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Action heating up from Edmonton as 15U / 17U Boy's National Championships continue

EDMONTON, Alberta (August 3, 2022) -- In 17U Men's Day 3 action, Saskatchewan defeated New Brunswick 81-69 behind a 26-point eruption from Osagie Okundaye. Saskatchewan shot 47 percent from the floor compared to just 56 percent shooting for New Brunswick and had a 26-16 edge in steals in the victory. New Brunswick was led by Zachary Dool’s 15 points in the loss.

British Columbia erupted for 159 points in a blowout 159-96 victory over Nova Scotia as seven players reached double figures and four players topped the 20-point threshold. British Columbia shot 52 percent from the floor, including 53 percent from beyond the arc as they connected on 32-of-61 three-pointers.

In British Columbia’s second game of the day, the hot shooting continued as they defeated Alberta 120-88. Seven players reached double figures in the win, with Coquia’s 22 points and Bekkering’s 14-point, 10-rebound double-double leading the way. Malabuyoc showed his all-around game, finishing with 18 points, nine assists and five steals in just 23 minutes of action.

Jeremiah Francis scored 23 points in the game and made seven three pointers to lead the way. Cole Bekkering, Irish Coquia and Mikyle Malabuyoc also added 23 points apiece in the sharpshooting victory. Kanan Christmas led Nova Scotia with 19 points in the loss.

Manitoba defeated Newfoundland and Labrador 93-73 behind a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double from Gio Ajiamah and 21 points from Taven Vigilance. Sean Michael Gray had 16 points and nine rebounds for Newfoundland and Labrador in the loss.

For the 15U Men, Dionycius Bakare dropped 37 points in just 28 minutes to lead British Columbia to a 91-72 win against Newfoundland and Labrador. Bakare shot an incredible 17-for-20 from the floor as he connected on 17 of his team’s 37 field goals. He was nearly matched by Newfoundland and Labrador’s Kyle Bridger who had a 35-point, 13-rebound double-double in the loss.

British Columbia shot 51 percent in the game, thanks in large part to Bakare, while holding Newfoundland and Labrador to just 30 percent shooting. Logan Stewart added 18 points for British Columbia in the win.

Nova Scotia held on for an 89-83 victory against Manitoba despite a 34-point explosion from Manitoba’s Miguel Guaring.Guaring shot 10-for-24 from the floor, including 5-for-13 from beyond the arc while also adding eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in just 28 minutes. Amari Upshaw led Nova Scotia with 20 points and seven rebounds while Ben Dale connected on four three-pointers en route to 18 points in the win.

Prince Edward Island defeated New Brunswick 79-57 thanks to Brock Brink’s big night. Brink finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and five steals.

Rounding out Day 3 action was Alberta’s 93-72 victory over Saskatchewan. Idiakose Omofoma led the way with 25 points and nine rebounds for Alberta while Birch Pockar narrowly missed out on a triple-double as he finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Zach Hawley had 21 points for Saskatchewan in the loss.