I'm going to take a differing view - that this was the correct decision, but one where the process was flawed because a lack of transparency (I know that's shocking). Right decision, in the wrong year.
We all have to get our heads around the Fraser Valley is the power region, & not by a little. Where other 4A regions are getting worse or fading into obscurity, the FV is getting more powerful. Look at the Island & the Okanagan, other than the power programs of KSS & Oak Bay, most teams aren't competitive. What would Island #2, Cowichan Secondary be in the Fraser Valley, maybe 12-14?. OK #2, Mount Boucherie might've been slightly better. Same with Howe Sound.
You mock the BC's by calling it the Fraser Valley Invitational - it is the defacto Fraser Valley Invitational, & should be recognized as such. Hell, it is even hosted in the Fraser Valley. In truth, there are only 5 non-FV teams in the Top 16 provincially - KSS, Oak Bay, SWC, Kits & St Georges. If we wanted the best, this tournament would likely have 10-11 FV teams. But we should have regional representation for a provincial tournament, & yes we should give regional winners some love in seeding, but we also want the best basketball, the most competitive basketball represented at the provincials. The Fraser Valley deserves an exception, or 3.
This is not going to change. The growth of the game, the power is always going to FV.
What does that additional exception or criteria look like...?
If I'm the FV, & I have the power region, & I'm hosting the tournament - I will have one of the Top 3 seeds, period. End of story. Given that seeds 1,4,5 are on one side & 2,3,6 are on the other - IF I'm not #1 overall, I must be no lower than #3, & I must be on the opposite side of the draw as #1. This makes sense. Once again, FV is the power region & they host the tournament. Does this not make sense.
All the committee needed to do was effectively communicate this to it's members. Preferably before the seedings were announced. Or before the season started.
1. This wasn't a FV vs FV issue. Oak Bay#3 vs Yale #14, & Tammy #4 vs North Peace #13 - was all good
2. This wasn't a regional winner issue. Both were regional winners
3. This wasn't a head to head issue. Oak Bay was 2-0 vs Tamanawis
So given that Tamanawis was not #1, nor #2 overall, they correctly gave the highest seeded FV team the 3rd seed, to ensure the FV was not on same side as this years #1 - Kelowna. Makes sense.
Maybe this was the correct decision, just for next year (when they add a 6th criteria to the Seeding Guidelines).
One last look at Ebe's post on Ranking Guidelines to clarify
Just so everyone can see I have listed below our association's ranking guidelines:
BCHSBBA RANKING GUIDELINES FOR PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENTS
1. Teams from the same zone shall not play against each other in the first round unless this is not possible based on the numbers of berths or if it will negatively distort the true rankings. Per above: If Oak Bay was #3, they could still play #14 Yale, & if Tammy was #4 it could still play non-FV North Peace. All good here.
2. Order of finish in zone tournaments. It is preferential but not mandatory that teams are ranked in order of zone tournament placing. Both placed 1st in region, so no reason to drop Oak Bay from #3. All good here.
3. Zone winners will be the top ranked team in their zone and may be receive a higher overall ranking as a result of winning their zone championship. Same as above. All good here for Oak Bay at #3
4. Head to head competition between teams if they have played against each other may also be considered. Yup, all good here. Oak Bay beat Tamanawis twice. That's 2-0. Are you following me. Oak Bay still #3
5. Using the official BCHSBBA rankings. Yup, just looked - Oak Bay is #3
Number 6 should be: Given the strength of the FV region (& host of the championship), independent of head to head games between the Top FV team & any non-FV team / Regional winner, the FV champion can not be ranked lower than #3 in the seedings. Given this criteria, with KSS #1, Tamanawis will get the #3 seed, Oak Bay will be pushed to #4
This new world is different. If you are non-FV, even if you are ranked 1,2,3,or 4 - you will never play an easy game, ever again. Chances are next year, given all their Gr 10-11 talent, it will again be KSS, Oak Bay, Tammy or Grove, & likely Kits or St Georges in the top 4 regions. If you are not in the FV, and you are Top 4 - it's time to embrace playing a FV #8, 7 or 6 seed - it's inevitable, & it's correct decision.
Once again, the correct decision - for 2017.
** Let's remember this is a process issue, & not representative of any particular team. The tournament will be outstanding, with Day 1 being the most competitive by far as I can remember. My "must see" games are 3:30 - Yale vs Oak Bay, 5:15 - Churchill vs Panorama Ridge & 8:15 - St Georges vs Holy Cross. All of those games could be "first one to 100 wins". Let the games begin.