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ECI students shoot out the lights at NBA all-star weekend competition

ECI students shoot out the lights at NBA all-star weekend competition

Monday, February 22, 2016
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

For two TDSB students, the recent NBA all-star game was not only a chance to watch basketball’s best and brightest here in our city, but also afforded an opportunity to put on a show of their own. Etobicoke Collegiate Institute’s Heather Diercks and Orlando Carias were scorching as they won the first-ever NBA Festival High School 2-Ball Shooting Competition during the NBA all-star weekend.

The duo lost their first game in the 64-team competition to Michael Power and then went undefeated the rest of the way in the double elimination format to win the championship. They prepared for a week alternately shooting from all eight designated spots on the floor worth anywhere from two to eight points, and then came up with the best possible combination of shots to try and score the most points in the 60 seconds allotted. 

Their hard work paid off as they were both able to make many of the eight-point three-point shots to pile up their points toward victory. 

The achievement comes as no surprise to those who know the two standout players. Carias is in his fifth year and is captain of the senior boys team at ECI. Coach Jerry Howarth calls him one of the best scorers and three-point shooters on the team the past two years. “He plays with outstanding drive and dedication to be the best player he can be on the floor at all times on both offence and defence and is a pleasure to coach,” said Howarth.

Diercks is a grade 10 student and has been a starter at the shooting guard position on the senior girls basketball team each of the past two years. She was the best three-point shooter on the team this season. “She is a very smart player, dependable and conscientious, and a true leader on and off the floor both during games and in practice,” said coach Paul Pearson.

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