Silver Fox Invitational Features Top HS Teams in the Country!
The Silver Fox Invitational tips off this Thursday, January 29 in Hamilton, Ontario.
The Fox committee has once again done a fantastic job of compiling several of the top teams in Ontario, along with Manitoba’s top squad Oak Park.
“I think the tournament is very strong from a competitive standpoint,” explained tournament convenor Jim Weatherbee. “Any of the top four seeds could be upset, and any in the top 12 or 14 area are capable of winning the tournament.”
#NPHTop25 Nationally-Ranked Teams
- #6 St Francis
- #7 Pine Ridge
- #8 Oakwood
- #10 D’Youville
- #11 Corpus Christi
- #14 Thornlea
- #15 Oak Park
- #16 Saltfleet
- #17 St Mary’s
- #18 MacNab
- #23 Bishop Reding
How Good is Saltfleet?
Saltfleet Secondary out of Hamilton, Ontario is a host team for the Silver Fox, defending AAA OFSAA champions and a well coached squad with star guard Nikola Djogo accompanied with a strong supporting cast.
Holding a 17-3 record, Saltfleet has been a part of the #NPHTop25 National High School Rankings all year, and for the first time since taking on #2 SJK, they will compete against fellow Top 25 squads; this tournament, which could be a defining moment to their season.
Holy Trinity, currently on the outside looking in, is Saltfleet’s first round match up game; this one could go either way as the Oakville boys have talented youth with speed and athleticism. Saltfleet is a veteran squad, making them a slight favourite.
#17 St Mary’s VS #23 Bishop Reding
Both teams have had their ups and downs throughout the season, having yet to play to their potential, but the Silver Fox will be an ideal opportunity to right the ship. Another very good first round match up featuring top Canadian prospects including Christian David, Xavier Ochu, Tesloth Simon, Jermaine Lyle, Tyrique Thompson to name a few.
Oak Park Will be Tested
The lone out of province team is making the trip from Manitoba–Oak Park is a strong favourite to win their provincial title, arguably MB’s top team, although Kildonan East may have something to say about that.
Oak Park holds a 12-1 record as they enter the Silver Fox, featuring four provincial team members (that won nationals) including twin towers 6’9 William Kohler, and 6’8 UBC commit Roger Milne, and William Sesay.
They take on a solid Thornlea squad that made some noise early in the season, and return their star guard Jaaden Lewis, following an ankle injury.
“We are very happy with the representation across Ontario, and the highlight will be hosting Oak Park from Winnipeg,” said Weatherbee.
“It will be a good test for them, the curiousity of what they will bring is something of an interest for coaches and baskeball people.”
Stay tuned for updated #NPHTop25 set for release tomorrow!
Silver Fox Schedule
Thursday January 29th
Game 1 5:00 pm Glendale SS Cathedral vs. Sir Allan MacNab
Game 2 6:30 pm Glendale SS St Jean de Brebeuf vs. Corpus Christi
Game 3 5:00 pm Saltfleet DHS Westdale vs. Cardinal Newman
Game 4 6:30 pm Saltfleet DHS Holy Trinity vs. Saltfleet
Game 5 8:00 pm Saltfleet DHS St. Mary’s (Kitchener) vs. Bishop Reding
Friday January 30th
Game 6 10:00 am Glendale SS Centennial vs. St. Patrick’s (Sarnia)
Game 7 10:00 am Saltfleet DHS Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 5
Game 8 10:00 am C Newman Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 9 10:00 am Bishop Ryan St. Patrick (Ottawa) vs. West Humber
Game 10 11:30 am Saltfleet DHS Thornlea vs. Oak Park
Game 11 11:30 am C Newman Winner Game 3 vs. Pine Ridge
Game 12 11:30 am Bishop Ryan Winner Game 1 vs. Oakwood
Game 13 2:30 pm Glendale SS Winner Game 6 vs. St. Francis
Game 14 2:30 pm Saltfleet DHS Loser Game 6 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 15 2:30 pm C Newman Winner Game 9 vs. St. Marguerite D’Youville
Game 16 4:00 pm B Ryan QF Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 11
Game 17 4:00 pm Glendale SS Loser Game 9 vs. Loser Game 10
Game 18 4:00 pm Saltfleet QF Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 12
Game 19 7:00 pm Glendale SS Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 14
Game 20 7:00 pm Saltfleet DHS Loser Game 12 vs. Winner Game 14
Game 21 7:00 pm C Newman Loser Game 15 vs. Winner Game 8
Game 22 7:00 pm Bishop Ryan Loser Game 13 vs. Winner Game 7
Game 23 8:30 pm Glendale QF Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 15
Game 24 8:30 pm Saltfleet QF Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 13
Game 25 8:30 pm C Newman Loser Game 11 vs. Winner Game 17
Game 26 8:30 pm Bishop Ryan Loser Game 17 vs. Loser Game 8
Saturday January 31st
Game 27 9:00 am Glendale SS Winner Game 25 vs. Winner Game 21
Game 28 9:00 am Saltfleet DHS Winner Game 22 vs. Winner Game 20
Game 29 10:30 am Glendale SS Loser Game 23 vs. Loser Game 16
Game 30 10:30 am Saltfleet DHS Loser Game 24 vs. Loser Game 18
Game 31 noon Glendale SF Winner Game 23 vs. Winner Game 16
Game 32 noon Saltfleet SF Winner Game 24 vs. Winner Game 18
Game 33 1:30 pm Saltfleet DHS Loser Game 28 vs. Loser Game 27 S W Laurier Final
Game 34 1:30 pm Glendale SS Winner Game 28 vs. Winner Game 28 Roach/Towler Final
Game 35 3:00 pm Saltfleet DHS Loser Game 30 vs. Loser Game 29 McLean/Newton Final
Game 36 4:30 pm Saltfleet DHS Winner Game 30 vs. Winner Game 29 Joe Raso Final
Game 37 6:00 pm Saltfleet DHS Loser Game 32 vs. Loser Game 31 Ken Omerod Final (3rd)
Game 38 7:30 pm Saltfleet DHS Winner Game 32 vs. Winner Game 31 Championship