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Vancouver Bandits 2023 regular season schedule will see the Langley-based team play a 20-game slate. (File)

Vancouver Bandits begin 2023 on the road

Schedule released

  • Jan 24, 2023

 

Playing for the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Red Leafs basketball team, Langley’s Jessica Wisotzki was at the top of the NCAA Division II rankings. (Wilson Wong/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley’s Jessica Wisotzki tops NCAA standings

Sister Sophia is having a good season, too

 

Hansel Enmanuel, a freshman guard from the Dominican Republic for Northwestern State, practices dunks during warm-ups before an NCAA college basketball game against Rice Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Houston. Enmanuel lost his left arm in a childhood accident and has attained the talent and skill to play at the college level. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

VIDEO: Hansel Enmanuel, college player with 1 arm, becomes an inspiration

Viral videos of Enmanuel dunking makes it look easy, but he says it’s far from that

Hansel Enmanuel, a freshman guard from the Dominican Republic for Northwestern State, practices dunks during warm-ups before an NCAA college basketball game against Rice Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Houston. Enmanuel lost his left arm in a childhood accident and has attained the talent and skill to play at the college level. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Vancouver Bandits GM Kyle Julius will return to the sidelines as the club’s head coach for its 2023 Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season at Langley Events Centre (LEC). (Bandits)

Julius returns as Bandits coach

GM of Langley-based pro basketball team moves back to sidelines

Vancouver Bandits GM Kyle Julius will return to the sidelines as the club’s head coach for its 2023 Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season at Langley Events Centre (LEC). (Bandits)
FILE - Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner sits during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Chicago Sky, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Phoenix. Brittney Griner said she's “grateful” to be back in the United States and plans on playing basketball again next season for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury a week after she was released from a Russian prison and freed in a dramatic high-level prisoner exchange. “It feels so good to be home!” Griner posted to Instagram on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in her first public statement since her release. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Brittney Griner says she’ll play basketball in Arizona again

Brittney Griner said she’s “grateful” to be back in the United States…

FILE - Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner sits during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Chicago Sky, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Phoenix. Brittney Griner said she's “grateful” to be back in the United States and plans on playing basketball again next season for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury a week after she was released from a Russian prison and freed in a dramatic high-level prisoner exchange. “It feels so good to be home!” Griner posted to Instagram on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in her first public statement since her release. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
Walnut Grove Gators scoring sensation Kiera Pemberton was named Most Valuable Player at the Tsumura Invitational despite her team coming up short in the championship final on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Langley Events centre. (Langley events Centre)

Walnut Grove Gators take second at Tsumura Invitational

Kiera Pemberton named MVP

  • Dec 18, 2022
Walnut Grove Gators scoring sensation Kiera Pemberton was named Most Valuable Player at the Tsumura Invitational despite her team coming up short in the championship final on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Langley Events centre. (Langley events Centre)
Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers overcame a slow start to defeat the Maple Ridge Ramblers 69-43 at the Tsumura Invitational, underway at Langley Events Centre. (Langley Events Centre)

Walnut Grove Gators and Riverside Rapids book finals at Tsumura Invitational

32-team girls’ basketball tournament underway at Langley Events Centre

  • Dec 17, 2022
Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers overcame a slow start to defeat the Maple Ridge Ramblers 69-43 at the Tsumura Invitational, underway at Langley Events Centre. (Langley Events Centre)
LORD TWEEDSMUIR 65, R.E. MOUNTAIN 52 (Langley Events Centre photo)

Girl’s basketball tournament heads to finals Friday

Teams from around B.C. are at the Tsumura Invitational at the Langley Events Centre

  • Dec 16, 2022
LORD TWEEDSMUIR 65, R.E. MOUNTAIN 52 (Langley Events Centre photo)
The Walnut Grove Gators took down the Argyle Pipers, 76 to 45, on Wednesday, Dec. 15. (Langley Events Centre/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Top girls basketball teams clash on first day to Langley’s Tsumura Invitational

The annual competition got going at the LEC on Wednesday

  • Dec 15, 2022
The Walnut Grove Gators took down the Argyle Pipers, 76 to 45, on Wednesday, Dec. 15. (Langley Events Centre/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Oak Bay downed the Kelowna Owls 73-47 Saturday, Dec. 10, in the final game of the 32-team, 64-game 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational Tournament at Langley Events Centre (Garrett James/Langley Events Centre)

Oak Bay downs Kelowna to take Tsumura title at Langley Events Centre

Winning margin averaged nearly 29 points

  • Dec 11, 2022
Oak Bay downed the Kelowna Owls 73-47 Saturday, Dec. 10, in the final game of the 32-team, 64-game 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational Tournament at Langley Events Centre (Garrett James/Langley Events Centre)
Willem Van Huizen (above) got the ball for Langley Christian Lightning. MVP Braedon Wager took a shot (right). Elijah Olson snagged the ball (below). The Lightning struck quickly and often against R.E. Mountain Eagles in the championship final of Draw 3 at the Tsumura Invitational. LCS went on to win 72-64. 
(Langley Events Centre)

