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Robert Sacre: Center of Attention

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Robert Sacre hovers like an eagle over his teammates, but with the nickname Sugar, his game is all about sweetness. At the crisp young age of 15, the 7-footer is considered by many as one of the brightest teen prospects currently playing the center position in British Columbia high school basketball. Hailing from North Vancouver, Sacre attends Handsworth Secondary School and is the main go-to big man in the front court for the Royals basketball team.

Emulating his game after Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace, Sacre has a merciless work ethic and his superb athleticism grants him the ability to possess outstanding defensive shot blocking skills. But don’t let his size fool you. He has good hands and is a solid finisher around the rim.

Last summer, Sacre was a part of the under-15 provincial team where he steamrolled the National Championships averaging 30 points and 20 rebounds and taking home the Most Valuable Player award. But with his size and skill, comes boundless opportunities. This summer, Sacre has been selected to take part in the under-17 Super Camp for Boys and Girls which takes place at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC.

Right now, there is plenty of buzz surrounding the big man and speculation has been rampant as to where he might end up after high school. If his poise and skills are any indication, there is little doubt he might just become one of the most coveted Canadian centers to ever don a division one college jersey.

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Shak Pryce magical shot earns Pine Ridge Pumas back-to-back OFSAA gold

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Pine Ridge Pumas 2019 OFSAA AAA Basketball Champiopns

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.

Who had the better OFSAA game winner?

 

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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.

 

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Canada’s Finest: Lindell Wigginton

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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.

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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.

 

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