The Basketball Buy-Out
The annual Rick Maloney Basketball tournament marks the beginning of another senior boys basketball season at SBA. This weekend tournament started at 1:30 today with Father Michael McGiveny Magic taking on our Cardinals. Mr. Moore opened this event by explaining about the Rick Maloney tournament and that the funds collected would go towards the scholarship that is awarded to a graduating student each spring who participated in school sport and is a leader. He then said a prayer and three girls from our vocal program sang O’Canada. Mr Garel, our announcer, then got the crowd going with team introductions.
The gym was packed with approximately 500 students in attendance. Our school band, numbering over 80 musicians sat at the east end of the court. Also present, were a handful of parents from FMM and SBA who came to support their respective teams.
As the Cardinal roamed the gym, the fans were extremely noisy, cheering at each basket and missed shot. This year each spectator was given a set of inflatable clapping sticks which added to the volume and excitement in the gym.
The first half was a close affair; however, FMM was leading by 10 at the half. After an energetic half time show by the band which included dancing by Jordan, the teams were back at it. Although our Cardinals gave it their all, the final score was 67-42 for the Magic. An unfortuntate start for our Cardinals, but an exciting period four for those lucky students who attended this buy-out.
The tournament continues tonight and all day on Saturday. Other participating teams include: Bur Oak, Middlefield, Markville, St. Theresa, St Jean de Brebeuf and St Augustine.
Listen to the morning announcements on Monday to find out how our team did in this tournament.