Girls basketball teams from across the country are flooding the Langley Events Centre this weekend to participate in Canada’s first National basketball tournament, bballnationals. Thirty teams from all over Canada kicked off the event Thursday evening with photos, games, and yoga, before tournament play begins early Friday morning.
Teams from Ontario, New Brunswick, British Colombia, and Alberta will fight to be crowned the best team in the country. When asked about who they were most excited to play against, it was no surprise that many of the players from western Canada expressed the most interest in matching up against teams from Ontario. With the province being well known for its highly developed basketball programs, teams are excited to see how well they can compete.
Though, for many of the teams from B.C, it’s not all about cross-country rivalry. With British Columbia being the most represented province, a lot of the local teams attending are excited to play against their hometown rivals one more time before their season comes to an end. For some of the teams however, the tournament is bittersweet. The tournament is close to the end of the season, and for a handful teams this will be their last year playing together before heading their separate ways, making the inaugural year of bballnationals extra special.
Written by: Sarah Reid