Fleetwood Park Grade 10 guard Inder Deol can feel the defensive presence of Sir Winston Churchill's Paolo Murphy (21) and Kai O'Donnell during the 3rd-4th game on Saturday at Tsumura Basketball Invitational. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball 2021: Surrey’s surprising Fleetwood Park Dragons take third, while Churchill, Abby, MacNeill, Claremont and STM complete the rest of our boys Great 8!

LANGLEY — Here’s a look at the three games which determined third to eighth at this season’s Tsumura Basketball Invitational which wrapped up Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.



LANGLEY — Surrey’s unranked Fleetwood Park Dragons, nursing a 54-53 lead after three quarters against Vancouver’s No. 5-ranked Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs, hit three threes as part of a 15-3 fourth-quarter run on their way to a 78-66 victory.

“It’s a really big thing for our guys,” said Dragons’ assistant coach Zoel Thibault of his team’s third-place finish, in terms of building a team identity on the provincial scene. “We’ve been talking about improving with time and our mantra has been that if we can create enough whispers, over time, those whispers become some noise. This was a lot of fun for our guys, and we want to keep building. We have a lot to do still.”

Guard Isaiah Young led the winners with 28 points, while forward Eesher Sarai added 26 more. Grade 10 guard Inder Deol scored 11.

Churchill, ravaged by injury, got 20 points from Paolo Murphy, 17 from Jackson Bryson, and 14 from Grade 10 guard Luka Subotic.

Abbotsford’s Jahvon Maksymiw looks to drive past Koyo Matsui of Richmond’s A.R. MacNeill Ravens during the 5th-6th game on Saturday at the Tsumura Basketball Invitational. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)



LANGLEY — Senior guard Jahvon Maksymiw scored a game-high 26 points, while Grade 11 forward Dilveer Randhawa added 18 more as the Panthers topped Richmond’s A.R. MacNeill Ravens.

Hayden Sansalone, a Grade 11 guard, added a further 12 for the winners.

The Ravens were led by the 23 points of forward Everett Swaim, and the 22 of Josh Mayan. Guards Marco Esteban and Cam Pacheco added 13 and 12 respectively.

St. Thomas More’s Evan Wang can only watch as Claremont’s Izzy Helman looks to move the ball down court during 7th-8th contest at TBI 2021, Dec. 11 at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)



LANGLEY — Burnaby’s Knights fell behind 19-1 to start the contest and looked helplessly lost, yet rallied over the latter stages to pull within 65-62 before faltering down the stretch against Victoria’s Spartans.

Claremont guard Izzy Helman was in a zone throughout, pouring home a game-high 38 points in the victory. The guard was ably supported by fell back-court mate Gavin O’Sullivan who supplied 14 points.

Knights’ point guard Tarrance Booker scored 25 points, while forward Chris Ainsley added 17 and guard Tristan Schianni 10.

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