Some of the top Vancouver Island AA junior boys basketball teams are in town this weekend for the Tucky Schellinck Tournament, hosted by the Vanier Towhees.
No. 2 St. Michael’s (Victoria), No. 7 Mark Isfeld Ice (Courtenay) and No. 10 Highland Raiders (Comox) are joined by John Barsby (Nanaimo), Dover Bay (Nanaimo), Ballenas (Parksville) and three-time finalists London-Steveston (Richmond) and the host Towhees for the event, which gets underway today and wraps up Saturday.
Today, Vanier vs. John Barsby at 1 p.m., Highland vs. Dover Bay at 2:30 p.m., Ballenas vs. SMUS at 4 p.m., Isfeld vs. London-Steveston at 5:30 p.m. and the last game goes at 7 p.m.
Play resumes Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and continues through to the championship final at 5:30 p.m. Vanier coach Tony Edwards notes the high calibre of competition means this is a great tourney for hoops fans to take in.
Ballenas will be out to defend their title after beating Steveston in last year’s tourney.
SMUS is Steve Nash’s alma mater, and Edwards said there will be a raffle for one of Nash’s jerseys. A concession stand will be open, and admission is free.
All-stars and and MVP will be chosen, with awards handed out after the final game Saturday night.