Upper Canada College’s teams might not have won any championships, but the school can take pride in its players and all of the community members who helped make the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools’ U13 Boys’ National Basketball Tournament such a success last week.
Fourteen teams from across the country travelled to UCC for the Feb. 5 to 7 tournament, which included both the A and B teams from the host school. Everyone gathered for opening ceremonies on Thursday morning before play kicked off and three Upper School gyms were pressed into action.
Teams were divided into four divisions, with the UCC A team winning three straight games to finish first in pool B. The B team won one game and lost two to finish third in pool C and be relegated to the consolation round.
In Friday’s action, the UCC A team qualified for Saturday’s championship semi-finals after winning two and losing one. The B team, meanwhile, won all three of its games to advance to Saturday’s consolation semi-final.
The UCC A team fell to eventual champion Crescent School in its semi-final, but still had a shot at a bronze medal when it took on Southridge School in a game to decide third place. It was a closely contested match, but the Blues were edged 28-24 by the team from South Surrey, B.C.
The UCC B team defeated Gray Academy 44-24 to advance to the consolation final against Selwyn House, but the home team ran out of gas and fell 33-16 to end its tournament.
“The U13B team played an extremely strong tournament, finishing 5-3 overall,” said coach Scott Manning. “Despite a tough loss in the consolation final against formidable Selwyn House, the team defied expectations and showed they could hold their own on the national stage.”