Saturday Recap

The final day of the 64th annual L.I.T. was full of excitement, spirit and celebration. The Banquet at the Travelodge was a wonderful event for the teams, staff, coaches and committee members, with an inspiring speech from this year’s special guest Debbie Ward and a Star Wars impersonation contest. The seventh and eighth place game began at 12:30 in the Merlis Belsher Heritage Centre or the old gym. February 13, 2016 marked an important day in the history of the tournament, as both the new and old facilities were used by both boys and girls teams. Although the Lions finished with a score of 49, while the Kildonan Reivers scored 78 points, the enthusiasm from the fans and dedication of the player made for an outstanding game of basketball. The rest of the games throughout the day determined the final standings for the third and fourth girls teams, and the third, fourth, fifth and sixth boys teams. The Marion Graham Falcons won the fifth place game at 1:30 against the Campbell Tartans with a score of 86. The girls’ teams from Miller and Sheldon faced of at 2:30, resulting in Miller securing third place with a final score of 79 to 61. The 4:00 game between Cardston Cougars and Oak Bay ended with a very close score of 75 to 74 for the Cougars. The final girls game was between LeBoldus and Luther and was incredibly exciting. The teamwork of the Lions and the fantastic offensive work of Angela Bongomin and Maddie Tell led the team to success with a final score of 76 to 57. The boys final began at 8 and featured the LeBoldus Golden Suns and the John Taylor Pipers. Although both teams played well, the Suns took the lead and ended up winning the final game and championship for the second year in a row. The closing ceremonies immediately following the game were held in the historic Belsher Centre and included the presentation of numerous awards. Most excitingly, was the girls’ first place trophy awarded for the first time ever to the Luther Lions, as well as the Most Valuable Player Award for the girls’ side, which was presented to Luther’s own Angela Bongomin. The 64th annual L.I.T. was officially concluded with the traditional L.I.T. video. The visual record of the weekend reminded every player, coach, alumna and spectator in the gym of the power and importance of this tournament, which has touched people for 64 years and hopefully will continue to do so for 64 more.