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Basketball Nova Scotia – (HALIFAX, February 28, 2017): In partnership with Basketball Nova Scotia and the Halifax Metro Basketball Association, the Final 8 committee is pleased to announced the addition of a championship game on Saturday March 11 at 6:30pm, prior to the U Sports National Consolation Final, for the Boys 18 & Under league that was created due to the unfortunate cancellation of the High School Basketball season.  Killam Properties will present the Basketball Nova Scotia 18 & Under Championship as part of their sponsorship of the U Sports Final 8.  The U Sports Final 8 Men’s Basketball Championship is the premier elite amateur basketball event in Canada and is returning home to the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax this coming March 9-12, 2017. 

“We have said from the moment we decided to bid that we wanted this event to be more than a series of elite basketball games, we wanted it to be a true celebration of amateur basketball, promoting engagement by basketball players and fans of all ages.  We felt that this was the least we could do to give these athletes a positive basketball experience given what they lost this year through no fault of their own” said Derek Martin, President of Sports & Entertainment Atlantic, producers of the event

The schedule for the U Sports Final 8 Men’s National Basketball Championship will be as follows:

Wednesday, March 8th

7:00pm            U Sports Final 8 All-Canadian Awards Presentation

Thursday, March 9th

12:00pm          U Sports Final 8 Quarterfinal #1

                     U Sports Final 8 Quarterfinal #2

6:00pm            U Sports Final 8 Quarterfinal #3

 U Sports Final 8 Quarterfinal #4 (Featuring the host Dalhousie Tigers)

Friday, March 10th

6:00pm            U Sports Final 8 Consolation Semifinal #1

                     U Sports Final 8 Consolation Semifinal #2

Saturday, March 11th

1:00pm         U Sports Final 8 Semifinal #1 (Rogers Sportsnet National Broadcast)

                     U Sports Final 8 Semifinal #2 (Rogers Sportsnet National Broadcast)

6:30pm         Basketball Nova Scotia18 & Under Boys League Championship Game

                     U Sports Final 8 Consolation Final

Sunday, March 12th

11:30am       U Sports Final 8 Bronze Medal Game

                     U Sports Final 8 National Championship Game (Rogers Sportsnet National Broadcast)


The U Sports Final 8 Men’s National Basketball Championship is returning to Halifax in both 2017 and 2018 featuring the top 8 teams in the country battling it out on the Scotiabank Centre hardwood. From March 9-12, 2017, the defending AUS champion Dalhousie Tigers, led by head coach Rick Plato, will be the host team for the 2017 championship, while the Acadia Axemen, led by head coach Kevin Duffie, will be the host team for the 2018 championship. Both tournaments will be played at the Scotiabank Centre in Downtown Halifax, which has hosted the Men’s Basketball National Championship a record 26 times.

Tournament ticket packages will include a reserved seat of your choice for six (6) doubleheader events.  Tournament package pricing will be $150 for Adults, $125 for Seniors (60+) and only $50 for Students and Youth (12 & under).  All ticket prices include HST but are subject to a processing fee and can be purchased online or by phone through Ticket Atlantic. Tournament floor seats and VIP corporate ticket packages are available exclusively through Sports & Entertainment Atlantic.  Fans interested in purchasing VIP packages can contact Kayla by email or phone 902.444.3773. Individual doubleheader tickets will be available at 11am on Monday March 6, 2017, after the participating teams qualify and the full tournament schedule is confirmed on March 5, 2017.

The U Sport Final 8 is produced by Sports & Entertainment in partnership with Dalhousie Athletics and Acadia Athletics.  The tournament is supported by a group of committed corporate partners locally such as: the Province of Nova Scotia, the Halifax Regional Municipality, O’Regans, Colour, Manulife, IMP Solutions, Labatt, Corby Distilleries, Red Bull, Killam Properties, Grafton Connor, Q104, East Coast Lifestyle, Ambassatours, Atlantic Digital, Downtown Halifax Business Commission, the Westin Nova Scotian and the Scotiabank Centre


For more information contact:

Derek Martin


Sports & Entertainment Atlantic

Office: 902.444.3773 x1

Mobile: 902.441.0187