NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: DAY THREE ROUND-UP
Day Three Round-Up
Manitoba 68 – Prince Edward Island 40
· Prince Edward Island kicked off festivities on day three, playing in all four brackets in the 9:00 a.m. slot, taking a 68 – 40 loss to Team Manitoba. P.E.I. got 18 point from Alexis MacInnis but Manitoba’s deeper scoring-attack and size advantage kept P.E.I. trailing from the first quarter. Alexis Garcia scored 16 points for the victors, complemented by five other players with at least seven points, while as a team, Manitoba outrebounded the Islanders 53 to 32.
Alberta 65 – Newfoundland 47
· After a slow start to their tournament, Alberta’s 15U girls picked things up with a strong 65 – 47 win over Newfoundland. Jessica Zarowny, an established scorer on the team, once again led Alberta with a game-high 20 points on eight-for-12 shooting from the field and four-for-five shooting from the foul line. Newfoundland struggled to find their rhythm on offense for much of the game, finishing with 22% field-goal accuracy in the loss.
British Columbia 65 – Nova Scotia 55
· British Columbia started slow, trailing Team Nova Scotia by eight points 15 minutes into the game before coming back to win 65 – 55. The teams fought tooth-and-nail down the stretch, with Nova Scotia staying in striking distance in the final minutes before B.C. pulled away for good. Ashlyn Day had a game-high 16 points for the winners; Maia Timmons had 13 points and five rebounds in Nova Scotia’s loss.
Saskatchewan 73 – New Brunswick 56
· Saskatchewan capped off day three for the 15U Girl’s bracket with a strong 73 – 56 win against New Brunswick. The winning team featured a two-headed offensive attack, receiving a game-high 21 points from Macaela Crone and 19 points from Faith Reid, who combined for more than half of their team’s point total on the day. New Brunswick fought hard, getting contributions from across the team, including 12 points apiece from Megan Stewart and Sandy Saunders, but were unable to keep pace with Saskatchewan’s blazing offense.
New Brunswick 97 – Prince Edward Island 52
· New Brunswick found itself on the winning-side of one of the largest scoring outburst of the tournament, downing Team P.E.I. 97 – 52. New Brunswick’s Carlo Theriault led the charge with 21 points on six-for-12 shooting from the field and seven-for-eight shooting from the foul line, while three other New Brunswick players finished in double-digit figures. Cameron Paynter scored 12 points and recorded eight rebounds for Prince Edward Island, but 28 turnovers derailed his team’s chance at keeping it close with their Maritime neighbours.
Saskatchewan 68 – Newfoundland 62
· Saskatchewan defeated Team Newfoundland 68 – 62 on the strength of their offensive efficiency. With the teams virtually even on the boards and finishing with an identical 19 turnovers per side, it was Saskatchewan’s 65% shooting accuracy on two-pointers that allowed them to edge out their opponents. To their credit, Newfoundland had a dynamic scoring attack itself, connecting on nine-of-16 of their three-point attempts for a blazing 56% from deep, though their efficacy at close-range lagged behind at times. Saskatchewan’s Zachary Shalley led all scorers with 20 points.
Nova Scotia 95 – Alberta 71
· An upstart Nova Scotia squad took down Alberta 95 – 71 on day three, making Nova Scotia a dark-horse candidate as the tournament proceeds. The victors hit 40% of their shots from three-point territory and 53% from the field overall, outpacing a talented Alberta team for the win. Chase Tynes scored a game-high 19 points for Nova Scotia, including seven-for-13 from the field; Alberta received 15 points and five rebounds from Simar Bajwa.
Manitoba 72 – British Columbia 66
· Manitoba turned heads with a victory over a quick Team British Columbia, taking the game 72 – 66. Daniel Sackey continued to light things up for Manitoba, leading the game with 20 points and beginning to make a case for a tournament all-star selection; teammate Emmanuel Akot had a great game as well, finishing with a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double. Jaden Gregg played heavy minutes for B.C. in the loss, totalling 17 points, five assists and three rebounds.
Prince Edward Island 54 – New Brunswick 51
· Canada’s smallest province in the 17U Girl’s bracket proved its mettle by taking down New Brunswick 54 – 51 on day three. Team Prince Edward Island received a number of solid performances across the board in its win, led by 12 points from Jade Yeo and a team-high 10 rebounds for Jenna Mae Ellsworth. New Brunswick’s Jennifer Newman kept her team competitive right down to the final minutes, recording a game-high 18 points on 50% shooting from the field.
Quebec 56 – Newfoundland 45
· The physically-imposing Team Quebec out-muscled Newfoundland to a 56 – 45 win, despite both teams having difficulty getting their shots to fall on offense. Quebec’s greatest advantage was realized on the glass, with five players finishing with at least seven rebounds, including a team-high 10 from Marika Couturier. Newfoundland’s Kelsey Moore scored a game-high 15 points while Quebec’s Bliss Mutanda scored 13 points.
Alberta 55 – Nova Scotia 52
· Host team Alberta beat out Nova Scotia 55 – 52 in 17U Girl’s tournament play on day three. Alberta received 10 points from Chiso Ufondu in the win; Nova Scotia’s Kesley Rice had a game-high 14 points.
Saskatchewan 84 – British Columbia 63
· Saskatchewan finished out day three with a bang, beating British Columbia 84 – 63 in commanding fashion. Libby Epoch filled the hoop for Saskatchewan with 24 points, including four-for-nine from three-point territory. Epoch received lots of help from her teammates in the post, with Zayn Dornstauder tallying 15 points and Nicole Konieczny adding 10 points and seven rebounds. Jessica Hanson led B.C. with 19 points. The win in day three’s final time-slot gave Saskatchewan’s teams in all four brackets a perfect sweep in the first day of playoff play.
British Columbia 83 – Prince Edward Island 49
· The 17U Boy’s playoff bracket kicked off with a decisive 83 – 49 British Columbia over Prince Edward Island. P.E.I. came out fighting against the burlier Team British Columbia, but after a strong first quarter that say the Islanders lead by two, the game shifted decidedly in B.C.’s favour. Graham Smith led the way for B.C. with a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double, while P.E.I.’s Kenan Wilkie led the game with 19 points.
Saskatchewan 80 – Alberta 75
· Saskatchewan pulled off a minor upset on day three, taking down tournament host Alberta 80 – 75. The teams were tied heading into the final five minutes of the game, but Alberta’s propensity to foul gave Saskatchewan enough opportunities from the line to put the game on ice; as a team Saskatchewan connecting on 18-of-21 foul shots, good for a cool 86% accuracy. Alberta got 17 points from Awak Piom, including three-for-seven from three-point territory while Saskatchewan’s Brandon Dirham scored a game-high 19 points.
Nova Scotia 87 – Quebec 84
· Nova Scotia won a nail-biter over Team Quebec, preventing a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer to seal the win for the Maritimers, 87 – 84. Johneil Johnson scored 27 points on 11-for-19 shooting from the field for Team Nova Scotia while William Boyer-Richard recorded a team-high 15 points for Quebec.
Ontario 85 – Newfoundland 70
· After a shaky start to their National Championship, Ontario came back with a decisive 85 – 70 victory over top-seeded Team Newfoundland. Newfoundland had received some great offensive nights from Liam Dunphy and Cole Long, each tallying 17 points in the loss, but had few answers for Ontario’s potent offense. Muhammed Kabeya scored a game-high 24 points for Team Ontario while Ignes Slyka followed with 17 points as a traditionally-strong entry from Ontario begins to right the ship.