Arun Atker and the North Delta Huskies get every team's best shot, and on Tuesday night at Clayton Heights Secondary, the host Nightriders were able to deliver one of 2018-19's signature upsets. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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01.30.19 Big 10 boys rankings: In topsy-turvy times, take a bow Kitsilano, Clayton Heights and Charles Hays

LANGLEY — Looking for some plot lines to savour in the world of B.C. boys high school basketball? If so, you’ve come to the perfect place.

Quad A’s rise of Kitsilano and return to form of defending champion Burnaby South.

The dominoes which fell after Triple A’s big Monday upset as Clayton Heights topples the No. 1 the North Delta’s Huskies 88-74. Now, East Vancouver’s Sir Charles Tupper Tigers are sitting on top.

The powerhouse Charles Hays Rainmakers, a Double A Juggernaut that is playing like the best of both Quad and Triple A en route to a second-place finish at the Emerald.

Single-A? Here’s to some top-end stability.

Our look at the latest B.C. senior boys Big 10 provincial rankings:


QUAD A  (records, ranking reflect games played Jan. 23-29. Records indicate games against B.C. competition only)

1 Holy Cross Crusaders (Surrey) (20-3) (LW-1)

Last week —Def. Fleetwood Park 73-63. Def. North Surrey 76-65. Def. Queen Elizabeth 79-61.

This week — Feb. 1 at Oak Bay, Feb. 2 vs, Belmont.

2 Terry Fox Ravens (20-4) (Port Coquitlam) (3)

Last week — Won all four games to finish first at Vancouver College Emerald tournament. Def. Pinetree 85-40 (league), def. Vancouver College 76-60, def. Semiahmoo 84-83, def. Charles Hays 84-80. Def. Port Moody 89-50. Def. Centennial 92-55.

This week — Jan. 31 at Gleneagle.

3 Burnaby South Rebels (19-3) (6)

Last week — Def. Burnaby North 82-52, def. Byrne Creek 84-54. Def. St. George’s 77-69.

This week —Jan. 31 vs. Alpha. Feb. 5 host play-in winner at Bur-West league playoffs.

4 Vancouver College Fighting Irish (21-7) (4)

Last week — Split four games as host of own Emerald Tournament. Def. Belmont 83-70, def. Handsworth 75-71, lost 76-60 to Terry Fox, lost 72-70 to Kitsilano. Def. St. Patrick’s 88-64.

This week — Feb. 2 vs. Abbotsford.

5 St. George’s Saints (11-2) (Vancouver) (5)

Last week — Lost 77-69 to Burnaby South.

This week — Jan. 30 vs. Kitsilano 

6 Kitsilano Blue Demons (Vancouver) (16-14) (NR)

Last week — Lost 95-87 to Walnut Grove. Won two of three games at Vancouver College Emerald tournament. Def. Oak Bay 88-74, lost 88-69 to Charles Hays, def. Vancouver College 72-70. Def. Eric Hamber 90-55

This week — Jan. 30 at St. George’s. Jan. 31 vs. Sir Winston Churchill. 

7 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (23-6) (Surrey) (8)

Last week — Def. W.J. Mouat 75-65. Won two of three games at Vancouver College Emerald tournament. Lost 89-60 to Charles Hays, def. Oak Bay 117-112 (OT), def. Belmont 81-75.

This week — Jan. 30 vs. Abbotsford.

8 Oak Bay Bays (Victoria) (16-7) (2)

Last week — Lost two of three games at Vancouver College Emerald tournament. Lost 88-74 to Kitsilano, lost 117-112 (OT) to Lord Tweedsmuir. Def. Claremont 78-73.

This week — Jan. 31 vs. Semiahmoo. Feb. 1 vs. Holy Cross, Feb. 4 vs. St. Michaels University School.

9 Tamanawis Wildcats (Surrey) (20-6) (9)

Last week — Def. Seaquam 87-58. Def. Centennial 73-71 (OT) at East Side Story. Def. Semiahmoo 69-58. 

This week — Do not play.

10 tie Semiahmoo Totems (Surrey) (14-6) (7)

Last week — Won two of three games at Vancouver College Emerald tournament. Def. SMUS 89-59, lost 84-83 to Terry Fox, def. Handsworth 60-50. Lost to Tamanawis 69-58.

