NBIAA Final 12

AAA Boy’s Championship Preview

Republished with permission of NB Hoops News

The 2019-2020 NBIAA Boys AAA Basketball Championship game at TD Station will be a rematch of last year’s great title game.  Here we have the #2 ranked Bernice MacNaughton High Highlanders coming in as both defending champs and the underdog.

Bernice MacNaughton will be looking to repeat and give their school a 2nd boys AAA Varsity championship in its history.  For Fredericton High School they have 35 titles in their storied history as a New Brunswick basketball powerhouse and they will be looking to add to that total. 

The Highlanders will be led by senior All-star Ben Dool while the Black Kats will be led by All-star Malcolm Christie and senior All-star Norm Burry.  Just like the girl’s AAA game, we will see plenty of BNB Provincial team members on the floor at TD Station as these two fight it out for basketball supremacy. 

Fredericton and Bernice MacNaughton have met two times this season and both were in tournament play.  On Dec 6th at the Hoop Classic in Moncton, the Black Kats and Highlanders battled it out in a tightly contested game as BMHS lost by 9.  The 9-point margin is the closest that any New Brunswick team has been to the Kats this season.  A week later at the Rick Cotter Classic, they would meet again.  This time the Black Kats would flex their muscles, taking the game 100 – 69. 

Bernice MacNaughton’s path to TD station started with an 11-1 record in the interlocking North East Conference to finish in first place.  The Highlanders would host the sectionals and get South West #4 seed Saint John High in their semi-final game.  Bernice would take that one 78 – 44.  In the sectional final the Highlanders and the Miramichi Pulamoo would battle for the right to get to TD Station.  BMHS would take the game and get their chance to defend what is theirs with the 76 – 56 win over the Pulamoo. 

The Fredericton High Black Kats were 2 – 0 in the West.  They hosted regionals where they would get Saint John in the regional semi-final, taking that one 108 – 53.  In the regional final the Black Kats defeated Rothesay High 85 – 57. 

The Kats would also host the South West Sectionals where they would get Harrison Trimble in their opener.  Kats won 110 – 66 over the Trojans.  In the sectional final to get to TD Station Fredericton and Moncton High would duke it out.  Fredericton jumped out in front early and cruised to the 93 – 65 win to set up the TD Station rematch between themselves and the defending champions from Bernice MacNaughton. 

This should be a dandy; you won’t want to miss it.

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