TBI Set for Tip Off this Weekend

Nov 26, 2012

The 2012 Tsumura Basketball Invitational, presented by Starline Windows, is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated high school basketball events to come to BC in quite some time. The event will feature the Findlay Prep Pilots from Las Vegas, Nevada. Findlay, who boasts a reputation of producing players with an NCAA (and NBA) pedigree, continues to receive accolades south of the border, placing loft expectations for their current season.

The Pilots were recently ranked number 2 in the entire United States for high school basketball rankings as provided by USA Today. Their third year starting point guard, Nigel Williams-Goss, was recently named one of the top ten most versatile players in the country (US). Christian Wood has become an internet sensation for his posterizing dunks and incredible athleticism. Williams-Goss and Wood are just two of the six Findlay players who already have NCAA Division 1 commitments locked up for next year.

Even with all of the praise, Findlay won’t have it easy as they will be going up against the number one ranked Walnut Grove Gators, who feature a strong core of returning players led by versatile swingman, Jaden Cohee, and the number four ranked White Rock Christian Academy Warriors who had a terrific run at last years’ BC High School Boys AAA Basketball Championship.

Findlay Head Coach Todd Simon knows that this isn’t going to be an easy trip north of the border,

"We are very excited about the opportunity to come to Langley and play Walnut Grove and White Rock Christian Academy. Canada basketball is definitely on the rise. The Langley Events Centre is one of the best sports and entertainment venues around."

Walnut Grove and White Rock Christian will not be the only top BC AAA boys teams competing as Sir Winston Churchill (ranked 6th) and Terry Fox (defending BC High School Boys AAA Champions) will play each other Saturday (December 1) at 6:30pm. Number five ranked WJ Mouat will also be in action tipping off against Walnut Grove on the Sunday at 6:30pm, the final game of the two day Invitational.

The weekend will also feature the top ranked girls teams in the province in what could be a preview of the final four for the BC AAA Girls Basketball Championships happening at the LEC March 6-9. On Sunday (December 2) number six ranked Riverside will take on the number two ranked squad from Oak Bay at 2:00pm. That game will be followed by the fellow number two ranked girls’ team, Brookswood, taking on the defending champions and number one ranked South Kamloops Titans at 3:30pm.

In addition to a full slate of games, the Tsumura Basketball Invitational will also feature a Youth Player’s Clinic (for players aged 13 – 16 years old) on the Saturday and a Coaches Clinic on the Sunday. Both will be hosted by the Findlay Prep coaching staff and players, giving BC Basketball coaches and players a chance to learn from one of the top high school teams on the continent. Registration for either clinic is id="mce_marker"5 and includes a ticket to those days’ games.

For more information on the weekend, a full schedule, or to register for the clinics or buy tickets to the games, please visit www.langleyeventscentre.com/tbi2012