2013 Tsumura Basketball Invitational Features the Best of the Best in High School Hoops

Nov 12, 2013

The 2013 Tsumura Basketball Invitational will make its return to the Langley Events Centre later this month and will once again feature some of the top boys and girls high school basketball players in the province. The event, which was introduced last season, has become a feature tip off event for the top girls teams and the top boys talent to be showcased before the high school season officially gets underway and in advance of the provincial championships which also take place at the LEC. Games will be played on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 on LEC Centre Court.

The selection of the girls teams was based on Howard Tsumura’s Pre Season Top Ten rankings released at the end of last season. On the girls side, the top six teams, and eight of the top ten, will face off on Sunday, December 1. The first game will tip off at 11:00AM featuring MEI and Riverside, both who are expected to be in the top ten when the season starts. At 12:30PM the number five ranked team from Argyle will play against number six ranked WJ Mouat. They will be followed at 2:00PM by the defending provincial champions from South Kamloops, currently ranked third, who will face number four ranked Holy Cross. At 3:30PM, Brookswood, who starts the year ranked number one after losing in last year’s finals, will take on the number two ranked team from Oak Bay.

On the boys side, US prep school power house, Findlay Prep from Henderson, Nevada, will be returning to the hard court at the Langley Events Centre to participate. This year, the Pilots will be taking on two select teams made up of some of the top talent in the province in boys basketball. On the Saturday night, following a CIS doubleheader in which Trinity Western University Spartans women’s (3:30PM tip off) and men’s (5:30PM tip off) take on their rivals from the University of Victoria, the Findlay Prep Pilots will face the TBI Selects (Saturday) at 7:30PM, coached by Mike McKay (Tamanawis) and Rich Ralston (WJ Moaut). The TBI Select rosters were identified with assistance from Basketball BC.

The roster for the Saturday Selects is as follows:


Sukh Bains Tamanawis

Sukhman Sandhu Tamanawis

Tristan Etienne WJ Moaut

Corey Hauck WJ Moaut

Denver Sparks-Guest Gleneagle

Tarik Scott Gleneagle

Grant Galbraith Gleneagle

Mindy Minhas Sir Winston Churchill

Jermaine Haley Burnaby South

Taylor Smith Burnaby South

Martin Bogajev Burnaby South

On the Sunday evening at 5:00PM, Findlay will be on the court again taking on the TBI Selects (Sunday), a second select team coached by George Bergen (Vancouver College) and Lloyd Scrubb (Vancouver College).

The roster for the Sunday Selects is as follows:


Jordan Cohee Walnut Grove

Tyler Anderson Walnut Grove

Hayden Lejeune Sardis

Eric Rogers Sardis

Ryan Cowley Delta Secondary

Elijah Campbell-Axson Vancouver College

Dean Johnston BC Christian Academy

Kosia Cauw BC Christian Academy

Adam Karmali Handsworth

Graham Smith Pitt Meadows

Taylor Brown Holy Cross

Jomari Reyes Terry Fox

Following the Findlay Prep and Selects game, WJ Mouat will face Tamanawis at 6:30PM to close out the event.

“We are excited to have all of the great basketball talent from the province committed to this event again this year,” says Jared Harman, Director of Business Development for the Langley Events Centre, “having the top high school girls team competing against each other will be a great way to start the basketball season and that will be capped off by seeing the best boys players in the province take on one of the best prep programs in the US.”

Headlined by Rashad Vaughn, a 6’6” shooting guard who is widely regarded as the top ranked shooting guard in the country; Kelly Oubre, another athletic wing at 6’7” who has committed to one of the top NCAA programs in the country at Kansas; and Craig Victor, a 6’7” power forward from New Orleans who has committed to Arizona for next season. Both Oubre and Vaughn will be vying for spots on the 2014 USA U18 and 2014 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team, building on already impressive high school basketball resumes.

Findlay has also carried on their strong tradition of grooming Canadian talent, some of which has included current NBA players Corey Joseph (San Antonio Spurs), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers) and last year’s number one overall draft pick Anthony Bennett (Cleveland Cavaliers). This year, the Pilots have a duo of highly regarded Canadian players in 6’8” guard/ forward Justin Jackson (class of 2016), from Toronto, ON and 6’6” guard/ forward Dillon Brooks (class of 2015), from Mississauga, ON. Jackson recently represented Canada at the FIBA U-17 Nationals.

Findlay Prep head coach, and former NBA star, Jerome Williams (fondly known as The Junk Yard Dog) calls Jackson, “the next big thing to come out of Canada.”

The TBI Select teams are not short on high level talent themselves as they feature two players from the number one ranked school, Tamanawis as well as three players who are committed to NCAA and CIS schools for next season.

Tristan Ettiene, from WJ Mouat, has committed to the University of Washington for next season. The Huskies feature a familiar face to Findlay (and those who attended last year’s event) as Nigel Williams-Goss is the starting point guard at UW this season. Jadon Cohee, from Walnut Grove (last year’s BC High School Boys Champions) has committed to Seattle University and Mindy Minhas will be attending the University of British Columbia in the fall. The three compliment a strong group of players from the Greater Vancouver Metro area who should pose a strong matchup against Findlay.

Tickets for the event will go on sale on Friday, November 15 at 10:00AM on Ticketmaster or at the LEC Ticket Office. Adult tickets are $12.00, Students and Seniors are $7.00, Children seven through twelve are $2.00 and Children under six get in for free. People who purchase their TBI tickets for the Saturday Findlay versus Selects game will also be able to access the TWU Spartans versus University of Victoria games earlier that evening.

For more information, please visit www.LangleyEventsCentre.com

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