Redeemer Royals

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Coming off an 11-7 season in 2014-15, the Redeemer Royals men’s basketball team is looking to take one step further during the new Ontario Colleges Athletic Association season. The Royals have their sights set on their first berth in the Final 8 Championship. Narrowly missing out last year, falling just short in the championship crossover qualifier, this Redeemer team will be hungry for redemption and have been putting in the hard work to achieve it.

Oliver-Pascal McMayoni, a transfer from Brock University, is welcomed by Coach Girolametto.   (Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

Oliver-Pascal McMayoni, a transfer from Brock University, is welcomed by Coach Girolametto. (Photo: Redeemer Athletics)

A strong recruiting off-season by the Royals coaching staff has given the team a decent shot at reaching their goals this season despite losing two of the best basketball players to ever hit the court for Redeemer.

“How do we replace guys like John Woldue and Calvin Turnbull”, commented head coach Jamie Giroametto. “You can’t. We are losing the OCAA leader in assists and first team all-star, and a three-time OCAA all-star who averaged a double-double throughout his career (both were Academic All Canadians).

“However, we have done a good job this off-season adding talent and depth. We believe this year’s team will be without a doubt the deepest in Redeemer’s history. This group will allow us to play a full court and faster game.”

In the three seasons that Girolametto has been behind the bench for the Royals, the team has steadily improved. An increased attention has been placed on bringing in top-level talent and the hard work of the coaching staff, Athletic Department, and Redeemer’s Recruitment department has been paying off. The program has seen a culture shift and players who would otherwise not have attended Redeemer in the past, have been attracted by the men’s basketball program and discovered the amazing opportunity they have to receive a great education in Ancaster.

Redeemer’s varsity season gets kicked off with an extensive set of non-conference games against OCAA, Ontario University Athletics, and American school competition before opening up the 2015-16 campaign on the road at London’s Fanshawe College on Oct. 28t. The Royals will battle the Sheridan Bruins on Nov. 6 in the team’s home opener.

Redeemer’s strong group of incoming athletes, along with returning starters Nathan Di Loreto,Josh de Schiffert, and Jacob Walda will look to build on last year’s record-breaking season.

High School Recruits

CHRIS LLOYD – Forward, 6’6, Bishop Ryan High School, Hamilton.

Playing History outside of High School
Club – Hamilton Wildcats, Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets
Awards or Achievements
All-Star recipient (2015)
Pita Pit Athlete of the Week (H.S)
Pita Pit Athlete of the Month (H.S)

Coach’s Comments
“Chris Llyod is a steal….a hidden gem. He is a long 6’6 with a soft touch and good footwork. Once he adjusts to the speed and physicality of the OCAA, he will have a solid career.”

JUSTIN LENTERS – Power Forward, 6’5, Westmount Secondary School, Hamilton.

Playing History outside of High School
Club – Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets (AAA for 10 years)
Awards or Achievements
Received the Leadership Award in grade 10 at HDCH

Coach’s Comments
“Justin Lenters will surprise many people this year. He is fundamentally sound and has a great feel for the game. He understands his strenghts and how to use them to his advantage.”

JOSH BLOEMBERG – Point Guard, 6’0, F..E. Madill Secondary School, Wingham.

Playing History outside of High School
Club – Stratford Revolution, Waterloo Wildhawks
Awards or Achievements
Huron Perth All-Star
WOSSAA Finalist

Coach’s Comments
“Josh possesses traits that can’t be taught. He has a natural knack for knowing where the ball needs to be. He can be a great ‘true’ point guard in the OCAA. We are looking forward to working with Josh for the next 5 years.”

SHAKEAL CARPENTER – Guard/Forward, 6’3, T. L. Kennedy, Mississauga.

Playing History outside of High School
Club- Upper Room Ambassadors
Awards or Achievements
Most improved player at T.L Kennedy (2011)
Most valuable player for Upper Room Ambassadors (2014)

Coach’s Comments
“Shakeal Carpenter is a late pickup for our program. He is a versatile player with a good feel for the game. We are excited to have Shakeal join us at Redeemer this fall.”


OLIVER-PASCAL MCMAYONI – Point Guard, 6’3, St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Playing History outside of High School
Brock University
Burlington Panthers
Grassroots Canada Elite
Awards or Achievements
Battle of the Boards All-Star Participant (2013)
Hamilton Spectator All-Star (2013)

Coach’s Comments
“Oliver is a scoring point guard. He is a great shooter and is explosive off the dribble. Oliver is extremely competitive and works tirelessly on his game. He is a true gym rat! As a transfer with 4 years of eligibility, he is a great pickup for us.”

RAYVON HIGDON – Guard, 6’3, Edison Tech, Rochester.

Playing History outside of High School
Nazareth College
Awards or Achievements
All City Catholic
All Greater Rochester 2nd Team
2 x Team MVP
Empire 8 6th Man of the Year

Coach’s Comments
“Rayvon Higdon will make a huge impact for us with his athleticism. He will be able to lockdown the top players at multiple positions in the OCAA. He also bring a great deal of experience to the team.”

ADEEL SAHIBZADA – Point Guard/Shooting Guard, 6’0, Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute, Toronto.

Playing History outside of High School
Eastern Prep
John Innis Lions
Centennial College
University of Guelph
Brock University
University of New Brunswick
Awards or Achievements
Academic All-Canadian
Deans List Recipient
Nike All-Canada Prospect Camp Invitee

Coach’s Comments
“Adeel brings a wealth of experience, which can be used to mold our younger guards. He is a solid ball handler and good shooter, and can play both guard positions .”

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