Visitors claim both titles of The Brendan’s 15th annual
Noah Dunn hit for three three-pointers and two jumpers in the third quarter to pull the Dalbrae Dragons ahead of the CBHA Huskies in the opening game of the 15th Annual Brendan MacLennan Memorial tournament on Thursday.
-by Bill Dunphy
The Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre Academy welcome mat was laid out this year for teams from Victoria and Guysborough counties who prevailed at the 15th Annual Brendan MacLennan Memorial basketball tournament.
Despite determined efforts by both the boys and girls Huskies, it was Joe LeBlanc’s Guysborough Blue Eagles who took the boys’ title and the ever-competitive Cabot Trailblazers captured the girls’ crown.
Guysborough, coached by former Margaree Panthers’ star LeBlanc, defeated the Dalbrae Dragons 63-53 in Saturday’s championship game.
Adam Sams, in his 11th year as coach of the Trailblazers, saw his girls pull ahead in the fourth quarter to down a sticky Baddeck Broncos squad 67-57.
The three-day, eight-team event had the best of weather for a change, but the boys’ division was cut to three teams when North Colchester cancelled at the last minute Thursday morning.
Undaunted, the tournament forged ahead in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie that has been the hallmark of ‘The Brendan’ since it was first held in 2003.
Player of the game awards, and the championship trophies, were presented by Brendan’s parents, Margie and Steve, who have supported the event from the start.