Bat­tle for bronze

Port Wil­liams hoop­ster plans to build on suc­cess from na­tion­als

Valley Journal Advertiser - - SPORTS - BY CHRIS SAULNIER KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA

It’s a win that won’t be for­got­ten any time soon.

Team Nova Sco­tia topped Al­berta 65-62 to earn bronze at the Cana­dian U-15 boys’ bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onships in Kam­ploops, B.C. Aug. 11.

Port Wil­liams na­tive Kaj McVicar, who played cen­tre on the team, says it was an ex­cit­ing game from the first jump to the fi­nal buzzer.

“We were up for most of the game, but it was close,” he said. “They’d keep com­ing back and get­ting up, and at one point they took a four-point lead, but then we took it back. Then closer to the end of the game we just took a larger lead that they couldn’t get back.”

MacVicar added that the tour­na­ment, while very com­pet­i­tive, was a very fun and valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence that will im­prove his game mov­ing for­ward.

“It was very in­tense, lots of com­pe­ti­tion in that game,” said MacVicar. “But it was a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence, it was su­per fun, and get­ting to meet new ath­letes and re­ally get­ting to spend time with my team­mates and coaches was great.”

The big­gest thing MacVicar Kaj MacVicar, front, drives in for a layup dur­ing the bronze-medal game at the 2018 U-15 mens’ na­tional bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onships.

took from the tour­na­ment was the re­al­iza­tion that suc­cess in the sport of bas­ket­ball comes from work­ing as a team.

“Just stay as a team,” said MacVicar. “You’ll suc­ceed if you stay as a team.”

The U-17 Nova Sco­tia team took home gold af­ter beat­ing Team Que­bec with a score of 98-90.

MacVicar says he’s con­tem­plat­ing try­ing out for the U-17 team this com­ing sum­mer, but he’ll have to wait and see what the year has in store for him.

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