Upper Canada College’s varsity basketball team rode a wave to reach the semi-finals of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools national senior boys tournament.
There were 18 teams at the event hosted by Lower Canada College and Selwyn House School in Montreal from Nov. 24 to 26, with UCC’s initial division also including Sacred Heart School and Stanstead College.
The Blues, coached by Christian Heffernan and Adam Harnack, got warmed up with their first game on Thursday morning: an easy 67-11 victory over Sacred Heart. The team’s margin of victory was almost as large a few hours later when it defeated Stanstead 65-16.
Teams were realigned on Friday and UCC was paired up against Rothesay Netherwood School. While the opponent from New Brunswick put up a tougher fight, the Blues emerged with a 51-39 win. The team closed out the day with a very tightly contested game against Ashbury College and was edged 56-52 by the Ottawa School.
Even with that loss, the Blues’ 3-1 record qualified them for a semi-final game against Ridley College. The boys hustled and worked hard before being eliminated from the tournament after losing 59-45.
Ridley went on to defeat Ashbury 62-55 in the final to claim the national championship.
UCC’s next competition will come at the Whitby/Oshawa Tournament on Jan. 13 and 14.