The annual Tsumura Basketball Invitational tournament is ready to tip off this weekend (Dec. 5-7).
Named after Vancouver Province sports reporter Howard Tsumura, the tournament at the Langley Events Centre this year draws 16 teams, its most ever, including eight boys teams and eight girls entries.
â€œWe are excited about the expanded B.C. high school format for this yearâ€™s edition of the TBI,â€ LEC director of business development Jared Harman said. â€œWe look forward to continuing to build this event into a traditional kick-off event for the high school basketball season.â€
â€œHeading into our third year, itâ€™s so exciting to have the TBI begin to welcome a larger cross section of our incredible B.C. high school basketball community,â€ Tsumura. said. â€œThe teams we will be hosting this season represent such incredible past traditions, both in their communities and throughout the province.â€
The 16 teams taking part in this yearâ€™s tournament are:
Girls: Brookswood, Charles Best, Handsworth, Holy Cross, Little Flower Academy, Mark Isfeld, Oak Bay, and St. Thomas More.
Boys: Abbotsford, Brookswood, Enver Creek, Fleetwood Park, Handsworth, Kelowna, North Surrey, and Tamanawis.
The past two years on the girls sides have seen the eventâ€™s first and second place teams compete against one another (2013, Oak Bay vs. Brookswood, 2012, South Kamloops vs. Brookswood) and then do the same at the provincial championships at the end of the season.
The year before was Walnut Grove versus White Rock Christian Academy at the TBI and then again for a provincial championship at the LEC in March.
â€œI am thrilled that we are giving so many of these teams the opportunity to play on the very floor on which they will spend the rest of the season prior to provincials, chasing to return to,â€ Tsumura added.
For the full schedule click here.