Calvin Westbrook, head coach of Haida Gwaii's Gudangaay Tlaatis’gaa Nay senior boys basketball team cheers on his charges at last March's B.C. championships at the LEC. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Calvin Westbrook: How the record-setting G.P. Vanier & TWU guard found his coaching paradise amidst the remote splendour of Haida Gwaii

LANGLEY — It had been a long while since Calvin Westbrook had anything to do with a B.C. senior boys provincial basketball championship tournament. In fact you’d have to go back 13 years to find the last time.

Liam McChesney of the Charles Hays Rainmakers is headed to NCAA Div. 1 Utah State. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters B.C. Recruits List 2019: Where 88 boys basketball prospects are headed this coming season

LANGLEY — Even over an offseason in which the majority of local university programs are not brining in big classes, there almost 100 names to note provincially in the world of high school-to-post-secondary men’s basketball. All told, that adds up to 182 names between our boys and girls lists, among the most we’ve ever had.

Flanked by teammates Josh Hamulas (left) and Austin Swedish, Lord Tweedsmuir senior guard Patrick Jonas met the crowd at December's TBI 2018 with a brave smile. (Photo property of Wilson Wong 2019. All rights reserve
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Patrick Jonas: Despite his wounded knee, Tweedsmuir senior set a new ‘bench’ mark for leadership during championship season

LANGLEY — Patrick Jonas was such a bad shooter that his teammates called him Brick Squad. He was only in the eighth grade at the time, a stage at which the cloth we’re actually cut from is still unwoven.

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)