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University of Windsor High School Basketball Tournament Returns after Two-Year Hiatus

After a two year absence, the 64th annual University of Windsor High School Boys Basketball Christmas Tournament is set to get underway December 9-11, 2022 at the Toldo Lancer Centre.
 
This year’s edition of the tournament will feature a new and exciting format, where fans will see a division with the traditional high school teams competing, as well as a division that showcases some of the top prep teams in Canada. Both division will split their games between the new TLC gym and the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse.

The traditional high school bracket will be competing for the tournament trophy, while the prep teams will participate in a showcase format as they take a holiday break from their respective leagues.

“We are excited to welcome back our annual holiday tournament after a two-year absence. This year marks our 64th year and it promises to be an exciting tournament for all participants,” said Lancer men’s basketball head coach Chris Cheng. “We look forward to hosting and showing what our university, Lancer program and community has to offer all participating teams. Thank you to our committee members, patrons, and sponsors for their continued dedication and support to keep our tournament an annual event.”

Locally, this year’s tournament will be represented by the St. Anne Saints and Holy Names Knights.
 
From outside the region, Ursuline College from Chatham-Kent, Oakwood Collegiate from Toronto, and Sarnia Northern return to the tournament to compete for the title. Rounding out the competitors is J.F. Ross from Guelph.
 
Current Lancers Ben Mascarenhas, Brayden Amlin, Xavier Ochu, Quinn Carey, Thomas Kennedy, and Najee Brown-Henerson have all participated in the tournament. 

“Having 14 teams participating in this year’s tournament is a first for us, and we are excited to show off our new facilities to not only teams from across Ontario but from Alberta as well,” said tournament director, and Lancer basketball assistant coach, Barry Amlin. “We are now able to play two games simultaneously, and I hope the community will come out to support this amazing event.”

The eight prep school teams participating this year include Edge School, a private school located in Calgary, Alberta, and local representative Kennedy Prep. The Kennedy Prep Clippers are the reigning tournament champions, claiming the title in 2019 before transferring to the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association.

Also competing in the showcase are the London Basketball Academy, Cali Prep from Durham, Tri-City Prep from Kitchener, Inspire Academy from Vaughan, New Horizon from Burlington, and Victory Prep from Brampton.

“”I am excited to see this historic tournament return after a two-year hiatus,” commented new Lancer director of athletics Stephanie White. “I love the connection and the commitment we have to the community through this event, and I hope that through this new format we will be able to grow the event and build even stronger relationships.”

Be sure to catch all the action all next weekend at the Toldo Lancer Centre as these 14 teams compete in the prestigious University of Windsor High School Basketball Christmas tournament.

For the complete tournament draw and schedule, please click here.

Tickets for the tournament are free, and fans are asked to enter through the new main doors of the TLC where they will be directed to their respective gyms.

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