Vancouver College's Cole Pryputsch (centre, 11) grabs a rebound inbetween teammate Aidan Lear and Oak Bay's Tyler Browne in the semifinals of the 2022 B.C. junior boys basketball championships at the LEC. Two years later, both teams are ranked among the top four seeds in the 32-team event set to tip off Saturday. (Photo by Blair Shier property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Junior Boys 32-team championship bracket unveiled: Traditional powers at No. 1 Oak Bay, No. 2 Van College, No. 3 St. Pats joined by Surrey’s No. 4 L.A. Matheson Mustangs as action tips off Saturday at the LEC!

LANGLEY — If the pre-tournament seedings hold through to Monday’s Final Four, the 2024 B.C. junior boys basketball championship is going to reflect a whole lot of what’s also happening in the senior varsity world.

Yet there’s also one newcomer to pre-tourney elite status as the massive-32 team draw for the four-day event set to tip off Saturday at the Langley Events Centre was unveiled Wednesday.

Victoria’s Oak Bay Bays head into the tournament with the No. 1 seed, one spot higher than its senior varsity team was ranked in the latest edition of the Quad-A poll also issued Wednesday.

Vancouver College is sitting at No. 2 in the draw, looking to make some headlines of its own this coming weekend as feeder to a senior Fighting Irish team currently  sitting at No. 10 at Quad-A.

The No. 3 seed are Vancouver’s St. Patricks Celtics, whose seniors counterparts are currently sitting at No. 2 in the Triple-A rankings.

It’s a testament to the depth at those three schools, who not surprisingly, have been annual title contenders at the junior boys tournament the past number of seasons.

Surrey’s L.A. Matheson Mustangs are the fresh faces, the South Fraser powers sitting at No. 4.

The four-day event features a gruelling two-game sudden-elimination Saturday, one which by about 10 p.m. will have pared its field down to a field of Sweet 16, and four Sunday quarterfinal games  (two apiece on Centre and South courts at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m.)

Monday’s semifinals are slated for 6:30 and 8 p.m., whith the championship final tipping off 7 pm on Tuesday, February 27. All championship round games over the final two days of play will be contested at South Court.

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