LANGLEY — It’s that special time of the basketball season as league play wraps up and playoffs begin to take centre stage.
With that said, here are the latest B.C. senior boys high school basketball rankings over a week in which a pair of new No. 1’s emerged.
Surrey’s Elgin Park Orcas moved to the top of Triple-A which continues to be the most unpredictable tier in the province.
And at Single-A, it’s Chilliwack’s Unity Christian Flames carrying the torch at the top of the small school heap.
Here’s the complete look for games played Feb. 1-7:
1 Burnaby South Rebels (23-0) (FN) (LW-1)
Last week — Def. Burnaby Mountain 79-53. Def. Semiahmoo 73-64. Def. Handsworth 94-79. Def. Holy Cross 88-58.
Next — Open Wednesday in first round of Bur-West playoffs (at Burnaby North) vs. Burnaby Mountain-New Westminster winner.
2 Vancouver College Fighting Irish (15-3) (VSS) (3)
Last week — Def. St. Pat’s 122-81. Def. Semiahmoo 104-86.
Next — Feb. 8 vs. St. George’s. Feb. 10 host Notre Dame. Feb. 11-12 host Kelowna.
3 St. George’s Saints (Vancouver) (14-5) (VSS) (2)
Last week — Lost 68-52 to King George. Def. Centennial 92-89 (OT).
Next — Feb. 8 host Vancouver College. Feb. 10 host St. Patrick’s.
4 Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs (Vancouver) (12-3) (VSS) (4)
Last week — Did not play.
Next — Host Van Tech in opening round of Vancouver City championships.
5 Abbotsford Panthers (10-1) (EV) (5)
Last week — Def. W.J. Mouat 85-83 (OT). Feb. 3 vs. Sardis.
Next — Feb. 10 vs. R.E. Mountain.
6 Semiahmoo Thunderbirds (Surrey) (13-5) (SF) (6)
Last week — Lost 73-64 to Burnaby South. Def. South Delta 73-54. Lost 104-86 to Vancouver College.
Next — Feb. 8 at Seaquam. Feb. 10 host Panorama Ridge. Feb. 14 open Southwest League playoffs, opponent TBD.
7 Handsworth Royals (North Vancouver) (8-3) (VSS) (7)
Last week — Lost 94-79 to Burnaby South.
Next — Feb. 9 host West Vancouver.
8 Fleetwood Park Dragons (Surrey) (20-5) (SF) (8)
Last week — Def. Holy Cross 74-67. Def. Kwantlen Park 103-61. Def. Johnston Heights 89-16.
Next — Feb. 8 at Lord Tweedsmuir. Feb. 9 open play at Surrey RCMP Classic vs. Pacific Academy at Enver Creek.
9 Kelowna Owls (6-4) (OK) (9)
Last week — Def. Duchess Park 88-67. Def. Duchess Park 89-54. Def. Mt. Boucherie 93-67.
Next — Feb. 8 at NorKam. Feb. 11-12 at Vancouver College.
10-tie Centennial Centaurs (Coquitlam) (12-6) (FN) (HM)
Last week — Def. Maple Ridge 86-59. Lost 92-89 (OT) to St. George’s.
Next — Feb. 10 at Riverside. Feb. 11 at Terry Fox.
10-tie Enver Creek Cougars (Surrey) (12-1) (SF) (10)
Last week — Def. Queen Elizabeth 63-40.
Next — Feb. 8 vs. Holy Cross. Feb. 9 open play at Surrey RCMP Classic hosting North Surrey.
Walnut Grove Gators (Langley) (12-11) (EV) (HM)
Last week — Def. Sardis 108-60. Def. Yale 104-85. Def. Oak Bay 80-60. Def. W.J. Mouat 77-64. Def. R.E. Mountain 112-55.
Next — Feb. 8 at Chilliwack.
Claremont Spartans (Victoria) (9-4) (VI) (HM)
Last week — Def. Oak Bay 62-53. Def. Spectrum 81-51.
Next — Feb. 8 vs. Belmont. Feb. 10 at Lambrick Park.
Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (Surrey) (11-8) (SF) (HM)
Last week — Did not play.
Next — Feb. 8 host Fleetwood Park. Feb. 9 open play at Surrey RCMP Classic, hosting North Surrey.
