Picture this. City championship game, your team is down by three, you get the ball with ten seconds left on the clock with a chance to tie the game and force overtime. You shoot, you miss, but get fouled in the act. Now there is even more pressure on your back because time has expired and you must knock down three clutch free throws to send the game into overtime. In the extra session you score 7 points and your team wins the game by 2, capturing their first city championship.
Would you be able to handle that type of pressure? Well, this wasn’t too much to handle for the 6-7, 205-pound forward and Waterloo, Ontario native, Gavin Horne.
Horne, who attends Waterloo Collegiate Institute (W.C.I.), averaged 23.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2.1 blocks per game and helped the Vikings to a 39-10 record this season. His all-around play has translated into a Division 1 scholarship next fall to Western Carolina University.
“I chose Western Carolina because they have a young team and there is an opportunity for me to get some playing time at my position,” says an eager Horne of his new found home. “There will be a lot of competition that gives me the opportunity to strengthen my basketball skills.”
“Gavin is a very humble and unselfish player,” says W.C.I. senior head coach Craig Nickel, of the modest Horne. “Defensively, he is a true stopper. At different times throughout the season, he had to defend all positions on the floor. Offensively, he can score in a lot of ways; dunks, in the post with outstanding footwork and from behind the arc.”
With all his recent success and ability to hit clutch shots, Gavin shouldn’t have any problems contributing immediately to the Catamounts in the upcoming season.
Shak Pryce magical shot earns Pine Ridge Pumas back-to-back OFSAA gold
Hamilton, Ont — In what will surely go down as one of best finishes in Ontario Federation Schools Athletic Association (OFSAA) basketball history, senior guard Shak Pryce — playing in his final high school game, buried his final shot — an unbelievable “shot of the year” candidate as the Pine Ridge Pumas (Pickering) edged upstart La Salle Black Trojan Knights (Kingston) 51-48 to win the 2019 OFSAA AAA gold medal game.
The previous possession, with the game tied at 48-48 all with 43 seconds remaining — 35-second shot clock winding down and the ball in La Salle’s premier guard Luka Syllas, Pryce determined to end his career as a champion pulled-up his shorts, started clapping and clamped defensively blocking Syllas shot attempt to give the Pumas the ball back with 9.3 seconds remaining via jump ball possession arrow rule.
Coming out of the timeout there was little to no doubt as to who was going to get the last shot, as Pumas’ head coach Cam Nekkers put the ball is senior guard’s hands delivering a magical march madness moment that will be buzzing for decades to come.
The gameplay was interrupted by a deliberate fire alarm nuance, causing a 15-minute delay.
Memories of Devoe Joseph’s final shot, game-winner to the defeat the Eastern Commerce Saints at the buzzer of the 2008 OFSAA AAAA Gold medal come to mind, only this time the trophy is going down south of Brock St. as Pine Ridge becomes the first LOSSA school to earn back-to-back titles of OFSAA’s top division since arch-rivals Pickering Trojans accomplished the feat in 2007-2008.
Whitby’s Anderson C.V.I (LOSSA) featuring Justin Edwards (Maine/Kansas State) and Dyshawn Pierre (Dayton Flyers) won back-to-back AAA gold medals in 2010-2011, however OFSAA was using a four-tiered (level) format with AAAA being the top division. OFSAA, since 2015-16 reverted back to a three-tier competition.
Canada’s Finest: Lindell Wigginton
2017 Canadian Guard Lindell Wiggington from Nova Scotia is Canada’s next rising star.
Balling out of the famous Oak Hill Academy academy program that is synonymous with NBA development, Wigginton has been on tear solidify his name and game.
Wiggington a 6’1, 180lbs point guard has committed to the Iowa State Cyclones commit and is the first Canadian Basketball player to attend Oakhill academy.