The junior boys’ basketball season in Muskoka-Parry Sound opened with an early bird tournament in Bracebridge on the weekend.
FINAL GAME OF THE DAY.
A player from the Orillia Blues takes the ball during a game against the Orillia Flames in the Early Bird Tournament at Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School on Saturday, Nov.24.
Photo by Bev McMullen
The tournament took place Nov. 23 and 24 at Monck Public School and Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School. The annual event takes place before the regular games begin, giving teams an opportunity to get on the court before the points make a difference in their standings.
Mark Flynn, coach for the junior boys at BMLSS, said they finished in the middle of the pack, had a great learning experience and played some quality games.
“It’s a nice opportunity for the kids to try out some stuff and get their legs underneath them a little,” Flynn said.
Basketball training began two weeks ago, but because of the strike action for teachers right now, Flynn said he didn’t know when the regular games will begin.
“We’re hoping in a couple weeks it will all work out and we’ll be playing real league basketball,” he said.
The Bracebridge team has five returning players and a “nice group of Grade 9 ball players,” Flynn said.
He said the skill level is high and he thinks they will challenge Huntsville, who has been at the top for the past few years.
“We hope to challenge for a championship,” he said.