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8TH ANNUAL HOOPFEST BC

By on Sep 15, 2010 in HOOPFEST BC HISTORY | 0 comments

8TH ANNUAL HOOPFEST BC CROWNS NEW CHAMPS On August 18/19th, the Langley Events Centre played host to the 8th Annual Hoopfest BC Tournament and saw two new champions crowned on Sunday afternoon.  On behalf of our partner Basketball BC, the Hoopfest BC organizers would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the teams, participants, fans, sponsors (Cactus Club, St. John’s Ambulance, Baden Canada, McDonald’s, Punum Designs, Steve Nash/Fitness World, Vancouver Giants, Good4U, Langley Times and Fastsigns), BCBOA officials, all the game scorekeepers and the Langley Events Centre for helping make another successful weekend of basketball! WOMEN’S DIVISION After confidently completing their round robin schedule with a 3-0 record, the Flaming Mama’s captured the inaugural Women’s division championship with a convincing 97-69 victory over CapQuest.  Falling behind 13-0 to start the game, the deficit continued to grow for CapQuest as they trailed 56-34 at the halftime break.  While they were able to put together a 13-5 run midway through the second half, the Mama’s proved to be too strong for anything that CapQuest had to offer as the eventual champions finished the game with a 12-7 victory. Champions ($400 Cactus Club Gift Certificate, 2 tickets to UBC and TWU Basketball):  Flaming Mama’s Tournament MVP ($125 Cactus Club Gift Certificate, Baden basketball and backpack, 204 Custom Apparel package, 3 Month Steve Nash / Fitness World Pass, Case of Beaver Buzz Energy Drink):  Jen Ju (Flaming Mama’s) Tournament All-Stars ($25 Cactus Club Gift Certificate, Baden basketball and backpack, 2 tickets to Vancouver Giants Hockey):  Diane Schuotze (Flaming Mama’s), Charan Randhawa (CapQuest), Jessica Jazzarehee (CapQuest), Carling Muir (Hoop Scoop), Cammy Tioseco (Wild Rice)   MEN’S DIVISION: After falling short of the mountaintop the last two years, the Runnin’ Rebels captured their second Hoopfest championship with a crowd pleasing, action packed last second victory over Athelite to close out the 8th Annual Hoopfest BC weekend.  With the Rebels already holding a OT victory over Athelite from the round robin schedule, redemption was certainly on the minds of the black (with orange and white) clad ballers.  Trading baskets for the first couple of minutes, Athelite broke open the lead in the first half to as many as ten points before the Rebels cut the lead in half 41-36 after the first twenty minutes.  Tying the game early in the second half, the Rebels once again found themselves trailing by as many as seven with under ten minutes remaining.  While Athelite put up points in the paint, the Rebels launched from beyond the three point line in order to once again close the difference and eventually take an 84-82 hard fought victory. Champions ($400 Cactus Club Gift Certificate, 2 tickets to UBC and TWU Basketball):  Runnin’ Rebels Tournament MVP ($125 Cactus Club Gift Certificate, Baden basketball and backpack, 204 Custom Apparel package, 3 Month Steve Nash / Fitness World Pass, Case of Beaver Buzz Energy Drink):  Joey Haywood (Runnin’ Rebels) Tournament All-Stars ($25 Cactus Club Gift Certificate, Baden basketball and backpack, 2 tickets to Vancouver Giants Hockey):   Diego Kapelan (Runnin’ Rebels), Andrew Sturgeon (Athelite), Andy Kaila (Athelite), Devin McMurty (Fear The Mamba), Sam Freeman (Fatt Boy Ent.)   Game Recaps: Player Of The Game Awards provided by McDonald’s Saturday August 18th CapQuest 68 vs. Wild Rice 38 (POG – Jessica Jazzarehee, CapQuest) Ball is Life 102 vs. Falcons 95 (POG – Jacob Thom, Ball is Life) Flaming Mama’s 93 vs. Hoop Scoop 51 (POG – Jen Ju, Flaming Mama’s) Athelite 90 vs. Fear The Mamba 89 (POG – Andrew Sturgeon, Athelite) Fatt Boy Ent. 100 vs. Falcons 99 (POG – Sam Freeman, Fatt Boy Ent.) Flaming Mama’s 94 vs. CapQuest 73 (POG – Jen Ju, Flaming Mama’s) Runnin’ Rebels 105 vs. Athelite 98 (POG – Joey Haywood, Runnin’ Rebels) Hoop Scoop 53 vs. Wild Rice 42 (POG – Carling Muir, Hoop Scoop) Fatt Boy Ent. 90 vs. Ball is Life 81 (POG – Andy Khaira, Fatt Boy Ent.) Runnin’ Rebels 97 vs. Fear the Mamba 88 (POG – D. Ham)   Game Recaps: Player Of The Game Awards provided by McDonald’s Sunday August 19th Flaming Mama’s 79 vs. Wild Rice 32 (POG – Karen Ho, Flaming Mama’s) CapQuest 83 vs. Hoop Scoop 46 (POG – Francis Penafil, CapQuest) First Round of Men’s Playoffs: Athelite 81 vs. Falcons 75 (POG – Balraj Bains, Athelite) Fear The Mamba 103 vs. Ball is Life 99 (POG – Chad Warren, Fear The Mamba) Semi Final of Men’s Playoffs: Athelite 94 vs. Fatt Boy Ent. 78 (POG – Andrew Sturgeon, Athelite) Runnin’ Rebels 113 vs. Fear The Mamba 97 (POG – Diego Kapelan, Runnin’ Rebels) Women’s Championship:  Flaming Mama’s 97 vs. CapQuest 69 (POG – Jen Ju, Flaming Mama’s) Men’s Championship:  Runnin’ Rebels 84 vs. Athelite 82 (POG – Diego Kapelan, Runnin’...

