|Friday March 15||Saturday March 16||Sunday March 17|
|5:30 TSN||G10||StFX .... X-Men|
|6 wc||Saint Mary's||57|
|2:00 Score||G6||Saint Mary's||67||Champ|
|Friday March 15||Saturday March 16||Sunday March 17|
|Attend: 14,562||Attend: 14,831||Attend: 9,589
|Final Eight TEAM SHOOTS at Metro Centre (tentative)|
(I hour 10 min)
(normal morning sched)
|10||Charlie Cattran||F||6'-7"||3||Ottawa ON||3||Kevin McKenna||G||6'-2"||3||St Catharines ON|
|45||Ben DoorneKamp||F||6'-4"||1||Odessa ON||5||Charles Kissi||G||6'-2"||1||Toronto ON|
|0||Glen Green||G||6'-1"||1||Seeley's Bay ON||23||Justin Boye||G||6'-5"||3||Hamilton ON|
|23||Paul Larmand||G||6'-5"||2||Victoria Harbour ON||25||Brian Taylor||G||6'-6"||3||Hamilton ON|
|41||Jafeth Maseruka||G||6'-3"||3||Ottawa ON||31||Doug Doyle||G||6'-6"||5||Toronto ON|
|53||Matt McKechnie||F||6'-3"||2||Ottawa ON||33||Rodney Baptiste||G||6'-6"||4||Oakville ON|
|33||Mark McMahon||F||6'-2"||2||Peterborough ON||34||Graham Hewitt||F||6'-6"||3||Hamilton ON|
|43||James O'Grady||F||6'-5"||5||Richmond ON||35||Mark Maga||G||6'-6"||4||Stoney Creek ON|
|31||Dean Petridis||F||6'-3"||4||Ottawa ON||44||Steve Maga||G||5'-10"||5||Stoney Creek ON|
|21||Josh Poirier||F||6'-5"||2||Ottawa ON||45||Emanuel Ostojic||G||6'-2"||4||Thunder Bay ON|
|5||Matt Ross||G||6'-0"||1||Milford ON||52||Adam Guiney||F||6'-7"||1||Windsor ON|
|11||Michael Smart||G||6'-4"||1||Napanee ON||53||Jonathan Joseph||F||6'-6"||1||Toronto ON|
|15||Robert Smart||G||6'-3"||3||Napanee ON||54||Jamie Loucks||C||6'-8"||3||Burlington ON|
|13||Devin Taylor||G||6'-1"||2||Guelph ON||55||Stephen Martin||C||6'-8"||1||Sarnia ON|
|51||Chabine Tucker||G||6'-5"||2||Ottawa ON|
|35||Adam White||F||6'-6"||1||Ottawa ON|
|3||Scott Seeley||G||6'-2"||1||Thunder Bay ON||10||Etienne Orr-Ewing||F||6'-8"||4||Vancouver BC|
|4||Adam Peaker||G||6'-2"||1||Burlington ON||11||Ali Wilmot||G||6'-8"||5||Victoria BC|
|5||Jimmy||G||5'-8"||3||Ridgetown ON||10||Chris Trumpy||PG||6'-8"||1||Victoria BC|
|12||Mark Porte||G||6'-2"||3||Hamilton ON||14||Reagan Daly||G||5'-11"||2||Sidney BC|
|14||Sagar Desai||F||6'-6"||1||London ON||15||Sandy Bisaro||F||6'-8"||4||Victoria BC|
|15||Timothy Shanks||G||6'-8"||2||London ON||21||Jason Crawford||F||6'-7"||3||Duncan BC|
|21||Chedo Ndur||F||6'-2"||4||Union ON||22||Keith Bustard||G||6'-4"||4||Vancouver BC|
|24||Nicholas Salomons||F||6'-6"||1||Mt. Brydges ON||23||Nathan Ashmead||F||6'-6"||1||Victoria BC|
|25||Matt Tweedie||G/F||6'-6"||5||London ON||30||Kerry Westmore||F||6'-7"||4||Nanaimo BC|
|44||Richard Tamminga||C||6'-10"||5||London ON||32||Eric Rushton||F||6'-5"||1||Victoria BC|
|54||Chris Brown||F/C||6'-8"||4||London ON||44||Tyler Bates||F||6'-6"||4||Cambridge ON|
