Pacers and Sun Devils set for annual crosstown matchup
The Delta Pacers and South Delta Sun Devils senior boys' basketball teams are gearing up for their annual crosstown matchup, the Stebbings-Murray Cup, next Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Organizer Lewis Spencer says the game is one of the local highlights of the AAA basketball season.
"They look forward to this one all season."
Last year saw the Pacers beat the Sun Devils in overtime, 80-77. This year, however, South Delta will have home court advantage.
With league play in the competitive AAA Fraser Valley South West conference heating up, both the Pacers and Sun Devils will be looking for wins to help them in their quest to qualify for the B.C. Boys AAA Basketball Championship in March.
While the Sun Devils advance to the semi-finals of the Fraser Valley championships last season, it's the Delta Pacers who look impressive out of the gates this season.
The Delta Pacers went 7-3 in exhibition play through the month of December, and were 2-2 in a recent road trip south of the border against American teams in Washington State.
Delta hosts the Bill Kushnir Memorial Tournament, Jan. 24 to 26.
The Stebbings-Murray Cup is named for former Sun Devils coach Bob Stebbings and former Pacers coach Neil Murray.
Spencer said both retired coaches plan to be on hand for Tuesday's game and will be presenting the cup to the winner. Game time is 7 p.m. at SDSS.