New year. Same goals.
While the chairs and desks in classrooms might have collected dust over the holiday break, the courts certainly didn’t. Teams around the province were in the gym and used the two week break to work on their game, fine-tuning their strategies, all with hopes of improving their chances of playing into March.
The first weekend back from the holiday break will see 14 tournaments going on in the province, including one of the most iconic: The St. Thomas More Collegiate Chancellor Tournament. Entering its 52nd year, The Chancellor is bringing a field of 16 teams together, all eager to make their mark on the provincial rankings. Featured in this year’s tournament are the Top-6 finishers from last year and six of the Top-7 teams in the current “AAA” standings (as of December 20th).
STM will be looking to defend their championship from last year in front of their raucous home crowd and on their home court. No doubt they will have a tough road ahead to repeat, as does every team in the tournament. Over the duration of the four day tournament, the Vancouver Basketball community will be treated to nearly 48 hours of hoops action.
First round matchups (Wednesday January 10th):
Game 1 - 8:30am: #7 “AAA” GW Graham Grizzlies vs #6 “AAA” Argyle Pipers
Game 2 - 10:15am: Robert Bateman Timberwolves vs #2 “AAA” McMath Wildcats
Game 3 - 12:00pm: Maple Ridge Ramblers vs St. Thomas More Knights
Game 4 - 1:45pm: “HM” “AAA” McNair Marlins vs #3 “AAA” Sir Charles Tupper Tigers
Game 5 - 3:30pm: Brookswood Bobcats vs #1 “AAA” Byrne Creek Bulldogs
Game 6 - 5:15pm: Steveston-London Sharks vs Fleetwood Park Dragons
Game 7 - 7:00pm: #5 “AAA” North Delta Huskies vs Centennial Centaurs
Game 8 - 8:45pm: Vernon Panthers vs Rick Hansen Hurricanes