The Clint Dunning Memorial Tournament, typically held on the final weekend in January at the University of Ottawa, is a major date on the calendar in Ottawa basketball circles. The university is hedging a little on giving it continued support, citing booking issues and the demands of women's basketball and volleyball teams, which is valid.
"The U. of O. men's basketball team may have to pay $2,500 to the university, if it wants to stage the tournament over a weekend in 2010. That is if it can get the gym time." -- Ottawa CitizenThere is a larger picture that the availability of facilities of Ottawa has not kept pace with the university's growth in enrolment. At the same time, it is really something to imagine that there would be not one iota thought given to favouring one of the school's marquee teams. C'est la vie in Canada.
Does anyone know what Carleton's general outlook is on having high school games at the Ravens' Nest? The gym is used for championship games, but the understanding is that the high school league does pay for the privilege.
A hat tip is due to the St. Matthew Tigers and its coach, Jason Wren, for winning the Dunning tourney yesterday. Please keep Tigers star Tyson Hinz' name on file for future reference. He is the fourth-rated power forward in the high school Class of 2009, albeit two spots below Kingston's Owen Klassen.
(Cross-posted to cisblog.ca.)