The week-long Surrey RCMP classic kicked off with qualifying-round games at Lord Tweedsmuir and Clayton Heights Secondary on Sunday.
The games, which are to be held throughout the week, are to conclude with a championship round on Feb. 12.
In the Senior division, Sunday’s matches featured Princess Margaret, Salish Secondary, Kwantlen Park, Khalsa, Panorama Ridge, Johnston Heights, Grandview, Fraser Heights, Pacific Academy, Sullivan Heights, LA Matheson, Frank Hurt, Clayton Heights, Surrey Christian, WRCA and North Surrey.
Scores and schedules are posted to surreybasketballclassic.ca.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, spectators are not allowed to watch the games in person.
The last RCMP Classic in Surrey was held in January 2020, a few months before COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic.
Among Canada’s largest high school basketball tournaments, the Surrey RCMP Classic involves close to 700 teen athletes in what has become a city championship, and a barometer for success in playoffs.
“The seniors are playing games Sunday, and the juniors will too, for play-in day, and their tournament continues in early March, that first week of March,” tournament organizer Rick Inrig said Friday. “The juniors have started playoffs now, so we didn’t want to compete with that. We have a few days following the junior boys provincial championship that are open, when the senior girls are playing at the LEC (Langley Events Centre), so we’ll go for those four days then.
“For the seniors, they’ll continue on right after with their own playoffs, with Fraser Valleys and then provincials. It’s good timing for that, for sure,” Inrig added.
This year’s Classic involves some schedule changes. Semiahmoo Secondary’s team has pulled out of the tournament due to scheduling conflicts, Inrig said.
“Grandview is coming in, and they’re excited to be part of it. We’ll move Southridge into Semiahmoo’s spot in the schedule, and then Grandview takes Southridge’s spot.”
The 2022 Classic finals will be played Saturday, Feb. 12 at Enver Creek Secondary’s gym.
Last time around, during an all-cat fight in the 2020 Classic championship game, Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers scratched their way to a 67-64 win over Tamanawis Wildcats in the senior division final, in a packed gym at Enver Creek. It was the Cloverdale school’s first ever senior-division win at the Classic, after earning eight top-five finishes since the tournament began in 1992.
Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic
Sunday results (Feb. 6):
P. Margaret 82, Salish 49
Kwantlen Park 113, Khalsa 46
Panorama 81, Johnston Heights. 67
Grandview Heights 58, Fraser Heights 46
Pacific Academy 88, Sullivan Heights 57
Frank Hurt 70, LA Matheson 69
Surrey Christian 71, Clayton Heights 64
North Surrey 78, White Rock Christian 16
The Senior tournament continues Wednesday, Feb. 9 with games featuring Enver vs. Kwantlen, QE vs. Princess Margaret, Fleetwood vs. Pacific Academy, Tamanawis vs. Grandview Heights, Elgin vs. Surrey Christian, Guildford Park vs. Panorama, Southridge vs. Frank Hurt, Lord Tweedsmuir vs. North Surrey.
Senior Pool B. continues Tuesday, Feb 8 to Thursday, Feb 10.
LA Matheson 0, Fraser Heights 2 (forfeit)
Holy Cross 70, Clayton Hts 29
Salish 59, Grandview Heights 48
Enver Creek 2, Johnston Heights 0 (forfeit)
Pacific Academy 79, Frank Hurt 42
Khalsa 74, Earl Marriott 40
Queen Elizabeth 49, Princess Margaret 13
North Surrey 47, Kwantlen Park 35.
Junior tournament Pool A and Pool B resumes March 3-6.
– with files from Tom Zillich