Then, in the thrilling tournament final against Champlain
St. Lambert, Berridge hit a game-tying three-pointer with 14 seconds
left to cap a nine-point comeback in the last seven minutes and
send the game into overtime, where Vanier prevailed 91-90.
guys are afraid to take those shots," Vanier coach Andy Hertzog
said, "but it doesn't faze him."
was quite a way for the mild-mannered Berridge to begin his final
year at Vanier, his first as a starter. But he doesn't enjoy being
singled out from the rest of his team only because he was the one
scoring all the big points.
jokes about that now, how I'm a second-half player, but I don't
know what it is," Berridge said with a laugh. "It wasn't
just me, everyone was playing with a lot of heart. Nobody thought
that we would have won all those games, but somehow we did."
has come a very long way in a very short period of time. He was
mainly a soccer player growing up in Lachine and only started taking
basketball seriously when he began playing at Sun Youth in Grade
11. Sun Youth coach Pat Sullivan initially cut Berridge, but Sullivan
invited him back shortly after when he saw Berridge play in a junior-league
"Things would be totally different," Berridge said with
a smile when asked where he would be without that second chance.
"But I still have a lot to learn."
the things Berridge has already learned is a lightning-quick first
step and an exceptional ability to finish in the paint that belies
his modest 6-foot-2 frame.
two or three games," Hertzog said, "he makes a play that
no one else in the province can make."
Berridge is proud of what he and his teammates have already achieved
this season, he feels there is a lot of work left to be done after
losing in last year's provincials to eventual champion Dawson.
Hagen) is obviously a good tournament to win, but it still doesn't
prove anything, because our goal is to win the provincials and go
on to nationals," he said. "I think we can compete with
anybody in the league, even beat anybody in the league."
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