The Notre Dame Hounds (Wilcox, Saskatchewan) improved their record to 2-2 last night with a 92-86 win over the previously undefeated Toronto Basketball Academy. The opening game of the National Preparatory Association’s Holiday Challenge marked the Hounds NPA debut in Ontario, where the team made a statement against the previous front runners in the league.

The Hounds were led by a dominant performance from Jashon Henry, who dropped 28 points in the win and picked up some serious interest from post secondary schools on both sides of the border.

Adefolarin “Fo-Fo” Adetogun added 17 for the Hounds and led the team from the point with authority, between him and Henry the Hounds looked poised and ready to take over the NPA this season. The Hounds play with a fire in their bellies that comes from hailing from Sask, a province that goes unnoticed for its basketball talent.

Henry picked up his first NCAA D1 offer from St. Bonaventure after the game, and has been garnering interest from top CIS schools, including Carleton. This was Henry’s first game in Ontario, and he made an announcement to North America with his performance, putting everyone on notice about the Sask talent that has been making waves this year.

Toronto Basketball Academy suffered their first loss of the NPA season, dropping to 6-1 at the hands of Notre Dame. Despite a solid contributions from Eman-Yak Eman with 29, and Adham Eleeda with 22, TBA was left shorthanded during the Christmas break, playing without Jace Colley and Lascel Tyndale.

Floor General Cordell Veira also added 14 in the loss, and could have used some additional tools in order to help his squad to a potential 7-0 start to the year.

Without some of their regular rotation available to them, TBA had other players step up and contribute despite the loss.

In other NPA action, Mississauga’s GTA Prep battled against Canada Topflight Academy and found their first win in the NPA, taking home a 63-62 win over the squad from Ottawa, Ontario.

GTA Prep’s DeAndre Pierre was able to separate his squad from their opponent with this game-winner. Scampering down the sideline with less than 10 seconds left on the clock, Pierre was able to connect on a pretty floater. Off one leg. From beyond the arc. The bucket provided an exciting finish for the first night of the Holiday Challenge and definitely set the tone for the rest of competition.

Stay tuned to the NPA Holiday Challenge as it takes place at Central Tech at 725 Bathurst St. in Toronto. Be sure to hit up NorthPoleHoops.com to check out all the Live Streams of the action.

Sean Marranca

Written by Sean Marranca

Sean Marranca is an NPH Correspondent covering Canadian Basketball from high school to the NBA. Follow him on Twitter @Sean_NPH

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