The basketball scene on the East Coast has been relatively slow over the Holiday break.
That ended with a bang and a full slate of high school, ACAA and AUS basketball resuming play this past weekend.
With all that’s been going on, we have to focus in on a small Division 4 school and a 5-9 Point Guard. Jacob Sheffar of Ecole du Sommet scored 78 points against Carrefour and 69 against SAERC. Having trained Jacob, I can tell you he is a hard working player who has goals of post secondary basketball. To support these goals he attempted to transfer to a Division 1 school to compete against like-skilled players but was denied by administration (or he could transfer and be ineligible for a year). Jacob simply states “I’m just trying to make the most of where I am at.”
With so many tournaments going on and so many great matchups, the light became so much brighter on who’s who on the east coast.
Prince Andrew Tournament, Dartmouth NS
The hottest team may be the CP Allen Cheetah’s. The Cheetah’s have ripped off 10 straight wins including a 76-65 win over the #24 Nationally ranked Auburn Drive Eagles in the Championship Game of Prince Andrew’s Tournament. The Cheetah’s have largely been led by 5-11 shooting guard Logan MacGillivray and 6-4 Wing Alex Muise. With these wins the team has definitely showed that it belongs with the top 10 Eastern Canadian Teams and is a serious threat for the 2015 NSSAF Provincial Banner.
All Stars: Ben Kidston-Prince Andrew, Alex Carson-Sackville, Logan MacGillivray-CP Allen, Johneil Johnson-Auburn.
Riverboat Tournament, Kennebecasis NB
The next hottest team in Eastern Canada hails from New Brunswick with the Kennebecasis Crusaders. The Crusaders took their own tournament 82-68 win over Horton High of Greenwich, NS.
For the second week in a row Kennebecasis finished at the top of the podium and for the second week in a row sleek 2016 PG Jack Tilley took home the MVP award. Tilley is the man that makes the team run but this crusaders team is loaded top to bottom and may be the deepest team on the East Coast.
All Stars: Gage Sabean-Horton, Mitchell Tempro-Horton, Alex Loughry-Kennebecasis, Gbemi Oguntona-Riverview, Jared Stafford-Leo Hayes.
Top Defender: Ethan O’Neil-Kennebecasis
MVP: Jack Tilley-Kennebecasis
Confederation Classic, Charlottetown PEI
Charlottetown Rural had a huge statement game against the Fredericton Black Kats in the championship game of the Confederation Classic in PEI. PG Jack MacAulay went for 34 points and continues to solidify his standing as one of the top 2015 recruits on the East in a 91-71 win over Fredericton High.
Eastern Canada Top 10
1. Citadel (Halifax NS)
2. Kennebecasis (Quispamsis NB)
3. Charlottetown Rural (Charlottetown PEI)
4. CP Allen (Bedford, NS)
5. Auburn (Dartmouth, NS)
6. Fredericton High (Fredericton, NB)
7. Horton (Greenwich, NS)
8. Leo Hayes (Fredericton, NB)
9. Cobequid Education Centre (Truro, NS)
10. Prince Andrew (Dartmouth, NS)
46th Annual Snowball
Cobequid Educational Centre – Truro, Nova Scotia
Orange Division Blue Division
Charlottetown Rural Auburn Drive High School
Citadel High School Moncton High School
Bernice MacNaughton Cobequid Educational Centre
Friday January 16
12:00pm Charlottetown vs. Citadel
1:45pm CEC vs. Moncton
3:30pm Citadel vs. MacNaughton
5:15pm Moncton vs. Auburn
7:00pm MacNaughton vs. Charlottetown Rural
8:45pm Auburn vs. CEC
Saturday January 17
10:00am 1st Blue vs. 2nd Orange
11:45am 1st Orange vs. 2nd Blue
1:30pm 3rd Orange vs. 3rd Blue
3:15pm Championship Game