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BASKETBALL: Surrey boys teams play for RCMP tourney title this week

Panorama Ridge Thunder and Tamanawis Wildcats players in action during the 2016 Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic tourney, won by the Wildcats.  - Gord Goble/Now files
Panorama Ridge Thunder and Tamanawis Wildcats players in action during the 2016 Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic tourney, won by the Wildcats.
— image credit: Gord Goble/Now files

Surrey boasts some of the best high school boys basketball teams in the province, but the highest-ranked among them won’t compete for the Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic title this week.

Instead, the Holy Cross Crusaders senior team, currently ranked seventh in B.C., plays host to the B.C. Catholic Basketball Championships, as it does annually.

The timing of the two tourneys is off, that’s all, and it’s a source of frustration for Holy Cross – this year in particular.

“We’re disappointed that we can’t be there, like every other Surrey team, and we loved being part of it back when I played,” said Matt LeChasseur, a Crusaders assistant coach and also sports director at Holy Cross.

The most recent rankings for Quad A boys teams in B.C. have Lord Tweedsmuir in 9th, Semiahmoo in 10th, and honourable mentions for Panorama Ridge and Tamanawis. CLICK HERE for the rankings, as of Jan. 4.

These teams, and a couple dozen more, will play at the 26th annual RCMP tourney, which features both senior and junior divisions.

The action began on Sunday (Jan. 8) with qualifying games, and continues at school gyms throughout Surrey this week. Final-round games will take place on Saturday (Jan. 14) at Enver Creek. Schedules and results are posted at Surreybasketballclassic.com/wp.

Meanwhile, the B.C. Catholic tournament began Wednesday (Jan. 11) and continues through Saturday, with the final starting at 7:30 p.m. Both boys and girls teams are in action.

The Holy Cross squad is led by Grade 12 players Keegan Konn, who looks to be headed to SFU next season, and Marcus Browne, a UBC recruit recently hobbled by an ankle injury.

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com

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