Chargers to host basketball elite at annual tournament
It’s the tournament the entire school population has circled on its calendar every year.
The Bert Church Chargers will host its 22nd invitational basketball tournament Dec. 13 to 15 featuring some of the top 4A teams from Calgary, Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The tournament is a favourite for the team to play in and for Chargers head coach Mike Sera to organize and coach in.
“It’s a great weekend,” he said.
“It’s an awesome tradition and it has a rich history. I look forward to the excitement in the stands and the great school spirit we have. The teams come and they’re excited to play. As a coach and a tournament coordinator, that’s the satisfying part.”
The Chargers came within a few points of winning its home tournament last year, losing 67-44 to the Chestermere Lakers, which saw a lot of its team graduate in June. Sera and the Chargers are expecting to see a different Lakers team on the court in the tournament and in the teams’ first Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) league match-up, Dec. 19.
Sera said any of the eight teams, which includes Foothills Composite from Okotoks, three schools from Calgary and teams from Taber, Sturgeon and Saskatoon, Sask., can contend for the tournament championship. The high level of competition is another organizational aspect Sera appreciates.
“When you go to a tournament, you want to make sure the games are close,” he said. “Teams are travelling and you want to have it worth their time and that they’re getting the competition they want and need.”
The Chargers kicked off the tournament with its first game against Lord Beaverbrook High School, but results were not available at press time.
“We don’t know much about them,” Sera said.
“We have to play our best basketball of the season and play as a team on both ends of the floor. We have to play disciplined, play within our offence and we’ll get the looks we need.”
On the ladies’ side of the draw, the Chargers opened the tournament against Central Memorial High School, Dec. 13, but results were not available at press time.