Hoops league hoping for growth
Last season’s three teams were the aforementioned McNally’s, Dave’s Tirecraft and the College of the North Atlantic (CNA). Teams were guaranteed at least one game each week, and the season went from October until March.
In the semifinal matchup, Dave’s bested CNA in a one-game playoff. The team was then promptly swept by McNally’s 2-0.
“We have heard from a number of players in the off-season and that is certainly promising,” said Lambert.
Entering its second year of resurgence, the Conception Bay North men’s basketball league is aiming to keep its momentum.
Last year, the league returned to the gymnasium at St. Francis School in Harbour Grace after disappearing for several seasons. The revival of the three-team league was greeted with favourable responses from the some 30 players looking for athletic competition in their backyard.
“Last season was certainly a success and it definitely has us, the present executive, thinking positive looking forward,” said executive member Shane Lambert.
Lambert was a member of the championship-winning McNally’s squad last season.
The league has been staging preseason pickup games for the last couple of weeks, with a couple dozen players coming out for the run. This response has the executive primed to kick off the sophomore season later this month.
Like any recreational league, any help additional personnel can give is a great help to the people running the league. It is the key to being successful. No one wants to be left to run the entire thing by themselves, regardless of how big or small.
Lambert said current players have come forward offering their services.
“Based on this, we’re anticipating another great year,” he said.
The goal for this season is to again have three teams. However, Lambert said a fourth could be in the cards. To achieve this expansion, the league needs as many players as it can get.
If those players do not show up, it will become harder for the league to keep everything running at an optimum level.
With the positive response from the early season runs, Lambert has hopes that the expansion will take place.
“That’s something we’re really eager and excited to sort out over the coming weeks,” he said.
CBN Men’s Basketball League executive member Shane Lambert.