LANGLEY — The fourth new No. 1 of the B.C. senior boys Quad A basketball season?
Say hello to the Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Ravens who have the honour and the target for the first time in almost four seasons (02.26.15).
Surrey’s Holy Cross Crusaders fall out of No. 1 for the first time since mid-January, its four-week run the longest in-season run of 2018-19.
Burnaby South and Lord Tweedsmuir have also held down the No. 1 ranking at the province’s highest tier.
And while a shake-up in the Quad-A rankings is certainly no surprise based on this strangely beautiful season of top-tiered hoops, the juncture of the season at which it’s come is somewhat surprising.
While most teams stay within their league schedules and prep for the start of the playoffs, Holy Cross, Oak Bay, Belmont, Kitsilano, Semiahmoo and St. George’s all played key exhibitions against each other, and if the results weren’t extremely close, they seemed to all be upsets.
Of course this season, what qualifies as an upset?
Triple A’s Sir Charles Tupper Tigers, Double A’s Charles Hays Rainmakers and Single A’s Glenlyon Norfolk Gryphons all managed to quell revolts at their respective tiers and carry their No. 1 rankings into a new week.
Here’s out look at all four tiers of B.C. senior boys high school basketball rankings:
QUAD A (records, ranking reflect games played Jan. 30-Feb. 5. Records indicate games against B.C. competition only)
1 Terry Fox Ravens (21-4) (Port Coquitlam) (LW-2)
Last week — Def. Gleneagle 103-50.
This week — Open Thursday as host of Fraser Valley North championships vs winner of Dr. Charles Best vs. Riverside winner.
2 Burnaby South Rebels (21-3) (3)
Last week — Def. Alpha 95-74. Def. Burnaby North 93-54 in opening game at Burnaby-New Westminster league playoffs.
This week — Open Thursday vs. Cardston (Alta.) at Kelowna-Western Canada Invitational.
3 Vancouver College Fighting Irish (22-7) (4)
Last week — Def. Abbotsford 94-85.
This week — Feb. 6 at St. George’s.
4 Kitsilano Blue Demons (Vancouver) (18-14) (6)
Last week — Def. St. George’s 91-61. Def. Sir Winston Churchill 89-58.
This week — Open Thursday vs. Sir Winston Churchill as host of Vancouver City Championships.
5 Holy Cross Crusaders (Surrey) (22-3) (1)
Last week —Lost 99-69 at Oak Bay, lost 65-62 at Belmont.
This week — Open Wednesday as host of Fraser Valley Central championships vs. Enver Creek.
6 Oak Bay Bays (Victoria) (17-8) (8)
Last week — Lost to Semiahmoo 82-65. Def. Holy Cross 99-69.
This week —Open Thursday vs. Winnipeg-Vincent Massey at Kelowna-Western Canada Invitational.
7 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (24-6) (Surrey) (7)
Last week — Def. Abbotsford 107-95.
This week — Open play Thursday as host of Fraser Valley East’s West Division championships vs. R.E. Mountain.
8 St. George’s Saints (11-3) (Vancouver) (5)
Last week — Lost 91-61 to Kitsilano.
This week — Feb. 6 vs. Vancouver College, Feb. 9 vs. Clayton Heights, Feb. 11 vs. Pitt Meadows.
9 Tamanawis Wildcats (Surrey) (20-6) (9)
Last week — Did not play.
This week — Open play Wednesday as host of Fraser Valley Southwest championships vs. Sullivan Heights.
10-tie Semiahmoo Totems (Surrey) (17-6) (10-tie)
Last week — Swept three games on Vancouver Island southern swing. Def. Oak Bay 82-65, def. Belmont 85-83 (OT), def. SMUS 81-79.
This week — Open play Wednesday at Tamanawis vs. Seaquam at Fraser Valley Southwest championships.