|55||Andy Kwiatkowski||F||6'-6"||3||Kitchener ON||50||Greg Bateson||F||6'-3"||1||Campbell R. BC|
|55||Jamie Blake||G||6'-0"||5||Victoria BC|
|5||Randy Nohr||G||6'-0"||5||Aldergrove BC||12||Yannick Boileau||F||6'-4"||3||Sainte-Foy QC|
|11||Everett Adams||G||5'-10"||2||Charlotte NC||13||David Brownrigg||G||6'-4"||4||Longueuil QC|
|12||Mike Budreski||G||6'-1"||1||Halifax NS||15||Samuel Audet-Sow||F||6'-5"||2||Sainte-Foy QC|
|20||Dion Williams||PG||6'-0"||1||Ottawa ON||20||Donald Lamousnery||G||5'-10"||1||Montreal QC|
|21||Fred Perry||G/F||6'-0"||5||Halifax NS||21||Charles Fortier||G||6'-4"||1||Amos QC|
|22||Jordan Croucher||G||6'-2"||4||Halifax NS||22||Marc-Olivier Bessette||F||6'-5"||4||Sherbrooke QC|
|23||Dennie Oliver||F||6'-6"||4||Halifax NS||23||Gopal Bernatchez||G||5'-8"||1||Sainte-Foy QC|
|30||Krzysztof Stach||F||6'-6"||5||Aylmer QC||31||Francois Caussignac||F||6'-5"||3||Sainte-Foy QC|
|31||Jason Kerswill||C||6'-8"||3||Kanata ON||32||Jean-C Moudio Alene||F||6'-5"||2||QC|
|32||James Maksymiw||F||6'-5"||5||Aldergrove BC||33||Marc-Antoinme Horth||C||6'-7"||1||Sainte-Foy QC|
|42||John Bustin||G||6'-2"||1||Wolfville NS||55||Yuan Jomphe||F||6'-2"||4||Jonquiere QC|
|44||Jonathan Daniel||G||6'-2"||2||Gloucester ON|
|45||Alexander Stephen||F||6'-7"||1||Toronto ON|
|10||Tyrone Smith||G||5'-11"||4||Toronto||Saint Mary's|
|12||Gil Cheung||G||6'-1"||3||Richmond||5||Austin O'Reilly||G||6'-1"||1||Brick NJ|
|14||Charlton Weasel Head||G||5'-11"||5||Kainai Res||11||Colin Allum||G||6'-1"||3||Trinidad|
|20||Joseph Asante||G||5;-10"||2||Toronto||12||Shawn Smith||G||5'-9"||1||Yarmouth NS|
|22||Mike Raimbault||G||6'-0"||1||Brandon||14||Jonah Taussig||G||6'-1"||5||Halifax NS|
|24||Bijan Jiany||F||6'-5"||2||Vancouver||15||Damon Parachnowitsch||F||6'-4"||2||Halifax NS|
|30||Joshua Masters||G||6'-5"||3||Vancouver||21||Stuart Josselyn||G||6'-0"||2||Lunenburg NS|
|32||Ronald Leslie Jr||F||6'-6"||5||Calgary||24||Kurt Henry||G||6'-0"||5||Rexdale ON|
|34||Kwasi Osae-Danso||G||6'-4"||1||Scarborough||34||Gabe Goree||F||6'-5"||2||Halifax NS|
|40||Donald Phillips||G||6'-5"||5||Houston||40||Ashkan Rajaee||F||6'-6"||3||Teheran Iran|
|45||Chris Passley||F||6'-6"||5||Winnipeg||42||Nate Phillipe||F||6'-8"||3||Ottawa ON|
|50||Carlos Martinez||P||6'-10"||2||Winnipeg||43||Peter Turnbull||F||6'-5"||5||Dartmouth NS|
|52||Earnest Bell||F||6'-6"||5||Louisville||55||Ryan McClintock||C||6'-8"||5||Quarryville PA|
|00||Scott Walton||C||6'-9"||4||Pitt Meadows|
|The six conference champions are automatically invited
to the Final Eight. Each conference decides its winner in its own way,
often based on tradition and the geography of the conference.
