Zach MacDonald is quick to admit his basketball skills aren’t as sharp as they used to be when he walked off the North Nova basketball court in 2009, but he was enjoying getting to reunite with some former teammates and fellow North Nova grads Friday at a basketball tournament for Pictou County basketball alumni.
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An alumni basketball tournament was held Friday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Pictured from left are: Marcus MacLean, Tyler MacDonald and Zach MacDonald.
“It’s just fun to catch up with buddies,” he said. “That’s pretty much what it’s all about. You get busy and don’t have as much time to play as you used to.”
The tradition is an old one, started by Anse MacDonald who for years held basketball tournaments at New Glasgow Junior High where teams from all the old high schools in Pictou County would try to best each other. After that school closed though, the tournaments stopped for a couple years. That is until this year when Shane Hampton decided to revive it.
“I just wanted to try to reach out to the tradition that has always happened on Boxing Day,” he said. “There’s always been quite an alumni basketball community around the county.”
They held the tournament at the Wellness Centre on Friday since the centre was closed on Boxing Day.
In an effort to include more people, he also invited the former female players to come out and take part.
Those who came brought donations for the food bank, shot hoops and chatted.
Marcus MacLean, a 2012 graduate remembers as a student going to watch the alumni games every year, though he was too young to play. He said he’s happy to see it being revived and was glad to get out and take part.
“That’s how we all got back together,” he said.
Hampton said he will try to continue the tradition next year and hopes to see more people come out and support it.