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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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The question coming into the 11th Annual Hoopfest BC Tournament was centered around whether or not Athelite could capture the much sought after "three-peat".  With two titles to their name, the members of the Athelite roster knew full well that they would be walking into each game with a bullseye on their backs.  After falling just short of knocking off the defending champions last year, a slightly revamped Islanders crew had their sights set on etching their name onto the illustrious champions list, knowing full well to do so, they would have to go through AE. With all teams playing their three round robin seeding games on Saturday morning, the first two surprises of the day came early.  In the Soul In The Hole division, newcomer SB Battle looked solid in their victory over another new squad, Let It Fly.  Full of athleticism, SB Battle attacked early and often as the quartet of Clayton Crellin, Gabe Diggs, Gabe Gibbs and Emerson Murray filled the stat sheet with transition hoops and shots from downtown.  The other early shocker came from the Hoops Nation bracket as the traditionally strong Runnin' Rebels squad was upset by a young TRU team, led by Josh Wolfram and Vlad Iegorov, 85-81. After an early victory over the Spartans, Athelite found themselves in a clash against SB Battle as the veteran club took one on the chin with a 108-101 defeat.  With 22 points from Murray and 18 by Diggs, the victory put SB Battle in position for a first place seed in their division heading into Sunday's playoff schedule.  New UBC Thunderbirds transfer Pat Simon paced the Athelite team with 22 points, while Sukhjot Bains, a tournament all-star last summer chipped in with 17. Following their upset victory over the Runnin' Rebels, TRU put themselves in position on Saturday night to capture the number one seed in their division had they been successful in their meeting with the Islanders.  As both teams entered their final game of the evening squaring off with identical 2-0 records, the veteran club consisting of VIU alumni Tyler Olsen, Jacob Thom and Dakota Russell, along with a trio of Langara Falcons, Jitt Lohcham, Elliot Mason and Max Neumann managed to pull out a thrilling 81-78 victory to claim the top seed and stave off the upset.   A quick turn around to Sunday morning found an undermanned Spartans team as the fourth seed from Soul In The Hole matched up with the top seeded Islanders.  Although at a disadvantage with a minimal roster, Spartans guard Vartan Tanielian put forth his best effort with 38 of his team's 58 points in a twenty point loss.  After going 0-3 in their round robin schedule, Jube 19040 took the top seeded SB Battle to the limit in the second playoff game, falling short 106-94.  Although featuring a veteran roster, the spotlight shined bright on the youngest member of the Jube 19040 crew.  Shaggy-haired guard Miguel Tomley, who is entering his grade 10 year at Tamanawis Secondary and playing in his second year of the Hoopfest BC Tournament more than held his own throughout the weekend and capped it off with a 33 point effort on Sunday morning. After defeating Athelite three years ago for the Hoopfest BC title, the Runnin' Rebels tournament success has been halted by AE ever since.  This year the story featured the same result as the defending champions made it three straight playoff victories over the Rebels with a 82-72 victory to advance to the semi-finals.  The final first round playoff matchup featured the most competitive game of the four as Let It Fly held on for a two point victory over TRU, thanks in large part to a team total twelve three pointers and a 16-3 run to close out the game. The first of the two semi-finals featured a much anticipated rematch featuring Athelite and the Islanders.  Although they were able to open up the game with a 13-8 lead, it would be the only advantage that the defending champions would hold throughout the remainder of the game as Islanders managed to not only counter Athelite's inside game, but also their long distance attack, one that the defending champs have become well known for.  Even with a fifteen point lead with under seven minutes on the clock, there was still a feeling throughout the gym that the deficit may not be large enough as one last Athelite run was to be expected.  However despite the best efforts of current UFV Cascades guard Manny Dulay's 29 points, a third straight championship was not in the cards as the Islanders advanced to their second straight title game with an 85-79 victory. With a lopsided loss in the round robin schedule, Let It Fly looked for revenge in their semi-final game against SB Battle and for the first ten minutes of the first half, it looked like redemption would be had thanks in large part to 17 first half points from Nick Jhajj.  However it was at that point that SB Battle turned the game around and did not relinquish their lead.  Led by Clay Crellin's game high 35 points and 25 from Kenny George, SB Battle's transition game proved to be too much as the team from Surrey once again fell in a 108-68 blowout. In 2013, the Hoopfest BC Tournament started a charity program called "GET BUCKETS", which donates...