Day 4 Recap: Team Ontario Marches into Semi-Finals at Nationals
Day 4 of the 2018 Canada Basketball National Championships on Thursday, August 9 saw three Ontario teams advance to the semi-finals, as the U15 and U17 Girls were victorious in Fredericton, while the U15 Boys cruised to yet another decisive win in Kamloops.
3 wins for #teamO on Day 4 put all 4 teams into the semi-finals of the @canadabasketballofficial National Championship 🇨🇦🏀 — Day 5 Semi-Finals Schedule U15 Girls vs @basketballsask | 7:15PM ET U17 Girls vs @albertabasketball | 7:15PM ET U15 Boys vs @basketballnovascotia | 9:00PM ET U17 Boys vs @basketballquebec | 9:00PM ET — LINK TO STREAM IN BIO — #OntariosVeryOwn
Following an off-day on Wednesday, August 8, Ontario’s U17 Girls returned to the court on Thursday afternoon, defeating Team Nova Scotia, 59-41, to secure a berth in the semi-finals.
Ontario was paced offensively by Maggie Besselink (Kingston), who notched a double-double, tallying 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Hamilton native Mide Oriyomi chipped in 12 points and six rebounds, while Isabella Belvedere (Bolton) and Isabella Gaudet (Ottawa) each added seven points.
The U17 Girls will be back in action on Friday, August 10 as they face Team Alberta in the semi-finals at 7:15 p.m. ET.
Ontario’s U15 Girls advanced to the semi-finals on Thursday with a convincing 74-38 victory over Team New Brunswick and improved to a 3-0 record.
Hayley Woods (Windsor) and Jadyn Weltz (Timmins) led the way with 13 points each, while Bolton’s Izabella Zingaro contributed 10 points and three rebounds.
Team Ontario will look to secure a spot in the finals to defend their National title as they take on Team Saskatchewan on Friday, August 10 at 7:15 p.m. ET.
Ontario’s U15 Boys remained undefeated at Nationals, improving to 3-0 with a dominant 100-66 victory over Team British Columbia on Thursday evening.
Captain D.J. Jackson (Mississauga) poured in a game-high 23 points to go along with nine rebounds and three assists, while Josiah Davis (Waterloo) added 20 points and three rebounds.
Through three games, Davis is currently averaging a tournament-best 23.3 points per game.
Brampton native Ben Ezeagu was also effective for Ontario, recording a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Meanwhile, point guard Jaden Clayton (Whitby) displayed terrific poise and playmaking prowess, tallying a team-high seven assists to go along with 10 points and six rebounds.
Ontario continues its quest for back-to-back National titles on Friday, August 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET in the semi-finals against Nova Scotia.
Following a thrilling 81-77 win over Team Manitoba on Wednesday, Ontario’s U17 Boys will look to punch their ticket to the gold medal game as they face off against No. 3-ranked Quebec on Friday, August 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Don’t Miss the Action
Don’t miss the four #TeamO semi-final games on Friday, August 10.
The semi-finals are set!
— Ontario Basketball (@OBABBall) August 10, 2018
|U15 Girls||Aug. 10||7:15 p.m. ET (8:15 p.m. AT)||Watch U15 Girls game|
|U17 Girls||Aug. 10||7:15 p.m. ET (8:15 p.m. AT)||Watch U17 Girls game|
|U15 Boys||Aug. 10||9:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. PT)||Watch U15 Boys game|
|U17 Boys||Aug. 10||9:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. PT)||Watch U17 Boys game|
About Team Ontario
Team Ontario consists of the top male and female basketball players in the province in the U15 and U17 age categories, and the teams are a continual medal favourite at the annual Canada Basketball National Championships. Team Ontario’s coaching staff also represents some of the top coaches in Ontario. Between the four teams, Team Ontario has won gold at nearly 75% of the national championships since 2002.