The 1936-37 UBC Thunderbirds won the league, provincial, and Western Canadian titles in its 1937 season. Later the team won the 1937 Canadian championships by defeating the defending champions, the Windsor Fords, three games to one in a best-of-five series before 3,500 spectators at the PNE Gardens.

The winning basket was scored in the final seconds. UBC was down one point to Windsor with three seconds to play and a throw-in at center court. The ball was passed to Art Willoughby, who shot from just inside the center line, and as the horn sounded the basket was scored. The nucleus of this team went on to win three more Canadian championships in 1938, 1940, and 1942.

Team Members:
Ed Armstrong, Jim Bardsley (captain), Jack Davis, Art Eastman (manager), Ralph ‘Hunk’ Henderson, Bill Hudson, Rann Matthison, George Pringle, Bill Swan, Frank Turner, Maury Van Vliet (coach), Art Willoughby.

This team is also inducted in the UBC Sports Hall of Fame. For their UBC biography, please visit