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  Often an absence from one team means a great opportunity for another team to step up and take advantage and that is exactly what seven other teams did at the 13th Annual Hoopfest BC Tournament. While the field of talent was as equally as impressive has it has been throughout the tournament's history, the void left by Manny Dulay was felt by the UFV Cascades as they looked to repeat as tournament champions.   Kicking off the first game and first day of the tournament, the battle between two new teams, Toon Squad and FriendZone set the tone for the rest of the day as the early morning game required an overtime period as the first forty minutes found the game tied at 98 points apiece. After falling short of capturing his first Hoopfest BC championship last summer as a part of SB Battle, JC did everything he could to make sure his team had a chance to return to the championship game this summer as he put up an eye-opening 43 points to carry the Toon Squad to a 109-102 victory.     A retooled Runnin' Rebels squad found themselves with a relatively easy opening half against the Cascades, carrying a 56-40 lead going into the break. Despite not having Dulay to shoulder their offensive attack, the UFV squad still kept competing, using an 18-4 run during the second half to close the deficit to within six points. With a younger, more explosive and well-rounded lineup than last summer, the Rebels, led by Gerard Gore's game-high 26 points found themselves walking away with an opening game win 88-80.   On the other side of the draw, Lights Out despite being one of the older teams in the tournament, managed to squeak out an upset victory over the X-Falcons, a team composed mainly of Langara College alumni. After trailing by seven at the end of the first half, Lights Out continued to ride the hot hand of guard Jeremy Neufeld as he paced his team and the game with 36 points, including five three-pointers. Although the X-Falcons fell short, their well-balanced attack, which included five players hitting for double digits in scoring would be a precursor of what was to come. The Village People may have been a new team in the tournament lineup, but the players that made up the roster were mostly familiar faces from the course of the previous twelve years of the event. Although the young TRU Wolfpack players managed to keep the game within a single basket 43-41 at the half, the experience of the Village People and Doug Plumb's game-high 22 points proved to be too much for the young pups to overcome as they fell 83-72.   The afternoon schedule saw a pair of teams improve their record to 2-0 as the Toon Squad and the Village People both pulled out single-digit victories over the Cascades and Lights Out respectively, while FriendZone and the X-Falcons improved their record to 1-1. With only the top two teams from each pool advancing to the playoff rounds, the logjam of teams that could potentially sit at 2-1 after the round-robin schedule would make for some very interesting and must win games come Sunday morning.   After a tough victory to close out the schedule on Saturday evening, the Village People were back at it early Sunday morning squaring off against the X-Falcons. Unfortunately it appeared as though the quick turn around had a huge impact on a number of Village People members as the team fell behind by twenty midway through the first half and struggled to close the gap. A team high 25 points from Joel Friesen, which included seven three pointers helped propel the X-Falcons into a playoff spot while the Village People would have to play the waiting game to see if their weekend would continue or be cut short early.   Despite a 42 point effort from JC, the Toon Squad found themselves falling short 96-90 in their final round robin game against the Runnin' Rebels. Although the individual effort was impressive, the lack of bench scoring hurt the young team as the Rebels depth proved to be too much to handle with eight of nine players etching numbers onto the stat sheet. The FriendZone were in need of a victory over the Cascades if they wanted to keep their playoff hopes alive. Unfortunately a lopsided 107-65 final tally favored the team from the Fraser Valley as six Cascade players hit for double digits while Aurel David and Gagan Sahota were the only two scoring threats for FriendZone who said goodbye to their championship aspirations.   Closing out the round robin schedule, the Wolfpack, paced by a pair of third year players, Mike Rouault and Joe Davis, held off a second half charge by Lights Out to pull off a 86-75 victory over the veteran squad. Although it was only their first victory of the weekend, it their point differential proved to be enough to grant the Kamloops club a fourth game, playing in the consolation matchup later in the afternoon against the Cascades. If would be unfair to expect JC to once again carry load of the Toon Squad offensive in the opening round of the playoffs against the X-Falcons. Luckily he didn't have to. After being relatively quiet in the round robin, sharpshooter Manroop Clair came alive to help his teammate battle the heavily...

