WELLAND – Sixteen senior boys’ hoops teams take to the hardwood next weekend, Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26, when Notre Dame hosts its 18th annual Tip-Off Tournament.
Games will be played in Notre Dame’s main gym, Dillon Hall, and the John Belcastro gym, both full-court gyms with shot clocks.
Teams come from as far as Sudbury and Montreal. Here’s the list:
St. Marcellinus, Mississauga; Bishop Ryan, Hamilton; Villanova, King City; Sacred Heart, Newmarket;
St. Francis Xavier, Mississauga; Jean Vanier, Milton; LaSalle, Sudbury; St. Edmund Campion, Brampton;
Thefford Academy, Montreal; Blessed Trinity, Grimsby; Father Goetz, Mississauga;
Notre Dame, Welland; St. Augustine, Markham; Holy Cross, Kingston; E. J. Lajeunesse, Windsor; St. Joe’s, Mississauga.
Teams are guaranteed three games. Player of the Game awards will be presented to players from both teams.
Consolation championship is set for Saturday, Nov. 26, 3:40 p.m. in the Belcastro gym and the championship final at 3:50 p.m. in Dillon Hall. Awards ceremony is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. in Dillon Hall.
As a sidebar note, the tournament marks the coaching debut of Mark Gallagher with the departure of long-time coach Mike Rao .