LANGLEY — Defending B.C. Quad-A champion Burnaby South heads a star-studded field of 16 senior boys teams this December  at the seventh annual Tsumura Basketball Invitational.

The Rebels, who not only won B.C.’s highest tiered provincial championship tournament at the Langley Events Centre this past March, were later selected as Varsity Letters’ preseason No. 1 Quad-A team.

Burnaby South is one of seven Quad-A teams with inclusion in the VarsityLetters.ca preseason Big 10 poll who will return to the LEC for the 2018 TBI, set to run Dec. 6-8.

More information will follow on the TBI senior girls tournament which runs from Dec. 13-15, also at the Langley Events Centre.

(Click here for a AAAA poll refresher)

Other Big 10 Quad-A senior boys teams taking part in this season’s TBI, with their preseason ranking in parenthesis: 

Holy Cross Crusaders (2)

Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (3)

Terry Fox Ravens (4)

Oak Bay Bays (8)

Kelowna Owls (9)

Belmont Bulldogs (10)

W.J. Mouat Hawks (HM)

Heritage Woods Kodiaks (HM)

Centennial Centaurs (unranked)

In addition to 10 of the best Quad-A programs in the province, TBI 2018 will feature the  top six teams in the B.C. Triple-A preseason poll. (Click here for a AAA poll refresher)

Leading the way is the tier’s No. 1-ranked team, the North Delta Huskies.

The other five teams, with their preseason rankings in parenthesis: 

Sir Charles Tupper Tigers (2)

R.A. McMath Wildcats (3)

G.W. Graham Grizzlies (4)

Byrne Creek Bulldogs (5)

Rick Hansen Hurricanes (6)

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