Langley Christian Lightning and Victoria’s Spectrum Thunder crowned champs at Tsumura

Invitational basketbal tournament contnues at Langle Events Centre

  • Dec 10, 2022
Willem Van Huizen (above) got the ball for Langley Christian Lightning. MVP Braedon Wager took a shot (right). Elijah Olson snagged the ball (below). The Lightning struck quickly and often against R.E. Mountain Eagles in the championship final of Draw 3 at the Tsumura Invitational. LCS went on to win 72-64. 
(Langley Events Centre)
Vancouver Bandits guard Alex Campbell will be playing for Canada at the Basketball Champions League Americas (BCLA) in Mexico. It is his second time at the tournament. (CEBL)

VIDEO: Bandit bound for Mexico

Guard Alex Campbell will be playing for Canada at the Basketball Champions League Americas (BCLA)

Vancouver Bandits guard Alex Campbell will be playing for Canada at the Basketball Champions League Americas (BCLA) in Mexico. It is his second time at the tournament. (CEBL)
Day one is in the books for the boys Tsumura Basketball Invitational (TBI) at Langley Events Centre as 16 teams remain in contention for one of the three tournament titles up for grabs. (Courtesy of Langley Events Centre)

Happening now at LEC: Tsumura Basketball Invitational boys tournament

16 teams in race for one of the three tournament titles

  • Dec 8, 2022
Day one is in the books for the boys Tsumura Basketball Invitational (TBI) at Langley Events Centre as 16 teams remain in contention for one of the three tournament titles up for grabs. (Courtesy of Langley Events Centre)
FILE - WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom for a hearing in Khimki just outside Moscow, on July 7, 2022. Russia has freed WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday in a dramatic high-level prisoner exchange, with the U.S. releasing notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

American WNBA star Griner freed in swap for Russian arms dealer Bout

2-time US Olympic medallist exchanged for Russian felon once nicknamed ‘the Merchant of Death’

FILE - WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted to a courtroom for a hearing in Khimki just outside Moscow, on July 7, 2022. Russia has freed WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday in a dramatic high-level prisoner exchange, with the U.S. releasing notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
Langley sisters Sophia (No. 5) and Jessica (No. 14) Wisotzki turned in impressive performances for the SFU Red Leafs at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener on Saturday, Dec. 3. (Ethan Cairns/SFU Athletics)

Langley’s Wisotzki sisters shine at GNAC basketball opener

Both play for SFU Red Leafs

  • Dec 8, 2022
Langley sisters Sophia (No. 5) and Jessica (No. 14) Wisotzki turned in impressive performances for the SFU Red Leafs at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener on Saturday, Dec. 3. (Ethan Cairns/SFU Athletics)
64 boys’ and girls’ teams will compete in 128 games over eight days, at Langley Events Centre, during the Tsumura Basketball Invitational started Wednesday Day Dec. 7 running till the 17th. (Langley Advance Times file)

Expanded Tsumura Basketball Invitational gets underway at Langley Events Centre

64 boys’ and girls’ teams, including 14 from Langley, will compete in 128 games over eight days

  • Dec 6, 2022
64 boys’ and girls’ teams will compete in 128 games over eight days, at Langley Events Centre, during the Tsumura Basketball Invitational started Wednesday Day Dec. 7 running till the 17th. (Langley Advance Times file)
Kristine Pemberton, a basketball player from the Nova Métis Heritage Association is a recipient of Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport, a win she didn’t expect at all. (Special to Langley Advance Times/Sombilon Studios)

Langley youth amongst 10 B.C. Indigenous athletes receiving awards from the premier

They were acknowledged in the Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport category

Kristine Pemberton, a basketball player from the Nova Métis Heritage Association is a recipient of Premier’s Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport, a win she didn’t expect at all. (Special to Langley Advance Times/Sombilon Studios)
Vancouver Bandits announced Tuesday, Nov. 1, that former Vancouver Canadians executive Graham Wall will serve as VP of sales and service ahead of its 2023 Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season at Langley Events Centre (LEC). (Special to Langley Advance Times)

From baseball to basketball: Graham Wall becomes a Bandits vice-president

Team announces addition of former Vancouver Canadians VP

  • Nov 3, 2022
Vancouver Bandits announced Tuesday, Nov. 1, that former Vancouver Canadians executive Graham Wall will serve as VP of sales and service ahead of its 2023 Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season at Langley Events Centre (LEC). (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash argues a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

B.C. basketball legend Nash fired as Nets coach after poor start, more controversy

Plagued with controversy surrounding their stars, Brooklyn started the season 2-5 under Nash

Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash argues a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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