John Ab­bott to host CCAA men’s bas­ket­ball cham­pion­ship

Pre­pa­ra­tions un­der­way at Sainte-anne col­lege

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TThe Canadian Col­le­giate Ath­le­tic As­so­cia­tion will hold its 2013 CCAA Men’s Bas­ket­ball Na­tio­nal Cham­pion­ship at John Ab­bott Col­lege in Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue.

he an­noun­ce­ment means there is much to be done be­fore the CE­GEP is rea­dy to wel­come cham­pion col­lege bas­ket­ball teams from across the coun­try next year.

The na­tio­nal tour­na­ment will take place from March 14-16, 2013.

Eight of Ca­na­da’s top col­lege teams will com­pete in the event, and as hosts, the John Ab­bott Islanders men’s team is gua­ran­teed a spot in the tour­na­ment.

Steve Shaw, head of athletics at John Ab­bott, said the col­lege has twice hos­ted the same tour­na­ment and is rea­dy to do it again.

“It’s the Canadian ver­sion of March Mad­ness for col­lege teams, and it’s real­ly ex­ci­ting to watch, and for us, to host,” Shaw said, ad­ding the school has a his­to­ry of hos­ting pro­vin­cial, na­tio­nal and in­ter­na­tio­nal events.

And like any good host, Shaw said there are things that must first be done in or­der to make the place look as good as pos­sible.

“We are going to have the gym floors re­done, add a new score clock and in­crease our sea­ting ca­pa­ci­ty from 700 to about 1,200,” he no­ted.

All should cost the school close to $80,000, half of which will come from go­vern­ment as­sis­tance grants.

John Ab­bott pre­vious­ly hos­ted the CCAA Men’s Bas­ket­ball Na­tio­nal Cham­pion­ships in 1990 and 1996. Tour­na­ment passes will be sold next year for those wan­ting to at­tend all th­ree days of the event.

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