MacNeill starts basketball season impressively

The A.R. MacNeill Ravens junior boys
The A.R. MacNeill Ravens junior boys' basketball team won the Pat Dooley Memorial Classic Saturday in Surrey.
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Steward Siy's optimism grew a little more last weekend.

The head coach of the A.R. MacNeill Ravens junior boys' basketball team was already feeling good about the prospects for this season after a 76-43 win over John Oliver Jokers in the season tip-off. To see the Ravens follow up to win the Pat Dooley Memorial Classic at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey has only reinforced his expectations.

"We are hoping this is only the start of a promising season for us," said Siy. "It's always good to get some good competition early. Teams like Panorama Ridge and Pacific Academy are solid and will do some damage in their leagues."

In round-robin play, MacNeill defeated Panamora Ridge 55-53 and Pacific Academy 68-33, while also outscoring Elgin Park 65-32. The Ravens defeated Pacific Academy by 35 points in Saturday's final.

While Nathan Tomas dominated with his rebounding and strong post play to earn the tournament MVP, and guard Umar Tung named to the all-star squad, Siy insisted it was a total team effort with all nine players contributing. The remaining players are Johnny Li, Matthew Sim, Chris Tsang, Joshua Rivera, Miki Macapagal, Andy Cheng, Jonathan Qian, Qiny Quisido, Jasper Daria and Nicholas Campbell.

The win by MacNeill keeps the tournament title in Richmond. McMath won last year.

The Pat Dooley Memorial Classic is hosting by Kwantlen's men's basketballl team and one of the first tournaments in the high school hoops season. Featuring seven local junior boys' teams in grades 9 and 10, the tournament honours a former member of the the Kwantlen Eagles who played sports with passion and promise before passing away suddenly on Feb. 5, 2008.

"The Pat Dooley Memorial Classic is about more than just basketball," said Elise Le Brun, Kwantlen's director of athletics and recreation. "It's about following your passion, sportsmanship, being a part of the community, and most of all honouring a young man who embodied all of these elements."

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