Big Hoops Tourney In Town Next Weekend

Tournament bracket (Supplied graphic)

Tournament bracket (Supplied graphic)

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 .


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