REPORTING · 15th April 2010
The Cultural Warming Basketball Tournament wrapped up Sunday, April 11th with finals. For the Woman’s Division, the Haisla Woman’s team took on the West Coasters, a team from Prince Rupert while two teams from Prince Rupert, the Silverbacks and the Ballerz went for the Men's title.
The game between the Haisla Women's Team and the Westcoasters was lopsided in points. The first period ended 9-28 in favour of the Westcoasters, who held a steady lead throughout the game. The scores at the end of the the other three periods were 17-49, 47-69 and 64-89 in favour of the Westcoasters although it was obvious both teams were having fun.
Once the Westcoasters had their prize, the Ballerz and the Silverbacks took to the court. While the Women's game was lopsided, the Men's final was close. The first period finished with a tie, 18 all, while the second period ended with a difference of a single point, 44-43 in favour of the Ballerz. The third period ended 57 to 66 in favour of the Silverbacks.
With less than one minute on the clock, two time outs were called. At 45 seconds, the score was 82-83 for the Silverbacks. However, with fifteen seconds on the clock, a basket was scored bringing the score to 82-84. The Ballerz were not done yet though and sunk a final basket to end the game at 84-84. A tie! When the buzzer sounded after five minutes of overtime, the final score was 92-97 in favor of the Silverbacks.
MVPs and All Stars were announced. Due to a mix up, we at the Kitimat Daily are still waiting for the results of the Women's Tournament All Stars on MVP.
In the Men's Tournament, Jacob Thom from the Prince Rupert Ballerz, Nate Kirk from the North West Indians, Alan Tlogan from the Prince Rupert Silverbacks, Derek Reese from Hartley Bay and Chris Campbell from the Ballerz were named All Stars while Clay Crellin from the Silverbacks was named MVP.
Finally, a special Spirit Award was given to Lance Nunes, of the Kitimat Rebels, by the Iannarelli family in honour of Joe Iannarelli, a member of the Cultural Warming Committee who passed away in December. Nunes received the award for overcoming an obstacle in joining the tournament. He suffered a leg injury shortly before the tournament.
The Westcoasters take the ball down the court...
... Leading to a victory finish.
Both the Ballerz and the Silverbacks showed off in their games...
But it was the Silverbacks... and the audience who witnessed the spectacular game who were the winners.