LANGLEY —We’re back from winter hiatus with the first B.C. senior boys basketball rankings of 2019.
As usual, with the longest span of time between ranking all seasons, there are plenty of changes, including the potential of a No. 1 vs. No. 2 Quad-A clash Saturday in the finale of the Terry Fox Legal Beagle, and the same potential scenario at the Triple A level in Saturday’s St. Thomas More Chancellor final.
QUAD A (records, ranking reflect games played Dec. 19 through Jan 8. Records indicate games against B.C. competition only)
1 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (13-3) (Surrey) (LW-1-tie)
Last week — Def. Walnut Grove 112-87. Def. W.J. Mouat 93-78.
This week — Open play Thursday at 10-team Terry Fox Legal Beagle Invitational vs. Kelowna. Open play Jan. 15 at Surrey RCMP Classic.
2 Terry Fox Ravens (9-3) (Port Coquitlam) (4)
Last week — Def. Walnut Grove 99-90. Split four games at San Diego-Torrey Pines Holiday Classic. Def. Sage Creek (Cal.) 57-54, lost 73-70 to San Luis Obispo (Cal.), def. Fallbrooks (Cal.) 59-43.
This week — Open Thursday as host of own 10-team Legal Beagle Invitational vs. W.J. Mouat. Jan. 15 at Heritage Woods.
3 St. George’s Saints (8-1) (Vancouver) (3)
Last week —Open China tour 2019 with 6-0 record. Def. Changchun No. 6 78-54, def. ChaoYang 84-54, def. Shenyang No. 2 92-69, def. Chang Chun Zhen Cai 88-64, def. Daqing Iron Man 89-64, def. Changchun 11th 79-72.
This week — Do not play. Jan. 17 at Richmond.
4 Holy Cross Crusaders (Surrey) (10-3) (5)
Last week — Def. Guildford Park 75-60. Def. Burnaby South 73-59.
This week — Open play Friday at 10-team Terry Fox Legal Beagle Invitational vs. Vancouver College-New Westminster winner.
5 Burnaby South Rebels (11-3) (1-tie)
Last week —Won two of three games to finish third as host of own Rod Thompson Memorial Classic. Def. R.E. Mountain 105-30, lost 80-79 (OT) to Richmond, def. Centennial 69-52. Won two of three games to finish third at Tamanawis Holiday Classic. Def. Centennial 101-66, lost 101-68 to Seattle-Garfield, def. Tamanawis 65-60. Lost 73-59 to Holy Cross.
This week —Jan. 9 at Moscrop, Jan. 14 at New Westminster.
6 Vancouver College Fighting Irish (12-3) (8)
Last week — Won all three games to finish first at Oak Bay-Gary Taylor Classic. Def. Lambrick Park 119-58, def. Belmont 68-53, def. Heritage Woods 87-76. Won two of three games at Vikes Alumni Invitational. Def. Jaunita (Wash.) 81-58, lost 102-74 to (Edmonton)-Harry Ainlay, def. Oak Bay 81-76. Def. Walnut Grove 79-73.
This week — Open play Thursday at 10-team Terry Fox Legal Beagle Invitational vs. New Westminster.
7 Tamanawis Wildcats (Surrey) (9-3) (7)
Last week —Def. Elgin Park 88-81. Def. Panorama Ridge 123-61. Lost two of three games as host of own Wildcats Holiday Classic. Def. Pitt Meadows 84-42, lost 76-63 to Sir Charles Tupper, lost 65-60 to Burnaby South. Def. Belmont 65-56.
This week — Open play Friday at 10-team Terry Fox Legal Beagle Invitational vs. Oak Bay-Kitsilano winner.
8 Oak Bay Bays (Victoria) (9-4) (6)
Last week — Lost two of three games as host of own Gary Taylor Classic. Def. West Vancouver 100-60, lost 86-81 to Heritage Woods, lost 71-61 to Belmont. Lost two of three games at UVic Alumni Inviational. Def. Luther College (Regina) 116-65, lost 86-76 to St. Benedict’s (Ont.), lost 81-76 to Vancouver College. Def. Lambrick Park 109-63. Def. Belmont 82-54. Def. SMUS 91-61.
This week — Open play Thursday at 10-team Terry Fox Legal Beagle Invitational vs. Kitsilano. Jan 15 at Lambrick Park.
9 Kelowna Owls (9-4) (9-tie)
Last week — Lost three of four games at Seattle-Franklin Tournament of Champions Holiday Classic. Def. Nathan Hale (Seattle) 84-81 (OT), lost 85-49 to Canyon Springs, lost 74-70 to Stanwood (Wash.), lost 62-60 to Nathan Hale (Seattle). Def. Rutland 107-78.
