Prep Basketball Tigers Lose OSBA Championship Game, But Make a Big Step In The Right Direction
Excerpts from Chris Burgess and Ryan Greco:
From the jump ball to the last shot, if you were a basketball fan you were definitely excited to be at this game. It had all the key ingredients to make for a championship game to remember. Big lead swings, huge defensive plays on both sides of the ball, x-factors lighting it up, pots and pans from the fans going crazy, a close finish, and numerous scouts present to take it all in.
Playing like they had nothing to lose, is exactly how Ridley College had been playing this whole weekend and they continued playing with that same fire into the championship game. Led by backcourt combo of Marcus Upshaw and Noah Wharton, Ridley jumped out to an early 11–4 start. Neither, Noah or Marcus could be contained, scoring every way possible; on fast breaks, floaters in the lane, 3-point shots, they were really doing it all.
One man wrecking crew in Bediako. Jaden Bediako of Ridley College was flirting with a triple double tallying up 22 points 9 boards and 8 blocks in what was as impressive of a game that he has had all season. Jaden was cleaning up the offensive glass with put backs, backing down defenders and hitting shots in the post and even knocking down a turn around jumper at the top of the key. This weekend he showcased his onslaught of offensive weapons and proved that he is a problem for opposing defenses any time he touches the ball.
The X-Factors, both Cam Bett (Ridley), and Avan Nava (TRC) came in off the bench and knocked down huge shots for each team. Bett was able to spread the floor, act as a calming presence and hit some crucial shots while TRC was attempting to mount a comeback.
As OSBA commentator, Ryan Greco put it " There were no losers in the OSBA championship game, only champions and players that ran out of time.""Ridley put together a weekend for the history books in Canadian Basketball.