West Coast Classic Recap

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PHOTO COURTESY: RON HOLE

RICHMOND,BC–The third annual West Coast Classic wrapped up Sunday night, after a great weekend of hoops at the Richmond Olympic Oval. The event was loaded with all the usual top talent out in B.C. and a few players that made the trip out to the oval from Seattle.

Some of the highlights from the weekend included the three point shootout, the dunk contest and a wheel chair match up between the National Team and Quebec.

The three point shootout was won by Matt Mills who was on fire hitting 15 threes in a minute in the first round and then catching fire and hitting 19 in the final round up against Neb Aleksic.

Mills was a key player for UNBC when they won a CCAA national championship.

The dunk contest finals was between Roger Sheung, and BC dunk contest legend Josh Masters.

Masters has been winning dunk contests around B.C. since the mid to late 90’s so he has been around this scene for a long time.

However, Roger Sheung was by far the best dunker of the day though and took home the dunk contest crown.

In the final of the tourney it was team Serbia who was led by Joey Haywood [entering his first year in the D-league this coming season].

Team Serbia was up against “The School” who is coming fresh off a tourney win at Hoop Fest. The School consists of a many Trinity Western alum, but also have former CIS standouts on the team.

The school got out to a fast start and never looked back as they won the game by 30 points. Former CIS player of the year, Jacob Doerksen came out of the gate on fire and hit five threes in the first ten minutes to build the lead, and before you knew it they were up 20 points early.

The duo of Tonner Jackson and Jacob Doerksen were too much to handle for team Serbia inside, the School also had great three point shooting from former SFU standout Jeremy Neufeld and Trinity Western Alum Luis Hurd.

The School is becoming a dynasty out here in B.C. as they have dominated a few of the big summer tournaments over the past few years.

The West Coast Classic was a perfect way to wrap up a great summer of basketball events out in B.C.

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