The stage is now set for the finals, after a tough day of competition in both brackets, both the 15U & 17U Ontario and Quebec Teams will face off in championship games tomorrow night.
In the 17U Bracket, the home New Brunswick team, who were the clear underdogs headed into this semi-final game made a half time push to cut the game to single digits. This run was led by the shooting of Malcolm Christie who shot 46% from the field hitting big 3-point shots when needed. However, all the shots could not stop the size of the Ontario team who outboard New Brunswick 41-33, scoring 14 second-chance points. The Ontario team was able to dominate the glass, and using their quickness to get up the court and score. Team Ontario was able to score 23 fast break points, which was the difference in this semi-final match-up. The home crowd showed out tonight for New Brunswick, but Ontario took home the win 82-64 and will now gear up to take on an athletic Quebec team who took down Saskatchewan in their semi-final match with a punishing manner winning 97-72. Alberta, Manitoba, and Newfoundland also took home wins important for seeding.
As for the 15U Bracket, the gold medal game is set to see Team Ontario take on Team Quebec. These two provinces have shown over the course of this tournament, in both brackets how dominant they can be, and the talent that exists in each province. Team Ontario was able to slip away in a close victory over team Alberta, winning 76-70 in their semi-final matchup, however with such a close win it brings light to the juggernaut in their path now that is Quebec. In Quebec’s semi-final match, they blew out Nova Scotia 87-49, in a dominating fashion. Alberta could simply find no answers as Quebec forced 41 turnovers on Team Nova Scotia, ultimately leading to 40 points. The inability for Team Nova Scotia to protect the ball is what put Quebec in position to score 29 points on the fast break, in a performance that Nova Scotia will remember, until their shot at next years nationals. Along with the wins from Team Ontario and Team Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan also took home wins.
The 15U Gold Medal game between Team Ontario and Team Quebec tips off at 4 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time.
The 17U Gold Medal game between Team Ontario and Team Quebec tips off at 6:15 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time.