7TH ANNUAL HOOPFEST BC

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In order to win, teams have to have a certain balance of talent, chemistry and luck.  Occasionally you may see a team get by without one of the three to claim a championship and people will tab them with an asterisk or a fluke.  For teams to win multiple championships, the word dynasty starts to get thrown around in conversation.  Add in a win loss record of 31-1 and six championships over the course of their seven appearances in the HOOPFEST Tournament and the respect has without doubt been granted and earned by the basketball community.  Returning to the Langley Events Centre for the 7th Annual HOOPFEST Tournament on the weekend of August 20-21st, The School walked away with their hands and stomachs full of accolades.   Since the inaugural tournament tip off in 2004, while there have been a few tinkerings to enhance the event, the one constant has been that either or both of The School and the SDM Runnin’ Rebels have not only taken part in the championship game, but have walked away successfully.  While the Rebels have played more of the Buffalo Bills role (though with a tad more success), winning one title in six attempts, The School have mirrored that of Jordan’s Chicago Bulls,  the Magic/Kareem or Shaq/Kobe LA Lakers and to an extent, the Bill Russel Boston Celtics as the emperors of the hardwood. SDM RUNNIN’ REBELS vs. KPU EAGLES Tipping off Saturday morning, the eight team field ran a schedule of three full games over the course of a nine hour period, battling for playoff seeding on Sunday morning.  While there were a few names that were M.I.A. from lineups that would have impacted the outcome of a number of games, the  absence gave way for others to step up and grab the spotlight.  Highlighting the “Soul In The Hole” division, Joey Haywood teamed with Nick Lafleur and a newcomer to the SDM Runnin’ Rebels squad, Dillon Hamilton to light up the scoreboard with a Leonardo Barbosa like transition attack and a deep three ball game.  As the rookie on the squad, Hamilton, who suits up for the Western University Mustangs, more than held his own against the veteran field.  One of the surprise teams of the tournament, the KPU Eagles found themselves sitting undefeated, going into their final round robin game on Saturday evening, before eventually coming up short against the Runnin’ Rebels and tabbing the second seed in the division.  Led by AJ Adusei and David Pool (Detroit, Michigan), the Eagles found success throughout the opening round with an aggressive offensive attack and an equally aggressive zone defense that threw their first two opponents off their game. THE SCHOOL vs. FALCONS On the other side of the bracket, The School ran the gauntlet with a spotless 3-0 record, while the Falcons (comprised of mostly Langara College hopefuls) despite their best efforts, failed to post a victory in the round robin play.  While their team faced struggles, as to be expected by the young group,who were playing without a trio of key players from their incoming class, one name to keep an eye on this coming CCAA season is second year forward Devin McMurty.  If his impressive play over the course of the weekend is any indication of the type of season the Falcons can expect from the 6’4″ forward, a place among the top teams in the CCAA may not be out of the question. FATT BOY ENT. vs. PASSION SPORTS After the dust settled on Saturday evening the playoff match-ups where set for Sunday morning as the two divisions crossed over with the top seed in the “Hoops Nation” division The School squaring off against the fourth seed Fatt Boy Entertainment, and the Soul In The Hole second seeded KPU Eagles tipping off against Decadent in the “Egg McMuffin” games.  With The School and KPU moving on with relatively easy victories, the closest contest of the first round featured a near upset victory by the “Hoops Nation” fourth seed Falcons over the SDM Runnin’ Rebels as McMurty and teammate Trevor Pridie combined for 51 of the team’s 93 points.  While the Rebels were able to walk away with a fifteen point win, it was only in the final five minutes that they were able to pull away as the Falcons managed to keep the game to within five points, 92-87, before running out of gas.  Capping off the first round, Athelite carried a twenty point margin throughout most of their game against Passion Sports. DECADENT vs. KPU EAGLES After a relatively quiet tournament (based on his previous years and standards set during his CIS career), The School’s and reigning tournament MVP, Jacob Doerksen came alive in their semi final battle against the KPU Eagles.  Without an experienced big man to match up with the Trinity Western grad, the Eagles found themselves in a hole early, one that only got bigger as the game progressed.  When the double teams or sagging defense halted Doerksen from pouring in baskets, swingman Jeremy Neufeld attacked from the outside for twenty-one points (fifteen of which came from downtown) as The School cruised to a 100-63 victory.  While the thirty-seven point loss may have crushed their hopes of a Hoopfest title, the lessons learned over the course of the weekend will certainly help prepare the young Eagles squad for their upcoming CCAA season.  With strong performances...

