Hailing from Kamloops — about a four hour drive from Vancouver — the Stormers will be taking their talents to Bballnationals 2018. Consisting of players exclusively from Valleyview Secondary, they will be competing in the U15 division.
“We started playing together in grade six and seven” said head coach Scott Reeves. “Now they are grade eight and nine. [. . .] We play about 20 games in the summer and usually play against teams two to three years older than us. We just play in the Columbine Tournament in Edmonton and in our own age group [and] we won that tournament.”
Reeves is also the head coach of the Thompson Rivers University women’s basketball program, and he knows the importance of testing yourself against the best of the best from across the country.
“I have always pushed our kids to be the best they can be in the classroom, on the court and in the community” he explained. “Bballnationals is another way to see other teams from the country in your age group and how you measure up.”
Reeves also understands what a truly national club basketball tournament means for the sport in Canada.
“Every other sport has one and they market it very well” he explained. “This is an opportunity to market the game of basketball in a significant way.”
Keep an eye out for Jayden Overwater, Indigo Learie and McKenna Reeves — they could be making some waves starting August 3rd.
Teams from eight different provinces and territories are currently registered for Bballnationals, and all games will be streamed online at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/tfsetv/.
For more information, visit their website at www.bballnationals.com
Written by: Nick Bondi