Walton basketball tournament attracts strong field

(Photo: Gerry Graham)

(Photo: Gerry Graham)

Cathedral High School will be the site for some top-notch senior boys’ high school basketball action this Friday and Saturday (Dec. 6-7).

The fifth-annual Mark Walton Invitational tournament features eight teams, including Etobicoke’s Father Henry Carr Crusaders, Toronto’s Eastern Commerce Saints and Brampton’s St. Marguerite d’Youville Panthers, teams currently ranked among the top five in the Greater Toronto Area.

Also vying for the title will be the host Cathedral Gaels along with two of their Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association rivals – the Cardinal Newman Cardinals and St. Thomas More Knights. Rounding out the field will be the Holy Trinity Titans of Oakville and the defending provincial high school Triple A champion Catholic Central Comets of Windsor.

In Friday’s opener, Eastern Commerce takes on Cathedral, at 9:30 a.m. That’s followed by d’Youville vs. St. Thomas More, at 11 a.m., Henry Carr vs. Holy Trinity, at 12:30 p.m., and Catholic Central against Cardinal Newman, at 2 p.m. The schedule continues with consolation round contests, at 6 p.m., and 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the championship final is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. The consolation final is set for 11:35 a.m. Games to decide seventh and third place take place at 10 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. respectively.

League games in the HWCAA on Tuesday of this week saw Cardinal Newman trounce the Bishop Ryan Celtics, 67-37, Cathedral top the Bishop Tonnos Titans, 57-28, and the St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves defeat the St. Mary Crusaders, 68-59.