Silver Fox Champions For 8th Time - Oakwood Barons

Silver Fox Champions For 8th Time – Oakwood Barons

HAMILTON, ON–For the eighth time in the 43-year history of the Teachers Life Silver Fox Invitational, the #3 nationally ranked Oakwood Barons have captured the championship; this time over Thornlea by a score of 61-49 in an entertaining back and forth final. Oakwood bulldozed through competition in the rounds leading up to the finals, but it took them four quarters to put away Thornlea for good.

Graduating and uncommitted power forward of the Barons, Brody Clarke left Hamilton clinching MVP honours after a 22-point performance in the finals. He is the third person from the Clarke family to be named MVP; after father and assistant coach of the Barons Norm, and brother Julian.

His strength in the interior was too much to handle for Thornlea big man Marvin Ngonadi, as he positioned himself in the low post for entry passes which he converted into buckets.

Silver Fox MVP - Brody Clarke

Silver Fox MVP – Brody Clarke

Thornlea continued to show that they were playing their best basketball of the year by keeping this one within reach until midway through the fourth quarter. Kadeem Smithen was once again their leader in scoring with 19 and created much of the offense for his team. His production, tight handle and series of offensive moves makes him the craftiest player in the tournament and a First Team All-Star. Cameron Crieghtney of Thornlea was also named First Team All-Star at the Fox. Crieghtney’s defensive efforts put a lot of pressure on ball handlers and made decisions tough.

For most possessions, Smithen was guarded by an intense and active D’wan Williams. Williams did a good job staying in front of Smithen until he started getting caught in screens or being forced to switch. Smithen’s ability to create off the dribble gave Thornlea a chance at sticking around.

Ngonadi did not have the affect on the game that we thought he would have and that can be attributed to Clarke not allowing him to catch and secure position in the high and low post.

Calvin Epistola would hit some timely trey balls and cleaned up at the charity stripe to secure a strong lead. Epistola has continued to be the most consistent and efficient player on this team and makes an impact in so many ways.

The Barons continued to let off bombs from all over the perimeter as each of the starters made one in the second half. MVP Brody Clarke stepped up and showed an extended shooting range, where he connected twice from long distance on just two attempts in the second half.

Oakwood did a good job clutching on to the lead and ensuring that Thornlea doesn’t have a surge of momentum. They slowed down the game in the final minutes and forced Thornlea to foul them and take it to the charity stripe.

The next time that these two teams meet is unknown as the only time left is the possibility of bumping into one another at OFSAA, considering both teams make it.


Merivale Earns Respect

Merivale Picks Up Bronze At Silver Fox Invitational

Merivale Picks Up Bronze At Silver Fox Invitational

Action from the 3rd place game featured Ottawa’s surprise in Merivale who defeated two ranked opponents in this tournament, both Father Henry Carr and Pine Ridge in the bronze medal game. They had a strong outing and had multiple players contribute in their wins. The only game that they lost in this tournament was to gold medal finalists Thornlea who created multiple mismatches.

This is a team that proved they can knock down the three with consistency, but their strength was also their weakness at times as they live and die by the three ball. Marwan Saeed was on fire in the bronze medal game along with Kevin Metelus who combined for 30 points. Once they learn to open up the floor and get scoring opportunities around the basket they will be a much stronger team.

A city battle will take place this Tuesday in Ottawa as Merivale takes on Immaculata, both hoping to snap each others regular season perfect records of  8-0.


Special Thank You

A special thanks goes out to Jim Weatherbee and the Teachers Life Silver Fox committee for the organization of this first class high school event. The @NorthPoleHoops team looks forward to being back annually, to one of the top high school tournaments in the country!



Brody Clarke – Oakwood (Toronto)

1st Team All Stars

Shymar Brewster – Merivale (Ottawa)
Calvin Epistola – Oakwood (Toronto)
Cameron Crieghtney – Thornlea (Thornhill)
Kadeem Smithen – Thornlea (Thornhill)

2nd Team All Stars

Brandon Chevannes – Father Henry Carr (Etobicoke)
Shamiel Stevenson – Holy Trinity (Oakville)
Umed Hyderi – Merivale (Ottawa)
Jordan Henry – Pine Ridge (Pickering)
Chase Vassell – Pine Ridge (Pickering)

Tournament Director Defensive Player

Russell Baker of Oakwood (Toronto)

Hamilton Spectator 3 point shooting

Tesloth Simon of St. Mary’s (Kitchener) with 32

Bob Knuckle Academic Award supported by Teacher’s Life Society

Nicholas Lapore of St. Thomas More (Hamilton) with a 97.3% average

Ron Kovljenic Fair Play Award

Jordan Sobot of Nelson (Burlington)


Elias Sbiet

Written by Elias Sbiet

Elias is the National Recruiting Analyst at NPH, keeping you up to date with Canadian basketball news on Canada's top prospects. You will find Elias at events across North America providing coverage and evaluating talent. He has been involved in the game as a scout, servicing NCAA, CIS and NBA teams for nearly a decade.


One thought on “Oakwood Barons Capture 8th Silver Fox Championship, Brody Clarke MVP

  1. Terry Petrie says:

    Elias great meeting you at silver fox tourney. Great teams great players and great coaches is what I witnessed at this tourney. My opinion Oakwood looks to take top spot and Brody Clarke (MVP)was a stud in the middle this weekend aswell the Oakwood supporting cast was well up to the task of handling anyone other teams threw at them well coached team !! Surprises ? Sure Ottawa but they walked the walk and beat 2 rank teams congrats ! Another surprise was the host school salt fleet which for there young age showed great resilance when missing there first 6 shots and still keeping Oakwood to only a 2 point lead at half. They did lose by 13 at games end but there team well coached by Dave Omerode kept cool and showed why they are one of the best in the Hamilton wentworth region. This may be a new top 25 or st least HM in the polls. Oh and they are all 16 and back next year. Again love the NPH great job and all the best. 

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