The Haida Watchmen from Old Massett will bring the Masters Division banner home for the second year in a row after beating out Heiltsuk Nation from Bella Bella 94-64 in the division’s final of the 2014 All Native Basketball Tournament (ANBT).
The Haida Watchmen and Heiltsuk Nation had played each other in the final of the 2013 tournament, with Bella Bella hoping to even the score this year.
Both teams played fairly equal in the game’s first quarter, with Old Massett having 19 points at the end and Bella Bella having 12.
Bella Bella played catch-up for the first part of the second quarter, managing to get the tally to 24-25 with just under six minutes left. But the Haida Watchmen wouldn’t allow Heiltsuk Nation to surpass them, bringing the score to 45-33 with about one minute left in the quarter and ending it at 49-33.
In the third quarter Old Massett secured their lead, with the scoreboard reading 74-48 in the Haida Watchmen’s favour by the end of the quarter.
In the final part of the game it was obvious Old Massett would become 2014 ANBT Master Division winners, having more than 30 points than Bella Bella with just over three minutes to go.
When the final buzzer rang the scoreboard read 94-64. Haida fans erupted with joy, celebrating the second consecutive Masters Division win for Old Massett’s Masters Division team.
Old Massett and Bella Bella had met up on the courts on Thursday, with the undefeated Haida Watchmen winning the game 97-57 and moving on to the final. The loss pushed Heiltsuk Nation to the losers bracket, and meant they had to play a semi-final against Kincolith which they won 71-61 to earn a spot in the final.
Abe Brown was named the Masters Division Most Valuable Player for the second year, also receiving the honour at the 2013 tournament.