Skills Competition and All-Star Game Re-Cap
Another great regular season is close to wrapping up in the MWBA as Elm City hosted the Maritimes this past weekend at Oromocto High School. Things got kicked off with a great day of basketball and several competitive games leading up to the All-Star Game tip-off between East and West teams.
Before the All-Star Game got underway, one player from each city had a chance to compete in the 3-Point Shooting Contest and the Speed Shooting Contest.
For the 3-Point Shooting Contest, contestants were given 5 shots and the highest amount made would win. In the event of a tie, the tying players would then have another opportunity to shoot 5 more shots, repeating until a winner was named.
In the shooting order of youngest to oldest, there were 5 shooters:
Noah Johnson (NS Canada Games)-1 of 5
Jake Fudge (Saint John)-3 of 5
Westley Johnston (PEI Canada Games)-1 of 5
Sean Wilson (NB Canada Games)-3 of 5
Shane Dunnett (Elm City)-1 of 5
Making it to the second round, Jake Fudge kicked of the round nailing another 3 of 5. With all the pressure on Sean Wilson, a few close ones kept the crowd's attention but unfortunately luck was not on his side as he hit 1 of 5 in the second round.
For the Speed Shooting Contest, contestants were given 30 seconds to hit as many shots as possible from their preferred shooting spot outside the key. In the same shooting order of youngest to oldest, there were 5 contestants:
Brandon Humphrey (NB Canada Games)-5
Jason Drost (NS Canada Games)-4
Colin Higgins (Saint John)-9
Adam Loo (PEI)-8
Robbie Cameron (Elm City)-6
It was a close battle in this competition as players had to be quick, calm and collected, taking each shot precisely. Brandon and Jason were close in the first two, then Colin took over dropping 9 in 30 seconds. Adam was right behind him hitting 8 as the buzzer sounded just before the last shot left his hands. Robbie had a strong showing but not enough to take down Colin who left the champ.
In the All-Star Game, each team was hyped up after the skills competitions and Tip-Off got underway at 7:00pm. Team East, missing some key players, had some struggles but kept it close early. Team West had many line-ups to run and did so effectively, keeping the heat on Team East in the back court. Robbie Cameron, Dave Durepos and Shane Dunnett came out hot in the second quarter and they never looked back. Team West took the win and are already talking about the 2015-2016 season All-Star Game.
Congratulations to all those who participated in this year's MWBA All-Star Weekend, sponsored by Pharmasave. On behalf of the MWBA, I'd like to thank all those who took the time to come out and watch as well as our sponsors.
Take care and see you at Finals in Charlottetown, PEI at Holland College on March 21-22, 2015.