Bigside basketball season opens with CAIS tournament

Trinity College School’s Bigside basketball team travelled to Bishop’s College School in Lennoxville, Quebec to open the season with the CAIS National Senior Boys Basketball Tournament, November 21st to 23rd. The 18-team event featured independent schools from across the country, including several of our CISAA league rivals. For Bigside coach Danny Hickie, the tournament was a homecoming to his alma mater!

TCS opened the tournament with a 63-40 win over Richmond Hill’s Holy Trinity School. Aaron Lancaster led the way with 14 points, while Yigit Yurdakul added 12. In their second game, the Bears faced Selwyn House School, out of Quebec. It was a sloppy game, but TCS prevailed 39-33, with Edward Lancaster and George Kendall scoring nine points apiece.

These two wins earned the Bears the top position in their pool and moved the team onto the gold division playoff. Unfortunately, injuries and fatigue began to become a factor as the team faced Toronto’s Upper Canada College, with the more experienced UCC team winning 58-24. Edward Lancaster led the team with seven points, while George Kendall and Dylan Love chipped in four points each.

The Bears continued to struggle with injuries as they faced Quebec-based Lower Canada College, and with a shortened bench TCS trailed from start to finish, eventually losing 47-34. Once again Edward Lancaster was the top scorer, this time netting nine points, and Ryan Weng had six.

In their final game of the tournament, the Bears faced a rematch against Selwyn House. The toll of five games in three days was evident, but TCS was able to close the tournament on a high note, with a convincing 29-15 win in a very physical game. Toyo Udoeyop, in just Grade 10, led all scorers with six points.

This final win placed TCS in seventh of the 18 teams, and Edward Lancaster was presented with the team MVP award by the tournament committee.

Congratulations to Ashbury College, who defeated UCC to claim the championship.

The Bears now look forward to a busy CISAA season, as well as hosting their own tournament which begins on Friday, January 11th.

- By Courtney Christ, coach