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Ontario claims both 15U, 17U Boys Canada Basketball National Championships

SHERBROOKE, Qué. (August 5, 2023) — Ontario is golden in 2023.

A pair of respective Gold Medal Game victories over Quebec and Alberta helped both Ontario’s 15U Boys and 17U Boys teams emerge as National Champions on Saturday in Sherbrooke, Qué. at the Canada Basketball 15U & 17U Boys and Girls National Championships.

Ontario’s 15U Boys got the party started in Sherbrooke, with a 77-59 win over Quebec. Paul Osaruyi, who starred for Team Canada’s U16 Men’s National Team earlier this summer at the FIBA U16 Men’s Americas Championship had 14 points on 7-13 shooting. 

Stefan Ilic had 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, while Jaxen Baker recorded 12 points, five assists and eight steals.

The win helped Ontario go back-to-back after winning it all in Edmonton last summer at the Canada Basketball 15U Boys National Championship.

British Columbia claimed bronze earlier in the day with a decisive 90-55 win over Alberta, thanks to 21 points from Nathan Chen.

After falling in the team’s opening game of Nationals to British Columbia, Ontario ran the table winning their next four games including the tournament finale on Saturday.

They advanced to the Gold Medal Game following an 80-57 win over Quebec in semifinal action on Friday, before finishing business on Saturday. 

They dominated Alberta from start to finish, recording a 108-58 victory to win Gold and earn the title of National Champions.

Six different Ontario players scored double digit points helped them get it done, including a 15-point performance from Owen Kenney. Andrew Urosevic had 14 points of his own, to go along with seven assists and six rebounds.

A 24-point performance from Torian Lee helped British Columbia take down Quebec 115-108 in the 17U Boys bronze medal game. 

The win helped British Columbia helped claim a pair of bronze medals in Sherbrooke, after finishing third in both 15U Boys and 17U Boys.

In other action from the day, Nova Scotia defeated Manitoba to claim fifth-place in 15U Boys, while Manitoba picked up a 92-75 victory over Saskatchewan to finish fifth in 17U Boys.

Closing ceremonies commenced following the 17U Boys Gold Medal Game, with award winners and medals being presented.

First Team All-Stars — 15U Boys

- Kymani Walters (Ontario)

- Daven Larosillière (Quebec)

- Stefan Ilic (Ontario)

- Antonny Peraza Blais (Quebec)

- Blake Pye (British Columbia)

Second Team All-Stars — 15U Boys

- Alex Birsan (British Columbia)

- Tayshaun Gritton (Alberta)

- Amari Upshaw (Nova Scotia)

- Ryder English (Newfoundland & Labrador)

- Liam Jaro (Manitoba)

Tournament MVP — 15U Boys

- Paul Osaruyi (Ontario)

First Team All-Stars — 17U Boys

- Justus Haseley (Ontario)

- Everson Harker (Alberta)

- Andrew Urosevic (Ontario)

- Carson Fisher (Alberta)

- Cole Bekkering (British Columbia)

Second Team All-Stars— 17U Boys

- Nylan Roberts (British Columbia)

- Promis Nlandu (Quebec)

- Ramogi Nyagudi (Manitoba)

- Jude Cameron (Nova Scotia)

- Jack Dolan (Saskatchewan)

Tournament MVP — 17U Boys

- Babatunde Durdoola (Ontario)

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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