Eagles Invitational tournament returns

Two-day tournament sees eight girls and four boys teams battle it out

One of the longest running and most prestigious girls basketball tournaments in the province returns to Abbotsford starting today (Friday).

Since 1973, the Eagles Invitational basketball tournament has brought together some of the top senior girls teams in the province.

The eight-team girls draw features several of the top teams in the province, including Langley’s Brookswood Bobcats and the Kelowna Owls.

Brookswood enters the tournament ranked as the number one AAA senior girls team in the province, while the Owls are ranked fourth.

North Vancouver’s Handsworth Royals (ninth) and the host MEI Eagles (10th) are the other top-10 ranked teams participating at the event.

Other teams in the tournament include: Chilliwack’s Sardis Falcons, the South Kamloops Titans, the W.J. Mouat Hawks, and the Vernon Panthers.

The tournament kicks off with MEI against Sardis at the MEI Secondary gym at 1:15 p.m. on Friday. Mouat opens against Kelowna at 6:30 p.m. Games continue the next day, with the tournament title being determined on Saturday at 5:15 p.m.

For the past several years, the MEI Eagles senior boys team has also hosted a tournament to go along with the girls, and this year follows suit.

The senior boys are hosting a four-team round robin event, with games occurring on Saturday and Sunday at the school. MEI welcomes North Vancouver’s Bodwell Bruins, the Burnaby Central Wildcats, and the New Westminster Hyacks.

Every team plays each other once, with a champion being determined on Saturday night. MEI opens the tournament against Bodwell on Friday at 11:30 a.m.

All games are free to attend. For more details, visit MEI Eagles Athletics on Facebook.

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