UBC's Manroop Clair (front) dribbles out of the clutches of Fraser Valley's Parm Bains on Saturday at War Memorial Gymnasium. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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The Jordan-esque Manroop Clair! UBC shooting star skips morning shoot around, saves energy for series-clinching win over UFV

VANCOUVER — By his own admission, Manroop Clair is still not back in game shape.Yet the UBC Thunderbirds’ dead-eye shooting guard is so dangerous that even without his legs fully under him, he’s still capable of being a difference maker.On Saturday, still reeling from having played back-to-back games the previous two nights in its Canada […]

UBC's Jadon Cohee brought the aggressive nature back to his game Friday and helped the 'Birds stave off elimination at the hands of the visiting Fraser Valley Cascades. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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After playing “…one of the worst games of my career” UBC’s Jadon Cohee flips the script Friday as ‘Birds stay alive with win over UFV

VANCOUVER — Jadon Cohee has had some great days playing basketball in his home province of B.C.Like scoring 22 points and being picked tournament MVP in leading the Walnut Grove Gators to the B.C. senior boys Triple A championship in March of 2013.Or later that summer, picking up the phone to take a call from […]

Few if any players in the history of Simon Fraser women's basketball have over-exceeded their initial expectations quite like Clan senior Sophie Swant. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Fraser Valley's Sukhjot Bains (left) rises in the paint against UBC's Grant Shephard (centre) and Mason Bourcier during Game 1 of Canada West quarterfinal Thursday at War Gym in Vancouver. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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After UFV’s three-point daggers stagger UBC in Game 1, Cascades coach Friesen says “…we came in with the belief winning was possible”

VANCOUVER — The Fraser Valley Cascades vowed last week that they would never let indecisive play be the reason they weren’t advancing through the Canada West playoffs.

Kitsilano's charismatic senior guard Luka Dolman dodged the surgeon's knife and cut weeks off his return from an ACL injury in time to lead the Blue Demons into next week's Lower Mainland Quad-A championships. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
UBC Thunderbirds' scoring leader Jadon Cohee (left) welcomes back two healthy teammates Thursday as the playoffs begin at home to UFV: Point guard Mason Bourcier (right) and shooting guard Manroop Clair (not pictured). (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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UBC-UFV quarterfinals: ‘Birds bye week helps wounded guards Clair, Bourcier bring their best 60 minutes to War on Thursday

VANCOUVER — Like your favourite TV drama, Manroop Clair and Mason Bourcier are easily the equivalent of a solid hour’s worth of entertainment for UBC Thunderbirds’ men’s basketball fans.

Belmont Bulldogs' senior guard Max Leeder has been a blue-chip leader and versatile player for the 2018-19 Belmont Bulldogs. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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After 2018’s epic Final Four run, Belmont’s basketball Bulldogs remain in dogged pursuit of March Madness return

Kevin Brown can remember gathering with his Belmont Bulldogs last March to watch the unveiling of the 16-team B.C. senior boys Quad-A basketball championship bracket via livestream from the Langley Events Centre.

St. George's Saints' fans show their old-school spirit during last week's win over Vancouver College. (Photo by Bob Frid property of St. George's athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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02.13.19 edition: No. 1’s hold court atop Big 10 rankings as playoff fever hits B.C. boys high school basketball

LANGLEY — Snow days are hopefully done.Here’s our look at all four tiers of B.C. senior boys high school basketball rankings:SENIOR BOYSQUAD A  (records, ranking reflect games played Feb. 6-12. Records indicate games against B.C. competition only)1 Terry Fox Ravens (23-4) (Port Coquitlam) (LW-1)Last week — Won both games to finish first at Fraser Valley […]

While being guarded by Duchess Park's Caleb Lyons (right) during action at last month's Chancellor Invitational at St. Thomas More, prodigious Grade 9 talent Rav Randhawa dishes a no-look pass. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Only a player with a love for the game like Semiahmoo's Faith Dut (top) could turn a battle for a loose ball into a such a joyous experience for all. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Semiahmoo’s Faith Dut: Growth mindset helps Totems’ senior and ex-ballerina take it step-by-step to the Big Dance and beyond

SURREY — The best place to start any kind of conversation about the seemingly limitless basketball ceiling of Faith Dut is simply to say that while she’s likely done growing in one regard, she’s just getting started in another.