Hazelton hoopsters pick up experience

During March break, a regional junior boys basketball went to the All Native Junior Basketball tournament in Port Alberni.

During March break, the Hazelton’s and surrounding area sent a junior boys basketball team to the All Native Junior Basketball tournament in Port Alberni.

From March 19-23, close to 500 athletes on 49 teams from First Nation communities across British Columbia showed up to shoot hoops and vi for the Championship tittle.

The Hazelton-Kispiox team which was comprised of 12 local players went 2-2 in the double knockout tournament hosted by the Hesquiaht First Nations’s Nomiss Tribe.

Their first battle was against Maaqtusiis which they lost 61-41 on Monday.

Game 2 was a huge victory as they defeated Gitwicksihlkw 85-31 on Tuesday.

Game 3 brought their second win when they took out Young Gunz 65-36.

However on Wednesday they fell to Hewquiaht which eliminated them from the tournament.

Coached by Larry Skulsh the boys said the experience was well worth it and they met a lot of new friends adding it was a great all round experience.

 

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