Holy Cross senior Michael Risi cuts a physical path to the rim Thursday, as his Crusaders topped Lord Tweedsmuir to earn a spot in Sunday's zone final and keep alive its hopes of a No. 1 overall seed in the B.C. Quad A championships. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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On a championship Crusade! Holy Cross tops Tweedsmuir, sets its sight on clash with No. 1 Fox in Sunday’s FV title tilt

LANGLEY — The last time they met on a court at the Langley Events Centre, way back on Dec. 7 of this season in the semifinals of the Tsumura Basketball Invitational, the Holy Cross Crusaders took one on the chin from the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers to the tune of 96-71.

Since his debut with the senior varsity two seasons ago as a ninth grader, Holy Cross' Uyi Ologhola has grow into a tower of power for B.C.'s No. 1-ranked Quad-A senior boys basketball team. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Catholic Championships 2019: Uyi Ologhola of host, No. 1 Holy Cross comes of age with a little help from the gridiron game

If you’ve followed the high school sports career of Uyi Ologhola with Surrey’s Holy Cross Crusaders, a couple of landmark moments stand out.

Holy Cross' Andre Mangonon (left) tries to slow the progress of Oak Bay's Jaime Palamos Molins during Saturday's Legal Beagle championship final in Port Coquitlam. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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01.16.18 B.C. boys basketball rankings: Beagle champ Holy Cross take new Quad-A No. 1 into B.C. Catholics

Terry Fox’s Legal Beagle shook up the Quad A ranks to the extent that different teams occupy spots one through eight from a week ago. Similar changes abound at Single-A, where a new No. 1 also resides.

The story of the night: Holy Cross guard Michael Risi stares head-on at the offensive wizardry of Oak Bay guard Diego Maffia in the 20th Legal Beagle championship final staged Saturday night at Port Coquitlam's Terry Fox Secondary School gym. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A SUNDAY READ from Legal Beagle ’19: Why Holy Cross’ Michael Risi & Oak Bay’s Diego Maffia make BC high school basketball so special

PORT COQUITLAM — Michael Risi was handed the defensive assignment of his life Saturday evening, and when you consider it came at a basketball tournament known simply as ‘The Beagle’, it seemed fitting that all he needed in order to proceed was a figurative whiff of Diego Maffia’s sneakers.

W.J. Mouat's Tyler Nelson (left) and Gavin Bhullar of the New West Hyacks eye the prize Saturday at Terry Fox's Legal Beagle. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
More Maffia magic? That's just what Oak Bay senior guard Diego Maffia delivered Friday night in PoCo when he hit a buzzer-beating trey to send his Bays to Saturday's Legal Beagle final against Holy Cross. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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LEGAL BEAGLE 2019: Oak Bay’s Diego Maffia steals semifinal victory from host Terry Fox Ravens with buzzer-beating trey

PORT COQUITLAM — Diego Maffia has engineered one of the most dramatic victories in recent B.C. boys high school basketball history.

Vancouver College's Jason Soriano (right) does his best to slow Brent Padilla of Holy Cross during a quarterfinal play-in clash between a pair of Top 10 Quad-A teams Friday morning in PoCo. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Holy Cross beats VC in all-Catholic battle, Oak Bay tops Tammy: Legal Beagle’s Friday night Final Four dance card now complete

PORT COQUITLAM — The Holy Cross Crusaders and Oak Bay Bays will attempt to go 2-0 over perhaps the most competitive single day of their 2018-19 senior boys Quad A basketball seasons.

Vancouver College's Toni Maric (9) takes it hard to New Westminster's Ethan Rivas during opening-round play Thursday from the Terry Fox Legal Beagle Invitational in PoCo. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Legal Beagle 2019 Game Reports: Day 1’s 30th anniversary party sees Irish top Hyacks to set up all-Catholic battle Friday vs. Holy Cross

(This is a game report from the opening round of the Terry Fox Legal Beagle. Check back later this evening as we hope to have reports from the three later championship-round games from opening day.)

Simon Fraser redshirt senior Samantha Beauchamp (20) has returned stronger and better than ever to the Clan line-up. (Photo by Western Washington athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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The Wham of Sam! After a year away, SFU senior Sam Beauchamp returns to ‘police’ the paint and lead the GNAC in blocked shots

BURNABY — True story from a Simon Fraser Clan women’s basketball practice last week during the team’s two-game road trip through Alaska.

Back on Dec. 7 at the Tsumura Basketball Invitational, Sufi Ahmed (left) and the Byrne Creek Bulldogs clashed with Jordane Burke and the Oak Bay Bays. This weekend, Byrne Creek is at the STM Chancellor, while Oak Bay is at the Terry Fox Legal Beagle. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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What happens when Fox’s Legal Beagle and STM’s Chancellor collide? Fourteen Top-10 teams, 46 games and 21 kilometres of pavement!

LANGLEY — The best collection of B.C. senior varsity boys basketball talent will all be gathered under one collective roof on March 6.That’s when all four tiers begin respective four-day runs at the B.C. championships hosted by the Langley Events Centre.But how about the next-best overall collection of teams from that same talent pool in […]