Top Teams from BC, AB, & MB Bring the Heat to Kelowna for the 2019 Western Canada Basketball Tourney
Updated: Feb 9, 2019
Ah, it’s that time of the year again where the provincial championships are looming. But we’re not here to write about that just yet. Instead, half of the Hub crew hit up K-Town for the Interior Savings Western Canada Basketball tournament, featuring teams from all over British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba. The 46th annual event started with a BANG: one team found redemption from last year while the hosting school lit up the court in the game of the day.
Get to know all of the teams participating this year and be sure to watch our highlights from Day 1 directly below, too:
Currently sitting as a honourable mention in the BC Boys 4A rankings, the hosting Owls had an epic first day matchup against the visiting Ross Sheppard Thunderbirds from Alberta. The Battle of the Birds went to the Owls, led by head coach Harry Parmar, with stars Hunter Simson and Parker Johnstone racking up 26 and 23 points, respectively.
Kelowna defeated Ross Sheppard 92-73 and will duke it out with reigning provincial champs the Burnaby South Rebels in the semi-finals.
Oak Bay Bays
The little squad from Victoria—ranked 6th in the province—went on a rampage against the Vincent Massey Trojans on Day 1, but unfortunately could not keep the momentum going till the end. However, sharpshooter Diego Maffia had an insane 54 points for his team. Maffia swiped POG honours for his wet performance on the court.
Oak Bay fell to the Trojans 97-89 and will play the Salmon Arm Golds in the non-competitive bracket at 1:45pm on Friday.
Burnaby South Rebels
These Rebels (currently 2nd in BC) have a whole lot of bark—and the bite to back it up! They came out to an outstanding lead in their first round against the Cardston Cougars, hitting bucket after bucket. Add to that a few dirty dunks and it’s easy to see why this team won the provincial championship in 2018. Size definitely matters with these boys and Sasha Vujisic proved that with 27 points for his team.
Burnaby South defeated the Cougars by a gnarly 78-55 and will play the hosting Kelowna Owls in the semi-final game of the day at 7:30pm.
Salmon Arm Golds
Currently unranked in the province, the Salmon Arm Golds had a tough matchup against visiting Jasper Place from Alberta. Though they were defeated 89-66, the team boasted a well-rounded group with four players hitting double digits. Noah Jansen and Jackson Mayes led with 14 points each.
The Golds play Oak Bay at 1:45pm.
Vincent Massey Trojans – Winnipeg
Currently ranked # 1 in Winnipeg. Vincent Massey came to the Western Canada’s last year and finished fifth, losing to Oak Bay in the third place game. It’s only their second time ever competing in the tournament. Head coach Nick Lother is in his fifth year with the team and says it’s an honour to be a part of this event.
The Trojans defeated the Oak Bay Bays on Day 1 by 97-89, avenging their loss last year. They will take on the other Rebels of Alberta (Jasper Place) in the first semi-final game on Friday at 5:15pm.
Cardston Cougars – Alberta