Burrows and Bromwell help Tigers Roar in Ontario, Canada


Sports Reporter


Shamar Burrows and Livingston Bromwell continue to make history for the Ridley College Tigers basketball programme in St Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

The duo lifted the Tigers to a 66-61 win over Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association (CISAA) powerhouse St. Michael’s recently – a team which has dominated the league for nearly a decade.

Burrows had perhaps his best game during his tenure with the Tigers as he finished with 21 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Bromwell added 11 points and eight rebounds while shooting 83 per cent from the field.

It was the first CISAA loss for St. Michael’s in over eight years, which amounts to approximately 100 consecutive wins.

Now 40-3 on the season and 6-1 in CISAA, the Tigers continued their momentum with wins over Crescent School. The team then headed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a weekend tour vs. Kiski Prep and Scotland Performance Institute.

The Bahamian pair have led the talented Tigers team to several tournament wins this season including the Dorland Tournament, Standard Tournament, CAIS Championship, The Can-Am Shootout and the Crusader Classic hosted in Grand Bahama over the winter holiday.

Burrows, a senior and co-captain for the Tigers, continues to garner attention from Division I programmes in Canada and the United States.

“My game is more under control now and I’m more accustomed now to running an offence,” he said while at home playing in a series of exhibitions last December. “My jumpshot has really improved but I just want to keep that improvement going, to continue to get my teammates involved, to continue to work on my areas that aren’t as strong and to just be whatever my team needs me to be on the floor.”

Bromwell also said as the season progresses and the Tigers continue to make school history, he prepares himself by adding new elements to his game.

“The season is great so far, we are pretty much a veteran team so we know what it is we set out to do. We are playing together as a unit and it’s great, it’s looking up. We have a few championships under our belt, but we’re still getting it together and things like this help us to bond so it’s a great experience,” he said.

“My main goal coming into this season was to take more three pointers. Last year I wasn’t really a threat beyond the arch and guys wouldn’t really play me out there so I added to my arsenal a three-point game so that now when I pick and roll and pick and pop I’m a threat to shoot it. Most post players nowadays can shoot the three so to make myself more attractive to programmes at the next level, I had to develop.”

Both former students at Noble Prep helped to lead the Tigers to their first provincial title in school history when they won the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations Class A boys basketball championship. They are also both beneficiaries of the exchange programme between NPA and Ridley College.

The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association, or CISAA, is a sports conference for various private schools located primarily in the southern part of the province of Ontario. Many of the institutions are located in or near the Greater Toronto Area; One member school, Nichols School, is located in Buffalo, New York.


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