Posted: November 18, 2012
The twentieth annual Miramichi Hoop Classic was held at James M. Hill and Miramichi Valley High School this past weekend. The sixteen team tournament saw the Sussex Lady Sonics knock off the Rothesay Redhawks to bring home the banner on the girls’ side of the tournament. The hometown James M. Hill Tommies held off the Bernice MacNaughton Highlanders to capture the boys’ championship. The Miramichi Valley Pulamoo boys squad posted two wins and a loss to capture the consolation final on the boys side of the tournament. The Pulamoo were dropped 63 – 36 by Bernice MacNaughton of Moncton in their opening game on Friday afternoon. Travis Valanne led the way for the Pulamoo with a game high 13 points. Michael Tozer chipped in with 12 and Brett Gallant added 9. The Highlanders were sparked by Morgan Tatlock and Brett Pierce with 9 points apiece. The Pulamoo bounced back in their second game of the day on Friday to knock off the Bathurst High Phantoms by a score of 62 – 58. Travis Valanne once again lead the Pulamoo with 12 points and Brett Gallant netted 10. The Phantoms were led by the 20 point performance of Nicholas MacDonald. Jamie Oldford added 17 in the loss. On Saturday, the Pulamoo knocked off the Dalhousie Condors by a score of 72 – 55 in the consolation final. Mitchell Landry stepped up with a great game and scored 18 points to lead the way for the winners. Travis Valanne and Brett Gallant both dropped in 11 apiece for the Pulamoo. The Condors were led by the 24 point performance of Cody Gallie and Brady Oakes netted 16. The Pulamoo will return to action this weekend when the travel to Rothesay to participate in the Redhawks’ Invitational tournament.