Over the U.S. Memorial Day Weekend, the Vancouver Strathcona Basketball Club (VSBC) sent two teams to Chicago as to compete in the 39th Annual North American Chinese Basketball Invitational Tournament (NACBAIT).
This is North America’s largest Chinese basketball tournament with 64 teams participating in eight divisions.
Strathcona’s U18 team consisted of girls in Grades 9-12 at various high schools in the Vancouver area. Among the players was Steveston-London Grade 10 standout and Richmond all-star Sharlene Siy.
Competing in the Liberty Division, Stratchcona started out slow but got better with each game. In the final, they came from behind to beat the New York Rockets 36-24.
Strathcona’s women’s team lost an intense semi-final game in the open division.
Since 2012, VSBC have been sending various teams to NACBAIT and have fared well. Both the men’s and U18 girls team won gold three times, and the women’s team silver three times.