The local high school basketball season has wrapped up, with Oakwood Barons going on to win provincial gold in March.
There was plenty of basketball played on the hardwood in Town Crier territory, and we’re naming our all-star line-up. According to teachers, coaches and fellow players, these are the guys to look for on the courts.
Centre: William O’Dwyer, York Gladiators – This 6-foot-5 postman was named the most outstanding player on his team two years in a row. He averaged 14 points and 10 boards per game.
Forward: Brody Clarke, Oakwood Barons – He stands 6-foot-7, is 230 lbs, and was a big reason why the Barons won OFSAA gold. He describes his game as “tough, versatile and come out big,” and looks up to Kevin Love.
Forward/Guard: Alonzo Forrester, Northern Red Knights – Northern’s powerful presence on the court can command an offence and can also permeate any defence. Just ask Jarvis Bulldogs, who had a tough time handling him in January.
Guard: Nelson Kaputo, St. Michael’s College School Blue Raiders – This 6-foot-1 guard was the top scorer for St. Mike’s this season, averaging 15.6 points per game. The shot of choice for the Grade 11? From three-point land. Along with teammate Godwin Boahen, he also helped the Blue Raiders win OFSAA in 2013.
Guard: Simon Mikre, Crescent School Coyotes – Wherever he’s played all over the city, Mikre has been a standout performer at the guard position. He has an uncanny ability to launch full-court passes and to quarterback offences.
Sixth Man: Brentyn Hall, Leaside Lancers – He can put the numbers up, and his performance at Upper Canada College Tournament in early February was evidence of that.
Rounding out our squad from local schools are Dave Bayubay (Marshall McLuhan Rebels), Mikey Warrington (Lawrence Park Panthers), Calvin Epistola (Oakwood Barons), Godwin Boahen (SMCS Blue Raiders) and Spencer Tobias (Northern Red Knights).