Mouat, Hansen hosting basketball tourneys

Hawkball and Roundball Classic tournaments occurring this weekend

The hardcourts of Mouat and Hansen secondary schools are set to be packed starting Thursday and running until Saturday, with a pair of tournaments featuring teams from all over the province.

Mouat’s Hawkball tournament features eight of the top senior boys teams in the province battling it out.

The host Mouat Hawks and the Abbotsford PD tournament city champion Yale Lions are the two local schools competing.

Also participating are: Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir, North Surrey and Pacific Academy, Courtenay’s GP Vanier, Pitt Meadows, and Saanich’s Mount Douglas.

The teams play once a day, with the two squads left standing facing off in Saturday’s final at 2:15 p.m.

Mouat opens at noon on Thursday against Pitt, with Yale kicking off against PA on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

Also starting on Thursday is the 13th annual Roundball Classic at Hansen. Eight senior boys and eight senior girls teams duel for the title.

The host Hansen Hurricanes and Bateman Timberwolves are the local senior boys teams at the event. They’ll be competing against Surrey’s Frank Hurt, Port Coquitlam’s BC Christian Academy, Langley Secondary, Sardis Secondary, Langley Christian and Chilliwack’s High Road Academy.

The Yale Lions host the Hansen Hurricanes, and the Dasmesh Falcons are the local contingent in the senior girls division.

Other senior girls teams at the Roundball Classic include Mission, Maple Ridge, Surrey’s Fraser Heights, Langley Christian, and North Delta’s Burnsview.

The funds from the tournament help raise money for the Hansen senior scholarship. Two players are awarded $500 each for post-secondary education.

Tonight also marks the first-ever alumni game for Hansen. Players from the 2001 to 2015 teams battle against the current boys and girls teams.

The girls hit the court at 6:45 p.m., followed by a three-point competition at 7:50 p.m., and then the boys teams battle at 8:15 p.m.