Yesterday was a special day for basketball in Portage la Prairie. For the first time in over a decade, the two high schools in town saw their varsity boys' basketball teams go head-to-head.

In the opening game of the PCI Trojans Classic, Portage Collegiate defeated the Westpark Royals 84-69 in a highly competitive affair. Trojans forward Ben Thess says it was really cool to play against some familiar faces.

"I had two friends on the other side, Rhett (Britton) and Aden (Fawcett). They're great basketball players, and it was fun to play against them," Thess continues. "I had only played with them before, and they definitely gave us a run for our money."

PCI now moves to the winning side of the tournament bracket, while Westpark will be competing for the consolation championship. The Royals are back in action today at 9 a.m., and PCI will return to the court at noon. 

Thess describes what the Trojans will have to do to win a trophy on their home court.

"We'll definitely have to move the ball more. Push the ball and just be patient. Don't force anything."

The forward says it's always fun to host a tournament.

"It's actually really great. Not needing to travel and having all of our friends and family out to watch, it's fun."

Both Westpark and PCI will be using this tournament to prepare for a playoff run. The Royals are set to host the AA finals on Tuesday, while the Trojans play their last home game of the regular season on Wednesday.