NMBA Sending Three Teams to BNB Showdowns This Weekend
Two Northside Minor Basketball Association teams are on the road this weekend and one stays home as the competitive Basketball New Brunswick season for under-14 and under-12 comes to an end for 2014-15.
What started back in October with tryouts will culminate with crowning tournaments across the province.
The under-14 Division I girls are in Moncton, part of a five-team fray while the Division II girls remain at home for their event in Fredericton. The under-12 girls' hit Highway 7 for tournament play in Grand Bay-Westfield.
At Moncton, the Lions are in a five-team fray with the host Hawks, East Saint John, Kennebecasis Valley Slammers and Miramichi Tommies.
NMBA opens Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against Miramichi before facing KVBA at 2:30 p.m.
On Sunday, the Lions face East Saint John at 10:30 a.m. and wrap up the single round-robin at 1:30 p.m. against Moncton.
In the event, the team with the best record will earn the title.
The top teams are guaranteed a berth in the Atlantic Canadian under-14 championship in May on Prince Edward Island.
The D2 side is in a six-field event hosted by Fredericton's YCBC Capitals. The Lions and Caps join St. Stephen Bobcats, Florenceville Falcons, Grand Falls Knights and Sackville Titans.
The Lions face Florenceville at 11:30 a.m. and meet Sackville at 2:30 p.m.
Crossover playoffs and consolation games are Sunday.
At the under-12 level, the Lions will be hosted by River Valley Rush and feature East Saint John, Miramichi Pulamoo, Riverview Royals and Moncton Hawks.
NMBA faces East Saint John at 1 p.m. Saturday and battles the host team at 4 p.m.
Playoffs are Sunday.
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