Sunday, March 09, 2014 6:10 PM
Published on: Thursday, July 25, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
WASHINGTON – Canada and Pan-Africa met Saturday in the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity University but the event was more than just a friendly competition between rival nations.
The game also marked a reunion for a pair of former high school teammates as point guard Kevin Zabo scored nine points to help lead Canada to a 104-79 victory over a Pan-Africa team that featured 6-foot-6 Cameroon forward Therence Mayimba on the roster.
Both former Montrose Christian players said they were honored to represent their respective country in the Nike Global Challenge.
“This is my third year here,” said Zabo, who spent a season at the Rockville private school before leaving for Brewster Academy in New Hampshire last summer. “It’s a great experience. One of the best tournaments in the country. It just feels good to have a Canada [jersey] across my chest.”
Zabo holds offers from San Diego State, George Washington, West Virginia and Minnesota among others.
For NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches, the Nike Global Challenge was another stop on the recruiting trail during the July evaluation period. There were coaches from nearly every major conference represented at the event including the Atlantic Coast Conference, Atlantic 10, Big 12, Big East, Big 10 and Pacific 12.
Big-time head coaches such as Louisville’s Rick Pitino, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and North Carolina’s Roy Williams were seated courtside front and center to check out the action.
“It’s a great opportunity to represent where I’m from,” said Mayimba, who is expected to join former Montrose Christian assistants Dan Prete and Don Shopland at Saint James in Hagerstown.
Earlier this year, Prete was named head coach at Saint James and Shopland has joined the staff as an assistant.
“It’s going to be fun,” said Mayimba. “I want to be in a good school.”