Oak Bay Bays Diego Maffia (proper)) battles with Burnaby South Rebels Jiordano Khan for a free ball throughout the quarterfinals of the 2018 AAAA BC Excessive Faculty Boys Championships on the Langley Occasion Centre.

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Burnaby South Rebels headline this weekends Tsumura Invitational on the Langley Occasions Centre

The Burnaby South Rebels will look to their defence to assist defend their title.

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The reigning Quad A provincial champions and the pre-season No. 1 ranked crew misplaced to Calgary powerhouse Bishop O’Byrne 65-63 within the Kodiak Klassic event ultimate on Saturday at Heritage Woods in Port Moody.

That consequence turns into all of the extra spectacular if you perceive that Burnaby South rested centre Sasha Vujisic, who was a shot-swatting star as a Grade 10 finally 12 months’s provincials, making the occasion’s first all-star crew. The 6-foot-10 Vujisic was having some ankle bother, however Burnaby South coach Mike Bell stated he would have performed if the sport was in opposition to a B.C. opponent.

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As effectively, Bishop O’Byrne had crushed the pre-season No. four Terry Fox Ravens 117-87 and the No. 6 St. George’s Saints 81-71, so to carry them within the 60s and maintain them there with out Vujisic was an accomplishment.

Staff defence was arguably Burnaby South’s major attribute final season. Within the provincials, they beat the Oak Bay Bays 78-66 and the Belmont Bulldogs 70-58 earlier than downing the Semiahmoo Totems 80-72 within the championship matchup.

“We actually wished to give attention to slowing the sport down and I believe we did that,” Bell stated of that matchup in opposition to Bishop O’Byrne. “We simply didn’t hit our final shot after we had the prospect. That’s all.

“The weekend was good. I believed we performed rather well. Our defence grew and grew. We’re nonetheless making an attempt to get new issues in, nevertheless it’s getting there.”

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Burnaby South, who beat the pre-season No. three Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers 85-56 and honourable point out Heritage Woods Kodiaks 88-71 over the weekend on their solution to the ultimate, are the headliner for this weekend’s Tsumura Basketball Invitational on the Langley Occasions Centre.

The event is called after longtime Province sports activities reporter Howard Tsumura. He pens the varsityletters.ca weblog and had a brand new set of rankings up on Wednesday.

Different groups of word on the TBI embody Heritage Woods, Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox, Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir, Victoria’s Oak Bay and the North Delta Huskies, the Triple A pre-season No. 1 crew.

The Rebels went to the TBI final 12 months because the top-ranked crew on the time and misplaced 73-63 to Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat Hawks within the quarter-finals.

In fact, the LEC hosts the provincials as effectively and Bell says he’ll leap on any alternative to play at that venue throughout the season.

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“You get an opportunity to get used to the belongings you’ll expertise in March,” he stated. “You get used to the drive there. You get used to the place the change rooms are and the place the wash rooms are. You get used to the little stuff that all of us take with no consideration. You get that have in that constructing.

“To me, it’s the place the Fraser Valley groups have a bonus as a result of they’ve their (zone qualifying) event there.”

Burnaby South’s Aidan Wilson, a 6-foot-Eight ahead, was named the Kodiak Klassic’s high defensive participant. Rebels guards Kyle Kirmaci and Jiordano Khan have been picked to the primary all-star crew.

Burnaby South opens the TBI with a 5:15 p.m. sport Thursday in opposition to Coquitlam’s Centennial Centaurs. The event finale is about for Eight p.m. on Saturday.

Bell reiterated that Vujisic ought to be able to play then.

 

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