Top teams on the West Coast collide in Hoop Fest
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KELOWNA, BC–One of the biggest high school tournaments on the West coast inches closer as this year’s draw for the 38th Annual Interior Savings Western Canada Basketball Tournament features a variety of top competition.
This showdown will comprise of current #3, #6, and #8 in the NPH HS rankings (Burnaby South, Raymond, R.C Palmer) which could potentially shake things up in the ladder.
In addition to these respected squads, a compilation of the West Coast’s finest join the pack including Bishop Grandin out of Alberta, Holy Cross representing Saskatchewan, Kelvin HS of Manitoba, along with two of the stronger teams in BC; Vancouver College and host, Kelowna Secondary.
Teams and players have been patiently awaiting this event and preparing to take the floor from February 3-5 at Kelowna Secondary.
Bishop Grandin’s John Hegwood
Daniel Edwards (6’6 F) of #3 Burnaby South explains, “When we found out about the invite, we were all pumped. For the past week and a half, it’s been the only thing on our minds.”
The #3 Burnaby South Rebels are aware of the stiff competition on deck, and must make sure they come prepared, if their plans on capturing the gold are to come to fruition.
“In a tournament like this there’s no room for mistakes or errors, every possession counts,” explained Edwards.
The results of this tournament will give NPH a clear indication of where each team stands; while providing a look at some of Canada’s top prospects duking it out against top level competition. The following are the participating teams accompanied by players that will be monitored:
- #3 Burnaby South (British Columbia: Ater Degal, Daniel Edwards, Nick Irvine, Manroop Clair, Jok Malek
- #6 Raymond (Alberta): Jimmy Ralph, Tyson McIntyre, Quinn Workman, Owen Sieban
- #8 R.C Palmer (British Columbia): Vijay Dhillon, Billy Cheng, Mike Zayas
- Unranked Bishop Grandin (Alberta): John Hegwood Jr, Deiter Posein
- Unranked Holy Cross (Saskatchewan): ???
- Unranked Vancouver College (British Columbia): Reiner Theil, Abu Khan, Gogi Kumanan
- Unranked Kelvin (Manitoba): Kristjan Lamont, Michael Thorne-Finch
- Unranked Kelowna (British Columbia): Braxton Bunce
*Feel free to search the names above in the NPH search bar, in order to find their player profiles!*