Langley-Walnut Grove's Ty Rowell has come into his own as a redshirt junior with the Western Athletic Conference's Lancers. (Photo property of Cal Baptist Athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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“Ty has one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever coached!” High praise as Walnut Grove’s Rowell drops 32 points in Cal Baptist’s OT loss to USC Trojans

Longtime followers of the B.C. high school basketball scene will remember how Ty Rowell had a penchant for sinking baskets that could take your breath away.On Wednesday, however, as the NCAA Div. 1 college hoops season continued its run of season-opening games, Rowell turned the trick on his biggest stage yet.Almost a full year after […]

Vancouver College's Jacob Holt joins the B.C. quartet of Messrs. Nash, Denison, Trasolini and Tomley as Santa Clara Broncos. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Climbing Jacob’s Ladder! VC Fighting Irish big man Jacob Holt stokes Santa Clara’s gilded B.C. tradition! Broncos get another one of our very best!

VANCOUVER — Jacob Holt admits he was originally leaning towards playing his university basketball in Canada.One day over this past summer, however, Vancouver College’s then-rising 6-foot-9 senior forward decided to test the waters with a highlight tape he’d put together all by himself.“I probably got 40 calls… it was surreal,” the affable Holt recounted Wednesday. […]

David Penney (centre, 3) and the rest of the 2020-21 Simon Fraser basketball team will hold an intrasquad scrimmage early next month. (Photo property of Simon Fraser athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Simon Fraser men’s basketball: An ‘attitude of gratitude’ remains their daily motto as 2020-21 season hangs by a thread

BURNABY — Simon Fraser basketball still has about two weeks to wait before it learns whether or not it will be able to beat the odds and have some semblance of a conference basketball schedule.That said, the odds seem longer than a full-court Hail, Mary prayer to beat the buzzer at the team’s West Gym […]

The simple idea of collecting memories from its vast tree of alums has helped bring the UBC men's basketball program closer together than ever, despite the global pandemic. Pictured clockwise from bottom left are UBC stars Ron Thorsen (with ball), Paul Johannson and Kevin Hanson, and J.D. Jackson (14). (Photos property of UBC athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved. Photo collage by Gabriel Lynn)
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A Sunday Read: How the storytellers of UBC men’s basketball wrote their own history and strengthened bonds in a time of disconnect!

VANCOUVER — In these most disconnected and fractured of times, when our most basic instinct of reaching out to others in an act of the heart is so often compromised by the frustration of new realities, here is a story about finding connection.“Early in COVID, I would be out on my walks… I was doing […]

Last season, in his team's upset win over the UBC Thunderbirds at Envision Athletic Centre, Fraser Valley Cascades' guard Vick Toor led the way with 19 points. In an uncertain 2020-21 season, he is being looked upon as one of the team's foundational players. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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UFV’s Toor de Force! With his deep cache of skills rising to the fore, Cascades’ guard Vick Toor is an anchor in these uncertain times

ABBOTSFORD — His game has always been built around such a diverse package of skills that perhaps it’s taken all of us these past three seasons to appreciate the true depth of his talents.Yet if the practice sessions which have just now begun wind up leading to some semblance of a men’s basketball season in […]

Simon Fraser running back Mason Glover feels the school's student-athletes "have been heard" in their efforts to change the name of university's sports teams. (Photo by Paul Yates property of SFU athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Simon Fraser student-athletes vote 97 per cent in favour of change, Clan moniker could be replaced by September

BURNABY — It’s hard to remember a span of time over the entire 55-year history of Simon Fraser athletics as emotionally charged as these past three days.

North Delta's Suraj Gahir (left) has added almost 30 pounds of muscle the past three seasons as he prepares for an NCAA Div. 1 career in the WAC with the Cal Baptist Lancers. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Suraj Gahir: The ex-Huskies star, stronger and wiser, set to pay heartfelt homage to his North Delta neighbourhood when NCAA Div. 1 career begins at Cal Baptist

NORTH DELTA — No one can escape a future full of unknowns, especially these days, but the best way to brace for its inevitable challenges as you set out on a journey is to gain strength from the collective embrace of the neighbourhood which helped define you.For North Delta Secondary’s 2019 grad Suraj Gahir, such […]

UBC Thunderbirds' head men's basketball coach Kevin Hanson is planning for a 2020-21 season he knows will be filled with unique challenges. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics)
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UBC men’s basketball: Pandemic may have nixed UCLA Bruins visit to War Gym, yet despite uncertain times, ‘Birds plan with hope!

VANCOUVER — The Canada West’s winter conference seasons had a start date late enough to dodge the hammer of COVID-19 cancellations which fell hard last week on its fall sports cousins in football, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and women’s rugby 15sYet with the deadline for official word on a best-case Jan. 1 conference […]

Handsworth's head coach Randy Storey trumpets the leadership skills of graduating senior forward George Horn, who will play for the OUA's Western Mustangs this coming season. (Photo by Blair Shier property of Blair.photo 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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George Horn: Leadership, confidence blossom from within as Handsworth’s B.C. 4A all-star forward charts course for OUA’s Western Mustangs

NORTH VANCOUVER — If you saw George Horn doing his thing in the paint this past March during the B.C. senior boys Quad-A basketball championships at the Langley Events Centre, from those outstretched arms down to the solid base of that 6-foot-8 frame, his presence seemed to mimic that of a mighty oak tree.

Following championship careers at Burnaby South, the basketball recruiting road has brought Rebels' stars Jusuf Sehic (left) and Sasha Vujisic to Kamloops' Thompson Rivers WolfPack for the 2020-21 Canada West season. (Photos by Wilson Wong property of UBC Athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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A northern migration: Why Burnaby South’s Vujisic and Sehic seem a perfect fit in their hoops reunion with Kamloops’ TRU WolfPack

BURNABY — Back in 2018, over a precious few weeks of March Madness, Jusuf Sehic and Sasha Vujisic wrote one heck of a first chapter together on the basketball court.It was a budding storyline, co-penned between a pair of Burnaby South Secondary stars, which seemed to cry out for more.After all, when was the last […]