MARITIME INTERMEDIATE “A” BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS
The Bottlers resurrected a town program, which had self-destructed in a run for the Canadian Senior Championship in 1966. After a couple of seasons at the Intermediate “B” level, the team jumped to the Intermediate “A” level for the 1960-1970 season.
Under the sponsorship of Woodstock Bottling, the team captured the Maritime title in its first attempt in 1970.
The Bottlers competed in the highly competitive Maine-New Brunswick League, finishing in second place behind Presque Isle with a 12-6 win-loss record.
In the provincial semi-finals, the Bottlers swept the Saint John Schooners, the defending Maritime champions, by scores of 63-50 and 60-40 in a two-game, total-point series. The win allowed the Bottlers to advance to the provincial final against the Bathurst Bullets.
The Bullets took advantage of home court in game one to notch an 86-65 win and a seemingly insurmountable lead going to the second and final game.
An effective full-court press, along with a full squad of players, saw the Bottlers wipe out the 21-point deficit by the 10-minute mark, en route to a convincing 109-69 victory.
The Maritime final, held in Woodstock, saw the bottlers down the Nova Scotia champions, Halifax YMCA, by scores of 79-59 and 71-70. The Bottlers generated a large fan following as evident by the sell-outs at all home playoff games. Where else could adults and students receive entertainment for $1.00 and $0.50 admission, respectively?
The victory illustrated that Woodstock and Carleton County continued to be a hotbed of provincial basketball, a legend that still exists today.
~ INDUCTION MAY 14, 2011 ~