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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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14-year-old Canadian phenom Elijah Fisher destroys defender

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14 Year Old Phenom Elijah Fisher Destroys Defender

There is absolutely no doubt — Elijah Fisher is going to be the most after-sought Canadian basketball prospect ever!

Andrew Wiggins, RJ Barrett, Jamal Murray please make room for rising star Elijah Fisher.

The 14-year old phenom added to his bag of bodies — snatching yet another helpless soul in what will go down as one of his most impressive dunks yet.

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Showcasing his skills in front of a copious amount of NBA scouts at the 2019 All-Canadian Boys Futures Game — the 6’5″ guard dropped a vicious sledgehammer all-over his defender.

Fisher took home MVP honors with 27 points to lead Team Black to a 126-104 victory over Team Gray.

14 Year Old Canadian Phenom Elijah Fisher MVP Biosteel Future Game MVP
14 Year Old Canadian Phenom Elijah Fisher MVP Biosteel Future Game MVP

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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
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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.

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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2019 Biosteel All-Canadian Game Boys Roster
First NameLast NameProvinceSchoolClassCommitment
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
NicholasOngendaOntarioSouthwest Christian 2019Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
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
Kobe ElvisOntarioSouthwest Academy2020N/A

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