaurs. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)