BASKETBALL: Holy Cross grad shoots for national hoops title with UBC this week

Rookie guard Taylor Browne commutes to university from Surrey home

Taylor Browne in action with UBC Thunderbirds basketball team.

SURREY — Taylor Browne is glad to be playing for a national championship so close to home.

The Holy Cross grad is in his rookie season as a sharp-shooting guard with the UBC Thunderbirds as the team prepares to host the CIS basketball championships.

The Final Eight tourney starts Thursday (March 17) at the Doug Mitchell Sports Centre at the Vancouver campus.

As always this season, Browne will drive to UBC from his Johnston Heights-area home.

“It’s great to be home for (the finals),” the enthusiastic Browne told the Now. “It’s a great stress-reliever having it here.”

Last week, Browne was named to the Canada West All-Rookie Team, mostly for being a consistent scoring threat off the bench. He averaged 4.7 points-per-contest in just 12.7 minutes-per-game, and proved a threat from distance.

“It’s been a good year, a huge change from high school,” Browne said. “The intensity is way higher, and strength, but I think I’ve adapted well. I kind of stay focused on my shooting ability, because that’s kind of my role right now. I’ve been working hard and trying to provide the best minutes I can whenever I’m on the floor.”

As Canada West bronze medalists, the eighth-seed Thunderbirds will face Ryerson, the top seed, in their opening game, at 8 p.m. Thursday.

The Canadian men’s basketball championship is being held at UBC for the first time since 1972, when the Thunderbirds won the national title.

“I have a lot of family asking me about tickets to the games,” Browne said with a laugh, “and I just tell them to go online, and a lot of them do. It’s nice to have the section of kind of like my family. They’re always there, so it’s great.”

Click here to see Browne’s stats this year.

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Surrey Vaisakhi Parade floods Newton streets

Hundreds of thousands of people attended the annual event

Easter ‘eggstravaganza’ event planned for South Surrey

Event is to run from 12-3 p.m. at Dufferin Park (17355 2 Ave.).

Four Surrey students head to New Brunswick for Canada-wide science fair

Three projects move to nationals following regional fair at KPU

Vaisakhi parade to fill Surrey streets Saturday: Everything you need to know

More than 500,000 people expected for one of the world’s largest Vaisakhi-related events

Surrey resident says proposed apartment building is a ‘monstrosity’ in Whalley neighbourhood

Philip Galbraith says he voted for Safe Surrey Coalition to ‘slow down development’

Dashcam captures close call between minivan, taxi at busy Vancouver intersection

To make the footage more nerve-wracking, a pedestrian can be seen standing at the corner

VIDEO: Fan support almost deafening as Giants take Game 2 in finals

Vancouver G-Men cap comeback with thrilling third period to beat Spokane 4-2 on home ice in Langley

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Most Read