Day 1 Results (15U)
- Game 1: Nova Scotia Defeats Saskatchewan 72-60
- Game 2: Alberta Deafeats Newfoundland 70-54
- Game 3: Ontario Defeats Quebec 88-49
- Game 4: British Columbia Defeats Manitoba 76-60
SHERBROOKE, QC —The final game of day 1 at 2012 National Championships was somewhat of a statement game. Coming into this game Manitoba’s 15U team would go up as an underdog against a bigger and stronger British Columbia. The underdog started off playing a speedy game in transition as guards, Torrez McKoy and William Sesay pushed the ball up the floor. Team “Toba” started off with a 15-7 lead and held the lead for the majority of the first half. The pace of the game in the second half was controlled by BC, taking their first meaningful lead in the 3rd quarter. BC would go on to take game one 76-60.
It was surprising to notice that perhaps the top prospect out of Manitoba for 2014, Avery Cadogan was not found on this MB roster. His shot blocking ability and scoring versatility would have done wonders for this team.
While NPH Showcase Alumni Torrez McKoy (MB), William Sesay (MB), William Kohler (MB), Ethan Scott (BC) and Taylor Browne (BC) were familiar prospects that had great contribution for their respective teams, there were a few other names that will be watched closely on day two.
A 2015 guard, Jauquin Bennett-Boire (who we witnessed last year at nationals for Saskatchewan), and small forward Joshua Charles stood out in this game for the west coast, bringing a great deal of energy, strength and athleticism to the floor. These are the kind of qualities that will be matched by the defending champions Ontario. This game will not happen in pool play so we will have to wait for classification game for this anticipated match.
Based off of the talent on Nova Scotia’s roster, this will be a team that challenges both Ontario and British Columbia. Although, there lack of size in the post may prove to be detrimental on the defensive end, we look forward to watching them run and gun off of defensive boards.
Their biggest athlete is 2016, 6’4 Rowan Power who is listed as a forward on this team but in actuality is a very well developing guard as we witnessed at the NPH East Coast Showcase earlier this year. He is a well rounded scorer that is working to become a threat at the two spot. Considering he continues to grow he will have the dribbling ability to play both as a shooting guard and small forward at the next level.