6TH ANNUAL HOOPFEST BC

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  This past weekend Centrecourt hosted its sixth annual summer run, HOOPFEST TWENTY TEN and it was an event of many firsts.  After five years of calling Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary home, the tournament moved on up like George and Weezy to the penthouse that is the Langley Events Centre.  Running twenty four games over the course of two days on two courts, HOOPFEST TWENTY TEN welcomed ten teams and a combination of over three hundred people through the doors during the hot August weekend. With an eclectic mix of fresh faced rookies and cagey veterans, the tournament featured such notable names as Brent Malish and Kamar Burke (Birds), Roopi Clair (NWO), Jacob Doerksen (The School), Joey Haywood and Nick Toews (Runnin’ Rebels), Gurj Jhaj and Aman Heran (Athelite), Richard Anderson and Matt Rachar (Assault) and Kyle Grewal (Herbalex).  While many of those names have been around the summer circuit for a few years, one player that stepped into the spotlight in a huge way and will most certainly use his play during the tournament was The School’s Tonner Jackson.  The 6’7” hybrid from Trinity Western University teamed up with the tournament’s MVP Jacob Doerksen to help lead The School back to the winners circle after a one year hiatus.  Rewinding back to 2004 and the run that Doerksen had in his first year of the HOOPFEST tournament mirrored that of the weekend Jackson put together as both players gave little appearance of being out of place against a number of older and more experienced players.  Filling the stat sheet with thirty points a game in their semi final meeting with Athelite and the championship game, Jackson gave his running mate a battle for the MVP crown. Sunday afternoon’s semi finals featured the top four teams in the tournament, with one court hosting The Birds (4-0) against the Runnin’ Rebels (3-1) while The School (4-0) squared off against Athelite (2-2).  Holding a 57-39 halftime lead, the Rebels knew better than to look ahead to the championship game, as The Birds launched themselves back into the game with a 12-0 run early in the second half.  Hitting for 20 of his team high 29 points in the second half, Haywood put the Rebels into a position to claim their second straight championship.  The other semi final broke down to a two on two battle between Athelite and The School as Jackson and Doerksen teamed up against the backcourt duo of Heran and Jhaj.  Hitting for 66 of the team total 91 points, Heran and Jhaj needed a bit more help from the other members of the Athelite squad to advance them to the title game, falling short by nine points in the end.  Jackson and Doerksen combined for a total 59 of the 100 School points.   After five gruelling games, HOOPFEST TWENTY TEN capped off with the only two teams ever to claim a championship as The School and Runnin’ Rebels took to the floor for their sixth game in forty eight hours.  Not only looking to silence the critics who place an asterisk next to their 2009 chip, the Rebels were seeking to gain redemption for a four point loss in the round robin schedule, a game which itself could have been title worthy.  Opening with a 17-6 lead, the Rebels looked to set the tone against their opponents from the Fraser Valley, knowing full well that at some point the deficit would be cut.  Little by little the double digit advantage was chipped away, slowly turning into a four point lead favouring The School, 44-40.  At that point it was like the Rebels whole weekend came to a crashing halt, as a lid was put on their basket, defensive assignments were missed and their pilot (Haywood) fell into severe foul trouble with four in the first half leading to a game changing 18-0 run that put all but one nail in the coffin for the Rebels.  Down twenty two points at halftime, the Rebels made one final comeback attempt, closing to within eleven points, but The School already had their sights set on the title as Doerksen and Jackson dropped thirty points apiece to pace The School’s scoring on route to a 116-91 title clenching victory, their fifth in six years.   HOOPFEST TWENTY TEN AWARDS CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ($350 Keg Gift Certificate & Ten Vancouver Giants Game Passes) – The School HOOPFEST MVP ($125 Morgan Creek Keg Gift Certificate, “B-on-the-Ball” Souvenir Basketball, Bitmoreimage Canvas Print, Baden Elite Basketball, Baden Game Binder) – Jacob Doerksen (The School) HOOPFEST ALL-STARS ($25 Morgan Creek Keg Gift Certificate, $10 Blockbuster Gift Certificate, Baden Elite Basketball, Baden Game Binder) – Tonner Jackson (The School). Joey Haywood and Nick Toews (Runnin’ Rebels), Brent Malish (Birds), Aman Heran (Athelite) HOOPFEST Honorable Mention All-Star (Fitness World VIP Pass) – Kyle Grewal (Herbalex) Player of the Game Awards (McDonalds Meal Certificate) Team Packages provided by Langley Jugo Juice and UBC Thunderbirds HOOPFEST TWENTY TEN PARTICIPATING TEAMS:  The School, Runnin’ Rebels, Birds, Athelite, Herbalex, Assault, Vancouver United, NWO, Bearcats,...

