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VES power forward Fabio Dias shoots during the VISAA Division II quarterfinals at VES on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (Taylor Irby/The News & Advance via AP)

Basketball players from Virginia Episcopal School leave today, embarking on a nine-day trip to China, where they will play in a 12-team invitational tournament in the city of Changchun.

The Bishops will be the only team from the U.S. in the China High School Elite Champions Invitational.

Boys basketball coach Darko Sedlar, who wrapped his first season as head coach in March, will take with him eight players, including two recent graduates, Michael Caprise and Sal Diop, who helped VES to a 21-10 record and a trip to the Virginia Independent Schools’ Division II state semifinals in 2018-19.

VES will play against 11 top-tier Chinese high school teams in the tournament, which will be conducted under International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules.

“It’s great, number one, for team bonding,” Sedlar said of the trip, “and also to have [players] in a setting where they can not only represent their team but their country.”

Under FIBA rules, games are divided into four 10-minute quarters and are conducted with a 24-second shot clock.

That differs from high school basketball in Virginia, which is played without a shot clock and features eight-minute quarters.

VES returns from the trip on Sunday, June 15.

Ben Cates covers high school sports for The News & Advance. Reach him at (434) 385-5527.

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Ben Cates covers high school sports for The News & Advance. Reach him at (434) 385-5527. 

Ben Cates covers high school sports for The News & Advance. Reach him at (434) 385-5527.

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