All native tournament starts Feb. 14

  • Jan. 29, 2010 9:00 a.m.

The 51st annual All-Native Basketball Tournament is rapidly approaching and teams from Massett and Skidegate will once again be heading to Rupert to take on rivals from across the province. With 43 teams entered in the competition the tournament is sure to be lively. Last year saw the Hydaburg masters team was undefeated taking home the championship, but the islands weren’t completely left out with several islanders returning as all star representatives. This year the teams are hopeful that they will bust the third and fourth place rankings that have plagued them for the past few years. “We have gotta get over the third and fourth place,” said Marshal Russ coach for the Massett seniors, “we have some really good players and we will try, you never know.” Skidegate player Wade Collinson told us that it has been a difficult year for the team’s players. “It has been a tough year. There have been a few players retire, and we haven’t really played together a much as on other teams,” he said. “We have some good players, hopefully we can pull it together and win.” When asked which teams posed the biggest threats, Wade said Bella Bella is a concern, and Marshal said Ahousat usually has a good team together. Both said the Hydaburg team is always a concern and they try to just not to think about them. The All Native starts for the islands when the Massett Masters hit the court Sunday February 14 at 1:30 pm, and the Skidegate Masters play their first game Tuesday Feb 16, 9:00 am.