Robert Sacre photo by vancouverbasketball.ca
North Vancouver’s Robert Sacre is a member of the NBA’s storied Los Angeles Lakers franchise.
Robert played high school basketball for the Handsworth Royals in North Vancouver and is thrilled to see the tournament back in BC:“I am pleased to support the CIS Men’s Final 8 Championships to be held at UBC. The tournament showcases great Canadian basketball talent.
As a player who called the Vancouver region home, it’s exciting that the tournament is back in British Columbia after so many years away. I want to wish all the coaches and players the best of luck as they play for the National Championship.”Victoria’s Steve Nash is a two-time NBA MVP and eight time All-Star.
He sits third all time in the NBA for assists with over 10,000 dimes. Steve led St. Michael’s University to the BC AAA Basketball Championship his senior year of high school:”Having the national championships in Vancouver is exciting — with all the work being done to grow and accelerate the healthy development of athletics across Canada, hopefully the fans will appreciate the opportunity to see Canada’s future Olympic and NBA stars early in their careers, and the games can continue to come back to BC for years to come.
”Jay Triano was a prolific scorer for Simon Fraser University. “Coach” Triano was the first Canadian born head coach in NBA history with the Toronto Raptors from 2008-11. He’s currently an assistant coach with the Portland Trailblazers and is head coach of the Canadian Men’s National Team:
“I’m pleased to support the CIS Final 8 championships at UBC. As someone who has attended this tournament several times, I know what an incredible showcase it is for Canadian basketball talent. It’s exciting to see the tournament return to BC after more than three decades. I wish all the coaches and competitors luck as they strive to win the National Championship.”UBC and Vancouver’s response to the tournament has been overwhelmingly positive. To date, over 50% of tickets are sold for the high profile event and demand for tickets is expected to grow as teams are confirmed in the coming weeks.