CBN senior men’s tournament hailed as a success
Another NLBA division III men’s basketball tournament in Carbonear is in the books.
The second one in three years to be held in the Conception Bay North, organizers again were tasked with a hefty schedule.
It featured 12 teams, some 120 players and a large number of officials coming together for 19 games spread across gymnasiums at Carbonear Collegiate and Carbonear Academy April 15-17.
“It was a fantastic weekend of basketball for sure,” said CBN Men’s Basketball president Shane Lambert of the hectic weekend. “There were a lot of exciting games and it was great to see such a high level of competition.”
It was a step down in terms of the number of teams present at the tournament from the last time the region hosted. In 2014, the tournament featured 16-teams.
There is a certain pressure that comes with hosting a tournament at home. You always want to have a well-run tournament on your watch.
It reflects well on the group running it and the region as a whole.
Having hosted the tournament before gave the organizing committee an idea of what they needed to do to make it successful.
“We’ve hosted before so we had experience with the event and we have a great group of guys here in CBN to help ensure things go off without a hitch,” said Lambert. “A great deal of preparation goes into pulling off a successful tournament. When we decided to host back in October, we knew what it would take, having done so just a few years ago.
“But it still required a lot of communication with the members of the host committee. One of the most important aspects of putting off a great tournament is ensuring that all hands are on the same page before the tournament starts.”
Each one a challenge
Hosting any tournament is a challenge. No matter the size, things can always go perfect or horribly wrong.
Teams and officials can no show at the last minute or teams can just forfeit their games. There are an unlimited number of things that can go wrong and right.
For Lambert, a solid group of volunteers helped ease some of the stress. Things ran smoothly at both gymnasiums and they’ve received plenty of good reviews.
“There are benefits to both, but the big tourney is certainly more of a challenge and not because it requires much more effort up front. Rather, it’s because it needs to operate out of two gymnasiums. It’s much more stressful in that way,” said Lambert. “Having a good group of people to help with the convener responsibilities takes away a lot of the stress though.
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Just like there were in 2014, the CBN region was represented by three teams comprised of local players.
Meanwhile, a number of other teams had players from CBN, as well as Trinity dotting their rosters.
It’s a solid number, but something Lambert would like to see increase should they host again in the future.
“I was pleased with the local turnout, but I would certainly welcome more,” he said. “We have a lot of talent to showcase here in CBN and it would be great to see more local involvement.”
Ideally, the CBN Bay, group would like to host the division III men’s tournament every second year. If that can’t happen, there’s the possibility of holding a tournament in some form in the area.
“Given the positive feedback we’ve received, we can confidently say that there’s a lot of interest in us having more tournaments in the Carbonear area,” said Lambert.
CBN Storm forward Jordan Berry (left) drives the ball against St. John’s team The Vipers in quarterfinal action of the NLBA division III men’s basketball tournament.
CBN Storm big man Justin Forward hoists a three-pointer during quarterfinal play.