13th Annual HOOPFEST Tournament

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In the midst of the August heat, many of BC’s best ballers from the past, present and future headed indoors at the Langley Events Centre for the 12th Annual Hoopfest Tournament on August 13/14th.  Among the eight teams looking to etch their name in the history books of the longest running indoor summer tournament, the Islanders had their sights set on joining Athelite and The School as back to back champions.  As the tournament approached, confirmation (or lack of it) from many of the Islanders returning players led one to believe that this quest may not be achieved. Two of the tournament’s newest and youngest clubs, the Columbia Bible College Bearcats and the University of Fraser Valley Cascades kicked off the tournament in what started as an up-tempo affair with both teams pushing the ball offensively and picking up early on the defensive side.  Unfortunately for the young Bearcats, the Cascades proved to be too much to handle as they ran away in the second half with an 89-68 victory. With only two of the four teams in each division advancing to the playoff rounds, all victories and point spreads proved to be of the utmost importance.  The matchup that followed the Bearcats and Cascades featured a more traditional pace as the Runnin’ Rebels squeaked out an 87-84 overtime victory over Lights Out.  Whereas the first game of the tournament highlighted faces of the future, this one featured two players from the inaugural Hoopfest Tournament as the Runnin’ Rebels Steve Lee and Lights Out Malcolm Campbell provided fans a glimpse into the past. The present and future was once again under the spotlight as the Islanders squared off against Athelite in a matchup that showcased last summer’s MVP Elliot Mason and Quest University guard Theo Vandenekart teamed up against Sukhjot Bains and Miguel Tomley. With 24 and 22 points respectively the current and former Tamanawis Wildcats led Athelite to a 96-87 victory over the defending champions. But for fans of the Islanders, it would not be the last time they heard the name Vandenekart. The final game of the first round brought another run and gun squad that appeared heavily favored to reach the championship game as SB Battle’s roster featured Demitri Harris, Emerson Murray, Jadon Cohee, Joel Friesen and Gabe Diggs, five players who could easily light up the scoreboard on their own, but grouped together could be downright illegal. Facing a young TRU Wolfpack squad, SB Battle launched a well balanced attack on route to a 98-69 victory. Despite a 12-2 run early in the second half to take a 50-44 lead, the Runnin’ Rebels were unable to hold off the Cascades in both teams second game of the day, while the Islanders and Lights Out both walked away with W’s in their meetings with Wolfpack and Bearcats respectively.  The biggest upset of the day came from SB Battle’s game against Athelite. While the victory itself was not so much an upset, it was the way the two time champions failed to compete. Trailing by as many as forty points late in the second half, the only highlight of the game for Athelite was a 39 point performance from Tomley, which in itself was slightly outdone by Cohee’s 40 points for SB Battle. As the teams returned to the LEC on Sunday morning for their final round robin game, only two teams had a lock on a playoff seed, as UFV and SB Battle walked away on day one with an unblemished record.  Facing a “must win” situation, Athelite dominated the Wolfpack to keep their playoff hopes alive, while the Runnin’ Rebels lopsided outcome over the Bearcats guaranteed a playoff seed later that afternoon. With only one playoff spot remaining in the Hoops Nation division, the veteran heavy Lights Out club needed a victory over UFV to snuff out any hopes of the Cascades joining the Hoopfest Champions list. Unfortunately for the elder statesmen, the road to the title ended with a 98-72 loss. While there were a number of great performances throughout the weekend, one of the more jaw dropping individual efforts came from Vandenekart in the final game of the round robin schedule as the Islanders looked to knock Athelite out of the playoffs completely with a victory over SB Battle.  Channeling his inner Steph Curry and astonishing all that weren’t aware of his game and even amazing those who were, the Quest University guard and Washington native, launched bombs from all over the court, regardless of his defender on route to a 48 point effort.  As a result of the scoring barrage, the Islanders handed SB Battle their first loss of the tournament. After a grinding affair against SB Battle, the Islanders kicked off the playoff schedule against the Cascades.  Despite having to play after a short turnaround and limited break, the Islanders managed to keep pace with the CIS club.  Awaken Manny Dulay.  Following a modest performance throughout the round robin schedule, the fifth year guard caught fire from behind the arc with eight three pointers and a game high 30 points for a 97-94 victory, holding off a fatigued Islanders squad that had comeback from a ten point deficit throughout the second half and managed to take a one point lead entering the last two minutes of the game. The second semi final featured a contrast in styles of play, or at...


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