Provincial Basketball Championships (virtual style) are back at Langley Events Centre this week. Among a series of memorable games available for streaming will be a senior girls’ clash between Richmond’s McMath Wildcats and Langley’s Brookswood Bobcats this Friday at 8 p.m.
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B.C. hoop classics streaming this week
By Don Fennell
Published 4:47 PST, Mon March 1, 2021
Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021
March Madness is typically associated with this time of the year, as high school basketball teams prepare for arguably the most exciting two weeks of the season.
But with the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling all games for the 2020-21 school year, the folks at the Langley Events Centre—which normally hosts the provincial tournaments from junior through senior starting this week—have come up with a novel way to celebrate the game. They’re inviting you to relive the past.
“Normally at this time of year, Langley Events Centre in partnership with Junior Boys Coaches, the BC Secondary School Girls Basketball Association, and the BC High School Boys Basketball Association would see the courts bustling with action with a total of 356 games across multiple courts over the span of a dozen days,” says Gary Ahuja, manager of corporate communications at the Langley Events Centre. “But with no tournaments in 2021, the focus is shifting to highlight some of the classic championship final games (both boys and girls games from all of the respective tournaments, utilizing available archived video).”
While the streaming schedule tips off tomorrow (March 2) at 8 p.m. with a 2020 junior boys’ game between St. Patrick’s and Sir Winston Churchill, Richmond hoop fans will be stoked for Friday’s scheduled replay of the senior girls’ game from 2016 between the R.A. McMath Wildcats and Langley’s Brookswood Bobcats. Game time is 8 p.m.
Next Tuesday (March 9), which would have been the first day of the provincial senior boys’ championship, will see a special broadcast of the B.C. High School Boys’ Basketball Association’s 75th anniversary video featured a year ago at the celebration banquet. It will be broadcast at 8 p.m.
On March 10, also an 8 p.m. broadcast, fans of the Richmond Colts won’t want to miss one of the all-time classics from the 1988 boys’ tournament as the Colts meet Delta’s Seaquam Seahawks. The Colts are back in action again March 12 at 6 p.m. when their memorable 1994 game against Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Ravens will be shown.
And fans of the Steveston-London Sharks won’t want to miss March 13’s broadcast of their game versus Surrey’s Southridge Storm. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.
All the games will be available to stream free of charge at www.tfsetv.ca.