U15 Ontario Cup Recap & Notes: Poyser, Campbell and Clarke Lead The Way
Published by Jason Gairey on May 18, 2011
The U15 boys basketball championships had a repeat performance this year from the #1 ranked Brampton Warriors#1 squad. It didn’t come easy, as the road to gold saw the Warriors play two nail bitters against #5 ranked St David Blues. That game was probably the most exciting game as the Warriors, lead by 6’2 guard, Jaylen Poyser and a solid starting five came through in the clutch, rallying back from and 8 point deficit in regulation. They would eventually prevail in OT by 2, (score). The Warriors boast a talented roster, with Poyser, 5’10 G scoring machine Ty Nelson-Stewart and 5’10 guard and the X-factor, Rayshane Case. 5’9 point guard Matt Trpic was also key, and had ice water down the stretch with some big shots. The Warriors battled through another tight game with the #3 Mississauga Monarch in the semis. The finale saw them up against #2 ranked Toronto Triple Threat, in which they came out the victors with a solid team effort, using they’re deep bench to wear down TTT and repeat as U15 OBA Provincial Champions.
Toronto Triple Threat had prepared all year long for this moment. And the finally reached the podium that legendary player and TTT head coach, Norm Clarke expected his team to be. He would look no further than to his son, 6’6 forward, Brody Clarke to lead the way. The smooth and savy Clarke dominated on both ends using his size and canny court smarts to involve his teammates. Going through there pool fairly easily beating #6 ranked Etobicoke, avenging the lost to them earlier in the season. They then handled Blessed Sacrament handily. With key players 6’1 guards D’wan Williams, a very athletic and active spark plug on one side and another talented guard in 6’0 Russell Baker, scoring came easy for TTT throughout. Having there toughest game in the semi’s against St David, they prevailed to the championship game with a solid defense and great execution through their solid transition game. 5’6 point guard, Calvin Epistola was a true floor general throughout the tournament orchestrating through is big gun, Brody Clarke. They would eventually hit a wall in the finals against Brampton but the lining around they’re necks was progress for the program on the rise.
Back to back bronze…
St David Blues played solid throughout the tournament but would eventual end up just short of they’re goal to gold. With a tough overtime game against the eventual champs, Brampton in they’re pool, they would step it up. Bulldozing through the competition with the dominance of twin towers, 6’7 Chris Egi, who had several thunderous slams, and 6’5 Devonte Campbell who scored attacking the basket and showing an outside touch. They would beat #4 Ottawa Guardsmen handily and did the same with the Durham Bulldogs. 6’1 spark plug, Alex Petronis hit big shots and attacked the basket with ease along with smooth 6’0 guard Cody John and a some solid shooting from 5’10 PG, Gene Spagnuolo. They seemed destined for a rematch against Brampton,but meet up against the likes of Big Brody Clarke and his Triple Threat of Williams, Epistola and Baker in the semi’s where they came up flat. They would eventually repeat as bronze medallist, avenging an earlier season loss to the Mississauga Monarchs with some stellar play from another player to watch, 6’3 G/F Obi Okolie (Brother of 2012 F Agunwa Okolie)
—-The players fore-mentioned are the cream of the crop but this age level possesses so much talent. Here are some other players to watch…
6’2 G Paul Galas- One of the premier scorers in the province who has a solid in and out game. Has good range from behind the arc and can attack off the dribble well.
6’4 F Daniel Kostecki- Can be a solid inside presence for a kid who just recently converted from hockey to hoops. Has potential and showed he could step out behind the arc as well.
5’9 PG Kimbel McKenzie- very scrappy point guard who sees the floor well and is not afraid to be physical on both ends.
6’1 G- Spencer Thomas- very long and uses his length well when attacking the basket and is gaining athleticism.
6’2 G/F- Chase Vassell- showed spurts of potential and could be a solid player as he continues to improve from being just a post player.
6’2 G- Gisa Kayijamahe- a big guard who has the ability to play in the post and attack you from the wing giving smaller defenders problems.
5’4 PG Felix Frimpong- Probably the most entertaining guard of this class. Has great court vision and handles the ball exceptionally well. Height maybe somewhat of an issue down the line but for now it doesn’t show.
6’5 F Keelan McConnell- This big body really has skill. He has a soft touch and passes very well for his size.
Blessed Sacrament #1:
6’4 F- Adam Vuong- Another very savvy big body that isn’t afraid to bang in the post. Will need to work on perimeter skills however.
5’7 Sheldon McIntosh- Has the ability to be a solid point guard with continued hard work. Very poised and can score when needed.
The best of the rest:
Nevel Provo, 6’0 G(Advantage Titans)
Brently Heath, 6’1 G(Motion)
Rayshawn Chambers, 6’3 F(Scarborough Blues/Mission)
Ian Smart, 6’3 F(Chatham Wildcats)
Auns Chaudry, 6’3 F(St David Blues#2)
Lemar Copland, 6’2 F(Brampton Warriors#2)
Tyrick Thompson, 5’11 G(Cambridge Centaurs)
Matthew Goble, 5’11 G(Brampton Warriors #2)
Irshaad Hunte, 6’5 F/C(Scarborough Blues/Mission)
MJ Ambers, 6’2 G/F(Markham)