TORONTO,ON–The first semi-final matchup between Alberta and Nova Scotia pitted size against speed, with the ladder prevailing. Nova Scotia stuck in all game and made a late run thanks in large part to young spark plug, Taurus Smith off the bench. The East coast took this one 84-77.
However, for Nova Scotia’s sixth man, it was just another day at the office.
“I just do my job, get off the bench and do what the coach tells me,” Taurus Smith told NPH.
Smith is one of the younger players on the team, entering grade 11, yet that didn’t matter as he posted a team-high 21 points.
Jayden Nordin, another youngster, paced NS with 17 points and four rebounds while the bulldog, Travis Adams registered 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Nova Scotia will now take on the big bad wolf, otherwise known as Team Ontario. However, according to Nordin, it didn’t matter.
“Everyone’s favourite is Ontario, but we’re Scotian…the only way we know how to go is hard, so it doesn’t matter who we face.”
Team NS plays a scrappy brand of basketball where they scratch, claw, and gamble for loose balls defensively, while getting out and running the break to generate offense.
“We’re going to keep attacking the hoop. It doesn’t matter if the team is bigger than us or smaller than us, we’re just going to play our style that we play at home and make the best of it,” continued Nordin.
Nova Scotia will face Ontario on Championship Saturday for National gold at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.
As for Alberta, they will now compete against British Columbia for the bronze medal.
Lyndon Annetts had a impressive game against Nova Scotia in a losing cause, posting 24 points and six rebounds.
- Taurus Smith: 21 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals
- Jayden Nordin: 17 points, 4 rebounds
- Lorenzo Parker: 15 points, 7 rebounds
- Travis Adams: 12 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals
- Lyndon Annetts: 24 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
- Jordan Whyte: 13 points, 7 rebounds
- Kyle Peterson: 6 poitns, 14 rebounds, 3 assists