Chilliwack’s GW Graham secondary school welcomes eight of B.C.’s top junior boys basketball teams as the second annual Big Ticket showcase tips off this month.
Junior games are being hosted at four schools.
At GWG, the Grizzlies will be joined by the Sardis Falcons, Abbotsford Panthers, Lord Tweedsmuir (Surrey) Panthers, MEI (Abbotsford) Eagles, Rick Hansen (Abbotsford) Hurricanes, Pinetree (Coquitlam) Timberwolves and Panorama Ridge (Surrey) Thunder.
The Grizzlies open against Abbotsford Nov. 25 while Sardis plays MEI.
Two days of playoffs (Nov. 26-27) will produce one winner, with that team advancing to the Big Ticket Final Four, Nov. 28-29 at Abbotsford secondary.
The Grizzlies were super excited to be a part of the inaugural event last year, with the senior varsity boys playing in the first ever championship game,” said athletic director Jake Mouritzen. “The Big Ticket is giving away over $20,000 a year in scholarships and is providing four huge tournaments to celebrate the start of the high school season.”
GW Graham has an entry in the junior girls tournament, which is being co-hosted by MEI and Burnaby Lake secondary. The Grizzlies senior girls team hits in the court at Abbotsford secondary, mixing it up in a 24 team field.
GW Graham’s senior boys team was going to participate in the Big Ticket until they got an invite to the Kodiak Classic at Port Moody’s Heritage Woods secondary. The prestigious tournament hosts the top 10 AAAA teams for the first week of the season.