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Wins hard to come by for Newfoundland and Labrador hoops teams as national U15 and U17 championships get underway


Newfoundland and Labrador entries couldn’t come up with wins in their opening games as four national age-group basketball championships got underway Monday.

The Basketball Canada  girls juvenile (under-17) and midget (U15) events are being held in Fredericton, N.B., where N.L’s U17 team dropped a 94-51 first-game decision to Saskatchewan, with Carly Stevenson leading Newfoundland with 17 points.

In the girls U15 tourney, Nova Scotia blasted N.L. 88-31, with Anja Heffernan and Ally Wilkins each scoring six points in a losing cause.

The national competitions in the same boys age groups are in Kamloops, B.C., where the Newfoundland fell 88-61 to Manitoba in U17 play Monday. Caleb d’Entremont led this province with 13 points.

It was also Manitoba over Newfoundland — by an 84-55 score — in the U15 division. Jiovanni Dilarno Drake topped N.L. with 11 points.

All games are being streamed and can be accessed through the NLBA website

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