NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: DAY FOUR ROUND-UP

 Day Four Round-Up

15U Girls

New Brunswick 68 – Prince Edward Island 42

·         New Brunswick’s balanced offense out-paced Prince Edward Island’s two-pronged attack with New Brunswick knocking their Maritime rival into the bracket’s ninth-place game with a 68 – 42 victory. Team P.E.I. boasted 15 and 14 points from Alexis MacInnis and Maddie Hurley, respectively, but had no answer defensively for New Brunswick’s depth; four players ended in double-digit scoring figures for New Brunswick, led by a 14-point, eight-rebound night from Lauren Fleming. Prince Edward Island will face Newfoundland for ninth place at 3:45 p.m. local time, while New Brunswick moves on to face Manitoba.

Nova Scotia 74 – Newfoundland 59

·      Sarah Hiscock had a monster outing on day four but Nova Scotia still pulled off a 74 – 59 victory over Team Newfoundland. Hiscock scored a cool 30 points on 12-for-18 shooting, adding eight rebounds for her team. Also of note, Gabrille Roche corralled 16 rebounds for Newfoundland. Nova Scotia featured a balanced offense, led by 10 points from Maia Timmons. Newfoundland’s tournament will conclude tomorrow in the ninth-place match versus Team P.E.I.; Nova Scotia will take on Alberta.

Ontario 79 – Alberta 48

·         Ontario got contributions across the board, taking down Team Alberta 79 – 48 on day four. All but one player scored in Ontario’s balanced offensive attack, led by 13 points by Hanna Hall and 11 points for Sarah Donovan. Alberta fielded the game’s leading scorer in Claire Feasby, who banked 15 points on five-for-11 shooting from the field, but 30 Alberta turnovers derailed Alberta from dethroning 2013’s reigning 15U Girl’s champions from Ontario. Alberta will take on Nova Scotia on day five, while Ontario will face a strong team from British Columbia at 8:15 p.m.

Quebec 83 – Manitoba 44

·         Quebec got their work done early, silencing Team Manitoba and holding them to only four points in the first quarter, on route to a 83 – 44 final. Manitoba struggled with ball-control, giving up 38 turnovers on the night, leading to a 79 to 54 shot advantage for la belle province. Cleary-Sorelle-Ketia Inez led all scorers with 19 points on eight-for-13 shooting for the victors while teammate Shayann Laguerre tallied a game-high 10 rebounds and four blocks. Quebec advances to face Team Saskatchewan at 6:00 p.m.; Manitoba will take on New Brunswick at 11:15 a.m.

15U Boys

British Columbia 76 – Prince Edward Island 58

·         British Columbia kicked off day four of the 15U Boy’s playoffs with a smooth win over Prince Edward Island, 76 – 58. Neither team could get their shots to fall in the first five minutes of play, with Team B.C. holding a hockey-like 4 – 0 lead; by the end of the first quarter, British Columbia would regain their composure and lead by nine and never looking back. Jaden Gregg led the way for B.C. with 15 points and three steals, but the team’s greatest strength was its depth: every player on the roster would score before the game’s end. Matthew Tanton of P.E.I. led the game with 16 points. British Columbia moves on to play New Brunswick. Prince Edward Island will take on Newfoundland for ninth place at 11:15 a.m.

Alberta 95 – Newfoundland 52

·         After a tough loss to Nova Scotia on day three, Alberta responded with a big win of their own, downing Newfoundland 95 – 52. Alberta fielded four scorers in double-digit figures, led by 15 from Justin Sambu; Tyler Philpott led Newfoundland with 11 points. Alberta’s size-advantage manifested itself early, leading to a 44 to 21 rebounding advantage by the game’s end. Alberta moves on to play Saskatchewan at 1:30 p.m. on day five; Newfoundland will take on Prince Edward Island for ninth place at 3:45 p.m.

Quebec 88 – New Brunswick 56

·         Quebec took it to their Eastern neighbours, downing New Brunswick by a commanding 88 – 56. New Brunswick held form for much of the first half, trailing their opponents by three with five minutes to play in the second quarter, but the Quebec offense would begin to click while New Brunswick’s faded down the stretch. Luguentz Dort would lead all players with a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double, dominating the boards and the basket. Minwoo Park scored 12 points for New Brunswick in the loss. New Brunswick will take on Team B.C. on day five, while Quebec moves on to face Manitoba at 8:15 p.m.

Ontario 79 – Saskatchewan 38

·         15U heavyweight Ontario dispatched a solid Saskatchewan team, 79 – 38 to move on to the semi-finals of the 15U Boy’s bracket. RJ Barrett led the way for Ontario, scoring an efficient 16 points in 18 minutes on seven-for-12 shooting; teammate Shakur Daniel added 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Saskatchewan had trouble with Ontario’s tremendous size and length, being out-rebounded 47 to 32 and coughing up 33 turnovers in the one-sided affair. Saskatchewan will take on their Prairies neighbour, Alberta on day five, while Nova Scotia becomes the next time in line to try and take out a talented Ontario squad when the playoffs continue.

