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Antigonish duo to suit up for Team Nova Scotia at U15 basketball nationals

Nicholas Dayman (left) and Anthony Sears will show their basketball skills on a national stage later this summer, as Team Nova Scotia U15 members. They will be taking this Nova Scotia flag with them to Kamloops, B.C., in August, one that will be emblazoned with signatures from supporters. Corey LeBlanc
Nicholas Dayman (left) and Anthony Sears will show their basketball skills on a national stage later this summer, as Team Nova Scotia U15 members. They will be taking this Nova Scotia flag with them to Kamloops, B.C., in August, one that will be emblazoned with signatures from supporters. Corey LeBlanc

GoFundMe page established to help with costs

A memorable season continues for a pair of players from the 2018 provincial champion Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School Royals basketball team.

Nicholas Dayman and Anthony Sears – both heading into Grade 10 – are members of the Team Nova Scotia U15 boys’ squad that will compete for a national title next month in Kamloops, B.C.

“It has been a fun and exciting year,” Sears said.    

The 15-year-olds, as freshman, were key contributors for the Royals in securing the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF) Division 2 crown in March.    

“Everyone knows what we are capable of,” Dayman said of Team Nova Scotia, a squad coached by Mat MacDonald, a former St. F.X. X-Men player with deep ties to Antigonish.    

Sears noted the Bluenose squad is “small but physical.”    

The pair agreed defense will be crucial for any success on the national stage.    

Along with preparations for the Canadian championships, which include weekend practices and games, the dynamic duo and their teammates are helping fundraise $50,000, which will not only cover travel costs to nationals, but also lead-up tournaments in Montreal and Pittsburgh.    

Team Nova Scotia has established a GoFundMe page – https://www.gofundme.com/nova-scotia-u15-bball-team - that also features a players’ video, including comments from the Antigonish products.    

“We are really thankful for the support we have been getting,” Sears said.    

As a token of appreciation, the boys are asking supporters and donors to sign a Nova Scotia flag, which they will take with them to Kamloops.

   

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