Canada Games

Osse scores 30 points as Quebec beats Nova Scotia

The Canadian Press
8/22/2009 2:06:46 PM
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SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. -- Kemy Osse and Kenny Chery had never been on the floor for an ending quite like Saturday's thrilling men's basketball final at the Canada Summer Games.

The two were just thankful to be on the winning end.

Osse scored twice in a frantic final five seconds, including a buzzer-beater with 0.1 on the clock to clinch the win, as Quebec captured the gold medal with a rousing 105-103 win over Nova Scotia.

"I don't even remember the end, I'll have to go watch it on TV, it was beautiful," said Quebec coach Pascal Jobin. "That's the style that we play, helter-skelter a little bit, but they did a very good job, it was an emotional day, I'm very happy."

Osse finished with a game-high 30 points, while Chery and Kewyn Blain added 21 points apiece. All three are from Montreal.

"I have not been in a lot of games like that," Osse said. "But we stayed confident. It feels great, that was our goal and we accomplished it."

"I've never been scared like that," Chery said. "I'll remember this for a long time."

Deontay Smith of Halifax topped Nova Scotia with 27 points, while Mandrez Downey of Cole Harbour added 23.

Alberta captured the women's basketball gold later Saturday, with a 79-71 win over B.C.

The men's game appeared to be Quebec's for the taking early on. They led Nova Scotia by as much as 17 points in the first half and took a 48-38 lead into dressing room at halftime. But Nova Scotia battled back with a 20-0 run in the third quarter that included four threes from Smith and a dunk by Rodell Wiggington to grab a 63-55 lead with a quarter to go.

Quebec chipped away at the deficit in the fourth and trailed by just two when then team grabbed a key rebound and Osse scored on a jumper to tie it up with 4.8 seconds left. Then Nova Scotia turned the ball over on their next possession, Chery inbounded the ball to Osse, who scored from near the top of the key to send the Quebec players and supporters into a frenzy.

"I gave Kemy the ball, I knew he could make that shot, I had confidence in him and he took it and I knew it was going in," Chery said. "He's such a great friend, I just had confidence in him."

The loss was a heartbreaker for Nova Scotia, which had its players off the bench celebrating only half a minute earlier.

"Yes, it's very difficult, we put a lot of passion into our comeback, we played hard," Smith said. "It still hurts, but we'll get over it."

Jobin said the level of play in the gold-medal game can only help basketball in Canada.

"I'm just happy it was on T.V.," the coach said. "Canada got a good show of two good provinces, we've got good players in Canada and hopefully people will realize that and support those kids."

Ontario claimed the men's bronze medal with an 86-81 win over B.C.

Claire Colborne of Calgary scored 24 points to top Alberta's women's team, which led by as much as 20 points early and was up 44-28 at halftime. Michelle Plouffe of Edmonton added 22 points, while Jaime Norum had seven points and nine assists.

"Words absolutely cannot describe how this team is feeling right now," Norum said. "We are a family and nothing will ever break us apart. I'll remember how special this day is forever."

Diana Lee of North Vancouver, B.C., scored 21 points for B.C, which pulled within four points late in the game before Alberta pulled away to clinch the win.

"This is just crazy," said Katherine Plouffe, who had five points and eight assists. "We controlled the first half and knew B.C. was going to come out hard and make a run. They did, but we held them off. We are a very happy group right now."

Ontario beat Quebec 58-39 to take the bronze.

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