Burnaby South welcomes rivals for 15th Rod Thomson Memorial tourney

It'll be uptempo and loud when Burnaby South take to the floor Wednesday afternoon to kick-off the 15th annual Rod Thomson Memorial Senior Boys Rebel Classic.

The No. 3-ranked 4-A team in B.C., the Rebels will look to build momentum heading into the holiday break.

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Fresh off of Monday's Burnaby-New West league win over Moscrop, where they held a 113-37 advantage, the Rebels will start a home court series that includes a pair of 4-A honourable mention squads.

Karan Aujla led the way against the Panthers with 29 points, while fellow Grade 10 sharpshooter Jimmy Zaborniak cashed in 26 points. Contributing 16 points was Anthony Palomino, while veteran guard Jareb Pineda scored 15.

Two weeks ago Burnaby South garnered some intense competition at the Tsmura Invitational in Langley, going 3-1 to finish third overall.

Burnaby South starts the tourney at 3 p.m. against Surrey's Frank Hurt Hornets in Gym 2, while 45 minutes later, league rival Burnaby Central meets Tamanawis, an honourable mention, in Gym 1.

The Wildcats will be heading into their second straight tournament, after posting a 1-2 record at last week's St. Patrick's tourney. Burnaby Central were blasted 141-68 by the host and 3-A No. 3-rated Celtics, rebounded to beat Bodwell 59-47, then fell 77-64 to Hugh Boyd.

Also competing on opening day at the Thomson tourney is Burnaby Mountain, which squares off against honourable mention Heritage Woods, 6:15 p.m. in Gym 2. In the other opening round game, North Delta takes on G.P. Vanier at 8 p.m.

Action picks up again on Thursday, with the semifinals at 3:30 and 8:15 p.m.

The final is slated for Friday, 8:15 p.m. at Burnaby South.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students, with an adult tourney pass available for $10.


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