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TR Leger Basketball Tournament
TR Leger Basketball Tournament
Posted on 11/27/2015

TR Leger Program Holds First
 Inter-Campus Basketball Tournament

By Mark Calder

(Cornwall) – Smiths Falls defeated Cornwall Team Two 12-8 Thursday to take the first-ever TR Leger Basketball Tournament.

Led by strong defence from team captain Dylan Green, Smiths Falls came back from a 6-1 deficit in the early going to take the tightly contested final, said Coach Kyla Bell-Hamilton.

The Smiths Falls squad suffered from a lack of focus during the first period, but rebounded after a key breakaway by Justice Dewey in the final minutes of the period gelled the team and brought a return to disciplined play. Interceptions by Dewey and Green at key points throughout the game helped cement the victory.

The win was only the latest success for the Smiths Falls squad. Players came into the tournament fresh off a fundraising effort that generated $1,500 to purchase 11 pairs of high-quality basketball shoes, shorts and training shirts for the entire team. The effort was made possible through the financial assistance of The Free Methodist Church, St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, the Smiths Falls Youth Centre, PhotoVisions and the Kanata Sport Check store.

Six teams from the Gananoque, Prescott, Carleton Place, Smiths Falls and Cornwall campuses of the TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education played in the tournament, held at the former General Vanier Intermediate School gymnasium.

The event allowed students from the alternative school to enjoy the same benefits of sport experienced by students in a traditional school setting, said Principal Sandy McInnes.

“The tournament gave our students an opportunity to be part of a team and practice together and feel the importance of what it is to accomplish something through a team effort,” said McInnes.

However, the principal said the effort put forth on the court made all players winners.

“As far as we’re concerned every player was a star today,” said McInnes. “There was very friendly, good sportsmanship displayed throughout the tournament and players were very supportive of each other.”

At lunch hour, all players in the tournament enjoyed a free BBQ lunch featuring hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks donated by James’ and Jenn’s NoFrills in Cornwall.

The school plans to host another sports tournament next year because of the impact of the event, but may switch things up and host a volleyball tournament instead.

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