(Halifax, NS) – A boisterous and enthusiastic crowd packed the Citadel Gym on Sunday to cheer on the hometown favourites from Nova Scotia in their first game of the tournament. While #2 seeded Ontario defeated #6 Nova Scotia 74-49 the standing room only crowd still found plenty or reason to cheer.
“It was really sweet when they had Team Nova Scotia cheers going on…It was really good. You get chills just knowing they’re cheering for you,” said Team Nova Scotia player Joanna Swett.
Ontario raced to establish a quick lead in the first quarter outscoring their opponents 21-1. By halftime they held a healthy 34-13 lead and after three quarters the lead had swelled to 58-24.
With the vast majority of fans working in their favour Nova Scotia fought to find their groove. By the fourth quarter they seemed to have it their offense operating in full swing as they outscored Ontario 25-16 in the final frame.
“It was a rough one. It was our first game. This is a big show and we’ve been training for this for almost two years and the nerves got the better of us. We’re a great team and we’ll be back,” said Nova Scotia head coach Steve Sampson.
Ontario’s Dayton Sopha was a force to be reckoned as he scored a monstrous 33 points and collected 14 rebounds earning himself a double-double (one of three in the game). Teammate Jesse McNalley had one as well scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“It went really well and we played really well as a team. Our passing was terrific and we stayed positive through it, which really helped,” said Team Ontario player Shayne Smith
Nova Scotia countered with strong output from Chris Wade who also earned a double-double scoring 20 points and bringing down a game high 17 rebounds. James Peake and Abby Stubbert also contributed big numbers with 12 and 11 points respectively.
#6 Nova Scotia (0-1) will play there next game against #3 Manitoba Monday February 14 at 3:00PM.
#2 Ontario (1-0) will face #7 PEI (0-1) Monday February 14 at 5:00PM.
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