BRAMPTON, ON- Peel regions finest participated in the inaugural Peel All Star game held at Sheridan College Thursday night. Both sides came out firing on all cylinders, but it was the North side that pulled away late with a 107-89 victory.
After watching a thrilling performance from both the North and South sides, it was the newly crowned Mr. Peel Basketball and Sheridan Commit, Dylan Periana who stood out amongst the rest. A confident floor general, Dylan is able to use his speed despite his size to not only get to the rim, but hit the outside shot consistently.
Dylan couldn’t have asked for a better way to end his senior campaign as not only being regarded as one of Peel’s greatest players this season, but also leading his St. Marguerite d’Youville team to a Tier One Championship.
“It feels good man I would have never expected it, it’s just overwhelming” Periana added.
Head coach of the Brampton Centennial Bucks and convener of the event, Louis Pahis reflected on what the night meant for the under-rated and unknown players, “It’s good for these kids to get exposure, some of these kids come from tier two schools, so there not necessarily seen, but they’ve got a lot of talent.”
An avid contributor to the local Canadian basketball scene, Pahis feels, “It’s important to have events in Canada like this and to do something for the kids. We talk a lot about the kids going down south, but we forget about the kids here.”
Shaquille Keith 6’3 SF, Fletcher’s Meadow, 2011-
Shaquille is a talented wing player who can slash coast to coast effectively. Keith has a decent mid range game and is polished under the glass as he is not only an effective rebounder, but can hit shots with contact.
Mile Pajovic 6’0 PG, Glenforest, 2011-
Pajovic is not tremendously quick or athletic but uses his great basketball IQ to see the floor and get his teammates involved. He has the ability to move without the ball and hit the outside shot on occasion. Mile must continue to work on his strength and quickness and attack the rim more efficiently.
Matthew Taylor 6’4 SF, Chinguacousy, 2012-
Taylor is a freakishly gifted athlete who can quite simply jump out of the building. He is a nightmare on fast break opportunities and uses his long frame to crash the boards at all times. He will continue to get stronger as he is only in Grade 11, but should definitely look to improve his jump shot.
Marko Pirovic 6’5 F, Robert F. Hall, 2012-
One of the youngest players in tonight’s game, Pirovic reminded me of your typical fundamental European forward. He will not overwhelm opponents with his physicality and athleticism, but he is able to do all the little things right. Marko is a solid defender, but needs to improve his lateral quickness. He must continue to be aggressive and attack the boards at all times. The sky is the limit for this kid, look for big things in the coming year.