The Atlantic conference in 1999 returned to a 6-team single knockout tournament, as usual held at Halifax Metro Centre. It was not uncommon to see a #5 or #6 win the previous night then come out and flatten the #1 or #2 seed after sharpening their shooting eye in the Metro Center. GPAC in 1999 reverted back to its 3-team format from its 1998 experiment when all four teams made the playoff. Now they are back to four. WIth the addition of a 7th team, Canada West in 2000 began a new 6-team format with Quarterfinals.
Wild cards came about because of a need to make the national championship a fairer tournament. Using only the six conference winners creates an imbalanced draw. One conference champ may have to play 3 games to win the event. Another may reach the final with only a single victory. Adding two more teams creates a balanced, fair draw.
The last two teams accepted into the Final Eight are Wild Cards selected from the best of the remaining teams. This is done by a special CIAU committee who hold their final discussions and announce a decision on the Sunday evening prior to the Final Eight. Some conferences are still playing that afternoon, deciding their representative. The selection committee also seeds the teams into the championship draw. Contrary to popular opinion, the selection committee is not the same committee that isssues weekly polls over the course of the season. It is a brand new committee.
Teams must actually apply to be considered as wild cards. A top team that does not formally apply will not be considered. This dates from the old days when a team might not be able to afford or choose to travel to the championship, or simply chose not to play. But, since the Final Eight found a permanent home in Halifax 15 years ago, the tournament has generated more than enough revenue to help deserving teams get there. This reminds us of the situation years ago when the NCAA actually had to force its top teams to play in its own championship. They did much better financially by going to the NIT in Madison Square Gardens in New York. It took legal action to make the top teams play in the NCAA Championship.
An obvious choice for a wildcard is a team that has been winning all season, has been high in the rankings, has led its league, but is unexpectedly upset in a sudden-death playoff game. But, if four such dominant teams are upset in conference playoffs, the committee has a bad problem.
Less common is for 6 season-long favorites to win their conference berths in the Final Eight. Then, the committee must decide between the next cluster of lesser teams ranked 7, 8, 9, and 10.
Teams are chosen on merit. But where there is a toss-up the committee has the option to lean in the direction of selecting a wild card applicant from the home conference. It is felt this helps boost attendance and the revenue so necessary to maintaining the Final Eight as a prestige event.
Notes by 1999 Committee Member James Hillis:
The Voting Criteria
.... Corporate $75
.... Adult $70
.... Senior/Student $50
.... Youth (u-12) $25
Admission for each Double Header
Metro Centre Seating
Here is a simple seating plan of the Metro Centre. Use it to select your preferred locations before calling in to order tickets.
Some prefer watching basketball from the corners, like Sections 4 and 5.
Row V is quite high, yet still a good place to watch championship
basketball in a full house.
Staying downtown?For out-of-town fans going to Halifax, here is a little map that shows the locations of the major venues for the Tournament; the Metro Centre, and The Halifax Sheraton. It shows the location of downtown hotels near the Metro Centre. All are first-class.
(These maps are a couple of years old. Some names may have changed but the places are essentially the same. A pub or hoterl may have a new name, but odds are you'll find the same bartender there.)
A secret to picking a good location is to study the pedways and tunnels, the coloured lines on the map. If the weather is bad, (it seldom is in Halifax) you will be mostly indoors, under cover.
You can stay at the Prince George, and be totally indoors for the three days of the tournament, by taking the tunnel to the World Trade Centre, then escalators up to the Metro Centre.
From hotels connected through Scotia Square you can now walk directly in to the World Trade Center and Metro Centre through a new tunnel under Duke Street, opened in 1996.
The passage from WTC to the Metro Centre is through an office corridor that may be shut down after hours. If it is closed, you can easily step outside and re-enter through a nearby door to continue on your way.
Don't ask about amenities. The hotels all have their own, and the area is crammed with eating and drinking spots. Check out Argyle and Grafton Streets to begin.
A block left on Granville Street is NS Sport Heritage Museum. Worth a visit, if you want to get outside and get some fresh air. While there you can shoot some baskets, play a bit of one-on-one, or shoot some pucks at a Tony Esposito.