ONTARIO SWEEPS 15U BOYS AND GIRLS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
15U Girls National Championship
Gold Medal Game: Ontario 75 - Quebec 55
The stage is set for the Ontario vs. Quebec gold medal game. With the exception of their round robin game against each team, both teams dominated their other opponents throughout the tournament. The athletic Ontario team, who controlled the boards on both ends of the court, did just that in the first half out-rebounding Quebec 28-15. Backed by the stellar play of Aaliyah Edwards, who scored 14 points in the first half, Ontario lead Quebec 40-23 heading into halftime. In the second half, Ontario went on a 8-1 run to open the third quarter to increase their lead to 14. Ontario was in full control the rest of the way as they went on to capture the gold medal game, defeating Quebec by a score of 75-55. Ontario's top scorer was Merissah Russell (20 points). Quebec's top scorer was Sarah Bailly (19 points).
Bronze Medal Game: British Columbia 45 - Saskatchewan 68
In the bronze medal game between British Columbia and Saskatchewan, both teams fought tough for a chance to medal. Backed by an energetic home crowd, Saskatchewan came out early and went on a 9-0 run early in the second quarter to take a comfortable lead going into the half. In the third quarter, Saskatchewan came out again pressing and rattled off a 15-3 run to start the second half. Led by Kennedy Hollinger (19 points) and Alexandra Mann (17 points), Saskatchewan played tough defence and controlled the boards the rest of the way to defeat B.C. by a score of 68-45. British Columbia's top scorer was Surprise Munie (17 points).
Classification Game (5th Place): Manitoba 48 - Alberta 77
In the fifth place seeding game, Manitoba took on Alberta. After a tough 1-point loss in overtime to B.C. in yesterday's semifinal game, Alberta looked to come back and finish strong in the tournament. Controlling the tempo the entire first half and out hustling Manitoba on the offensive boards, Alberta led 35-20 at halftime. While Manitoba's Alyssa Porco (15 points) gave her best to keep her squad in the game, Alberta took full control of the final frame to capture fifth place by a score of 77-48. Alberta's top scorer was Danielle Nadeau with 13 points.
Classification Game: Newfoundland 63 - Nova Scotia 32
Newfoundland Top Scorer - Maggie Pottle (15 points)
Nova Scotia Top Scorer -Mackenzie Smith (10 points)
15U Boys National Championship
Gold Medal Game: Ontario - Quebec
In the much anticipated 15U boys gold medal game between Ontario and Quebec, both teams played tough in the early going. While Ontario jumped out on a 7-0 run to start the game, Quebec quickly countered. Led by Johnathan Avgousti's 13 points, on 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, kept the Quebec squad in the game. In a very physical game, both teams were trading baskets while attacking each other in the paint ferociously. At halftime, Ontario lead 39-35. While Quebec gave Ontario everything they had, the deep Ontario team simply turned it up a notch in the second half and never looked back. Lead by game high scorer Caleb Houstan (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Jonathan Avgousti (15 points), Ontario continued to attack, breaking the game wide open by 22 points at the end of the third quarter. They eventually went on to win the gold medal by a score of 88-71 over Quebec. Quebec was led by Enoch Kalambay with 19 points.
Bronze Medal Game: Alberta 78 â?? Saskatchewan 81
In the bronze medal game, Alberta matched up against the hometown Saskatchewan team. In a see-saw battle, both teams were evenly matched, shooting at a high percentage and matching 3-pointers. Alberta took a small 43-40 lead into halftime. In the second half, Saskatchewan increased their intensity, forcing Alberta to turn the ball over 12 times, leading to 14 points from turnover for the home team. With less than a minute left in the game and Alberta up by a point, they made a crucial turnover that Saskatchewan capitalized on. Saskatchewan converted on a couple of late game free throws to complete their comeback and beat Alberta by a score of 81-78 to capture the bronze medal. Saskatchewan was led by Keon Cleland (18 points) and Joseph Camplin (17 points). Alberta was led by Roman Niro (20 points).
Classification Game (5th Place): New Brunswick 70 - Nova Scotia 85
In the fifth place classification game, New Brunswick faced Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia, lead by Lydell Husbands (16 points), jumped out to an early lead through transitioning and attacking the basket. The score at halftime was 42-32 for Nova Scotia. Coming out of the half, Nova Scotia continued to pour on their attack with their high tempo offence, pushing the ball every chance they had to get quick baskets. While New Brunswick tried to shoot their way back into the game with Luke Stewart's 23-point effort (6/11 from 3-point), Nova Scotia, led by team high scorer Euan Brydie (20 points), was simply too much as they went on to win 85-70 to capture 5th place finish.
Classification Game: Manitoba 68 -British Columbia 59
Manitoba Top Scorer - Mason Kraus (21 points)
British Columbia Top Scorer - Cameron Slaymaker (12 points)
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