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Central Kings hosts 2018 Senior Girls Gator Classic basketball tournament


12 teams compete with Hants East Tigers emerging victorious

CAMBRIDGE, NS - They may not have tasted victory on the basketball court, but they still consider the annual Gator Classic a success.

Central Kings Rural High School in Cambridge hosted the 2018 Senior Girls Gator Classic basketball tournament on Dec. 14 and 15. In a repeat of last year’s final, the Hants East Tigers defeated the Amherst Vikings in a back-and-forth battle between two evenly matched teams. The Tigers took home the banner with a final score of 56 to 43.

In the third-place game, the Parkview Panthers were victorious over the Oxford Golden Bears in a game that also ended with a final score of 56 to 43.

“As for the CK Gators, we may not have had a victory on the score sheets, but what we did accomplish was to have some competitive games against some good competition from across the entire province,” coach Scott Pope said.

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He said a number of CK’s players stepped up their games over the course of the tournament and there is still a lot of ball to play over the next few months. With the way the team is playing, Pope said they hope to battle hard for the rest of the year against their local competitors, the Northeast Kings Education Centre (NKEC) Titans and the West Kings Wolverines.

Pope said that, overall, the tournament was a “huge success” with 12 teams from across Nova Scotia participating.

“Many coaches, players and parents complimented us on how well they enjoyed the entire weekend,” Pope said. “I consider that to be a huge success and it could not have happened without the support of our parents that made sure that the tournament ran effortlessly.”

He said the senior CK girls were hosting NKEC on Dec. 19 and the Gators’ second-annual alumni game should be happening very soon.

Kirk.starratt@kingscountynews.ca

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