Despite not coming away with the title, the Blues’ appearance at the CAIS Senior Boys’ National Basketball tournament, hosted by Sacred Heart School of Halifax and Saint Mary’s University, should be considered a success. The Varsity basketball team went undefeated in round robin play to win their division. The boys’ opened up the tournament with victories over Greenwood and King’s-Edgehill school. On the second day of the tournament UCC defeated Holy Trinity School and Selwyn house to finish first in their division. In the quarterfinals the boys defeated Bishops College School 57-28 to move into the semi-finals where they faced off against Saint Andrew’s College.
Playing against a much larger team the Blues put up a strong fight. SAC got out to an early lead in the first quarter. Fueled by strong defensive play UCC was able to get back in the game and take the lead for a stretch in the second quarter. At the half Saint Andrew’s was up by two points. The back and forth play continued in the second half with each team taking the lead at different moments, the two teams never being separated by more than five points. The Blue’s strong defensive play continued to give them a three point lead late in the final seconds of the game. With two seconds remaining in the game SAC ran an inbounds play that was defended well by UCC, however, with a hand in his face a Saint Andrew’s player hit a 25-foot three-point shot to send the game into overtime. The Saints’ hot shooting continued in OT hitting three more shots from outside. Upper Canada College fought hard in the extra period but ultimately came up short losing to Saint Andrew’s College 55-53. For the third year in a row the Blues lost in the semi-final to the eventual tournament champion.
The team finished the tournament with a record of 5-1 and the experience set a strong foundation for the remainder of the season. The Varsity Basketball team will now be away from competition until the December 21 when they take part in the University of Toronto Basketball Tournament.