Dawson College’s 40th annual Fall Classic is right around the corner just waiting to jumpstart this year’s basketball season on the upcoming weekend from October 7th – 9th. The Fall Classic will occur in the Dawson’s gymnasium (Tony Proudfoot Gymnasium), bringing four local teams and four out-of-province teams to face off in Men’s Division 1 preseason games.
Gavin Sealy, the college’s athletic coordinator highlights the Fall Classic as an important tradition for the school saying, “It brings the student body together and showcases the best [basketball teams] of Quebec and Ontario before nationals”.
The tournament will proceed as follows; the teams will be split into two pools:
Pool A will consist of the four local teams and Pool B will be made up of the four Ontario teams. Each team in Pool A will play against each team in Pool B once. After each team has played their four games, the teams will be ranked one through eight. Based on the teams’ performances and their wins, teams will face each other for bronze, silver and gold medals on Sunday, October 9th.
Each game will last one hour and forty-five minutes and no overtime will be given for these games, except for the playoff rounds. If a tiebreaker is needed, the first regulation is who beats who. If a three-way tie occurs or two teams are tied and they are in the same division, then the next tiebreaker is a cumulative point spread of all four games. If there is another tie, “points for” is next followed by “points against” in the event of another tie. In the very unlikely situation where we still have a tie, “most foul shot points”, followed by “most 3-pointers” will be used.
After the teams are ranked in the standings, the playoff matches will ensue as follows:
The second placed team will play against the first placed team for gold and silver while the third placed team will play versus the fourth placed team for bronze.
After last week’s practice, a few of the players spoke about their optimism on the upcoming Fall Classic and most of the players seemed to say the same thing. One of Dawson’s veterans, Peter Delepaz is in his fifth semester of Social Sciences and says “the Fall Classic is a test to see if we’re ready to start our season and if all of the summer training pulled off. It gives us time to focus on what we can change and improve before the season begins”.
Not only are the players and staff excited about this event but so are the students. Zarya Senior, a third semester Travel and Tourism student who is part of the Game Staff says, “It’s an exciting event for college basketball. I love sports so the environment of a sports tournament is a lot of fun! It is especially important for the athletes who have the hopes of receiving a scholarship for basketball.”
Come out and support your fellow Blues at the Fall Classic from October 7-9th! Tickets will be $2 for Dawson students with their ID cards and $3 for any other student, $5 for adults and ages 0-12 are free!