Cohee determined to get back
Jadon Cohee may not have won the big prize, but he did join some pretty rare company.
The 15-year-old earned a first team all-star selection at the B.C. AAA senior boys championships, which wrapped up on Saturday with Cohee’s Walnut Grove Gators losing 75-74 to the Terry Fox Ravens.
His first team all-star selection makes him among just a handful who have earned that honour while in Grade 10.
But as nice as the individual award is, Cohee was still stinging from the loss in the championship final.
“I am still not over it, to be honest,” he said on Monday.
“It was a brutal feeling knowing that it was one point, if we had hit one more foul shot or got one more basket, we would have won.”
“At the end of the day, it is going to make us stronger and we are going to come back even harder next year.”
Cohee finished the tournament with an average of 21.5 points, six rebounds, five assists and 1.75 steals per game.
After the Ravens forged ahead 75-74 with 3.4 seconds to play, the Gators had the ball on an inbounds play at the Terry Fox end of the court.
Cohee had the ball on the baseline, and as he was most of the tournament, the defence swarmed him.
Trying to elude the double team and make a play, he slipped along the baseline and fell out of bounds, turning the ball over.
“I think about that a hundred times a day,” he lamented.
But while it may still leave a bitter feeling, Cohee said he and his teammates will bounce back.
“I am going to work hard and our team is going to work hard to make it back,” he said.
An old saying in sports is that a team sometimes has to lose and learn from that before they win.
In fact, Terry Fox lost in the semifinals of the 2011 championships and finished third, before winning it all in 2012.
“That is exactly what our team is taking from this; our team is going to get back into the gym and work out together all summer and lift weights and play ball,” Cohee said.
“This year was an amazing season; this is the best year and the best season I have ever had,” he said.
“I love all my teammates and our coaches were unbelievable.”
When Cohee was asked to play up at the senior level, he had no reservations about doing so.
“I just embraced it,” he said.
“It helped me get better playing with older, better kids.”
Cohee said the key is confidence.
“I have always been a confident player and have never lost my confidence.
“Whenever I am on the court, no matter who I am playing against, I always think I am the best player and try to prove that.”
Cohee will spend the summer playing club basketball for the Drive Basketball Academy, as well as attend a couple of camps in the U.S.