TORONTO, ON–Can they be beaten?
This is the first question that comes to mind when talking about this year’s version of the NPH #1-Ranked Father Henry Carr Crusaders. It’s still very early in the season, but never to early to start up the hype machine. It’s a legitimate question though. Can they be beaten?
The #2-Ranked Eastern Commerce Saints have tried to take down FHC three times already, and the result has been an 0-3 record, most recently with capturing the Humber Classic Championship, pulling a REPEAT from last season.
If you ask the Eastern coaching staff, they would say that the OFSAA championship is the only thing on their minds. And although this is true, these early Crusader victories certainly provide a mental edge and added confidence for Coach Paul Melnik’s squad.
On the flip side, the Eastern 0-3 start against their rivals also provides motivation for the Saints, fuel for the fire.
It wasn’t the prettiest of games but the Crusaders got it down thanks to a double-double from MVP Dillon Brooks, one of the hottest names out as far as the class of 2015 is concerned. Brooks provides great energy and leadership for his team…and is only scratching the surface.
Brooks registered 17 points and 10 rebounds–a game high in both categories.
Christian Hewitt…a name that not too many people are familiar with, has stepped it up and is picking up consistency in his shooting and overall production. Hwitt added 11 points and six rebounds.
Both teams struggled from the field, however a bright spot for Eastern was Casey Morris who was 6/13, posting a team-high 17 for Eastern.
Tyler Stone was a monster on the defensive end, and is building a reputation as arguably the best interior defender in the nation!
Justin Jackson shook is still shaking off the rust in his first tournament, but expect him to improve production by each game.
Eastern Commerce and Henry Carr have met three times already and have proven their ranking correct thus far…don’t be surprised if they meet again this season!
NPH Top Performers
- Dillon Brooks- 17 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists
- Christian Hewitt- 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
- Tanveer Bhullar- 10 points, 8 rebounds
- Casey Morris- 17 points, 5 rebounds
- Tyler Stone- 8 points, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks
Tournament MVP: Dillon Brooks (Henry Carr)
Defensive MVP: Tyler Stone (Eastern Commerce)
- Tanveer Bhullar (Henry Carr)
- Christian Hewitt (Henry Carr),
- James Sylvester (Eastern Commerce)
- Calvin Epistola (Oakwood)
- Rashayne Case (St. Mike’s)