Hydaburg forward Damen Bell-Holter scored 36 points during the final game of the All Native qualifying tournament on Nov. 25 at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre. (Matthew Allen / The Northern View)

Hydaburg forward Damen Bell-Holter scored 36 points during the final game of the All Native qualifying tournament on Nov. 25 at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre. (Matthew Allen / The Northern View)

Six teams secure All Native spots in qualifying tournament

New Aiyansh and Hydaburg win the women’s and men’s pre-tournaments on Nov. 25

The All Native qualifying tournament took place at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre from Nov. 23 to 25.

Six men’s teams and five women’s teams competed for three sports each in the annual basketball tournament that brings hundreds to Prince Rupert every year.

READ MORE: 2017 All Native slideshow

On the women’s side of the draw, New Aiyansh pulled away from Kitkatla in the second half of a hard-fought game to win the game 84-75 and take the tournament. New Aiyansh fell behind early in the first quarter 11-5 but some strong defense combined with timely shooting gave them a 26-25 lead going into the second.

Strong defense from New Aiyansh held Kitkatla to 10 points in the second quarter, giving New Aiyansh a 44-35 point lead at halftime. The teams exchanged baskets for the majority of the third quarter with Aiyansh able to extend their lead slightly to 13 points for a 68-55 advantage going into the final quarter.

New Aiyansh extended its lead early in the fourth quarter to 17 points, but a late flurry of baskets by Kitkatla’s Kristy Innes brought the game to within 10 points with less than three minutes remaining in the game. New Aiyansh would hold on to win the game behind 29 points from Kayla Vickers.

A strong defensive performance by Hydaburg gave them a comfortable 82-58 victory over Kitimaat in the men’s tournament. Damen Bell-Holter led the way on both offence and defence, scoring 36 points and maintaining a strong defensive presence in the paint. Hydaburg led 17-9 after one quarter before extending it to a 40-24 advantage going into the half. They stretched the lead to 17 points at the end of the third quarter before putting the game out of reach in the fourth.

The finalists from both the men’s and women’s tournaments received births in next year’s All Native tournament alongside the third place finishers in each draw. Massett and Hazelton came third in the women’s and men’s draws respectively to earn the tournament’s final two qualifying spots.



matthew.allen@thenorthernview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

All Native Basketball Tournament

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Local health authority maps are updated each week. The brown maps show the number of confirmed and active cases of COVID-19 for the week of Jan. 15 to 21, with the blue map showing cases over the past year. (Image supplied)
COVID-19 outbreak numbers increase at Acropolis and exposures are up in S.D. 52

Business COVID-19 safety plans are law, public needs to follow health protocols - Northern Health

Asher Hauknes shows his strength with Prince Rupert Gymnastics head coach Erin Hipkiss looking on Nov. 13. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
Gymnastics Association benefits from Community Gaming Grant

Prince Rupert sports club to receive just less than $90,000 to build new facility

The COVID-19 outbreak at the two Coastal GasLink workforce lodges has officially been declared over. (Lakes District News file photo)
COVID-19 outbreak at Coastal GasLink worksites declared over

In total, 56 cases were associated with the outbreak in the Burns Lake and Nechako LHAs

Prince Rupert Fire Rescue was dispatched to a boat fire on Jan. 21 at Fairview Marina. (Photo: supplied)
Boat fire under investigation

Prince Rupert Fire Rescue attended boat fire at Fairview Marina

Toronto-based director Michelle Latimer was recently scrutinized after years of claiming she was of Algonquin and Metis descent. (CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)
Haida activist calls for hefty fines, jail time against those who claim to be Indigenous

Filmmaker Tamara Bell proposing the Indigenous Identity Act – to dissuade ‘Indigenous identity theft’

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sits in on a COVID-19 briefing with Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, B.C. minister of health. (Birinder Narang/Twitter)
PHOTOS: Bernie Sanders visits B.C. landmarks through the magic of photo editing

Residents jump on viral trend of photoshopping U.S. senator into images

A 75-year-old aircraft has been languishing in a parking lot on the campus of the University of the Fraser Valley, but will soon be moved to the B.C. Aviation Museum. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Vintage military aircraft moving from Chilliwack to new home at B.C. Aviation Museum

The challenging move to Vancouver Island will be documented by Discovery Channel film crews

A video posted to social media by Chilliwack resident Rob Iezzi shows a teenager getting kicked in the face after being approached by three suspects on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (YouTube/Rob i)
VIDEO: Security cameras capture ‘just one more assault’ near B.C. high school

Third high-school related assault captured by Chilliwack resident’s cameras since beginning of 2021

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma State Rep. Justin Humphrey prepares to speak at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. A mythical, ape-like creature that has captured the imagination of adventurers for decades has now become the target of Rep. Justin Humphrey. Humphrey, a Republican House member has introduced a bill that would create a Bigfoot hunting season, He says issuing a state hunting license and tag could help boost tourism. (Steve Gooch/The Oklahoman via AP, File)
Oklahoma lawmaker proposes ‘Bigfoot’ hunting season

A Republican House member has introduced a bill that would create a Bigfoot hunting season

Economic Development and Official Languages Minister Melanie Joly responds to a question in the House of Commons Monday November 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Federal minister touts need for new B.C. economic development agency

Last December’s federal economic update promised a stimulus package of about $100 billion this year

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2017, file photo, Larry King attends the 45th International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton, in New York. Former CNN talk show host King has been hospitalized with COVID-19 for more than a week, the news channel reported Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. CNN reported the 87-year-old King contracted the coronavirus and was undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87

King conducted an estimated 50,000 on-air interviews

BC Coroners Service is currently investigating a death at Canoe Cove Marina and Boatyard in North Saanich. (Black Press Media File)
Drowning death in North Saanich likely B.C.’s first in for 2021

Investigation into suspected drowning Monday night continues

Kimberly Proctor, 18, was murdered in 2010. Her family has spent many of the years since pushing for a law in her honour, that they say would help to prevent similar tragedies. (Courtesy of Jo-Anne Landolt)
Proposed law honouring murdered B.C. teen at a standstill, lacks government support

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions has concerns with involuntary detainment portion of act

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a daily briefing in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
31 cases of COVID-19 variants detected in Canada: Health officials

Dr. Theresa Tam made announces 13 more variant COVID-19 cases in Canada

Most Read