17U Girls

British Columbia 66 – New Brunswick 55

·         British Columbia got back on track after their day three loss to Saskatchewan by defeating New Brunswick 66 – 55. Team B.C. received 20 points from Jessica Hanson and 15 points, seven rebounds from Jessica Jones; New Brunswick was led by 15 points from Eva Tumwine. British Columbia will now play P.E.I. while New Brunswick will now meet Newfoundland at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday in the 17U Girl’s bracket’s ninth-place game.

Nova Scotia 74 – Newfoundland 55

·         After keeping it close after ten minutes of action, Nova Scotia out-scored Newfoundland 25 to 11 in the second quarter to pull away for good, ultimately winning 74 – 55. Haley McDonald had a big game for Nova Scotia, pouring in 21 points in six-for-11 shooting, including 60% from three-point territory. Geana George led Newfoundland with 18 points and five rebounds. Nova Scotia will play Ontario at 11:15 a.m. on day five; Newfoundland takes on New Brunswick at 6:00 p.m.

Manitoba 70 – Prince Edward Island 55

·         Manitoba utilized its tremendous size advantage to punish Prince Edward Island on the boards, out-rebounding the Islanders 51 to 23 on route to a 70 – 55 victory. Jenna Mae Ellsworth was a bright spot for P.E.I., scoring 20 points on seven-for-13 shooting for a team that struggled to give itself many opportunities to score; from offensive rebounds alone, Manitoba had 29 second-chance opportunities, out-numbering P.E.I.’s total rebounds. Jordan Tully of Manitoba matched Ellsworth with 20 points of her own in the win; her team will go one to face Saskatchewan in the semi-finals on day five. P.E.I. will take on Prince Edward Island will take on British Columbia.

Quebec 55 – Ontario 52

·         Quebec won a nail-biter over their Ontario rivals, edging out their opponents 55 – 52 in the dying minutes of the game. Myriam Leclerc led the way for Quebec, scoring a game-high 20 points, including eight-for-12 from the free-throw line. Offense never came easy for Ontario as the team was held to only 28% accuracy from the field on day four, with three of their players each capping off scoring at seven points apiece. Though they won the rebounding battle, Ontario’s inability to convert on shot opportunities prevented the team from holding back a more consistent team from Quebec. Ontario will play Nova Scotia on day five while Quebec is set to take on a strong Team Alberta at 3:45 p.m.

17U Boys

Newfoundland 68 – Prince Edward Island 65

·         Newfoundland received a big game from key contributors to squeeze by a feisty Team Prince Edward Island, 68 – 65. Cole Long record a game-high 20 points for Newfoundland while running mate Matthew McCrowe added 17 on seven-for-12 shooting. Team P.E.I. got a solid game from Noah Giddings, who recorded 17 points on six-for-eight shooting, but the team’s 39% accuracy from the field prevented them from ever really taking over. Prince Edward Island will finish their tournament against Team Alberta in the ninth-place game, with tip-off scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on day five. Newfoundland will play (Loser NB/BC) at 1:30 p.m.

Quebec 85 – Alberta 76

·         Alberta pushed hard but was held at arm’s reach for the entirety of its 85 – 76 loss to Quebec. The loss now drops Alberta into the ninth-place game versus Prince Edward Island at 11:15 a.m. on day five. Quebec received 24 points on nine-for-13 shooting and a team-high seven rebounds from Silvio Biabo; Awat Piom and Cole Knudsen each tallied 17 points for Alberta in the loss. Quebec goes on to play Saskatchewan at 3:45 p.m. on day five.

Manitoba 77 – Saskatchewan 69

·         Manitoba capped off another win for the bracket’s dark-horse team, beating their neighbours from Saskatchewan 77 – 69. William Kohler of Manitoba tied Saskatchewan’s Carter Millar with a game-high 21 points, but also received plenty of help filling the bucket from his teammates; Manitoba’s Roger Milne scored 19 points Torrez McKoy added 18. Saskatchewan will face Quebec on day five while Manitoba will take on Nova Scotia in the semi-finals.

New Brunswick 84 – British Columbia 72

·         An upstart New Brunswick team continues to merit the label “giant killer,” taking out yet another big program in British Columbia by a score of 84 – 72 several days after beating Ontario in pool play. The Maritimers’ offense was in full swing, with Stanley Mayambo and Jack Tilley leading the charge with 22 points each in another big win for the dark-horse New Brunswick. British Columbia received 22 points and 16 rebounds from Graham Smith, but the outburst from one of B.C.’s best players was not enough to best New Brunswick with B.C. shooting only 36% from a field as a team. The win for New Brunswick sets up an intriguing grudge-match against previously-beaten Ontario in the semi-finals. British Columbia is set to take on Newfoundland at 1:30 p.m. at the Saville Centre in beautiful Edmonton, Alberta.