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Two Sackville basketball players make Team NB


Published on June 9, 2017

Seamus Lyon, left, and Cohen Patterson made this year’s Team NB U16 north-east regional team.

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – After finishing their Tantramar Regional High School (TRHS) basketball season, Cohen Patterson and Seamus Lyon helped the Sackville Titans bring home the bronze medal at the juvenile provincials.

This despite the fact that half the team was comprised of Midget-age players. At the conclusion of the season, the boys endured a rigorous four-week tryout with Team NB. The self-professed gym rats and best friends were thrilled to learn all their hard work paid off when they were chosen to the Team NB U16 North-East Regional team.

For Lyon, this is his second year with Team NB as he played for the U14 team last year. For Patterson, it was uncharted territory and the endless hours in the gym helped him fulfill his goal and take his game to the next level. There are no national championships for U16 but the two are kept busy through the summer with practices, games and tournaments every weekend through the end of July.

This past weekend they helped Team NB capture the gold at the PEI Red Rock tournament, with the team going undefeated. They will also play in tournaments in Halifax, Montreal and Saint John.

Lyon and Patterson have been friends and teammates on and off the court since they started playing ball in Grade 1 for the Sackville Basketball Boosters Association. Most days after school they can be found at the Mount Allison University gym pushing each other to be better and working hard on their craft. The experience and level of competition the two are experiencing with Team NB will reap huge rewards when they enter a pivotal season with the TRHS Titans in the fall. They will team up with the veteran leadership of Matt Kaye to lead the Titans on a quest for a provincial high school championship.