Drew Jacklin of Shelburne was part of the U17 Nova Scotia basketball team that won a national title in Winnipeg.
SHELBURNE, N.S. – A Shelburne basketball player was part of a U17 Nova Scotia basketball squad that brought home a national title from the recent Canadian National Basketball Championships in Winnipeg.
Drew Jacklin says playing at the national tournament was a great experience.
Jacklin was the only player on the Basketball Nova Scotia team from western Nova Scotia. There was one player from Antigonish. The rest were all from the Halifax region. Jacklin had made the 12-player roster after taking part in a handful of tryout sessions that saw an initial 60 players turn out.
“I just worked hard and played good defence and showed my athleticism,” he says about the tryout process. The team started practicing in mid-May and played some games and tournaments in Halifax, New Brunswick and Montreal before going to the national championship.
In Winnipeg the Nova Scotia team played British Columbia, Quebec and Saskatchewan. The team played Ontario for the championship title, winning the final game 84-80.
“It was close,” says Jacklin about the outcome of the game. “We were basically down the whole game until the last quarter. Last year the U17 won and hadn’t won in about 20 years. Now they’ve won two years in a row.”
Jacklin, who is 17, says he’s been playing on basketball teams since he was in Grade 6 or 7. He’s entering Grade 12 this fall at Shelburne Regional High School. Asked what he likes so much about the sport he says, “Everything, really.”
Asked if he’s noticed improvements in his game he says he has.
“I feel that I’m a lot more confident now,” he says.
This was Jacklin’s first experience playing at a national tournament.
In addition to the U17 team winning gold, the province’s U15 team also brought home a national championship title from the Winnipeg tournament.