Enriched by a basketball heritage which not only includes the game's inventor James Naismith, but also the likes of former SFU Clan star Jay Triano (left) and the late Handsworth Royals' icon Quinn Keast, high school basketball players in the province of B.C. have plenty of inspiration with which to work on their games despite the challenges brought on by COVID-19. (Photos property of Simon Fraser Athletics and Blair.photo (Blair Shier) 2020. All Rights Reserved. Photo graphic created by Gabriel Lynn)
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B.C. coaches say “…basketball is going back to being about you and a hoop” How to summon your inner-Naismith in a time of social distancing

NORTH DELTA — What defines a self-made athlete?As the 2019-20 B.C. high school basketball season was coming to an end last March, just days ahead of a province-wide COVID-19 shutdown, it was certainly not a topic I spent much time pondering.Yet some two months later, I can say with great confidence that it has emerged […]

The St. Thomas More Knights just wanted to make the B.C. tournament. On Sunday, they added the first-ever Sea-to-Sky zone title to their cache and didn't hold back their joy. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Ok, so where did these Knights come from? Internal belief in face of mounting losses helped St. Thomas More earn a most unexpected BC AAA berth!

LANGLEY — If you had simply counted up the W’s and the L’s along the will-testing 3-10 stretch which Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Knights navigated over the first six weeks of 2020, you wouldn’t have believed your eyes this past Sunday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre.

UFV's Andrew Morris has found his basketball home in Abbotsford after a long post-secondary journey. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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UFV basketball: After years of searching for his hoops home, fourth time’s a charm for Cascades’ forward Andrew Morris

ABBOTSFORD — Last Friday, before he took to the court for Seniors Night and the final regular season home game of his Canada West career, Fraser Valley Cascades’ forward Andrew Morris got a timely text, one which served as a personal reminder of why he has persevered seven seasons to complete his university basketball journey.

The 1999-2000 CCAA national men's basketball champs from UCFV. On ladder (left to right) Tycson Boult, Mike Lee. Back row (left to right) Pat Lee (head coach), Aaron Wells, Dan Young, Jamie Armstrong, Anthony Toth, Ryan Haviland, Jarami Reid, Brad Petersen, Pat McKay. Front row (left to right) Tom Antil (assistant coach), Mike McLaverty, Wayne Jones. (Photo property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
The STM Chancellor tourney, basic with its 16-team, four-day format, is something worth preserving, says Aaron Mitchell, the event's host coach. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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STMC’s Chancellor Invitational: Head coach Aaron Mitchell on why tradition still matters in B.C. high school basketball

BURNABY — Aaron Mitchell played high school basketball in the early-to-mid 1990s, an era many call one of the golden ages of the game in our province. And now, over a decade into his career as the head varsity boys basketball coach at Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Collegiate, he appreciates more and more how one of […]