Vanier Cheetahs Claims Title, Sun Youth Tourny Loaded with Canadian Basketball Talent!
The Vanier Cheetahs came in hungry, and left full.
The 34th Sun Youth Classic belongs to Vanier College, after a hard fought win over fellow CEGEP contingent Natinally ranked #8 John Abbott.
The championship game was a chess match between Coach David King and Nathan Grant, who stepped in for Andy Hertzog, using this experience as a grow
The soldiers on the battle field were more than just pawns however…more like rooks and bishops with their I.Q and versatility.
That being said, it took strong efforts from the biggest horse on the field for check mate; I’m talking about Schneider Suffrard who came alive in the second half, producing 11 of his 16 points in the third and fourth frames.
It granted the 6’5 do-it-all forward MVP hardware.
Abdul-Rahman Kamane, who was very productive for Vanier throughout the weekend, added 17 points.
It would be the first time in years that a Montreal-based team won the prestigious tournament.
For John Abbott, Justin Owen-Renwick was a rock all weekend at the PG spot. He controlled the pace of the game, broke pressure, attacked the rim, and made shots. He was granted team MVP, en route to his game-high 21 points.
Tournament of the Year?
Big thanks to the Sun Youth organization for hosting NorthPoleHoops and bringing together quality talent of various levels.
Practically every week, NPH is on the ground floor at various tournaments. When taking into consideration the depth of talent and new discoveries found at Sun Youth, it is quite possibly the tournament of the year thus far, in large part due to the grit and toughness displayed every game. Teams played hard in a truly beautiful basketball environment at Sun Youth–effort didn’t have to be asked for, it was understood–you have no choice but to bring your A-game, knowing the history behind this tournament.
Henry Bourassa – Ball Hard
The way basketball should be played—relentlessly. This group of 11th graders captured bronze despite being the youngest team in the tournament! In some cases, these boys competed against opposition as much as five years older.
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Thetford Academy VS Ottawa Guardsmen – Big time basketball
What a game. Ottawa jumped on Thetford, taking a 20-2 lead to start the game.
However, Thetford displayed resilience in their comeback to ultimately earn a hardfought win.
This game was laced with future NCAA and CIS next level talent, making for an exciting above the rim affair.
Joshua Kaloumallah of the Ottawa Guardsmen is a very intriguing prospect out of Gatineau, QC—the same region which produced Olivier Hanlan, Kevin Zabo among others.
At 6’4, JK is a playmaking wing blessed with physical tools combined with a full skill set, and a creative mind.