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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?

 

Note:
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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Patterson, Moncrieffe, Miller headline 2019 Biosteel All-Canadian Game

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Patterson Moncrieffe Miller Headline 2019 Biosteel All Canadian Game
Photo: Biosteel All-Canadian Game

The names of the 24 players for the 2019 Biosteel All-Canadian Game were announced during half-time of the Toronto Raptors game versus the visiting Houston Rockets.

Now in it’s fifth installment, this year roster is loaded with talent from coast-to-coast.

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Headlined by class of 2020 studs, Addison Patterson, Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe alongside versatile guard Emanuel Miller and various other household Canadian high school basketball prospects, this year’s edition is sure to once again demonstrate the incredible depth Canadian basketball has to offer.

A much-need addition to this years festivities will be the debut of the long awaited women’s all-star game, showcasing the top 24 lady ballers.

As per previous years, Ontario continues to occupy a large number of the spots with 16 out the 24 players hailing from Canada’s most populous province/state.

Quebec boasts last years MVP in Luguentz Dort (Arizona State) and has been granted three spots — highlighted by Tyrese Samuels a Seton Hall Pirates commit.

British Columbia also occupies three spots and Alberta rounds the numbers with two.

Notably missing is representation from the maritime provinces, as no names were selected from Nova Scotia, a notorious and consistently slept-on hotbed for Canadian basketball.

As with any all-star game, the selection pool easily outnumbers the limited spots. Nevertheless, if Canada Basketball has reached the point of cutting NBA players, I’m sure most upcoming young Canadian basketball prospects can understand the dynamics and state of affairs surrounding what was a much needed, and has quickly become a national basketball celebration.

It all goes down on Sunday March 31st, 2019 inside the Toronto Varsity Blues Goldring Centre.

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Miguel TomleyBritish ColumbiaRise Prep2019N/A
TarynToddOntarioFindlay Prep2020N/A
JevonnieScottOntarioOrangeville Prep2019South Plains Texans/NJCAA
TyreseSamuelQuebecOrangeville Prep2019Seton Hall Pirates
Luka SakotaOntarioKings Christian College2019Harvard Crimson Tide
VictorRadocajBritish ColumbiaThornlea SS Prep2020N/A
SabryPhilipAlbertaTRC Academy2019San Diego State Aztecs
AddisonPattersonOntarioBella Vista Prep2020N/A
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JahcobiNeathOntarioCrestwood Prep2019Wake Forest Demon Deacons
RahmirMooreOntarioRise Prep2019N/A
Matthew-AlexanderMoncrieffeOntarioOrangeville Prep2020N/A
EmanuelMillerOntarioGolden State Prep2019Virginia Tech Hookies
CashiusMcNeillyOntarioThornlea SS Prep2020N/A
KarimManeQuebecVanier2020N/A
BenKrikkeAlbertaJasper Place HS2020N/A
JoeJonesOntarioOrangeville Prep2019N/A
SammyHunterBritish ColumbiaBC Christian Academy2019Ole Miss Rebels
Josh HemmingsOntarioThe Lawrenceville School2020N/A
MarseiCastonOntarioPotter's House2019N/A
Joel BrownOntarioBrewster Academy2019California Bears
JadenBediakoOntarioRidley College 2019Santa Clara Broncos
Keeshawn BarthelemyQuebecThornlea SS Prep2020NA
KeonAmbrose-HyltonOntarioAndrew Osborne HS2020N/A

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BioSteel All-Canadian game to feature best female HS players

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Canadas Elite Female Hs Players Set For Historic All Canadian Game
BioSteel is bringing the best female high school players to Toronto in late March. BioSteel Photo

Canada’s best female high school players are about to step into the spotlight.

They’ll be front and centre March 31 at the inaugural BioSteel All Canadian Girls Basketball Game in Toronto, an historic event that showcases the next generation of female talent.

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“The inclusion of a true nation-wide All Canadian Girls Game is the biggest step the All Canadian event has had happen since the inaugural Boys Game,” said Jesse Tipping, executive director of BioSteel All Canadian Games, in a statement.

“It has always been the intent of the management committee to work towards an event that includes both boys and girls showcased on a national stage. Just like on the boys’ side, female Canadian basketball players are playing at the highest level in the world and the growth of the game is truly seen across both genders.

“Canada Basketball has been an integral part in the facilitation of the girls’ events and we are thrilled to have their support.”

An eight-person selection committee will select 24 elite players to participate in the game, which tips off at 2 p.m. on March 31 at the University of Toronto’s Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.

BioSteel All Canadian Canadas Elite Female Hs Players Set For Historic All Canadian Game

BioSteel All-Canadian Game – Canada’s Elite Female High School Players Set For Historic Game – Photo: Biosteel

The selection committee will feature a cross-section of Canadian basketball stakeholders, including provincial and territorial representatives, clubs and coaches from across the country, according to a news release.

Girls selected to the game will participate in a variety of festivities, including practices, media availability and the 2019 Nike Skills Challenge.

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Linh Nguyen, coordinator of high performance for Ontario Basketball, has been announced as chair of the Girls’ Selection Committee.

“I am extremely excited and honoured to be named as the Selection Committee chair,” said Nguyen. “Girls basketball in Canada has seen immense growth over the last few years, it is exciting to be able to showcase the talent and hard work of all the top student-athletes from across the country.”

BioSteel All Canadian Basketball Games is also set to host the first regional Nike All Canadian Girls Futures Game, which will feature top Grade 9 and 10 high school players from Ontario.

“BioSteel has always looked to support both boys and girls achieving their athletic dreams and we are excited to be able to launch this game and facilitate the growth of girls’ basketball in Canada,” said John Celenza, CEO and co-founder, BioSteel Sports Nutrition Inc.

“We look forward to watching the future success of all the girls participating in this event.”

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