Oak Bay Bays (Victoria) (9-10) (VI) (HM)
Last week — Lost 82-79 (OT) to Lambrick Park. Lost 62-53 to Claremont. Lost 80-60 to Walnut Grove. Def. Belmont 81-75.
Next — Feb. 9 at Lambrick Park. Feb. 10 at Spectrum.
W.J. Mouat Hawks (Abbotsford) (14-11 (EV) (NR)
Last week — Def. Sardis 86-75. Lost to Abbotsford 85-80 (OT). Def. Chilliwack 65-52. Lost 77-64 to Walnut Grove. Def. Mission 67-51.
This week — Feb. 8 at Yale.
(Howard Tsumura, VarsityLetters.ca)
1 Elgin Park Orcas (Surrey) (SF) (LW-2)
2 St. Patrick’s Celtics (Vancouver) (VSS) (1)
3 Duchess Park Condors (Prince George) (NC) (3)
4 A.R. MacNeill Ravens (Richmond (VSS) (4)
5 Mark Isfeld Ice (Courtenay) (VI) (5)
6 Okanagan Mission Huskies (Kelowna) (TOK) (10-tie)
7 North Delta Huskies (SF) (6)
8 Steveston-London Sharks (Richmond) (SF) (8)
9 Salmon Arm Golds (TOK) (NR)
10 Sir Charles Tupper Tigers (Vancouver) (VSS) (10-tie)
Honourable mention — Byrne Creek Bulldogs (Burnaby) (FB) (9), St. Thomas More Knights (Burnaby) (FN) (HM), Princess Margaret Lions (Surrey) (SF) (HM), Gladstone Gladiators (Vancouver) (VSS) (HM), MEI Eagles (Abbotsford) (EV) (NR)
1 Brentwood College (Mill Bay) (VI) (LW-1)
2 Lambrick Park Lions (Victoria) (VI) (2)
3 King George Dragons (Vancouver) (VSS) (3)
4 Collingwood Cavaliers (West Vancouver) (VSS) (4)
5 Pacific Academy Breakers (Surrey) (SF) (5)
6 Mulgrave Titans (West Vancouver) (VSS) (6)
7 Westsyde Whundas (Kamloops) (TOK) (7)
8 Charles Hays Rainmakers (Prince Rupert) (NW) (8)
9 St. Thomas Aquinas Fighting Saints (North Vancouver) (VSS) (9)
10-tie Southridge Storm (Surrey) (SF) (10-tie)
10-tie Windsor Dukes (North Vancouver) (VSS) (10-tie)
Honourable mention — Gulf Islands Scorpions (Salt Spring Island) (VI) (HM), Langley Christian Lightning (EV) (HM), St. Andrew’s Sabres (Victoria) (VI) (HM), Summerland Rockets (TOK) (HM), West Point Grey Academy Wolves (Vancouver) (VSS) (HM)
(Lyle Dhur, SportVictoria.com)
1 Unity Christian Flames (Chilliwack (EV) (LW-3)
2 Fernie Falcons (KO) (1)
3 Glenlyon Norfolk Gryphons (Victoria) (VI) (2)
4 Cedars Christian Eagles (Prince George) (NC) (4)
5 King David Lions (Vancouver) (VSS) (7)
6 Meadowridge Gryphons (Maple Ridge (FN) (6)
7 Aberdeen Hall Gryphons (Kelowna) (TOK) (5)
8 Nanaimo Christian Trail Blazers (VI) (8)
9 Barriere Cougars (TOK) (9)
10 Credo Christian Kodiaks (Langley) (EV) (HM)
Honourable mention —Grand Forks Wolves (TOK) (NR), Similkameen Sparks (Keremeos) (TOK) (HM), Northside Christian Northstars (Vanderhoof) (NC) (HM), Kelowna Christian Knights (TOK) (HM), 10 Bulkley Valley Christian Royals (Smithers) (NW) (10)
(Records, ranking reflect games played Jan.Feb. 1-7. Records indicate games against B.C. competition only)
Eastern Valley — EV
South Fraser — SF
Kootenays — KOO
North Central — NC
North West — NW
South Fraser — SF
Thompson-Okanagan — TOK
Vancouver Island — VI
Vancouver Sea To Sky — VSS
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