Ju­ve­nile divi­sion a new league for high school­ers

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO sports@cb­post.com On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

Dis­placed high school bas­ket­ball play­ers are back on the court, play­ing in a new ju­ve­nile league hosted by Bas­ket­ball Cape Bre­ton. With the work-to-rule job ac­tion in ef­fect across the prov­ince since Dec. 5, school teams have been on the side­lines. Lo­cal high school hockey play­ers are com­pet­ing in a new mid­get ‘X’ league to give them a place to play. As of last week, high school bas­ket­ball play­ers are back in the game as well.

“We want it to be com­pet­i­tive, we don’t want it to be like a spring league,” said Bas­ket­ball Cape Bre­ton ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Chris MacPhee. “Some of these kids are still try­ing to play for spots on a univer­sity team or they’re look­ing for schol­ar­ships, so they re­ally need an out­let to have com­pet­i­tive games. We’re try­ing to ba­si­cally du­pli­cate the high school sea­son.”

A to­tal of 21 teams are in both the Divi­sion 1 boys and girls and Divi­sion 2 boys and girls ju­ve­nile leagues. Over 250 dis­placed high school play­ers from schools within the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (Glace Bay, Me­mo­rial, Riverview and Syd­ney Academy) and oth­ers from Port Hawkes­bury (SAERC), Neils Har­bour (Cabot) and Bad­deck (Bad­deck Academy) are regis­tered.

Games are be­ing played mostly on the week­ends on two courts at Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity’s Sul­li­van Field­house. Each team will have a 10-game sched­ule, with play­offs ex­pected to fol­low in March.

“It’s a first-rate fa­cil­ity and CBU has been great to let us have that much time out there be­cause they do have other things to tackle be­side mak­ing sure we got our league fin­ished,” said MacPhee.

Satur­day games be­gin at 10 a.m. and run un­til the last game of the day at 8:30 p.m., and start up again at 10 a.m. on Sun­day un­til the fi­nale at 2:30 p.m.

MacPhee

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