Carbonear men’s tournament hailed as success

Nicholas Mercer
Published on March 11, 2014

Organizers of the Paul Whittle Memorial 2014 Men’s Division III provincial tournament in Carbonear March 7-9 are ecstatic with how everything went.

Featuring a record 16 teams from all over the province, the tournament brought together some of the best division 3 basketball talent to the community.

“I thought it went fantastic,” said Shane Lambert, one of the organizers.

There were three local teams in the tournament — Tony’s Tigers, CBN Red and Carbonear — along with a slew of local players with other teams.

“I would be lying if I said it was a breeze,” Lambert said of organizing a tournament that size. “I was a little nervous Friday (March 7) evening when the tournament got started.”

However once the games got going things took care of themselves. The games, for the most part, ran on time and the competition was fierce.

Those who came out to the games were treated to some great basketball action.

In the final, St. John’s team the Regulators beat out the Sabrecats (St. John’s) 58-37 to claim the title.

A half dozen of the Regulators have ties to the area. They are: Matthew Whelan, Peter White, Jerry Crawford, Greg Parrott, Andy Goff, Steve Bowman and Francis Parrott.

“There were some truly intense and close games this weekend,” said Lambert.  “I’d like to think it is a sign of how competitive this tournament can get.”


The local boys

With three teams in the tournament, there was some strong local flavour for fans to check out.

CBN Red was the most successful of the three. In division A, Red post two wins and one loss.

In its first game, CBN were defeated by the Sabrecats 95-88. Despite the seven-point difference, the game was still up for grabs in the last five minutes.

Next, CBN put a hurting on Automotive Supplies from St. John’s. Red won 98-51. This was followed by a 102-38 drubbing of Donnini’s of Grand Falls-Windsor.

Carbonear was next with a record of one win and two losses. Their first game was against the Trepassey Heat.

The Heat defeated Carbonear 88-75. Next, the locals soundly defeated Bodyworks of Baie Verte by a 12-point margin, 82-70.

Carbonear would drop a hotly contested 63-53 contest to Inter City Hoops in its final game.

Tony’s Tiger did not fare as well as the other two local entries. Tony’s gave it everything they had, but fell to St. John’s-based Pitter Patter Day Care by a score of 79-76 on March 7.

Next, Tony’s was in tough against the Regulators. The eventual champs soundly won the contest 69-51. This was followed by a lopsided defeat to Coke of Grand Falls-Windsor.

The score in the third game was 72-52


Strong organization

Preparation for the tournament started months before the first jump ball.

Lambert, along with Shannon Hiscock, Lyndon Pike, Terry Slade, Danny Gosse, Dwayne Maloney, Tyler Coombs, Jordan Barry and a host of others all chipped in at some point to make things happen.

Many of these were playing in the tournament as well.

Students from Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts and Carbonear Collegiate helped out on the clock, along with players from the CBN men’s league.

“We had a great group of guys helping with the fundraising and a lot of volunteers to aid with the overall running of the tournament,” said Lambert.


Community support

A tournament this size cannot go off as it did without a strong community element.

Many businesses in the community chipped in with donations and sponsorships along the way.

Lambert said it helped with the necessary fundraising for the tournament.

“The community support was unbelievable,” said Lambert. “I think the Town of Carbonear really embraced the visiting teams and perhaps that’s part of the reason we received such a positive response from players.”

In the end, the tournament was well-received by all involved.

“Many said it was one of the best-organized efforts they’d seen n a while and many expressed gratitude towards the host committee,” said Lambert.