NPH TOP PERFORMERS
- Jordan Kelly- 22 pts, 4rbs, 4ast (Senior MVP)
- Joshua Magpantay- 14pts, 2rbs, 1ast, 3stl (Defensive POG)
- Gee-ef Nkwonta- 14pts, 3rbs 2ast
- Alec Bernier- 24 pts, 6rbs, 2ast, 1stl (Heart & Hustle)
- Avery Cadogan- 17pts, 8rbs (Junior MVP)
- Junior Sesay- 13pts, 4rbs, 4ast
WINNIPEG,MB–In a game that most would think to be taken lightly, ended up in a grueling possession-for-possession battle with a high level of intensity. Jordan Kelly (Uncommitted 2012 6’3 G) came out firing, dropping a team-high 22 points, four rebounds and four assists while collecting senior MVP honours, leading Team White to an 82-80 victory over Black.
After speaking with Kelly following his weekend’s performance, he explained, “I learned to go hard at all times, to keep working, never to settle.”
For the juniors, it was Avery Cadogan (2014 6’4 SF) who earned MVP in the loss en route to 17 points and eight rebounds, in addition to impressing all week long with his length, athleticism and developing skill set.
Alec Bernier (6’4 SF) was another 2014 prospect that impressed, especially in the Top prospect game when it mattered the most, keeping Team Black within striking distance and hitting clutch shots from deep to build momentum. Bernier received the heart and hustle award for his performance, registering a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds.
Rising senior and former provincial player Joshua Magpantay (2013 5’9 PG) was a pest on the defensive end, and in the passing lanes, recording a game-high three steals to earn Defensive plaer of the Game Honours.
Magpantay spoke with NPH on his overall experience of the event.
“It was killer…made my legs sore but it was a good showcase overall…I definitely need to tighten up my handle, as a point guard that needs to be locked into my arsenal,” he explained.
Manitoba provincial team member Junior Sesay also had a solid all-around game with 13 points, four rebounds and four assists, despite arriving at the beginning of the second quarter.
Travelling three hours from Saskatchewan was 2012 Unsigned shooting guard Matt Kerkhoff who earned the 3-point championship nailing 15 triples to defeat Joshua Magpantay.
Now that the showcase has come to an end, seniors will look to find homes for the 2012-2012 season, while others will work to refine their skills until next year!
Stay tuned for NPH player evaluations from the first-ever NPH Manitoba showcase!