Kings players on Nova Scotia 15-U, 17-U teams that won medals at basketball nationals

John Decoste
Published on August 6, 2014
Maria Rodrigues, left, of Kentville, and Haley McDonald and Jayda Veinot, both of Port Williams, are all part of the Basketball Nova Scotia U-17 girls’ provincial team. The three are among nine Valley players who will compete at the national U-15 and U-17 championships starting July 25 in Edmonton, in addition to Deon Wilson of Kentville, head coach of the U-17 boys’ provincial team. 
John DeCoste

Nova Scotia brought a pair of medals back from the Canada Basketball 15-U and 17-U nationals held July 25-30 in Edmonton.

Both the Nova Scotia 17-U and 15-U boys captured bronze medals July 30, the 17-U boys with an 83-67 win over New Brunswick and the 15-U boys with a 91-86 victory over Manitoba.

In fact, all four Nova Scotia teams managed to win the final games they played at the tournament.

Also July 30, the 15-U girls topped New Brunswick 73-65 in their fifth-place game, and the 17-U girls edged P.E.I. 66-63 to claim seventh place in their division.

All of the four Nova Scotia provincial teams but the 15-U boys featured Valley players. Maia Timmons of Hantsport and Alaina Poirier of Kentville played on the 15-U girls.

Haley McDonald and Jayda Veinot, both of Port Williams, and Maria Rodrigues of Kentville, were on the 17-U girls, while Matt Ingham of Wolfville, Gage Sabean of Port Williams, Dre Medicraft of Canning and Mitch Tempro of Three Mile Plains were on the 17-U boys’ team, whose head coach is Deon Wilson of Kentville.

All the local-area players attend Horton High School with the exception of Medicraft, who is a student at Northeast Kings Education Centre.


17-U boys action

The 17-U boys opened their national tournament with an 80-69 win over Alberta, with Tempro scoring 13 points, then improved to 2-0 with a 71-68 win over P.E.I. On day three, Nova Scotia edged Quebec 87-84, with Sabean scoring 14 points. With a 3-0 record, the boys advanced directly to the semifinal, where they met Manitoba and dropped an 83-65 decision.

Sabean was the top local player with eight points.

Advancing to the bronze medal game against New Brunswick, Nova Scotia won by a 16-point margin. Sabean finished with seven points and Tempro had three. Ingham and Medicraft both saw action but did not score.


17-U girls action

The 17-U girls opened their tournament with a 68-50 win over P.E.I., with Veinot contributing 13 points and 10 rebounds. The girls improved to 2-0 with an 84-63 win over Quebec, with McDonald scoring 11 points and Veinot six.

On day three, Nova Scotia lost 55-52 to Alberta, with Veinot scoring 11 points and McDonald six. The girls then rallied to top Newfoundland and Labrador 74-55, with McDonald leading the team with 21 points, Veinot adding six and Rodrigues five.

On day four, the girls lost 62-49 to Ontario, leaving them to play for seventh place. McDonald had five points, Veinot four and Rodrigues three.

In the win over New Brunswick in the seventh-place game, McDonald had 10 points, Veinot eight and Rodrigues two.


15-U action

The 15-U girls opened their tournament with a 72-46 loss to Quebec. Timmons had five points and Poirier two. The girls then fell to 0-2 with a 95-77 loss to Saskatchewan. Timmons was one of her team’s top scorers with 15 points. In their third straight loss, this time 65-55 to B.C. on day three, Timmons had 13 points.

The 15-U girls then finished the tournament with three straight victories, beginning with a 74-59 win over Newfoundland and Labrador on day four. Timmons again reached double figures with 10 points, and Poirier added four.

On day five, Nova Scotia topped Alberta 68-50, with Timmons scoring 18 points, her high for the tournament, and Poirier chipping in two points. In the win over New Brunswick in the fifth-place game, Timmons had 12 points.

The Nova Scotia 15-U boys had a solid tournament en route to their third-place finish. The boys opened with a 106-49 drubbing of P.E.I. An 80-55 win over Saskatchewan on day two and a 95-71 win over Alberta on day three improved the team to 3-0.

Like the 17-U boys, the 15-Us advanced directly to the semifinals, where they lost 83-56 to Ontario. In the bronze-medal game, the 15-U boys outlasted Manitoba by five in a close match.