Upper Canada College’s U13A basketball team’s strong play earned it a silver medal at the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools National U13 Basketball Tournament at Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton, Ont.
The Blues’ first game on Feb. 2 was against Strathcona Tweedsmuir School from just outside Calgary. The team played excellent defence and overpowered their undersized opponents on the way to a 34-6 victory. Next up was a strong team from Vancouver’s Southridge School. The game was tight all the way through, but the Blues came out on top by a score of 46-36.
There was a more familiar opponent, fellow Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association team Sterling Hall School, in the third and final game of day one. While both teams showed their fatigue, the game was well-contested and the Blues won 46-25.
Those three wins put UCC in the top eight draw for day two, where the 12 team members faced Montreal’s Lower Canada College, Toronto’s Crescent School and Ottawa’s Ashbury College. The team racked up three more victories, which earned it a spot in a semi-final game and rematch against Southridge School.
The Blues picked up another win and advanced to the final against the host team and defending champion. The Blues played well and the game was tied 38-38 with less than a minute remaining. An undefeated tournament wasn’t in the cards for UCC, however, and Hillfield Strathallan won by a final score of 46-40.