(October 4, 2001, Gazette)

Top teams
in b-ball tourney

Basketball fans in the province will have the chance to see some of the best teams in the country compete in the first Hawk Eyes Men’s Invitational Tournament, being held Oct. 18-20 at Memorial University.

Harold Squires, chair of the tournament organizing committee said at a news conference last week, that the Alberta Golden Bears, Concordia University Stingers, the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers, and the Memorial University Sea-Hawks will go head-to-head in a round- robin format over the three-day tournament. Two games will be played each night of the tournament at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the old gym at Memorial University.

Mr. Squires said the Sea-Hawks have invited some of the best teams in the country to get ready for the new basketball season.

“The Golden Bears have won the western conference championships several times and were back-to-back national men’s university basketball champs in 1993-94. The Stingers have consistently ranked in the top 10 teams nationally over the past decade. UPEI has the nation’s top scorer and will be out to prove they are the contender for the Atlantic crown this season.”

For the MUN squad, the tournament will be the start of a new season with exciting prospects.

“Jeff Saxby has worked hard over the summer to be one of the top players in the country. Darryl Boucaud sat out last season having transferred from UPEI to MUN. But he is an aggressive player, led the local league in scoring while red shirting at MUN, and has the fire to be one of the best players in the Atlantic conference.”

MUN coach Todd Aughey is looking forward to the tournament and the new season.

“This is Dion Langdon and Shane Butland’s final year and both are looking to build on the great season last year. We have all made a commitment to the defensive end this year. We have some good young talent, added some maturity, and believe with some quality work ethic, we can continue to bring an exciting brand of basketball to the Hawks’ Nest. Basketball fans in the province will only be disappointed if they miss this tournament.”

For more information, and to purchase tickets, call 737-8130 or
737-8683 or check the Web at www.mun.ca/athletics/main/index.html