Top prospect Luguentz Dort wins 2nd straight MVP at BioSteel basketball showcase

Fourth annual game brings best high schoolers from across Canada together to show their skills

Montreal’s Luguentz Dort earned his second straight MVP while leading Team White to a 147-131 victory over Team Red in the fourth annual BioSteel All Canadian High School basketball game, Monday night in Toronto.

Dort was dominant on the University of Toronto court, finishing with 34 points and eight rebounds.

Quincy Guerrier was a key offensive player, earning the top player nod for Team Red, after putting up 19 points and four rebounds.

Dort created an advantage for Team White in the first quarter, finishing with seven points and a rebound. Dalano Banton also came out strong by adding nine.

Daniel Sackey kept Team Red within two points after the first quarter by putting up eight points, shooting 100 per cent from the three-point line.

Noah Kirkwood came alive for Team Red in the second quarter, displaying strong ball control that created wide open lanes. On other plays he blew past defenders with impressive speed, straight to the hoop for a dunk.

Addison Patterson also made his presence known for Red in the first half putting up 12 points.

Banton continued to impress for White, with 13 points and five rebounds going into the second half.

The next generation of Canadian basketball players displayed impressive offensive ability going into the second half with a score of 59-58.

Top 24 high-school prospects go head-to-head in fourth annual 2018 BioSteel All Canadian Basketball Game. (Jennifer Redenbach Photos)

White gained an edge offensively as they began to pull away in the third, electrifying the crowd at the Goldring Centre, led by Dort. He put on a show and turned the game into a dunk contest.

Deon Ejim made a statement for White with 15 points and eight rebounds after the third quarter as they pulled away 103-89. Tensions began to rise as the third quarter came to a close and Red began to accumulate fouls.

Team White gained offensive momentum in the fourth thanks to Sackey’s lightning speed and Banton’s tenacious defence, however this was not enough to catch up to Red.

The talent from different provinces showcasing their range of skills was not just shown tonight.

On Sunday, Manitoba native Sackey took home the Nike Skills Challenge BMO Slam Dunk Competition trophy. Unsurprisingly, with an off the wall pass to himself and completing the slam with authority, Sackey received a score of 10 across the board from the judges.

Ontario native, Luka Sakota from King’s Christian Collegiate dominated the Nike Skills Challenge Sport Chek three-point shootout.

Game Notes: The Toronto Tornadoes Wheelchair Basketball Club displayed incredible talent with a pick-up game during halftime … A few big names missed out in playing the BioSteel game. Duke commit RJ Barrett, Florida commit Andrew Nembhard, and Michigan commit Ignas Brazdeikis will all be playing in the Nike Hoops Summit, April 13, at Portland, Oregon, while Vanderbilt commit Simi Shittu, Ben Hendriks and Princeton commit Jaelin Llewellyn did not play due to injury.