Now a 6-foot-4 senior guard, Sir Winston Churchill's Milan John (left) returns to the Langley Events Centre with the rest of his Bulldogs for the 10th annual Tsumura Basketball Invitational at the Langley Events Centre this week. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2021.. the final draw! Owls forced to withdraw, St. Thomas More joins the party as 10th annual Tsumura Basketball Invitational tips off Wednesday at the LEC!

LANGLEY — The 10th annual Tsumura Basketball 20-team boys Invitational is set to tip off Wednesday, and it’s the start of four exciting days of hoops at the Langley Events Centre.

We are once again publishing the tournament draw as a key cancellation has resulted in a couple of different match-ups over the first few days of play.

Unfortunately, the Kelowna Owls, ranked No. 3 in the preseason AAAA rankings, had to pull out due to travel issues relating to our recent flooding.

With the Owls absent, theIR place in the 16-team section of the draw will be taken by Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers, who had originally been slated to begin play in the tournament as part of the four-game, eight-team Day 1 portion of the TBI on Wednesday.

So as Lord Tweedsmuir moves out of Day 1 and into Day 2, Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Knights take their place and will face Vancouver’s Sir Charles Tupper Tigers in the 2:30 p.m. Wednesday game which opens the entire four-day affair.

We hope you can make it down to the LEC over our four days of action. The girls TBI runs Dec. 15-18.

Admission is free. Proof of full vaccination is required for all spectators, as well as masks.

Games will be live-streamed free of charge on The link for the stream can be found here:

Here’s the final draw:

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