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County Clippers make history with gold medal win in Ottawa

U16 Boys team photo: Back Row (L – R): Bryan Davies (coach), Logan Stark, Ghaffar Mehmood, Brodie Byford, Alex Arsenault, Joey Monroe, Joe Burley, Caleb Hugh (coach), Claire Davies (coach); Front Row (L – R) Justin Smith, Dylan Morrow, Devon Wilton, Jack MacCool, Thomas Davies and Ian Forsyth.

The Pretsell Davies Thompson Benton Law U16 Boys made history this weekend winning a gold medal at the Ontario Basketball Championships in Ottawa. It’s the first ever gold medal for the County Clippers program at a provincial championship.

“Overall the boys finished the season with a 17-13 record competing in the OBL East League, and tournaments in Toronto, Hamilton and Prince Edward County,” said Clippers President Rob Garden.

Game reports:
In Ottawa, Game 1 vs Toronto Lords: the Clippers used excellent ball movement and executed well offensively. Teammates helped facilitate for Brodie Byford who torched the Lords defence for 28 points. Dylan Morrow was also a stand out player for his ability to disrupt the Toronto attack with his strong defence.

Game 2 vs Markham Union: the Clippers shot the ball very well while continuing their strong defensive effort. Jack MacCool was in attack mode on the offensive end and scored 15 points while still setting up teammates with his great passing. Thomas Davies provided a spark for the Clippers with his energy, rebounding the ball and forcing MUMBA turnovers. Byford put up another 23 points as MUMBA did not have an answer for him. Justin Smith, a U14 player that was called up to help the Clippers for the weekend, thrilled teammates when he drained a 3 pointer to help seal the deal.

Game 3 vs Oxford Attack: the Clippers were able to match the intensity of an extremely enthusiastic team. Despite major foul trouble to key players the Clippers prevailed in a very competitive game. Oxford attempted an amazing 32 free throws compared to the Clippers 10. Ian Forsyth stepped up in a big way for the Clippers in the 4th quarter while Ghaffar Mehmood was lights out shooting the ball, scoring 10 points in the 3rd Quarter and finished with 21.

Game 4 (Gold Medal) vs East Side Warriors. Clippers got some reinforcements in Joey Monroe, Joe Burley, and Alex Arsenault who returned to the roster after missing first 3 games due to injuries. Clippers started very fast sparked by Devon Wilton’s steals and scoring touch early in the 1st quarter. Devon had 15 points in the first half and ended up scoring 17 in the game.

Once again the Clippers’ excellent team defence allowed them to build a double digit lead mid-way through the second quarter. The Warriors went on a run early in the fourth quarter but Logan Stark, a player known for his excellent defence, provided the dagger when he nailed a 3 to end the Warriors’ scoring run. Arsenault was named MVP of the game by Warriors coaches.

All five County Clippers teams will be honoured and celebrated Wednesday, May 17 at the year-end banquet.

The team competed in the EOBA division one championships in Ottawa last weekend.

The Clippers’ first game was against the top ranked and undeafeated Gatineau Dragons.

Clippers played with no fear and embraced the challenge. The Dragons prevailed 71-40, however coaches were very proud of the teams. Brodie Byford played his best game of the season and led the scoring with 21 points.

In the 2nd game, the Clippers faced the Goulbourn Hornets, a team they had lost to earlier in the season. The Clippers started out very strong scoring 27 points in the 1st quarter however they couldn’t keep pace with a very fast and skilled Hornets squad, eventually losing 72-60.

In their 3rd game of the day vs the PBA Titans, another familiar foe which the Clippers beat earlier in the season, they battled through serious fatigue secured a victory 62-55. Jack MacCool did an outstanding job defending the Titans star player who scored 30 vs the Clippers in their previous matchup. Limiting him to 8 points. Devon Wilton also was a key contributor to the victory scoring 16 points.

On Sunday the Clippers faced off versus the Cornwall Lions a team which they split the season series with 1 -1. The Clippers’ stifling defense helped them take the 47-37 victory. Logan Stark’s ability to disrupt the lions offense was a key to success. By winning that game the Clippers finished the EOBA season ranked 5th out of 27 teams.


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