Cedar, Woodlands team up to host tourney
This weekend is the one and only time this season that every one of the city's senior boys' basketball teams will be vying for the same victory.
Cedar Community Secondary School and Woodland Secondary School are co-hosting a tournament starting today (Feb. 7). Usually Cedar and Ladysmith co-host the tourney, but this year it will be an all-Nanaimo affair.
Fourteen teams are entered including all five Nanaimo senior boys' teams – the host Cedar Spartans and Woodlands Eagles, and also the Dover Bay Dolphins, Wellington Wildcats and Nanaimo District Islanders.
Today, Cedar hosts the G.P. Vanier Towhees at 2 p.m. while Woodlands hosts the Alberni Armada, also at 2 p.m. The NDSS Islanders are in action at 3:45 p.m. when they face the Isfeld Ice at the Woodlands gym, then the Wellington boys take on the Kwalikum Kondors at 5:30 p.m. at Woodlands. Also at 5:30 p.m. tonight, the Dover boys will play the Highland Raiders at the Cedar school gym.
Other neighbouring teams are also entered in the tournament, with Parksville's Ballenas Whalers facing the Ladysmith '49ers today at 3:45 p.m. at the Cedar gym.
The Spartans boys started with a 61-54 loss to the Towhees on Thursday. Josh Seward led the home team with 17 points and Justin Engevik added 15. Cedar's next game is Friday (Feb. 8) at 2:30 p.m. at their home gym against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
Woodlands' boys, meanwhile, won their matchup with Alberni and will play Friday at 11 a.m. in their home gym; opponent TBD.
Tournament action continues all day Friday, with games starting at 9 a.m. at Woodlands and 11 a.m. at Cedar. Saturday's championship game will be played at 12:30 p.m. at Cedar, with the third-place game going on at Woodlands at 12:30 p.m.