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Local basketball squad nets gold in dominating performance

OOFII Simcoe United Grade 7 boys team rolls over competition at Canadian Youth Basketball Summer League championships
Members of the OOFII Simcoe United basketball team include (back row, from left) coach Galen Plett, Caden McFee, William Lepage, Nathan Litherland, Kelechi Nwokeke, Bryson Shigwadja, Cole Whitelaw, Takoda Plett, coach Greg Chapler, (front row, from left) Jayden Spezzano, Mason Chapler, Legen Adusei and Hayden Vuong.

Everything came together perfectly for the OOFII Simcoe United Grade 7 boys at the Canadian Youth Basketball Summer League championships in Oshawa this past weekend.

Having leapfrogged into the top seed in the last regular-season weekend, they were hoping to keep improving and earn a medal. They did that and more, earning gold in dominant fashion while avenging their only two losses along the way.

Having earned a bye into the quarter-finals, Simcoe United got through to the semifinals with a 48-21 win over Stoney Creek. This led to United’s first chance to make up for a regular-season loss against a strong Eagle Flight team from Scarborough. Though Eagle Flight kept things interesting with tremendous outside shooting, United pulled away with hot shooting of its own for a 73-56 win.

The championship game was set up perfectly. House of Legends, which had beaten United in regular-season play on a spectacular buzzer beater, was waiting.

The championship didn’t have the same drama. OOFII Simcoe United controlled the game from the start. The half-court defence was nearly flawless and set up multiple fast-break opportunities. The team dominated play inside the paint against one of the strongest and most athletic teams in Ontario. On top of that, the team continued its best-ever weekend shooting from beyond the arc.

The result was a stunning 69-35 win in which every player was able to contribute. OOFII Simcoe United had saved its best for last and took home the gold.