Prince Rupert masters and Nanaimo women win at All Native Tournament

The Prince Rupert Coast Trojans are All Native Tournament Champions after defeating Greenville in the Masters final.

The Prince Rupert Coast Trojans are All Native Tournament Champions after defeating Greenville in the Masters final of the 53rd annual All Native Basketball Tournament.

Despite a pro-Greenville crowd that was filling the gym with chants of `GAC`and `Go Greenville Go1` it was Prince Rupert that opened with a 14-0 run, keeping Greenville off the board until almost five minutes into the opening frame. That dominance continued as the first ended in a score of 22-9 for Prince Rupert.

Five minutes into the second quarter the Trojans were still doubling up on Greenville, leading 32-16 through five minutes. By the time the buzzer went at half time, Prince Rupert enjoyed a 44-27 lead.

Unfortunately for Greenville, the third was not much different with Prince Rupert surging on offence and showing a stifling defence.The Trojans led by 22, 58-36, through three quarters.

The fourth opened with a 13-2 run for the Trojans that seemed to put things away, with the team leading 73-43 with just five minutes to go. But with the crowd only getting louder as the game progressed, Greenville mounted a bit of an offensive rush, bringing the crowd to their feet with a series of three pointers that helped cut Prince Rupert`s lead down to 11 late in the quarter. But it was too little too late as Prince Rupert took an 82-71 victory.

Earlier in the afternoon, Nanaimo took the Women`s division with an impressive showing against the defending champions from Kitamaat. Nanaimo led 16-8 through the first and never looked back, taking the championship with a decisive 69-47 victory.

Look for more on the All Native Tournament later.

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