The Prince Rupert U17 boys’ team are the 2019 Junior All Native Basketball champs for the second year running.
The Tribesmen came up in the finals against a determined Snuneymuxw Native Sons team, who made the reigning champs work hard for their victory.
Both teams were neck-and-neck until the end of the third period when the Tribesmen’s experience and maturity showed, the Native Sons giving away a number of free throws, the gap growing until the final buzzer went with 91 points on the scoreboard versus the Native Sons’ 85.
Last year the Tribesmen had a relatively easy victory, requiring only 69 points to beat the then-defending champs Vancity Sons.
This year’s Junior All Native Basketball Tournament was held in Kitimat and Kitamaat Village starting March 21, and saw 83 teams from B.C. First Nation communities across four divisions, U17 Boys, U17 Girls, U13 Boys and U13 Girls, compete in the event.