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Jamar Coke shines at 50th ACIT, visiting Iowa Western CC

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Jamar Coke was a relative unknown outside of his native Canada. Sure the 5-foot-11 point guard from Cathedral High in Hamilton, Ontario, has been a dominant player domestically, but he’s still trying to generate interest from Division I schools.

Coke, an all-region player who averaged 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists this season, has feelers from junior colleges, Niagara (N.Y.) County and Iowa Western, but that’s it.

“Unless something else happens, I’ll visit Iowa Western and see what my options are,” Coke said.

Last weekend Coke took a step closer to his dream of playing Division I basketball when he put on a show at the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament in Frostburg, Md. The Cathedral Gaels went 1-2 at the 50th annual eight-team Catholic school tournament, finishing seventh, and Coke was named second team all-ACIT.

Coke totaled 68 points, including 27 in the third-place consolation game, a 87-47 victory over host Bishop Walsh (Cumberland, Md.), last Saturday. It was the second straight year that a Cathedral player won the ACIT scoring title. Last year Dwayne Harvey (now at New Mexico State) netted 72 points, averaging 24 in the tournament. Joining Coke on the second team were Mikael Hopkins of DeMatha; Notre Dame-bound Eric Atkins and Ryley Beaumont, both of Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore); and Trey Davis of Benedictine (Richmond, Va.).

Jamar Coke, who led the Gaels in scoring in all three tournament games, scored a game-high 27 points. He also led all players with seven assists and five steals.

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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.

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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