Team White pulled off a 147-131 victory of Team Red at the Gold Ring Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto on Monday night to cap off the fourth annual Biosteel All-Canadian Game.
Montreal native Luguentz Dort won his second consecutive MVP of the game award for Team White. All eyes were on him, and the Arizona State commit lived up to all of the expectations.
His explosive power and strong frame gives the 6’3” guard an intimidating presence and he was all in. Although Dort shared his opinion that last year there was more competition, he topped his 30-point MVP performance in 2017, and he scored 34 points the most points scored in the BioSteel All-Canadian game, also grabbing 8 boards, and 2 assists and steals apiece. “Last year I put myself on the map,” he recalled, “and now more people know me.”
In fact, Mike Schmidt, NBA Draft Analysis for ESPN had his eyes on Dort pre-game.
At the Goldring Centre in Toronto for the Biosteel All-Canadian game. Getting another look at Arizona State commit Luguentz Dort. Physical, downhill guard at 6-5, 224 pounds. Career 25% from 3 (132 attempts) but making strides as a shooter. Has shifted to more of a set shot now. pic.twitter.com/3rewFvVxmm
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) April 9, 2018
Dort was well aware his weakness Monday night was his shooting beyond the arc, as he went 1/6. While he mentioned that his free throws improved since last year’s showcase, he will be going to the gym to work on his long-range shot.
Quincy Guerrier was the underrated player that came out on top for Team Red, winning MVP for the game. The 6’7’ forward also from Montreal, is uncommitted, but probably not for long. On 8/10 shooting from the field, Guerrier scored a team-high 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, blocked 1 shot and 1 steal. He said the competition was great, and although he was sad his team lost, he still won the most valuable player award, and that meant a lot to him.
Guerrier had a conversation with Dort on Sunday where Dort told him he had to win MVP. So that’s what Guerrier did. The two Montreal natives held their MVP trophies high.
Guerrier says for any kids in Montreal who want to make it big, “to just believe in yourself, believe in God. That’s it.”
Team Red was coached by Dan Vanhooren, who is the head coach for the Calgary Dinos. Although Team White lost Monday night, Vanhooren’s Dinos won national gold at Mens Final 8 in Halifax last month – the program’s first-ever gold medal for men’s basketball.
Team Red had a strong leader in Valparaiso University commit Daniel Sackey. Sackey won the 2018 dunk contest Sunday night and started the game with a strong 5-0 run. Sackey didn’t see much playing time during the first half, but he finished with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. He was the leading force in the second half and made big plays in the last two minutes of the game to try and come back from a 14 point deficit, but Team White matched Sackey’s tempo.
The consistency Team White had in Dalano Banton is what helped them build a strong lead. The Western-Kentucky commit had 18 points and 9 rebounds, just short of a double-double. His 6’6” frame and length for a perimeter player was too much for Team Red to shut down.
Emanual Miller made his second appearance in the BioSteel uniform – this year sponsored by Nike – for Team White. In the first half, Miller scored 8 points on a perfect 4/4 from the field. He finished the game with 18 points on 7/11 from the field, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block.
Deon Ejim grabbed 6 defensive boards and protected the rim at all costs. Ejim dominated offensively as well, scoring 17 points to help bring his team to victory.
Head coach of Team White was Charles Kissi. Kissi has been the Head Coach for the Brock Badgers, who also made an appearance at the Men’s Final 8 in Halifax last month. Kissi is the first black head coach in the BioSteel All-Canadian Games existence, since 2015. Last year Chris Cheng from Nipissing University was a head coach at the BioSteel games, being the first Filipino coach. This event isn’t only progressive in terms of Canadian talent exposure, but for representation.
The game was broadcasted exclusively by TSN and was sold out. The future of the game, indeed, has never been brighter.