Hoops league hop­ing for growth

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

League make-up

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.

Ex­pan­sion

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.

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