Dover Bay's 6-foot-7 Grade 11 Frank Linder has helped his Dolphins claw back to No. 3 in the B.C. boys Triple-A rankings this week. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2023. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Top 10 basketball rankings 01.31.24 edition: Ready for March Madness? This week, 36 overall ranking slots change teams across four tiers of Top 10 polls! Parity runs rampant across the province!

LANGLEY — Absolute insanity.

That’s the only way to describe how extreme parity has brought a fragile state of affairs to all four tiers of the B.C. senior boys basketball Top 10 rankings.

How topsy-turvy did it get?

From last week’s total of 43 overall Top 10 rankings slots (3A, 2A and 1A each featured ties for the No. 10 overall spot), only seven spots held their ground this week.

For starters, every spot at Quad-A and Triple-A has changed from a week ago.

In addition, only two spots remained constant at 2A, while 1A had five spots remain the same.

The big scores that helped bring chaos to Quad-A?

Handsworth beat West Vancouver 83-75 in a Vancouver Sea-to-Sky league tilt on Jan. 23, while Vancouver College beat Handsworth 79-78 in its own Emerald Tournament semifinal.

Victoria’s Oak Bay Bays won the Emerald, beating the Irish 86-81 in the final.

On Tuesday, St. George’s beat Vancouver College 98-82 in league play.

In Triple-A, Lord Byng dropped from No. 1 after suffering a 76-62 loss to Dover Bay on the first day of the Emerald Tournament.

The week’s latest rankings at all four tiers, courtesy of B.C. School Sports:





1 Spectrum Thunder (Saanich) (VI) (LW-1) 

2 Oak Bay Bays (Victoria) (VI) (3) 

3 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (Surrey) (SF) (4) 

4 Tamanawis Wildcats (Surrey) (SF) (5) 

5 St. George’s Saints (Vancouver) (VSS) (6)

6 Vancouver College Fighting Irish (VSS) (HM)

7 Handsworth Royals (North Vancouver) (VSS) (9)

8 West Vancouver Highlanders (VSS) (2)

9 Burnaby South Rebels (FN) (7)

10 Kelowna Owls (TOK) (8)

Honourable mention — Elgin Park Orcas (Surrey) (SF) (NR), Fleetwood Park Dragons (Surrey) (SF) (10), Semiahmoo Thunderbirds (Surrey) (SF) (HM), Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs (Vancouver) (VSS) (NR), Sullivan Heights Stars (Surrey (SF) (HM)

Dropped out —Walnut Grove Gators (Langley) (EV) (HM), Yale Lions (Abbotsford) (EV) (HM)


1 St. Patrick’s Celtics (Vancouver) (VSS) (LW-2) 

2 Byrne Creek Bulldogs (Burnaby) (FN) (3) 

3 Dover Bay Dolphins (Nanaimo) (VI) (7) 

4 Lord Byng Grey Ghosts (Vancouver) (VSS) (1) 

5 St. Thomas More Knights (Burnaby) (FN) (4)

6 Brookswood Bobcats (Langley) (EV) (10-tie)

7 North Delta Huskies (SF) (8) 

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

9 MEI Eagles (Abbotsford) (EV) (5)

10 South Delta Sun Devils (SF) (10-tie)

Honourable mention — Carihi Tyees (Campbell River) (VI) (9), Magee Lions (Vancouver) (VSS) (HM), Rick Hansen Hurricanes (Abbotsford) (EV) (HM), Sir Charles Tupper Tigers (Vancouver) (VSS) (HM), Windsor Wolves (North Vancouver) (VSS) (HM)

Dropped out — Duchess Park Condors (Prince George) (NC) (HM)


1 King George Dragons (Vancouver) (VSS) (LW-1)

2 Pacific Academy Breakers (Surrey (SF) (2)

3 Lambrick Park Lions (Victoria) (VI) (5)

4 Mulgrave Titans (West Vancouver) (VSS) (10-tie) 

5 Brentwood College (Mill Bay) (VI) (10-tie)

6 St. Michaels University School Blue Jags (Victoria) (VI) (HM)

7 Collingwood Cavaliers (West Vancouver) (VSS) (3)

8 Summerland Rockets (T-OK) (6) 

9 Westsyde Whundas (Kamloops) (TOK) (7)

10 Langley Christian Lightning (EV) (8) 

Honourable mention — Archbishop Carney Stars (PoCo) (FN) (HM), Britannia Bruins (Vancouver) (VSS) (HM), John Barsby Bulldogs (Nanaimo) (VI) (4), Khalsa Lions (Surrey) (SF) (HM), Southridge Storm (Surrey) (SF) (9)

Dropped out —Charles Hays Rainmakers (Prince Rupert) (NW) (HM)


1 Unity Christian Flames (Chilliwack) (EV) (LW-1)

2 Credo Christian Kodiaks (Langley) (FN) (2)

3 Maple Ridge Christian Hornets (FN) (4) 

4 SJS Eagles (Vancouver) (VSS) (5) 

5 Similkameen Sparks (Keremeos (TOK) (3) 

6 King David Lions (Vancouver) (VSS) (6)

7 Gidalang Kuuyas Naay Breakers (Daajiing Giids) (NW) (7) 

8 St. Ann’s Academy Crusaders (Kamloops) (TOK) (10) 

9 Bulkley Valley Christian Royals (Smithers) (NW) (9)

10-tie Golden Eagles (KOO) (NR)

10-tie Ecole Gabriele Roy Phoenix (Surrey) (SF) (HM)

Honourable mention — Aberdeen Hall Gryphons (Kelowna) (TOK) (8), Cedars Chrisitan Eagles (Prince George) (NC) (NR), Deer Lake Falcons (Burnaby) (FN) (HM), Fraser Academy Mustangs (Vancouver) (VSS) (HM). Kelowna Christian Knights (TOK) (NR)

Dropped out —Brookes Westshore Gryphons (Victoria) (VI) (HM), Dasmesh Punjabi Falcons (Abbotsford) (EV) (HM)

(All rankings courtesy B.C. School Sports)

KEY: EV — East Valley, FN — Fraser North, KOT — Kootenays, NC — North Central, NW — North West, SF — South Fraser, TOK — Thompson-Okanagan, VI — Vancouver Island, VSS — Vancouver Sea-to-Sky

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