Monday, November 27, 2017

Six Advance to ANBT Tourney in February following qualifying games

The 2017 Qualifying tournament for the All Native Basketball Tournament of February has come to an end with some high tempo battles taking place on the Court of the Russel Gamble Gymnasium from Thursday to Saturday's finals

And when the event was all said and done, six teams will advance to join the line up of teams making their plans for Prince Rupert in early February.

In the Ladies Division: New Aiyansh claimed the tournament victory, with Kitkatla and Massett also qualifying for the February event.

In the Seniors Division:  The team from Hydaburg took the tournament win, with Kitamaat and Hazelton both qualifying.

The tournament featured eleven teams in total in the two divisions seeking their final shot at a spot in the high profile sports tournament.

The 2018 Tournament which marks the 59th annual celebration of hoops and First Nations from across BC and Alaska will take place at the Russell Gamble Gym and Civic Centre complex from February 11 to 17.

Late last month the All Native Tournament organizers also announced the selections for this years Hall of Fame Recognition and Celebration.

Set to be honoured at the February event will be four players and one coach among those to be enshrined in the ANBT Hall of Fame are:


Women's Division

Tracy Cochrane
Deanna Smith Gray

Men's Division

Ellis Ross
Wes Nyce


Arnie Bellis

Fans and long time followers of the tournament have weighed in through Facebook to congratulate the honourees for 2018, providing a glimpse into the respect for and the impact that the five selected have had on basketball through the tournament over the years.

You can contact the All Native Tournament Office at 250-627-8997 to inquire about the purchase of a tournament pass.

Notes of interest from the organizing committee can be found on the tournament Facebook page

As the preparations continue for one of the highlights of the Prince Rupert Sports Calendar, we will keep you up to date with all of the ANBT notes from our archive page here.

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