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11TH ANNUAL HOOPFEST BC TOURNAMENT

By on Aug 26, 2015 in HOOPFEST BC HISTORY | 0 comments

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...

11TH ANNUAL HOOPFEST BC TOURNAMENT

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