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Semifinals set at Canada Basketball 15U / 17U Men's National Championships in Edmonton

EDMONTON, Alberta (August 4, 2022) -- In U17 Men’s action on Day 4 of the Canada Basketball National Championships, Alberta's Nate Waldron exploded for a 28-point, 16-rebound double-double to lead Alberta over Saskatchewan 88-70. Alberta shot 51 percent in the game while holding Saskatchewan to just 36 percent shooting, while also outrebounding Saskatchewan 66-26 including 21-8 on the offensive glass.

Colby Anderson added 18 points and Marodama Benjamin had a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double for Alberta while Saskatchewan's Ty Thomas scored 21 points and Dillyn Morin added 18 points in the loss.

Alberta led by eight points after the opening 10 minutes and 21 at the half. Saskatchewan trimmed the lead down to 15 heading into the fourth, but were unable to get the stops they needed to mount a comeback as Waldron scored the first five points of the fourth to extend the Alberta lead back to 20 with nine minutes remaining.

Manitoba defeated Newfoundland and Labrador 81-75 in an extremely hard-fought battle. Manitoba had a balanced scoring effort in the win with five players reaching double figures as the team shot 43 percent from the floor. Taven Vigilance and Elijah De La Mothe each scored 13 points apiece while Mason Chartrand added 11 points and nine rebounds to lead Manitoba. Vincent Joneley Soliven’s 18 points led Newfoundland and Labrador in the loss.

After trailing by five at the end of the opening quarter, Manitoba was within a point, 40-39 at the half. Things flipped in the third where Manitoba outscored Newfoundland and Labrador 20-11 to take an eight-point lead, 59-51 into the fourth quarter.

Back-to-back layups from Newfoundland and Labrador's Sean Michael Gray tied the game at 75 all with 1:17 remaining, Miguel Nitro drilled a three-pointer to put Manitoba in front 78-75 with 1:04 remaining. Newfoundland and Labrador wouldn’t score again, while Manitoba sealed the victory at the free throw line in the final minute.

British Columbia continued its dominance at the National Championships on Thursday, defeating New Brunswick 138-69 as Irish Coquia’s 27 points led all scorers in the win. Griffin Arnatt added 19 points and 13 rebounds and Mikyle Malabuyoc added 20 points.

British Columbia had six players in double figures and shot 52 percent from the floor, including 37 percent from deep where they connected on 17-of-46 attempts. They are averaging a ridiculous – and tournament-best – 132.2 points per game and have connected on 50 more three-pointers than anyone else.

After scoring the first nine points of the game, British Columbia led 34-17 at the end of the first quarter and rolled to the win from there. New Brunswick was led by a 19-point performance from Zachary Dool.

In U15 Men’s action, Saskatchewan defeated Newfoundland and Labrador 100-74 behind 19 points from Kian Tyson and 18 points apiece from Zach Hawley and Thomas Olson. Saskatchewan made 53 percent of their field goals in the win, including 41 percent of their attempts from long range while holding Newfoundland and Labrador to just 31 percent shooting.

Despite the loss, Ryder English had a solid game for Newfoundland and Labrador, finishing with a game-high 25 points and connecting on four three-pointers.

Connor Leach’s 24 points and a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double from Colin Tilley led New Brunswick in an 86-68 win over Manitoba. Leach shot 10-for-13 from the floor and 3-for-4 from beyond the arc while Jacob Christie also scored 19 points in a win that saw New Brunswick shoot 53 percent from the floor and a red-hot 46 percent from beyond the arc (11-for-24).

While New Brunswick was scoring from all over the court, Manitoba shot 37 percent in the game, and just 26 percent from beyond the arc where they finished with six makes in 23 attempts. Noah Macalalad and Magnus Carlos each scored 15 points to lead Manitoba in the loss.

British Columbia defeated Quebec in a dominant 94-71 victory behind 20 points from Dionycius Bakare and 16 points from Justin Hinrichson. British Columbia took an early lead and didn’t look back, shooting 55 percent in the game.

Victor Boulanger’s 20 points led Quebec in the loss, while Pierre-Charles Yimga Tatchi added a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double, and Promis Nlandu added 19 points.