FALLL RIVER: Twelve teams came to the annual Bill Dompierre Memorial Tournament looking to have fun and raising money for a good cause—plus winning the boys and girls championship.
In the end, it was the powerful Dartmouth High Spartans dominating on their way to the title in the boys division, while Moncton High Knights showed their flashes of speed and skill to capture the girls championship.
And the host boys and girls Lockview High Dragons each impressed the fans equally, with the girls having two thrilling come-from-behind games one of which they won in overtime. The boys and girls both placed fourth in their respective divisions.
In the girls opening game on Jan. 12 against CEC Cougars, the Dragons found themselves in a bit of a hole with the Cougars out front by as much as 15 points at one point, before the Lady Dragons shifted gears and rallied back to force overtime, tied 55-55. In the extra frame, Lockview had the bulk of the chances, but the shots either were short, missed, or swatted away by the CEC defenders.
That was until Emma Foye’s shot got through and in, and would turn out to be the game winner giving Lockview a hard-fought, and well-deserved 61-59 win.
Against Moncton Knights at the Snow Centre the Dragons seem to be out of gas and lost, leaving their record at 1-1.
After the other round-robin games were finished on the morning of Jan. 13, that left Lockview in third place and a game with Dr. J.H. Gillis from Antigonish. In the game, the Royals got out front and withstood anothe rally from the Dragons in the dying minutes, with some help from questionable officiating.
Dr. J.H. Gillis picked up the 60-57 win.
Shae Porter led the way with 17 points, while Ashleigh Marshall had 12 points and Emma White also had 12 points.
In the third place game for the boys, Sydney Academy—reigning champions from the 2016 tournament—earned it by regrouping after a disastrous first game against Dartmouth, a 121-49 loss. It was the same score Dartmouth beat Hants East by earlier on Jan. 12.
Against the Brett Fulmore-coached Lockview Dragons, Sydney Academy led from the get go, en route to an 84-66 victory. They were led by Michael Clarke with 18 points.
For the Dragons, Luke Cooper was on fire with 21 points, while Jake Kelln had 14 points. Mike Roberts contributed six points.
The exact amount of money raised by the tournament for Kidney Cancer Canada this year was unknown as of Jan. 16.