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Team Canada closing in on first-ever Nike Global Challenge Championship

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Team Canada defeated China 88-64 to move to the championship game of the 2012 Nike Global Challenge in Washington DC.

Coach Roy Rana sat out his big dogs (Andrew Wiggins, Trey Lyles and Xavier Rathan-Mayes} in the final game, opening up the opportunity for Kevin Zabo (26 points, 5 assists), Marial Shayok (23 points, 6 steals) and Duane Notice (17 points, 4 assists) to steal the show.

Canada defeated a stubborn Brazil squad 75-71 in the opening game of the tournament and improved to 2-0 by pulling out a gutsy 101-96 overtime victory over Team USA East.

The Canadians will now face team USA Midwest in the Championship game.

USA Midwest reached the finals by getting by USA West 87-77, Lithuania 101-66 and blazing past Puerto Rico 85-59 in their third and final game.

Standing in the way of Canada’s first Global Championship is a pair of versatile forwards, 6’7 Nick King (Memphis, Tennessee) and 6’6 Rondae Jefferson (Chester, PA). King is averaging 16.6 points, 8 rebounds while Jefferson is not far behind with 12 points and 9 rebounds.

Canada continues to get big performances from Trey Lyles (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), a 6’7 forward who isn’t showing any signs of slowing down after a stellar showing at the U19 World Championships. Lyles opened-up the tournament with two monster double-double, 27 points and 11 rebounds against Brazil and 15 points and 11 against USA East.

Andrew Wiggins struggled with his jump-shot in the opening game, going 0-5 from three’s and only 3-of-10 from the floor, but rebounded nicely against USA East, putting up a game-high 23 points and 7 rebounds.

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Canada has come close to winning the event in recent years, along the way we have seen Myck Kabongo, Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett, Khem Birch and Kyle Witjer get so close but no ‘ship, today the stage is set for Andrew Wiggins to silence all critics. Rise Wiggins, Rise Wiggins.

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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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