CBN se­nior men’s tour­na­ment hailed as a suc­cess

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

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.

“Good key.” com­mu­ni­ca­tion

Show­cas­ing ta­lent

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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.

PHOTO BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

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.

PHOTO BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

CBN Storm big man Justin For­ward hoists a three-pointer dur­ing quar­ter­fi­nal play.

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