NPH TOP PERFORMERS
TORONTO,ON–Simply put, the defending OFSAA champs, the Vaughan Voyageurs proved a lot people wrong over the weekend, including us!
The NPH unranked team came into the St. Mike’s tournament and upset the #1 and #2-ranked teams in the country in Father Henry Carr and the home team St Mike’s.
Vaughan defeated the Blue Raiders in the championships 53-43 with lead guard Henry Tan anchoring the Voyageurs, posting 19 points and 8 assists.
There was very little that anyone could do all tournament to stop Tan in transtion as his ball speed was on display, while scoring and getting his teammates involved. He is not known for his shooting, yet Tan hit from deep with consistency. If he can manage to maintain the same efficiency, Vaughan is sitting pretty!
NPH spoke to the MVP, Henry Tan after the game.
“I’m feeling great, I’m very happy with the W and the way we played. We knew that St. Mikes was going to be a tough team as their guards are unbelievable and the match up was great,” explained Tan.
With this major tournament victory, expect Vaughan to enter the NPH national rankings in the very near future.
Another major contributor to the win outside of Tan was fellow provincial team member Troy Reid-Knight. Not only did he chip in with 11 points, but more importantly, he did a sensational job on his defensive assignment guarding Duane Notice and holding him to 17 points.
While the Voyageurs struggled early in the season to find their rhythym, after a trip to Quebec for the Sun Youth tournament, the team has really grown together which was evident.
“Overall, our confidence has really sky-rocketted, we just have to keep maintaining that,” said Tan.
With an OFSAA repeat on their minds, and March less than two months away, Vaughan Head Coach, Gus Constantine puts things into perspective.
“It’s always about who plays well late.”
For the Voyageurs, they are right on schedule.
- Troy Reid-Knight
- Duane Notice
- Malcolm Duviver
- Tre Boutilier
- Calvin Epistola