VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball alumni are set to host the 2nd Annual Senior Boys Invitational tournament, Dec. 28-30 in Victoria. The six- team and nine-game event will take place at the CARSA Performance Gym, home of the Vikes varsity basketball programs, on the UVic campus.
The 2017 event will be held in support by RBC and RBC Dominion Securities, tournament presenting partner.
“Their passion oozes out of every pore,” said Dwane Ford, Vice President and branch manager at RBC Dominion Securities. “The tournament will be well run and should be on everyone’s must-watch list.”
In addition, Passion Sports, a Victoria-based apparel company, returns as a tournament premium sponsor. Greg Wallis, owner of Passion Sports, is no stranger to the world of hoops and himself, was a decorated athlete at high school and university level. Wallis has been a major figure on the Vancouver Island basketball circuit for over a decade.
“I am really pleased to be involved again with this high-level basketball event,” said Wallis. “Six high quality teams and some outstanding players should provide three days of real entertainment. Passion Sports is proud to lend its support.”
Also, fully behind the tournament is UVic Student Recruitment and Global Engagement.
“Our department is delighted to be involved as a premium sponsor,” said Zane Robison, Associate Director. “We have a wonderful opportunity to showcase the extraordinary CARSA facility as well as encourage international competition.”
Vikes Alumni basketball chair Phil Ohl echoed the above sentiments and in thanking the principal sponsors, likewise urged fans in the region to attend the games.
“We have six very high-quality teams on display, with every matchup over the three days BC vs Washington State,” added Ohl, an accomplished national team member and Vike. “Any profit we might make through gate receipts will go towards allowing a current high school player to attend and play for UVIC in the future.”
Proceeds will directly benefit the Vancouver Island Vikes Men’s Basketball Scholarship, an endowed scholarship aimed at alluring the top high school basketball prospects from Vancouver Island. Learn more here.
Day 1 action begins on Dec. 28, with the first of three games tipping off at 1:00 p.m. In this opener, perennial AAAA power Vancouver College, coached by former UVic great Lloyd Scrubb, takes on Vashon Island. The Irish showcase talented guards Jack Dumont and Cam Wright in addition to rugged six-foot-three forward Levi Dvorak.
The visiting Pirates, high school home of 2009-2012 Vikes guard Zac Andrus, boast multiple returnees from a squad which left a fine impression on Island fans a year ago. Of note is a skilled and crafty backcourt in the form of six-foot-one Noah Edmonds and six-foot-three Jahmiah Hoogen. Both All-League performers are streaky scorers and strong rebounders.
At 2:45 pm, defending provincial AA champions Brentwood College, fresh off an impressive win at the Heritage Woods Kodiak Classic, faces off against another Washington visitor, North Kitsap. The Mill Bay crew, irrespective of its tier status, is deep, talented and arguably the best team in BC. Guards Bruno Chan, Brendan Sullivan and Nathan Pasloske spearhead a particularly impressive starting unit. The Olympic Peninsula based Vikings, sixth a year ago in the state tournament, counter with their own highly skilled crew. Dazzling six-foot-one point guard Zac Olmsted, who will join Carleton College in Minnesota in the fall of 2018, comes off a league MVP season, while six-foot-five wingman Kai Warren is a dynamic athlete and scorer.
For the 4:30 pm finale, Oak Bay returns key pieces from last year’s B.C. contender, including snipers Caelen Scott and Diego Maffia. A trio of six-foot-six forwards in Cam Henderson, Riley Cronk and Andrew Pittman also remain in the fold, as does the underrated Tyler Hills. Indeed, the Bays, after three seasons of close calls at the provincial AAAA tournament, have a golden opportunity to bring the BC title back to the Tweed Curtain. Seattle Academy is dripping with athleticism, as three talented freshmen, Leo Debrul, Chike Ezeonu and Joe Cookson, play with a maturity that belies their age. In addition, Cardinal seniors Grant Sorensen, Jujaar Singh and Miles Macklin provide a mix of toughness, leadership, perimeter scoring and outstanding defence.
Daily admission is $5. Students 18 and under are FREE thanks to our sponsors the Department of UVic Student Recruitment and Global Engagement. Students must present their student ID for free admission at the door.
All games in the tournament well be streamed with live commentary and video at bcss.tv.
2017 Vikes Alumni Senior Boys Basketball Invitational – Tournament Draw
All games at UVic’s CARSA Performance Gym.
Thursday, December 28
Game 1 Vancouver College vs Vashon Island HS 100pm
Game 2 Brentwood College vs North Kitsap HS 245pm
Game 3 Oak Bay SS vs Seattle Academy 430pm
Friday, December 29
Game 4 Seattle Academy vs Brentwood College 100pm
Game 5 North Kitsap HS vs Vancouver College 245pm
Saturday, December 30
Game 7 Vancouver College vs Seattle Academy 900am
Game 8 Brentwood College vs Vashon Island SS 1045am
Game 9 Oak Bay SS vs North Kitsap HS 1230pm