This week — Jan. 30 at Earl Marriott, Feb. 1 at Oak Bay, Feb. 2 at Belmont, Feb. 3 at SMUS.

10 tie W.J. Mouat Hawks (Abbotsford) (17-11) (10)

Last week — Def. Abbotsford 79-53. Lost 75-65 to Lord Tweedsmuir. Def. Abbotsford 82-78.

This week — Feb. 2 at Walnut Grove.


Kelowna Owls (14-8) (HM)

Last week — Def. Penticton 88-58.

This week — Jan. 31 vs. Kelowna. Open play Feb. 7 as host of own Kelowna-Western Canada Invitational.

Walnut Grove Gators (Langley) (12-8) (HM)

Last week — Def. Kitsilano 95-87. 

This week — Feb. 1 vs. W.J. Mouat.

Handsworth Royals (North Vancouver) (7-2) (HM)

Last week — Lost two of three games at Vancouver College Emerald tournament. Def. Heritage Woods 82-72. Lost 75-71 to Vancouver College. Lost 60-50 to Semiahmoo.

This week — Jan. 31 at Carson Graham, Feb. 5 at West Vancouver.

Abbotsford Panthers (13-7) (HM)

Last week — Lost to W.J. Mouat 79-53. Lost to W.J. Mouat 82-78.

This week — Jan. 30 at Lord Tweedsmuir. Feb. 2 at Vancouver College.

(Howard Tsumura,


1 Sir Charles Tupper Tigers (Vancouver) (LW-2) 

2 Vernon Panthers (3) 

3 North Delta Huskies (1)  

4 Duchess Park Condors (Prince George) (4) 

5 Mark Isfeld Ice (Courtenay) (7) 

6 A.R. MacNeill Ravens (Richmond) (6) 

7 Clayton Heights Nightriders (Surrey) (HM)

8 Rick Hansen Hurricanes (Abbotsford) (5) 

9 G.W. Graham Grizzles (Chilliwack) (8)

10 Byrne Creek Bulldogs (Burnaby) (9) 

HONOURABLE MENTION — Richmond Colts (10), G.P. Vanier Towhees (Courtenay) (HM), Argyle Pipers (North Vancouver) (HM), Pitt Meadows Marauders (HM), Carihi Tyees (Campbell River) (NR)



1 Charles Hays Rainmakers (Prince Rupert) (LW-1) 

2 Collingwood Cavaliers (West Vancouver) (3) 

3 Langley Christian Lightning (4)

4 Britannia Bruins (Vancouver) (5)

5 King George Dragons (Vancouver) (2) 

6 Elphinstone Cougars (Gibsons) (6) 

7 D.P. Todd Trojans (Prince George) (7) 

8 Seycove Seyhawks (North Vancouver) (HM)

9 H.J. Cambie Crusaders (Richmond) (NR)

10-tie St. Michaels University School Blue Jags (Victoria) (10-tie)

10-tie St. Patrick’s Celtics (Vancouver) (10-tie)

HONOURABLE MENTION (alphabetical) — Brentwood College (Mill Bay) (HM), George Elliot Coyotes (Lake Country) (HM), Lambrick Park Lions (Victoria) (HM), St. Thomas Aquinas Fighting Saints (North Vancouver) (9), Westsyde Whundas (Kamloops) (8).

(Lyle Dhur,


1 Glenlyon Norfolk Gryphons (Victoria) (LW-1) 

2 Similkameen Sparks (Keremeos) (2) 

3 Kelowna Christian Knights (3)

4 Highroad Knights (Chilliwack) (4)

5 Credo Christian Kodiaks (Langley) (6)

6 Barriere Cougars (8) 

7 King David Lions (Vancouver) (8) 

8 Unity Christian Flames (Chilliwack) (5) 

9 Northside Christian Northstars (Vanderhoof) (9)

10 Aberdeen Hall Gryphons (Kelowna) (NR)

HONOURABLE MENTION — Bulkley Valley Christian Royals (Smithers) (HM), Fort St. James Falcons (NR), Nanaimo Christian Trail Blazers (HM), Vernon Christian Royals (HM).

(Sean Juteau, BCHSBBA)

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