The Pictou County Lightning went undefeated to earn the Basketball Nova Scotia Under-18 Men’s AAA championship.
Coached by Mark Stinson, Erik Nielsen and Kyle Fraser, the team defeated the Cumberland Classics 100-67, the Sou’West Bulldogs 88-70 and the Shelburne County Kings 99-88 at Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth to advance to the final.
Sunday’s gold medal game was an intense rematch between Pictou County and Sou’West, with the Lightning winning 90-82.
Glen Cox was named tournament most valuable player and Layton Williams was player of the game for the gold medal game. Rhys Stevenson, Jordan Phee and Tyler Watters received player of the game nods for the previous games.
The coaches say despite having a short season, the team gelled fairly quickly and played with a lot of energy.
“Our intense team defence fueled our offence,” said Nielsen.
Six of the players – Cox, Williams, Stevenson, Joe MacCarron, Jonah MacEachern and Raine deCoste – were on the Lightning U-18 team that won AA gold at provincials last year.
This is the final Lightning season for Grade 12 players Cox, Williams, MacEachern, and Watters.
The Pictou County Lightning recently captured the Basketball Nova Scotia Under-18 Men’s AAA banner in Dartmouth last weekend. Front row, from left, Brady Campbell, Brandon Campbell, Joe McCarron, Jordan Phee, Jonah MacEachern, Nick MacInnis and Burke Murray. Back row: Assistant Coach Erik Nielsen, Assistant Coach Kyle Fraser, Layton Williams, Glen Cox, Raine deCoste, Rhys Stevenson, Tyler Watters, Connor Jones, Head Coach Mark Stinson. (Submitted photo)