Fleetwood Park Dragons from Surrey and R.A. McMath Wildcats from Richmond clashed at the Tsumura Basketball Invitational (TBI) at the Langley Events Centre on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 4).
McMath led the game from start to finish, winning 91-58.
It was the opening game in the annual basketball series, one of four matches that day for teams vying to enter the main draw.
This year, the tournaments for selected boys and girls teams has been expanded from 16 to 20 teams from around the province.
Both defending champions from the 2018 invitational, Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators (girls) and Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (boys) are back to defend their titles.
Howard Tsumura, who handpicked the mix of top teams and honourable mentions, said it’s “all about the best of BC basketball without tiers getting in the way.”
TBI includes some smaller schools who were just out of contention for BC titles.
Play with the boys teams was set to run till Saturday, Dec. 7.
Girls teams are scheduled to begin playing next week from Wednesday, Dec. 11 till Saturday, Dec. 14.
Last year, Walnut Grove Gators senior girls averaged nearly 90 points a game en route to their second consecutive TBI title.