10-tie Belmont Bulldogs (Victoria) (18-16) (NR)
Last week — Def. Claremont 79-74. Lost to Semiahmoo 85-83 (OT), def. Holy Cross 65-62. Def. SMUS 74-55.
This week — Feb. 7 at Lambrick Park.
Walnut Grove Gators (Langley) (13-8) (HM)
Last week — Def. W.J. Mouat 80-76
This week — Open play Thursday at Fraser Valley East’s West Division championships at Lord Tweedsmuir vs. Chilliwack.
W.J. Mouat Hawks (Abbotsford) (17-12) (10-tie)
Last week — Lost 80-76 to Walnut Grove.
This week — Open play Thursday at Fraser Valley East’s East Division championships vs. Sardis.
Kelowna Owls (15-8) (HM)
Last week — Def. Rutland 86-57.
This week — Open play Feb. 7 vs. Edmonton-Ross Sheppard as host of own Kelowna-Western Canada Invitational.
West Vancouver Highlanders (16-5) (NR)
Last week — Def. Sentinel 104-39. Def. Handsworth 66-59.
This week — Feb. 7 at Carson Graham. Open Feb. 13 at Howe Sound playoffs.
(Howard Tsumura, VarsityLetters.ca)
1 Sir Charles Tupper Tigers (Vancouver) (LW-1)
2 Vernon Panthers (2)
3 North Delta Huskies (3)
4 Duchess Park Condors (Prince George) (4)
5 A.R. MacNeill Ravens (Richmond) (6)
6 Byrne Creek Bulldogs (Burnaby) (10)
7 Rick Hansen Hurricanes (Abbotsford) (8)
8 Clayton Heights Nightriders (Surrey) (7)
9 Mark Isfeld Ice (Courtenay) (5)
10 G.W. Graham Grizzles (Chilliwack) (9)
HONOURABLE MENTION — Richmond Colts (HM), G.P. Vanier Towhees (Courtenay) (HM), Caledonia Kermodes (Terrace) (NR), Pitt Meadows Marauders (HM), John Barsby Bulldogs (Nanaimo) (NR)
1 Charles Hays Rainmakers (Prince Rupert) (LW-1)
2 Collingwood Cavaliers (West Vancouver) (2)
3 Langley Christian Lightning (3)
4 Britannia Bruins (Vancouver) (4)
5 King George Dragons (Vancouver) (5)
6 Elphinstone Cougars (Gibsons) (6)
7 D.P. Todd Trojans (Prince George) (7)
8 St. Michaels University School Blue Jags (Victoria) (10-tie)
9 Brentwood College (Mill Bay) (HM)
10-tie Lambrick Park Lions (Victoria) (HM)
10-tie St. Thomas Aquinas Fighting Saints (North Vancouver) (HM)
HONOURABLE MENTION (alphabetical) — George Elliot Coyotes (Lake Country) (HM), 9 H.J. Cambie Crusaders (Richmond) (9), 8 Seycove Seyhawks (North Vancouver) (8), 10-tie St. Patrick’s Celtics (Vancouver) (10-tie), Westsyde Whundas (Kamloops) (HM).
(Lyle Dhur, SportVictoria.com)
1 Glenlyon Norfolk Gryphons (Victoria) (LW-1)
2 Kelowna Christian Knights (3)
3 Similkameen Sparks (Keremeos) (2)
4 Highroad Knights (Chilliwack) (4)
5 Credo Christian Kodiaks (Langley) (5)
6 King David Lions (Vancouver) (7)
7 Vernon Christian Royals (HM)
8 Osoyoos Rattler (NR)
9 Barriere Cougars (6)
10 Northside Christian Northstars (Vanderhoof) (9)
HONOURABLE MENTION — Aberdeen Hall Gryphons (Kelowna) (10), Bulkley Valley Christian Royals (Smithers) (HM), Pemberton Red Devils (NR), 8 Unity Christian Flames (Chilliwack) (8)
(Sean Juteau, BCHSBBA)
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