Grade 8 basketball wizard Nick Desjardins goes in for a lay up against a Mt. Sentinel defender. The Crowe teams all get set for playoffs this week with the Grade 8 boys team traveling to Slocan Wednesday.

Grade 8 basketball wizard Nick Desjardins goes in for a lay up against a Mt. Sentinel defender. The Crowe teams all get set for playoffs this week with the Grade 8 boys team traveling to Slocan Wednesday.

Trail teams jump into March madness

The Trail Men’s Basketball Association starts shooting for the championship trophy as playoffs get underway this week.

The Trail Men’s Basketball Association starts shooting for the championship trophy as playoffs get underway this week.

In what has been one of the closest seasons in TMBL history, it took the last week of play to determine the top four seeds and the playoffs are stacking up to be just as exciting.

Last night the fourth and fifth place teams, Castlegar Realty and Adrenaline Adventures tipped off in an elimination match.

The winner moves on to play first place Northport Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the J. L. Crowe gymnasium while the loser takes a seat in the bleacher. The second place Mota Automotive plays third place Rock Island at 7:45 p.m.

The consolation and finals wind up on Mar. 7 with the consolation final going at 6:30 p.m. and the finals at 7:45 p.m.

Highschool Basketball

It’s a frantic week in high school basketball. J. L. Crowe Grade 8 boys travel to South Slocan for a six-team playoff tournament at Mount Sentinel Wednesday while the Crowe Grade 8 girls will host half a dozen teams on Thursday with action starting at 9 a.m. in the Crowe Gym.

The Junior Girls and Boys also hit the road for Friday and Saturday games. The boys tip off at L. V. Rogers in Nelson in a seven-team round robin tournament while the girls are at Stanley Humphries in Castlegar.

The J. L. Crowe Senior boys team were in tough against a strong opposition in Grand Forks on the weekend. Nelson’s L. V. Rogers are off to the AA provincials after capturing the AA West Kootenay Zone tournament. The high school hoops squad defeated David Thompson Secondary of Invermere 64-49 in the final on Saturday afternoon.