Roshean Keen Leads the Charge as Sheridan Bruins Run By Fanshawe
BRAMPTON, ON–The #8-ranked college team in the country, Fanshawe (London, ON) visited the #5-ranked Sheridan Bruins in OCAA action for what shaped up to be an impressive 81-63 victory in favour of Sheridan.
In speaking with Bruins Head Coach Jim Flack, it was evident that the ground work has been laid for success. Sheridan has enjoyed a rich history of high level basketball and he believes that it trickles down to this current team.
“The key is that there’s an anchor and a tradition here at Sheridan worth over 50 years of excellence that they know they have to live up to…and it’s not all about basketball, we’re talking about becoming better people and preparing them for the working world.”
The Bruins roster is composed of great length and athleticism with multiple players capable of playing above the rim. This is an interesting group with personalities coming from different paths leading up to wearing the blue and white.
Team depth was evident as five different players reached double figures lead by 6’5 forward Roshean Keen, who registered a team-high 14 points while gobbling up rebounds and racking up over five blocks. Simply put, Keen stuffed the stat sheet and consistently made winning plays on both ends, a major contributor to the victory.
“I want to come in, bring energy, go hard and hustle…anything that can help my team get to the next level,” said Keen on his efficient game.
“He’s very comfortable coming off the bench…he is very important, he protects the glass; between him and Jamal (McQueen), it’s not easy to get a shot up from the interior,” explained Flack referring to Keen.
Dylan Periana (13), Jahmal McQueen (13), Trevor Williams (12) and Kadeem Hall (10) also reached double-figures, portraying the depth of this Sheridan squad.
Bruins leading scorer Michael Selkridge who entered this game as the tenth leading scorer in the nation, averaging 20 PPG, added seven points in the victory.
For Fanshawe, it was 6’8 John Brutto who asserted himself particularly in the second half scoring in multiple ways in the paint and registering a team-high 16 points. Gareth Edwards and Boyd Vassell added 13 & 10 respectively.
With the victory, Sheridan moves to 13-2 on the season, good for the number one spot in the OCAA West division. Fanshawe slides to 12-4, currently holding the number three spot in the same division.
Although this Bruins team is talented and capable of making a deep push this season, Flack is not quite ready to roll down the red carpet for his players.
“I think last year we could have won a championship, but we were knocked out of the first round by Georgian. It’s a 40-minute game and just because we’re good, there’s no promise of any championship..and it does require a little bit of luck,” Flack told NPH.
What does Roshean Keen think?
“I believe we can win it all; if we play hard, no one can stop us.”
Well said by both.