Mike Russell

Victoria BC – One of the longest running and most competitive basketball tournaments in the province tips off this weekend, as the VicPD host the 33rd Annual High School Basketball Tournament at St. Michael’s University School.

The three-day tournament, which runs January 12-14, features 16 of the top men’s and women’s teams from across the province. The tournament tips off Thursday at 2 p.m., and culminates with the championship games on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. (girls) and 4 p.m. (boys).


Since 1980, some of the province’s best teams and players have participated in the Police tournament. Most notably two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash who led St. Michael’s to the tourney title in 1991.

“For over three decades, the Victoria City Police Tournament has always been an important milestone in the high school sporting calendar. The event has produced some absolutely wonderful basketball games and showcased superb players, coaches and officials,” said Ian Hyde-Lay, who was Nash’s high school coach and is the current assistant coach of the SMUS boys’ team.

The VicPD Athletic Association is a non-profit society that supports events in the community and fosters positive relationships between the police and youth in the Greater Victoria/South Island area. Since 1971, the VCPAA has contributed close to one million dollars to various community events.


Lambrick Park will be looking to defend their 2011 title against a stacked tournament field, which includes host SMUS, Brentwood College, Kelowna’s Rutland, Prince Rupert, West Point Grey Academy and North Vancouver’s Windsor.


Defending champ Lambrick Park headlines a loaded girls draw, which also includes hosts SMUS, Belmont, Vancouver’s Point Grey, Spectrum, Chilliwack’s G.W. Graham, Nanaimo’s Dover Bay, and Mount Douglas.