TORONTO,ON–This week has been a busy one for all Canadian basketball players as they prep for nationals for both the boys and girls 15U and 17U. Although schools out for the summer, Flight Unit has provided an opportunity for student athletes to remember the importance of their education while excelling in their respective sport. In this case, the sport was the beloved game of basketball.
The day kicked off with a Canada vs USA rookie game. The Canadian team easily won this first game with a few rising prospects being; Nevelle Provo, Justin Jackson, , Kamar McKnight, Jamar Martin, Anthony Pate, Jamar Ergas and from the American side Da’jon Streeter.
All players where letting it fly from long range throughout the course of the day but when it came time for the 3-point shootout, Michigan Wolverine commit, & NPH #2-Ranked Nick Stauskus once again awed the crowed with his smooth stroke. In the first round he managed to put in 12 from beyond, then dropped in the second round to 6 and finished off with 8 3’s in the finals to capture the Flight Games 2011 – 3-point shootout.
T.Dot King of the Rim Slam Dunk Competition
All participants seemed to have cold feet, as they weren’t getting up as high as they normally would and missing dunks they normally put down fairly easy. Sonny Weems of the Toronto Raptors was in attendance as one of the judges and expected to see some action. That is precisely what Shaquille Keith of the Northern Kings AAU team delivered. Keith took this competition with ease throwing down a tomahawk that was awarded 9’s and 10’s across the board.
Sonny Weems with Nova Scotia’s Mandrez Downey & Acadia Commit Shaq Smith
Senior All-Star Game
This game was the most anticipated part of the evening and started off in a back and forth battle between Canada and USA All-Stars. Team USA was made up of players from North East Basketball Club in Buffalo, NY. Da’jon Streeter, who completed this past school year at St. Benedict’s Prep, participated in both games and gave his team 15 of their 25 in the first half. The Canadians were just too much to handle with the hustle play of Shaq Keith, Shaq Smith, Nick Stauskas. Keith put in a couple of long bombs late in the second half to pull away for a strong lead as the Canadians finished with a 72-57 final.