5TH ANNUAL HOOPFEST

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As the final stop on the Lower Mainland’s summer tournament circuit, the action headed indoors for the 5th Annual Hoopfest Tournament in Vancouver, Canada. While some of the faces may have changed from 2004, the level of talent and intensity of play continues to impress. Entering the tournament with the previous four titles to their credit, The School looked to continue their dominance with an unprecedented 19-1 record (including round robin and playoff games). However, this year’s version of the defending champions had a Jerry Krause feel to it, as only Malcolm Campbell and Louis Hurd were carry over members from prior events. Squeezing into the playoff round with a victory over the Ravens in their final round robin game, The School was forced to play back to back games with a semi-final battle against the undermanned Rebels squad. On the flip side, Athelite, led by star guard Aman Heran held off a potential upset by Herbalex, who featured a trio of current and former University of Fraser Valley stars, Kyle Grewal, Tristan Smith and grad Dwayne Harrison.   Harvey Brar taking it to the rack against The School. Photo: A. Galesi With The School falling to the Rebels in a semi final match that was highlighted by the Rebels having to hold off their opponent for the final twelve minutes a man short (guard Alex Steele was tagged with his fifth foul), the team from the Fraser Valley’s dominance over the tournament would no longer continue. Short handed and with no cavalry coming off the pine, the Rebels were left to scramble to cover on the defensive end. Launching from deep beyond the three point line, The School’s guards, specifically Louis Hurd and Lucian Saucic, forced the Rebels to play a three man zone and play straight up on Hurd. Having a ten point advantage in hand when Steele left the game gave the Rebels enough of a cushion to hold off The School’s comeback attempt as Neb Aleksic and James Kenyon countered on the other end of the court, leading the Rebels to a 95-90 victory.   California raised guard Smith swarmed by Rebels “D”. Photo: A. Galesi After struggling through their round robin schedule, Herbalex managed to squeak into the playoff round due to the three way tie break point differential, only to face Athelite, the top seed from the HOOPS NATION pool. With Smith and Harrison battling the Athelite backcourt of Heran and Harvey Brar, Herbalex jumped out to a surprising twelve point lead at halftime. As the backcourt war continued to wage through the final twenty minutes, Athelite’s forward Rick Brar and Herbalex’s Grewal controlled the midrange and inside game. As the clock started to tick away, so did the Herbalex lead, as Athelite grabbed a four point edge with just under three minutes remaining and continued to hold the difference on route to a 84-80 W. With two unsuccessful previous trips to the finals, the Runnin’ Rebels, the top seed in the SOUL IN THE HOLE pool, tipped off against Athelite shortly after 6:30pm on Sunday evening in a battle for the fifth annual title. Playing in their third game of the day and fifth of the weekend, both teams were physically and mentally spent, however with the tournament title up for grabs, neither team was willing to back down. Quickly jumping on a thirteen point lead, the Rebels took command of the scoreboard early in the first half as Aleksic and Kenyon continued their scoring barrage from both inside and downtown. Down eight points at the half, Athelite was unable to close the gap throughout out the second half, despite strong efforts from Heran and both Brar’s (believe it or not a third Brar was also in the mix, Rick’s brother Sandy!). Leading the game from the opening tip to the final buzzer and going undefeated throughout the weekend, the Rebels managed to close out their third trip to the championship game with a 93-85 victory.   RUNNIN’ REBELS – 5TH ANNUAL HOOPFEST CHAMPS Photo: L. Olsen   Prizes and Pride of 5Th Annual Hoopfest. Photo: L. Olsen ADDITIONAL TOURNAMENT HIGHLIGHTS: Although the playoff games were the main focus of the weekend, there were a number of other moments throughout the weekend by individuals and teams that deserve a shine in the spotlight including: Ravens – With the addition of Junior Lennon (see Kits Beach articles), the Ravens were within a sniff of heading to the playoffs, however a double digit lead was not enough to hold off a surging School team looking to continue their dominance. Assault – Being the youngest team in the tournament, as well as short on manpower, it did not seem to have much of an affect, as they knocked off RR (featuring Gonzaga bound Bol Kong and UFV’s guard Gurj Jhaj) in the night cap on Saturday.   BK flushing it down before donning a Zags uniform. Photo: A. Galesi   Claire from downtown! Photo: A. Galesi Roopi Claire (RR) – Heading to Capilano University, Claire was the highlight of the night in Saturday evenings matchup between Assault and RR, dropping four straight bombs in the first half from all over the court (hitting seven for the game). While that may not be considered much of a feat, the fact that he was doing it in shorts without a draw string, having to yank them up, made it that...

