Ali Baggott, University of Victoria

The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball alumni are set to host the 3rd Annual Senior Boys Invitational Dec. 28-30. All 12 games will take place at the at the CARSA Performance Gym in Victoria and will feature eight teams that will visit from as far East as Ontario and as far south as Washington.

The tournament will also feature two exhibition games between the Vikes men’s varsity team and the visiting UNBC Timberwolves. The Canada West match ups will take place both Dec. 28 and Dec. 29 at 3:30 p.m.

TEAM PREVIEWS

For the 2018 tournament RBC Dominion Securities continue in the role of the tournament’s presenting sponsor.

Dwane Ford, Vice President of RBC Dominion Securities, noted that “when growing up in small town Saskatchewan, I remember basketball being a throw away sport, which you did to keep in shape for other sports.  When I watch today’s high school athletes play basketball, I feel like I am on a different planet.  Such intensity, passion and excitement.  If you are a sports fan, this is an event not to be missed!”

Also, fully behind the tournament as a premium sponsor is the University of Victoria Student Recruitment and Global Engagement unit. Associate Director Zane Robison remarked “our department is once again delighted to be involved. We have a wonderful opportunity to showcase the extraordinary CARSA facility as well as encourage national and international competition.”

Vikes Alumni basketball chair Phil Ohl echoed the above sentiments and, in thanking sincerely the principal sponsors, likewise urged fans in the region to attend the games.

“We have eight very high-quality high school teams on display, including, in addition to locals Oak Bay and Claremont, squads from across Canada and Washington State. In addition, basketball aficionados may enjoy two Canada West non-conference exhibitions between the Vikes and UNBC. Any profit we might make through overall gate receipts will go towards allowing a current high school player to attend and play for UVIC in the future.”

Day 1 tournament action begins on Friday, Dec. 28, with the first of four school games tipping off at 10:00 a.m.

As an interlude, at 3:30 p.m. the UVic Vikes will continue their preparation for the second half of the Canada West season with the first of two exhibition games vs the UNBC Timberwolves. All high school games will be webcast live at sportscanada.tv. Follow @uvicvikeshoops on twitter for live score updates.

TICKET PRICES

Adults:  $20 Tournament Pass/ $10 Day Pass*
Students: $10 Tournament Pass/ $5 Day Pass*
Vikes Nation members & Children:  $5 Tournament Pass/ $2 Day Pass
Children under 6:  Free

*includes the two UVIC Vikes games

LIVE WEBCAST

All 12 high school games will be live streamed at www.sportscanada.tv

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Friday, December 28
10:00 a.m. Game 1 Rutland SS vs St. Benedict Catholic HS
11:45 a.m. Game 2 Vancouver College vs Juanita HS
1:30 p.m. Game 3
3:30 p.m. UVic Vikes UNBC Timberwolves
5:30 p.m. Game 4 Claremont SS Harry Ainlay SS
Saturday, December 29
10:00 a.m. Game 5 Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 3
11:45 a.m. Game 6 Loser Game 2 vs Loser Game 4
1:30 p.m. Game 7 (Semifinal) Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 3
3:30 p.m. UVic Vikes vs UNBC Timberwolves
5:30 p.m. Game 8 (Semifinal) Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 4
Sunday, December 30
9:00 a.m. Game 9 (7/8th) Loser Game 5 Loser Game 6
10:45 a.m. Game 10 (5/6th) Winner Game 5 Winner Game 6
12:30 p.m. Game 11 (3/4th) Loser Game 7 Loser Game 8
2:15 p.m. Game 12 (Final) Winner Game 7 Winner Game 8
3:45 p.m. Tournament Presentations