OSBA Week 6 Highlights: Orangeville Prep Knock Off Champs

Jul 9, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; A general of a Canadian flag on Princes
Jul 9, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; A general of a Canadian flag on Princes /

In a game that had no shortage of highlights, Orangeville Prep managed to knock off the defending champs, A.I. Prep, for their first loss of the season.

The night was kicked off in a big way, as both teams celebrated the retirement of Thon Maker and Jamal Murray’s numbers following their historic rise to the NBA this season. Once all of the pleasantries were out of the way however, the biggest rivalry in the OSBA was kicked back into full swing at tip-off.

The first quarter was a back and forth battle that finished with A.I. Prep on top 23-19. Both teams had fully invested into their game plan; Orangeville Prep opting to move the ball and hit open perimeter shots in the half court, while A.I. Prep pushed the pace for fast baskets.

By the second quarter, it became clear this game would come down to whoever’s bench could contribute the most, with both starting lineups so evenly matched. Both teams lead stars, Ignas Brazdeikas and Oshae Brissett, did not disappoint throughout the game either.

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Both players guarded each other at each opportunity. The first half went to Brissett, who managed to keep Brazdiekas off-balance going to the basket, and contested every jumper that was taken.

On the other end, Brissett managed a number of fast break points. However, he failed to get to the line consistently, with forwards Brett Sloan and James Karnik effectively clogging the lane using their size and footwork.

By halftime, the benches on each side had made their mark, but no one was more effective than Miguel Tomley, The Surrey, B.C. native led all scorers in the second quarter and kept Orangeville Prep within two at halftime, 44-42, against the defending champs.

Tomley’s big game continued at the end of the third, recording a last second rebound and put back that gave Orangeville Prep their first lead of the game, 65-63, at the end of the third.

Orangeville Prep would never relinquish that lead, countering every basket A.I. Prep would make in the fourth, sealing the win and keeping their own undefeated season alive, with a final score of 95-92. Brazseikas came alive in the fourth, staying true to his game and euro stepping his way to lead all scores for Orangeville.

Other Scores From Week 6:

Bill Crothers def. Lincoln Prep 92-80

Ridley College def. Lincoln Prep 76-66

Bill Crothers def. Thornlea 89-79

TRC Academy def. Southwest Academy 100-68

Highlights Of The Week:

Next: Maker & Murray have high school numbers retired

Other notes from around the league:

  • The TRC Academy’s girls squad participated in the “She Got Game Classic” showcase tournament in Washington D.C. over the weekend, ranking ninth out of the 115 schools that participated.
  • King’s Christian also participated in the She Got Game Classic, going 2-1 over the weekend and picking up an honourable mention when the top 10 teams were announced.
  • Southwest Academy took home gold in the Vaughn Invitational Classic, with guard Xavier Ochu nabbing MVP honours.
  • Matthew Alaexander Moncrieffe from Orangeville Prep won the Buckeye Elite National Showcase dunk contest, with a between the legs jam.
  • TRC Academy’s boys team made a campus visit to Cincinnati while in town for the Buckeye Elite.