Two Richmond teams, including a McMath girls' team, will play at the Tsumura Basketball Invitational in Langley this month. File photo
Photo courtesy Gary Ahuja, Langley Events Centre
Two Richmond teams competing at Tsumura Basketball Invitational
Published 12:37 PST, Tue December 6, 2022
Last Updated: 4:05 PST, Thu December 22, 2022
Two Richmond teams are among the 64 competing in the Tsumura Basketball Invitational championships, beginning later this week.
The Langley Events Centre will host 32 boys’ teams and 32 girls’ teams for 128 games over eight days. Each tournament features a 16-team bracket and a pair of eight-team draws.
A Steveston-London boys’ team is part of the first eight-team draw, and will play from Dec. 7 to 10. A McMath girls’ team is part of the 16-team bracket, and will play from Dec. 14 to 17.
“Over the last decade, I have been so impressed with the joy that our (Tsumura Basketball Invitational) teams bring every season to Langley Events Centre. It’s always early in the season and everything is still in front of our student-athletes as they set course for earning a trip to the provincial championships in March,” says Howard Tsumura, the tournament’s namesake and author of Varsity Letters. “With that in mind, the fact that we have been able to expand the event this season into three distinct brackets for both boys and girls does nothing but push the atmosphere over the top.”
Tsumura says this year’s group is the strongest yet, and welcomes players, coaches, fans, and families.
“Over the course of our two four-day tournaments, it is my hope that the best qualities of the game we love so much will be evident for all to see,” he says.
The larger brackets see each team play four games with the champions crowned on the final day while the eight-team brackets will see champions determined on the Friday after each team has played three times. Upon the conclusion of the third games, the tournament committee will re-seed the teams to create eight new matchups for the final day based on the first three days’ results.
“TBI is one our longest running traditions at Langley Events Centre. We have seen the tournament grow and develop into a staple of the high school basketball calendar, so for it to double in size this year is exciting,” said Tyler Dinwoodie, associate director of production services and communications.