(Orangeville, On) 22 of the top girls and 20 of the top boys in Canadian basketball competed on Thursday evening to kick off the seventh annual BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Games. The Nike Regional Girls Futures and Boys Futures Games feature Canadian student-athletes in their freshman and sophomore years of high school.


Team White Roster

4Mikaela James5’8King’s Christian Collegiate
1Amaya Robinson5’6Royal Crown Academy
2Ayla Corrigale5’6Orangeville District Secondary
3Maya Foz5’9Fort Erie International Academy
3Silvana Maldonado5’8Excel Hoops Prep
6Tyanne Adderley5’9Crestwood Prep
7Believe Tshibangu5’11Royal Crown Academy
8Jordyn Wheeler6’0Niagara Prep
9Chanté Murray6’0Excel Hoops Prep
10Deniya Prawl6’1Fort Erie International Academy
12Ava Bluhm5’11Lincoln Prep
Head Coach: Greg Firth Assistant Coach: Evaldas Zabas

Team Black Roster

0Kaylen Sta. Maria5’8Crestwood Prep
3Keyarah Gregory5’4Fort Erie International Academy
4Lita Sutor5’7Niagara Prep
5Ava Porter5’11Crestwood Prep
6Katie Firth5’11Orangeville District Secondary
7Brooke McLeod6’1Bill Crothers Secondary
8Kiyla Fowler5’6King’s Christian Collegiate
9Juliana Rodger5’10Bill Crothers Secondary
10Carletta Bennett5’8King’s Christian Collegiate
11Mildred Dibua6’1King’s Christian Collegiate
12Cearah Parchment6’2Fort Erie International Academy
Head Coach: Sydney Saunders Assistant Coach: Shane Bascoe

Team White appeared to have the win in the bag heading into the fourth quarter. Up 78-65, they were just 10 minutes of good defence away from winning the 2023 BioSteel Girls Futures Game. No problem. Team White’s defence had been solid for the first 30 minutes. But against all odds, Team Black completely unraveled them and snatched the dub in the game’s closing seconds.

Cearah Parchment, who scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, was essential in the late comeback. The momentum seemingly swung in Team Black’s favour after Parchment secured a defensive rebound, took the ball coast-to-coast, and faked a pass across the lane to freeze the defender for an easy layup. Still, with 3:47 left in the game Team Black was still down 87-80.

BioSteel Futures Girls Team Black MVP #12 Cearah Parchment 22pts (Photo courtesy Fifis Visuals)

For her late game efforts, Parchment of Fore Erie International Academy (FEIA) was named Team Black MVP. She stands at 6’2” and was the tallest player in the game. She has a houndlike nose for the ball, and uses her long body and power to beat everyone on the boards and finish underneath the basket with ease. Those same tools also make her a formidable defensive presence in the paint. She had a total of 22 points to go along with her many rebounds and blocks.

After a made free throw by Team White, the two sides were knotted at 92 with just 11 seconds remaining. Keyarah Gregory dribbled the ball across the timeline and drove into the defence, spinning and making hard contact with help defender Ayla Corrigale before kicking it out to Kaylen Sta. Maria for a near buzzer-beating triple to give Team Black the 95-92 win.

BioSteel Futures Girls Team White MVP #10 Deniya Prawl 18pts (Photo courtesy Fifis Visuals)

Crowned Team White MVP was another FEIA player Deniya Prawl. She’s a fluid athlete with an advanced handle and scoring package for her age. She’s particularly adept at attacking the rim and drawing contact to earn trips to the line. Like her teammate, she has good size standing at 6’1” and she pairs it well with her strong defensive instincts to get steals and go coast-to-coast. She had 18 points in the game.

Prawl and Parchment are the third pair of girls to win Girls Futures MVP honours, putting them on the same trajectory as D1 players Emma Koabel of Duke University and Cheyenne Rowe of James Madison University. Both Koabel and Rowe have represented Canada in international competition.


Team White Roster

0Zachary Walker5’10Orangeville Prep
1Jordan Charles5’11United Scholastic Academy
2Janoy Walkes6’1Brampton City Prep
3Elijah Patterson6’3Orangeville Prep
4Kamai Samuels6’1Loyola High
5Godson Okokoh6’7Royal Crown
6Kymani Walters6’2Inspire Academy
7Vlad Popa6’6Hodan Nalayeh Secondary
8Bennett White6’6Crestwood Prep
Head Coach: John Sedore Assistant Coach: Erue White

Team Black Roster

0Javion Tyndale5’3Royal Crown Academy
1Jaylen Simmons5’11Crestwood Prep
2Caleb Roberts6’0Ursuline College Chatham
3Rokiem Green6’2Inspire Academy
4Quinten Ethier6’4Brampton City Prep
5Emeka Ikeazor6’2Hodan Nalayeh Secondary
7Ehikhueme Ehikhametalor6’7Royal Crown Academy
10Ehikue Asemota6’2Orangeville Prep
11Lukas Jendrusiak6’4Orangeville Prep
12Trust Odia6’6Inspire Academy
Head Coach: Franklyn Carter Assistant Coach: Ainsley Beckford

The Boys Futures game was another nail biter that went down to the wire. In the final minute, Team Black found themselves desperately fending off a Team White comeback. Team White was down by 13 at halftime and hadn’t held a lead since the game was 22-20 just nine minutes in, and yet, here they were knocking on the door to victory at the 2023 BioSteel All-Canadian.

Up 115-112 with possession and just 23 seconds left to play, Team Black only needed to break the full court press and bleed the clock as much as possible before getting intentionally fouled. The speedy Javion Tyndale was tasked to bring the ball into the front court, but had it poked away from behind by Janoy Walkes as he was sprinting in. Walkes immediately took the ball the other way and attacked the basket to earn a couple free throws. He calmly made both to bring Team White within one.

BioSteel Futures Boys Team Black MVP #3 Rokiem Green 42pts (Photo courtesy Fifis Visuals)

Unfortunately, Team White had only one team foul in the final 10 minutes of the game and had just 12 seconds to commit four fouls to send Team Black to the line or get a steal. Walkes was determined to do the latter, getting a hand on an inbound pass and tying up Caleb Roberts for a jump ball and possession with a second left.

Out of their timeout, Bennett White threw an inbound pass to Jordan Charles near the left block. Charles managed to get off a fadeaway jumper on time, but the ball went astray and hit the side of the backboard as the buzzer sounded. Team Black just held on for the 115-114 victory.

Rokiem Green of Inspire Academy was bestowed Team Black MVP honours in recognition of his 42 points in the game. Green is a three-level scorer with a pretty jumper and arguably the greatest range in his class. His combination of handles and speed makes him hard to deal with, particularly in transition.

BioSteel Futures Boys Team White MVP #3 Elijah Patterson 30pts (Photo courtesy Fifis Visuals)

Orangeville Prep’s Elijah Patterson had 30 points and was named Team White’s MVP. He’s more of an interior scorer relative to his MVP counterpart but is nonetheless a versatile player in his own right as a playmaker and off-ball defender. His superpower is that he seemingly always plays under control and at his own pace, enabling him to routinely make tough shots that require a more delicate touch.

These players follow in the footsteps of Canadian Senior Men’s and New York Knicks wing RJ Barrett – the inaugural Boys Futures MVP winner in 2015.

For Biosteel All-Canadian Futures Game Photo Gallery by Fifis Visuals click HERE.

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