Garneau’s annual charity basketball tournament began on 27 October, and lasted until 3 November. A crowd of students gathered outside the gym, waiting to be let in during the busy lunch hour.

Fifteen teams participated, with roughly three to four people per team. There was an enrollment fee of $6 per team.

Students play in the finals of the tournament. Photo: Arfana Mulla

Students play in the finals of the tournament. Photo: Arfana Mulla

The tournament started off with Group Stages, a form of Round Robin. Games were played half-court and lasted ten minutes, with both teams shooting for one basket. All teams played against each other once, and the top two teams from each group proceeded to the playoffs. From there, it was elimination until only two teams remained.

Originally planned to end on 31 October, scheduling conflicts caused the final game to be pushed to the following Monday, 3 November.

In the final, Teams SAV Town and Can’t Stop Us faced off against each other. With just a few minutes left, the teams were tied. Team SAV Town scored the winning shot in the last 5 seconds. The final score was 13-14 for SAV Town. The final two teams of the tournament received Sport Chek Gift Cards.

The event raised over $100 for the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation. The foundation supports underprivileged children across Canada by paying for the costs associated with sports involvement.

The tournament was organized by the World Heritage Association, and Marc Garneau Athletic Association. One of the organizers was Grade 12 student Richard Wu.

When asked about what he thought could have been improved, Richard said, “I wish that the teams could have played more games. But obviously, with the time constraint of a week, we could only have teams play so many games.”