Fredericton High Repeats as NBIAA AAA Provincial Champions
The 2012/13 Fredericton Black Kats added to their very storied basketball
history by adding another NBIAA Provincial Championship. For the second year in a row the final victory of the year was taken over Kennebecasis Valley High School and highly touted 6-9 Forward, Erik Nissen.
Because of the format teams get a week to prepare for the provincial championship game and Coach Mike King says the game plan was simple “play team defense for 40 minutes and make it difficult for Kennebecasis”. And that’s what the Black Kats did forcing Kennebecasis into 21 turnovers and holding them to 65 points against their own 86. Coach King also added “our team philosophy is to concentrate on the things we can control and that’s discipline, rebounding, and effort”.
The Black Kats road to the the final went through cross town rival Leo Hayes with a 98-95 overtime win in the Sectional. Coach King spoke of the teams toughness “this was a game where we showed our character, we needed a stop at the end for the win and the kids dug down and got the job done, we advanced”. In the Regional Championship Game the Black Kats handled Kennebecasis easily winning 95-45.
In speaking about their championship season coach King spoke of the entire team and how committed each member was “All of the players were very important part to our success. They were never satisfied and always wanted to improve”. He went on saying “I’m not sure when it happened but they really started to believe in and trust the power of TEAM”
When I saw Fredericton win the Dairy Town Classic in Sussex at the end of January, this is what I saw. They were the most complete and hardest working high school team I saw this year. A team that graduates only two players 6-4 Alex Carty and 6-0 Bryn Davies. With the Black Kats returning 9 quality players look for them to be an East Coast “power house” in 2013/14 and back on top of New Brunswick Basketball scene.
NPH Top Performers
Fredericton Kennebecasis Valley
Sawyer Eddy 24 Ethan O’Neil 22
Alex Carty 17 Mark Graham 18
Stanley Mayambo 14
Other NBIAA Provincial Results
AAA Girl’s Fredericton 67; Laura Kaye 20, Katie Daley 15, Sarah McGeachy 12. Bernice MacNaughton 52; Erin Steeves 14, Grace Wade 14, Ashley Bulman 10.
AA Boy’s Carleton North 55; Oliver Ebbitt 14, Drew Kinney 11. Woodstock 53; Keegan Gray 13, Kyle Carr 12.
AA Girl’s Rothesay 70; Kelly Marcolin 19, Adrienne Laidlaw 19, Meghan Flood 11. Southern Victoria 62; Chelsey Hanson 16, Leah Robinson 12, Heidi Baker 10
A Boy’s Hartland 73; Zachary Foster 22, Jacob Snelgrove 21, Caleb Orser 18. Harvey 61; Noah Gillespie 16, Sam Drummond 13.
A Girl’sCaledonia Regional 70; Emma Wissink 24, Sara Simkins 12, Shannon Anderson 11. Devon Park Christian 43; Ashten Anderson 12, Taylor Forsyhte 10.