Living up to its name

Jamie Heap
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Chandler Classic basketball tournament well-supported by businesses, parents, coaches and players

Chandler Classics player Riley Girouard (15) attempts to bring the ball up the court while Nick Richards (21) of the Sackville Titans guards Girourard's teammate Keegan Chitty (4) during basketball action Saturday at EB Chandler. The Titans won the consolation game 72-58 over the Classics.

AMHERST-The Chandler Classic basketball tournament that was held this past weekend at EB Chandler junior high school lived up to its name as six teams from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick honed their basketball skills while having fun.

“It’s really about the kids and the parents and the coaches supporting each other on the court,” stated Classics’ co-coach Rick McKenney. “That’s what it’s all about.”

The Classics, who will be hosting another tournament January 4, is hoping to not only receive an invitation to the Bedford Classic, but to make provincials as well.

“None of the boys have been to provincials,” said McKenney. “Our ultimate goal is to get to provincials, raising funds for it. We’re not really sure what division we are in, but by playing games against different teams we can figure that out.”

 “McKenney-Minocha is sponsoring their warm-up jerseys,” said McKenney.

The Classics’ other coach is Rick’s wife Rachna Minocha-McKenney. Both Rick and Rachna are dentists who own and operate their own dental practice in town.

“Close to 20 businesses from Amherst donated silent auction items,” said Rachna Minocha-McKenney. “We also have a turkey draw that is doing really well.”

As for the weekend’s on court hoops action, on Friday night, the EBC Cheetahs defeated the Riverview Royals and Sackville Titans by scores of 50-30 and 75-39 respectively. The host EBC Classics lost to Antigonish by a score of 70-23 Friday.

On Saturday, the Springhill edged the Classics by a score of 39-34 before Riverview edged Sackville 47-40. Antigonish defeated Springhill 57-25.

In the consolation game, Sackville defeated the Classics 72-58 while Riverview defeated Springhill 58-45 in the third place game. As for the tournament’s championship game, Antigonish defeated EBC by a score of 56-45 to win first.

“The only way you’re going to get better as a team is by losing,” stated McKenney. “You’re going to lose games, but, as the long team gives 150%, I am happy.”

Over Christmas, the Classics plan on running a scrimmage to work on defence. “Without Peter Nixon, we wouldn’t be able to use the gym,” said McKenney. “EBC puts out two basketball teams to get as many people playing as possible.”

Geographic location: AMHERST, Antigonish, Nova Scotia New Brunswick

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