North Delta's Brandon Bassi (left) saves a ball from going out of bounds against Byrne Creek's Titgol Jok during the St. Thomas More Chancellor Invitational in January of 2018. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
The words say it all. Former Yale basketball star Bradley Braich is shooting for new goals these days, including ending all of the stigmas surrounding mental illness. (Photo by Luke Ouellette property of Bigger Than Basketball 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: Why Bradley Braich counts his blessings and still celebrates the game through ‘Bigger Than Basketball’

ABBOTSFORD — It hasn’t even been 15 months since Bradley Braich delivered one of the most profoundly impactful messages I’ve received in almost 40 years as a reporter.Despite being just 17 years of age at the time, the direct message he sent me via Twitter was so heartfelt, a part of it which read: “Hey […]

Argyle's Gerial Larose (right) wraps suits up Wednesday at the North Shore all-star basketball game at Capilano University. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Capilano U hosts North Shore boys, girls all-star games as 2018-19 high school basketball season ends Wednesday

NORTH VANCOUVER — Capilano University’s Centre for Sport and Wellness will host on Wednesday what is surely the final event on the 2018-19 B.C. high school basketball calendar. The occasion?

Lord Tweedsmuir's Arjun Samra is carried around the court at the Langley Events Centre last March prior to being named the 2019 B.C. Quad A tournament MVP. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Arjun Samra: Tweedy’s Quad-A B.C. MVP willing to risk university hoops career as walk-on hopeful in order to chase UBC medical degree

SURREY — Earlier this month, he pulled on a jersey, laced up his sneakers and made his entrance onto the court at UBC’s War Memorial Gymnasium, running with the Thunderbirds’ veterans in what was his first post-secondary basketball experience.

Elphinstone's Elan Kimpton-Cuellar is just now coming to grips with his vast array of skills. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A sleeper awakens to his potential: Elphinstone grad Elan Kimpton-Cuellar a true find for TRU’s basketball WolfPack

GIBSONS — Plug his given name into one of those on-line origin sites, and in the case of Elan Kimpton-Cuellar, you get more than a little foreshadowing.

Kelowna's Malcom Greggor (left) keeps an eye on McMath's Travis Hamberger during opening-round of the 2018 TBI. Both players are back for the 2019 tourney. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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We’ve expanded to 20 teams! Meet the field for the 2019 senior boys Tsumura Basketball Invitational

LANGLEY — We’re getting older, and when that happens, it becomes time to extend that wingspan even further. The Tsumura Basketball Invitational, which has become early-season appointment viewing at the Langley Events Centre for B.C.’s best boys and girls basketball teams, will turn eight this coming December.

In his final high school game, Oak Bay's Diego Maffia scored a game-high 22 points and earned MVP honours as the Quad A team beat the Triple A team 107-100 in the featured B.C. boys high school all-star game at Semiahmoo Secondary in Surrey. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
North Delta's Suraj Gahir (left) and Oak Bay's Diego Maffia comprise their own mutual admiration society. (Photos by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Suraj and Diego: North Delta’s Gahir and Oak Bay’s Maffia are both a blue-chip all-star pair and a mutual admiration society

NORTH DELTA — They have played against each only one time, and yet as each counts down to Saturday, the final day of their respective high school basketball careers, maybe it’s no surprise that they have already formed a mutual admiration society.Off the court, Oak Bay’s Diego Maffia and North Delta’s Suraj Gahir showed themselves to […]

Oak Bay's Diego Maffia (6) pulls on Bays' colours for the final time Saturday in the 43rd annual B.C. boys high school all-star game. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Diego Maffia: Ahead of his Saturday all-star finale, Oak Bay’s superstar guard chats about finding a fit with his hometown Victoria Vikes

He may not be joining the most prolific offence in U Sports’ basketball, yet high-scoring Diego Maffia likes the schematics of his hometown Victoria Vikes and the ways in which his greatest skills can potentially find their fit at the university level.

North Delta's Suraj Gahir will arrive at Saturday's all-star game unsure of his next landing spot, but certain that patience will allow him to make the best possible choice. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Suraj Gahir: North Delta’s Triple-A MVP, with an all-star date Saturday, preaches patience in finding his next-level hoops home

NORTH DELTA — Over a senior high school season in which he injured his ankle and bravely did everything he could to help his team keep their collective heads above water, it’s safe to say that Suraj Gahir learned what having patience was truly all about.