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Nova Scotia U17 Men bounce back in second day action at National Championships

EDMONTON, Alberta (August 2, 2022) -- In 17U Men’s Day 2 action, British Columbia defeated Manitoba 125-96 to overcome a 23-point, eight-rebound performance from Gio Ajiamah for the win. British Columbia had a balanced scoring effort with six players in double figures, led by a 20-point performance from Cole Bekkering and 17 points apiece from Mikyle Malabuyoc and Torian Lee. British Columbia connected on 16 three-pointers in the win.

Alberta’s Nate Waldron had a 22-point, 16-rebound performance in an 87-72 Alberta victory over Nova Scotia. Kanan Christmas led Nova Scotia with 19 points in the loss.

Nova Scotia bounced back in their second game of the day, defeating Manitoba 105-91 behind a 26-point effort from Christmas, as well as a 23-point, eight-rebound, six-assist performance from Azhyawn Downey. Kaymon Grouse added 24 points in the victory. Manitoba was led by a 23-point performance from Miguel Nitro, and a 19-point, 15-rebound double-double from Noah Kankam in the loss.

Ontario defeated New Brunswick 72-61, despite a rough shooting performance from the floor thanks to their stellar performance on the glass, as well as at the free-throw line, where they connected on 22-for-29 attempts. Binael Basil had 19 rebounds for an Ontario team that outrebounded New Brunswick 64-41 in the win.

Quebec’s Christopher Kumu Sheka Paraison had 17 points, five rebounds and five steals in a 91-68 victory over Saskatchewan as Quebec’s defence helped force Saskatchewan into 35 turnovers.

In 15U action, Saskatchewan outlasted British Columbia 125-119 in double-overtime in a match-up that saw noteworthy performance after noteworthy performance. Davin Berry’s 34-point, 23-rebound double-double explosion led the way for Saskatchewan, while Kian Tyson added 27 points, Thomas Olson added 26 points and Zach Hawley added 23 points in the win. Dionycius Bakare had 29 points and 14 rebounds for British Columbia,  while Logan Stewart scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Justin Hinrichson added 28 in the loss.

Manitoba managed to hold off Prince Edward Island 70-66 in their first game of the day and then handed Newfoundland and Labrador an 83-70 loss behind a 30-point, 10-steal performance from Magnus Carlos. Lucas Mate led Newfoundland and Labrador with 23 points in the loss.

Ontario defeated Quebec 83-71 thanks to a balanced scoring effort that saw Ehikhueme Ehikhametalor have a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double and Phoenyx Wyse add 20 points in the win. Ontario overcame a 27-point effort from Quebec’s Promis Nlandu to pick up the victory.

The 2022 15U and 17U Men's National Championships are being held in Edmonton, Alberta from Aug. 1-6. Canadians can catch all of the action live on Canada Basketball's YouTube channel.