It’s win or go home. Thon Maker and Athlete Institute will match up in the semi finals against Justin Jackson and The Hill Academy tonight  at 6:30 in the first game of double header action.

That game will be followed by the number one seed Orangeville Prep who will have a young and hungry Bill Crothers to go up against. O-Prep is expected to walk out of this one on top, meaning, it would be considered a major upset if Bill Crothers won.

Game 1

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Battlefield – Athlete Institute. The General – Godwin Boehen.

Boahen is one of the leagues top producers averaging 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

Besides this being a semi-final game in the OSBA playoffs, there is underlying meaning for him as starting point guard for the Hill Academy, Boahen is playing for a championship and to prove he is an All-Canadian caliber player.

Boahen was recently snubbed of a spot in the BioSteel All-Canadian Game. His teammates are just as furious as him and will be coming hard tonight at Athlete Institute.

Lionheart for A. I is world renowned Thon Maker. Another top producer in the OSBA with 29 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks per game.

He is not interested in any of the emotions involved and approaches the game the same every night.

He has been getting a lot of help from Nicola Djogo and his brother Matur, with Dontae Mitchell having that X-Factor affect at times.

There’s length and versatility on both sides. It’s going to be a war no matter how you put it, Canadian Prep supremacy is on the line.

In Justin Jackson’s final season before entering college I’m sure he’s looking to leave on a high note in an all out fashion. Whoever defends him will have a lot on their plate.

Game 2

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Emmanuel Miller (2019) was instrumental in the win for Bill Crothers in the game against BTB that opened up the inaugural OSBA Playoffs and got the BCSS Colts into the next round. It was a breakout performance with 28 points and 15 rebounds. They’ll need a similar performance from him tonight. Daquan Berry, Stefan Smith and MiyKah McIntosh all stepped up at different times in game one, this time it’s going to matter more.

Ignas Brazdeikis is a guy you have to be worried about if you’re Bill Crothers, a bonofide bucket getter, who may go for 20 and 10 easily. The issue is, it’s not just Iggy that Crothers needs to contain.

Kalif Young is a problem on his lonesome, with his low post presence and passing ability. There is no one on Bill Crothers roster that will be able to keep him from establishing position when he wants it. BCSS may elect to try Cole Lawrence to distract Young with the length.

There will be several NCAA schools in to see Eugene Omoruyi so he will continue with his all season production.

Then there’s guys like Jaelin Llewellyn, Daniel Cummings and Jahvon Blair who are capable of having big games as well.

We’ll see how well Bill Crothers plays against this Orangeville depth in the second game of the night.

Join us live for the action as we’ll be streaming beginning at 6:30pm ET.

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.

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