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Day 1 Recap: Last second wins highlight opening day National Championship action

Day 1 brought out the best at the Canada Basketball 15U & 17U Boys and Girls National Championships, as the respective tournaments got underway in Sherbrooke, Que. and Calgary, Alta. on the campuses of Bishop's University and the University of Calgary.

On a day with just four games on the schedule in 17U Girls, the best finish of the day in Calgary came in a matchup between Manitoba and Nova Scotia.

Manitoba shocked Nova Scotia with a game-winning bucket in the dying seconds from Isabel Fust to move her province to 1-0 with a 72-70 win. Fust’s 21 points per game were the most among 17U Girls players on Day 1.

In 15U Girls action, defending champion Ontario opened their National Championship with a statement win. They recorded a 25-point win over Alberta, coming via a 77-52 victory to move to 1-0. 

Newfoundland & Labrador, Saskatchewan, Quebec and British Columbia joined Ontario in the win column, with Saskatchewan having the best day of the bunch thanks to a pair of victories over Manitoba and New Brunswick to sit 2-0 after the opening day of play.

In the game of the day in Sherbrooke, it was Ontario and British Columbia who went back and forth all afternoon long. Ultimately, it was British Columbia who prevailed 100-98 after Torian Lee, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the win, hauled down a rebound off his own free throw attempt to prevent a game-tying or go-ahead bucket from Ontario to seal the win for his province. 

In the final game of the night in Sherbrooke, New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador put on a show in front of a raucous crowd. New Brunswick’s Cameron Evans lay-in late in the fourth extended his province’s lead to four — helping them ultimately emerge with an 83-77 win.

Day 2 plays gets underway on Tuesday with 20 games on the schedule between Sherbrooke and Calgary.

Fans can follow along to live results, stats, standings, leaders and more by visiting respective Boys and Girls stats sites, with all the games will be streamed on the Canada Basketball YouTube Channel.

The Canada Basketball 15U & 17U National Championships are the premier national amateur sport events for the Canadian basketball community. Each summer, Canada’s top next generation of high performance athletes at the 15U and 17U age groups, competes for the National Championship title while representing their home province/territory.

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