NORTH DELTA — Jesse Davis. Everett Swaim. Justin Sunga. Bobby Mabeny. KC Ibekwe. Ben Manns. Caleb Lyons. Rav Randhawa. Clay Kurtz. Karn Shergill. Rourke MacDonald. Travis Hamberger. Gyan Sandhu. Rhys Maestre. Milan John. Daniel Marcelo. Ekman Sohal. Arars Jahangiri. Jaydan Bains. Kyle Kong.
While our world remains virtual these days, that’s nonetheless a 20-man squad of rising Grade 11 and 12 talent which could hold its own anywhere on the continent.
And with all of our collective karma directed towards a safe-and-sound 2020-21 B.C. high school basketball season, it’s also a list of 20 of the finest (one player from each team) set to take part in the 2020 Tsumura Basketball Invitational Dec. 9-12 at the Langley Events Centre.
TSUMURA BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL 2020
(alphabetical order with preseason rank, tier)
Abbotsford Panthers (No. 2, AAAA)
A.R. MacNeill Ravens (Richmond) (No. 6, AAA)
Burnaby South Rebels (No. 1, AAAA)
Byrne Creek Bulldogs (Burnaby) (No. 8, AAA)
Centennial Centaurs (Coquitlam) (No. 10, AAAA)
Claremont Spartans (Victoria) (HM, AAAA)
Duchess Park Condors (Prince George) (No. 1, AAA)
Fleetwood Park Dragons (Surrey) (HM, AAAAA)
G.W. Graham Grizzlies (Chilliwack) (No. 7, AAA)
Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (Surrey) (NR, AAAA)
Magee Lions (Vancouver) (No. 2, AAA)
R.A. McMath Wildcats (Richmond) (No. 3, AAA)
Sands Scorpions (North Delta) (NR, AAAA)
Sir Charles Tupper Tigers (Vancouver) (HM, AAA)
Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs (Vancouver) (HM, AAAA)
St. Patricks Celtics (Vancouver) (No. 4, AAA)
Tamanawis Wildcats (Surrey) (HM, AAAA)
Terry Fox Ravens (Port Coquitlam) (No. 8, AAAA)
Yale Lions (Abbotsford) (No. 6, AAAA)
Walnut Grove Gators (Langley) (HM, AAAA)
The TBI has proudly sought to combine, over the past number of seasons, the best teams from B.C.’s two largest tiers (Triple- and Quad-A), yet beyond that, attempting to offer growth opportunities for young teams sitting just off the radar, as well as building programs who while not always provincially ranked, are set to reach their own version of a team zenith.
Put them all together, and you’ve got an eclectic but competitive batch of teams… from this coming season’s projected No. 1’s in defending B.C. Quad-A champ Burnaby South, and runner-up Triple-A Duchess Park of Prince George, to a Triple-A St. Patrick’s team from Vancouver ranked No. 4 in the preseason and set to be bolstered by its B.C. JV championship-winning team.
We’ve asked some of the province’s most consistent programs at the two tiers to return, and we’re delighted that teams like 2018 B.C. Quad-A champ Lord Tweedmuir of Surrey, PoCo’s Terry Fox Ravens, East Vancouver’s Sir Charles Tupper Tigers and Coquitlam’s Centennial Centaurs will be a part of the field.
Vancouver’s Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs are a young team on the rise, and its crosstown rivals, the Magee Lions, are looking to parlay a return to the provincial tourney in 2020 into a spot amongst B.C.’s best with a solid core of experienced rising seniors.
However you care to dissect the field, you will find a truly committed culture of excellence in each of our 20 invitees.
And while our apologies go out to those programs that we were unable to accommodate this season, our intention is to do our best in providing opportunities to other growing programs in future years.
Note that this will be our second season as a 20-team affair.
Closer to our actual tip-off date, we’ll release the official TBI 2020 boys draw.
All coaches have been made aware of the fact that eight of the 20 teams will be selected to begin play on Wednesday, Dec. 9, with the winners of those four Round 1 games moving into the Sweet 16 portion of the championship draw the next day.
We’re genuinely excited to welcome all of our participants.
Think positive, be safe, and see you all down the road for TBI 2020.
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