Canada Basketball Championships Set – Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia Present
The 2015 Canada Basketball National Championships has been as intense as always, but what I saw in the semis was electric.
Three of the four semis were intense down to the wire battles that kept fans on the edge of their seat, while the fourth had the Ontario 17s continuing their dominance. Fans were on the edge waiting for the next explosive play.
Yes the Ontario 17s have turned the clock of dominance back a few years and with Rowan Barrett jr leading the charge have cruised through to the Championship game with an average margin of victory of 19.75pts.
This Rowan Barrett Jr character is the NPH #1-ranked player in the Canadian class of 2019, the same kid that Sportsnet recently put on their front cover, naming RJ as a teenager that will dominate his sport in the next decade.
Team Nova Scotia gets a second crack at Ontario after losing their opening game to them 98-76 with a 58-55 semi final victory over British Columbia.
Nate Darling led the charge with 27pts. But the story of the game was Alex Carson and Rowan Power defensively. Carson was a force with 5 blocked shots but altered many more and back-boned a defense that didn’t allow anything at the rim.
This Ontario vs Nova Scotia matchup is very intriguing as Rowan Barrett Jr goes head to head with Nate Darling as the top two scorers in the tournament. Barrett is a more efficient player than Darling and as far team goes, Ontario’s production starting with Jordan Lyons has been more consistent than Nova Scotia’s. Look for overall team production to be the deciding factor in this game.
On the U15 side, the game of the day or the week for that matter was little guy New Brunswick doing battle with Ontario. NB owned the lead from mid second quarter until 1:38 second remaining.
After a missed three by NB ahead 83-79, Ontario quickly responded with back to back threes on beautiful draw and kick plays to give them a 85-83 lead. A steal, solid board work and made free throws allowed Ontario to outscore New Brunswick 13-2 over the last 1:38 for a 92-85 victory. Avan Nava lead a balanced Ontario attack with 18 pts.
Impressive in defeat for New Brunswick were 6-0 Guard Adam Lambert and 6-2 forward Matt Baker.
In the other semi final, Quebec was able to set up a National Championship match up we have see often enough with a 65-55 win over a solid and well coached Saskatchewan side.
Damion Squire led Quebec with an impressive double double with 20pts and 11boards. Adefolorin Adetogun and Alexander Dewar lead Saskatchewan with 21 and 20 apiece (Dewar also collected 12 boards).
So the finals are set.
U15 Ontario vs Quebec 3:45pm
U17 Ontario vs Nova Scotia 6:00pm
These teams laid it all on the line and the same is expected for all the marbles.