4TH ANNUAL HOOPFEST

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    During the weekend of August 23-24th, the 4Th Annual HOOPFEST tournament featured a number of the top names in the local basketball scene as a who’s who in the Lower Mainland basketball circles participated over the two day tournament.  Richard Anderson and Randy Nohr (Canadian National Team alum), Aman Heran (Univ. of Calgary), Bol Kong (Douglas College, CCAA All-Star), Graeme McCallum (Douglas College, CCAA MVP), Neb Alesic and Justin Van Loo (University of Alberta), Louis Hurd (Trinity Western University) and Joey Haywood (“King Handles” fame) were just but a few of the great names to hit the hardwood.  While the weather may have been wet outside, “The School” reigned inside Lord Tweedsmuir’s gym on Sunday August 24th, as they captured their fourth straight HOOPFEST championship!  After a minor chink in their armor with their first loss in four years to the Wildcats in their opening game of the tournament, “The School” got their ship set straight and returned to the championship game.  Although losing to “The School” on Saturday afternoon, “Team Sweet” rebounded with a convincing 36 point victory in their final round robin game on Sunday morning, followed by a dominating 23 point win in their semi final game.   With both teams playing their fifth game in a forty-eight hour period, one might have expected a sloppy, careless final game, however such was not the case as each team came out running in a matchup that resembled an old schoolABAgame with each squad trying to outscore each other, rather than make the defensive stop.  With only one reserve on their bench compared to what must have felt like an army, “Team Sweet” managed to keep pace throughout the first half, keeping the halftime deficit to only seven points.  However as the final twenty minutes wound down, the bench depth of “The School” allowed them to slowly pull away and extend the lead to double digits on route to their unprecedented fourth straight HOOPFEST championship with a 121-109 victory.   HOOPFEST 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The School 121 vs. Team Sweet 109 CHAMPIONS:   THE SCHOOL ($350 Keg Gift Certificate / 20 BC Lions Tickets) 2008 TOURNAMENT AWARDS: MVP – Graeme McCallum (The School) (3 month Fitness World VIP Pass , $125 Keg Gift Certificate, Baden Basketball) ALL-STARS: Randy Nohr (The School), Neb Aleskic (Team Sweet), Justin Van Loo (Team Sweet), Steve Janzen (Runnin’ Rebels), Aman Heran (Falcons) ($25 Keg Gift Certificate, Baden Basketball, Black Knight Backpack, $10 Blockbuster Gift Certificate) Honorable Mention All-Star: Jeff Chu (Wildcats) (Black Knight Backpack) PLAYER OF THE GAME AWARDS PROVIDED BY MCDONALD’S TEAM PACKAGES PROVIDED BY UBC...