Invitational goes ahead despite inclement weather

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The blustery winter weather has caused havoc to the local basketball schedule, but one scheduled tournament is going ahead in Moose Jaw — with a few changes to the schedule.

The Central/Peacock Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament began Friday, while the Ned Andreoni Memorial Basketball Tournament at Vanier was postponed.

The Andreoni tournament was to feature Swift Current and Yorkton Sacred Heart’s boys and girls teams, while Saskatoon Centennial’s girls team and Melfort’s boys team were scheduled to attend as well.

“Saskatoon was to play at 1:30, to they were going to have to leave around 10. Yorkton’s boys were scheduled to play at 3, so they were looking at leaving at 11 this morning,” said Vanier girls basketball coach Bob Gottselig.

“When I made the decision the highway was still closed.”

Even when the highways opened, there were still 60 km/h winds in the forecast.

At the same time Prince Albert St. Mary and Yorkton Regional bowed out of the Invitational boys tournament.

That opened the door for Vanier’s boys team to get some tournament basketball in, while Caronport was going to fill in as well. The tournament scheduled was altered since Weyburn planned to try to make the trip to Moose Jaw Saturday morning.

The Vikings got off to a winning start Friday night as they beat Prince Albert Carlton 72-68.

Central also won their opener as they beat Meadow Lake Carpenter 73-37.

Peacock also won their first game as they downed North Battleford Comp. 91-55. Eric Forbes scored 20 points to lead the Toilers. James Miller scored 14 points for North Battleford.

Central and Vanier will meet in a semifinal at noon and Peacock will play in the other semifinal at 10:30 a.m.

The final is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Peacock.

Organizations: Toilers

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Saskatoon Yorkton Meadow Lake

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