Blake best rookie

MAFFRA’S Blake Gallatly has been recognised for an outstanding debut season in Canadian college basketball.

The 18-year-old was named the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference basketball rookie of the year, and was included in the North division all star team.

Gallatly played 19 regular season games, leading Keyano College in points per game (14.21) and rebound per game (4.95).

He also led the Huskies in two-point field goal percentage (48.9) and three-point percentage (36).

The Huskies finished the regular season with a 13 wins and eight losses to qualify for the ACAC men’s basketball championships last weekend.

After losing its first round match, Keyano finished the championship tournament in sixth place, winning its next two classification games.

Huskies coach David Petroziello said Gallatly, one of three Australian on the roster, had a strong work ethic.

“As he develops physically and as he develops his basketball IQ, he will turn into a really good player,” he said.

“He has the tools. Spring, power and a good stroke. A natural shot. There is no question that he is a talented athlete.

“The upswing is that he is still learning basketball.

“His (being named rookie of the year) is a great testament to his work ethic and the support he received from his teammates and coaches. I want every single one of my athletes to become better and I put that onus on myself and coaching staff no matter what accolades a player might win.”