TORONTO, ON- While many anticipated a hard fought battle between British Columbia and Manitoba U17’s Wednesday night, it in fact quickly emerged into a dominating performance from a relentless BC squad. Led by their 6’2 guard Mitch Goodwin and astounding play from Isaiah Solomon, BC easily cruised to a 95-67 victory.
The game was never close as British Columbia set the tone early by implementing a full court press, ultimately leading to a 13-0 run to start the first quarter. Manitoba struggled to find any offensive rhythm throughout the first half as BC’s zone found a way to frustrate the Manitoba offense on almost every possession. As a result, BC went into the locker room with a 22 point lead.
BC continued where they left off in the second half and had no signs of letting up. Efficient ball movement and unselfishness was the name of the game as Isaiah Solomon controlled the tempo by constantly looking for the open man and getting all his teammates involved.
“We had to come out to a quick start today and set the pace. The boys responded and came out to a quick lead and never looked back,” BC coach Paul Eberhardt told NPH.
Furthermore, coach Eberhardt commented on what his team needs to do in the rest of the tournament to be successful; “We need to get better every game, we need to stay strong on the boards and just stay composed and focused,” he said.
With today’s game in the books, it will be interesting to see if British Columbia can feed off there momentum and use it in their game tomorrow against Quebec. As for Manitoba, its back to the drawing board, hopefully they can use this loss to fuel the fire and get back in the win column.
Mitch Goodwin: 18 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists
Mitch Ligertwood: 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Isaiah Solomon: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Patrick Mart: 21 points, 5 rebounds
Brett Jewell: 12 points, 4 rebounds