Barry Bah leads Collège St-Jean Vianney’s (CSJV) National team to victory over his former team.
Kicking off the action in Montreal for The Platinum Circuit Quebec debut, was CSJV National who overcame a strong 25-point performance by Canada Topflight Academy’s Sam Akot to win 68-61.
The Quebec-based team was led by former CTA player Barry Bah, who used his combination of strength and speed to seemingly get to any spot he wanted on the floor. He’s a crafty finisher with a smooth mid-range pullup game as the ace up his sleeve if defences pack the paint.
Akot started the game on fire, making two critical triples that kept the game from completely slipping away early. CTA entered the second quarter down 16-9. Realizing he needed to make plays, Akot was aggressive inside throughout the rest of the game, most notably in the second quarter where he scored eight points from the field and three from the line.
However, Akot was the lone double-digit scorer for CTA. Four players from CSJV finished with at least 10 points.
Collège St-Jean Vianney’s Provincial team gets their lone win of Session 4 against Uchenna Maroon.
CSJV Provincial mirrored their national team counterpart with an 87-76 win against Uchenna Maroon. They were led by the defensive-minded Player of the Game Sebastien Gilles who chipped in eight points.
Dwain Cummings led Uchenna Maroon with an impressive 22 points.
London Basketball Academy hangs on late versus Dynastie Prep.
LBA secured a 65-59 win over Dynastie despite making just three baskets in the final quarter. LBA dominated from deep, making 12 threes as a team — nine more than Dynastie. Blazing the way for LBA were Chikosi Boardi and Max Arnott who had five triples each. They generated 15 and 19 points respectively.
Arnott was selected as the Player of the Game for his high-level two-way play and a memorable buzzer-beating three to end the first quarter. In addition to his tough shot making, he was active on the boards and showcased an ability to dribble-penetrate and get to the cup, finishing with a game-high 19 points.
“We just fought really hard,” said Arnott. “They’re a lot bigger than us, so we had to battle on the boards, so we did that today. We really held our own, especially for our size, but that didn’t affect us at all today.”
Arafan Diane, the 2026, 6 ’11” high school freshman, was a standout for Dynastie as their main source of offence and paint protection. He made six buckets and went to the line eight times, making five. He had 17 points in total.
Team Thetford Red overcomes slow start to defeat Uchenna White
Thetford Red scored just five points in the first quarter but managed to collect themselves over the next three quarters to beat Uchenna White 70-56. Their defence forced Uchenna White into an offensive drought of their own, limiting them to just 16 points in the second half.
Thetford Red found a lot of success keying in on Uchenna White’s top scorer, Lucas Brannen, who had 19 points in the first half, but unfortunately failed to score in the second. Only three players of the 10 who saw the floor scored in the second half for Uchenna White, with only Fabian Pommells ultimately reaching double-digit scoring with 16.
Team Thetford Red rallied behind 6’2” PG Malcolm Vasseaux who scored 21 points along with two triples. His backcourt mate Herman Koffi contributed 15 before fouling out late in the fourth.
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