This week — Open play Thursday at 10-team Terry Fox Legal Beagle Invitational vs. Lord Tweedsmuir.
10 W.J. Mouat Hawks (Abbotsford) (9-6) (10)
Last week —Won all three games to finish first as host of own HawkBall ’18 Invitational. Def. Thomas Haney 96-58, def. Mission 75-38, def. North Surrey 70-46. Lost to Lord Tweedsmuir 93-78.
This week — Open play Thursday at 10-team Terry Fox Legal Beagle Invitational vs. Terry Fox. Jan. 15 vs. Walnut Grove.
Heritage Woods Kodiaks (Port Moody) (8-8) (HM)
Last week —Won two of three games to finish second at Oak Bay-Gary Taylor Classic. Def. SMUS 92-67, def. Oak Bay 86-81, lost 87-76 to Vancouver College.
This week —Open play Wednesday vs. Seaquam at Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs Classic. Jan. 15 vs. Terry Fox.
Abbotsford Panthers (11-3) (HM)
Last week — Def. Walnut Grove 99-71.
This week — Do not play. Open as host of own 12-team Snowball Invitational Jan. 16 vs. MEI.
Walnut Grove Gators (Langley) (9-5) (9-tie)
Last week — Lost to Terry Fox 99-90. Lost to Lord Tweedsmuir 112-87. Lost to Vancouver College 79-73. Lost to Abbotsford 99-71.
This week — Jan. 15 at W.J. Mouat.
Semiahmoo Totems (Surrey) (5-4) (HM)
Last week — Def. South Delta 103-38. Def. Princess Margaret 88-58.
This week — Jan. 9 vs. W.J. Mouat. Jan. 10 at Sullivan Heights. Jan. 14 at Seaquam.
Handsworth Royals (North Vancouver) (4-2) (HM)
Last week — Did not play.
This week — Jan. 10 at Sentinel.
(Howard Tsumura, VarsityLetters.ca)
1 North Delta Huskies (LW-2)
2 Sir Charles Tupper Tigers (Vancouver) (3)
3 G.W. Graham Grizzles (Chilliwack) (4)
4 Vernon Panthers (7)
5 Duchess Park Condors (Prince George) (5)
6 Byrne Creek Bulldogs (Burnaby) (1)
7 Mark Isfeld Ice (Courtenay) (6)
8 Richmond Colts (HM)
9 Pitt Meadows Marauders (8)
10 Rick Hansen Hurricanes (Abbotsford) (9)
HONOURABLE MENTION — A.R. MacNeill Ravens (Richmond) (10), Clayton Heights Night Riders (Surrey) (HM), Robert Bateman Timberwolves (Abbotsford) (NR), G.P. Vanier Towhees (Courtenay) (NR), Argyle Pipers (North Vancouver) (HM)
1 Charles Hays Rainmakers (Prince Rupert) (LW-1)
2 King George Dragons (Vancouver) (3)
3 Collingwood Cavaliers (West Vancouver) (4)
4 Langley Christian Lightning (5)
5 Britannia Bruins (Vancouver) (6)
6 Elphinstone Cougars (Gibsons) (2)
7 Westsyde Whundas (Kamloops) (7)
8 Brentwood College (Mill Bay) (8)
9 D.P. Todd Trojans (Prince George) (9)
10-tie St. Patrick’s Celtics (Vancouver) (10-tie)
10-tie Southridge Storm (Surrey) (10-tie)
HONOURABLE MENTION (alphabetical) — George Elliot Coyotes (Lake Country) (HM), Lambrick Park Lions (Victoria) (HM), St. Michaels University School Blue Jags (Victoria) (HM), St. Thomas Aquinas Fighting Saints (North Vancouver) (NR)
(Lyle Dhur, SportVictoria.com)
1 Highroad Knights (Chilliwack) (LW-1)
2 Glenlyon Norfolk Gryphons (Victoria) (2)
3 Similkameen Sparks (Keremeos) (4)
4 Barriere Cougars (5)
5 Credo Christian Kodiaks (Langley) (7)
6 Northside Christian Northstars (Vanderhoof) (6)
7 Unity Christian Flames (Chilliwack) (3)
8 Kelowna Christian Knights (8)
9 King David Lions (Vancouver) (9)
10 Aberdeen Hall Gryphons (Kelowna) (HM)
HONOURABLE MENTION —Fort St. James Falcons (NR), Pemberton Red Devils (HM), Regent Christian Lions (Surrey) (NR), Vernon Christian Royals (HM)
(Sean Juteau, BCHSBBA)
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