December 10, 2013, Charlottetown, PEI (ISN) – The UPEI and Holland College men’s basketball teams have partnered to co-host the inaugural Maritime Challenge High School Boys Basketball Classic on December 20-21.

The event will begin at the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement on Friday, December 20, followed by games at UPEI’s Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre on Saturday, December 21.

The six-team tournament features Island teams Colonel Gray, Charlottetown Rural, and off-island teams Fredericton, Citadel, Leo Hayes, and Dartmouth high schools.

“We are excited to host some of the best high school basketball teams in the region at this first annual tournament, with our partner, Holland College,” said UPEI Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tim Kendrick. Holland College’s Head Coach Josh Whitty echoed Kendrick’s comment.

“We have six of the top high school basketball programs in the Maritimes competing in this event, and I am very excited to see these games,” said Whitty. “We look forward to bringing the Classic to Charlottetown, and making it an annual must-see event. It’s a great time of year to get families out to watch excellent high school basketball and potentially see future Hurricane and Panther student-athletes.”

Classic Schedule:

HC Centre for Community Engagement                               UPEI Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre

Friday, December 20                                                          Saturday, December 21

2:00 pm  Gray vs. Dartmouth                                      9:00 am    Citadel vs. Leo Hayes (@ HC)

4:00 pm  Rural vs. Citadel                                           9:00 am   Dartmouth vs. Fredericton

6:00 pm  Fredericton vs. Gray                                     12:00 pm        #3 vs. #3

8:00 pm  Leo Hayes vs. Rural                                      2:00 pm         #2 vs. #2

4:00 pm      #1 vs. #1

Tournament admission is $5/day for adults and non-UPEI or Holland College students; under-12 free.

Preceding the Classic, on Thursday, December 19, an exhibition basketball game will be held between the UPEI Panthers and the Holland College Hurricanes at 8:00 pm at the UPEI Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre.

Go Panthers Go! Go Canes Go!