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MASCOE IS CHASING THE DREAM

Kevon Mascoe
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Kevon Mascoe knows all too well about the pressures of having a basketball in his hands and the game up for grabs with the clock winding down.

He was only in Grade 7 at St. Dominic Savio School in Scarborough at the time, but it’s quite common for a young student athlete to get a few jitters. Experts say a situation like that can also have a longstanding effect on a person.

Mascoe, said he recalled adding to the excitement, after missing the first free throw. On his second shot, he hit the game winner.

“You don’t forget situations like that,” said Mascoe who has worked hard at his game and now plays for the George Brown College Huskies. “There were times in past when I liked to play basketball, but felt that I wasn’t good. I worked at it, built up my confidence, got better and realized what can be done when you put your mind on something.”

Fast forward and Mascoe again was in one of those pressure cookers – but hit the game-winning three-point bucket in a Pittsburgh jam fest last year.

Mascoe, born in Toronto, went to Blessed Pope John Paul II Secondary – as it was known then. He graduated and figured opportunities awaited him elsewhere and so he continued his journey of life in Kamloops, B.C. A tryout to play at Thompson Rivers University didn’t work out.

So he headed off to Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., but again a bit of a roadblock when school officials said he hadn’t registered in time for the semester. Mascoe returned home, contemplated his next step and – interested in a career in Business – he was accepted at George Brown.

“One day, I’d like to own my own business,” said the 19-year old, who worked part-time in construction, loves hip -op music and was a drummer in his Grade 10 music class. “First, I have to complete my education.”

He learned to play basketball in Grade 5 and wanting the experience of playing on a team, and working well with others, Mascoe joined a house league.

At George Brown, it didn’t take Mascoe long to find the St. James Campus gym, link up with the coaching staff and players that would become his teammates. One of the top scorers on his high school team, even had a career-high 26 points against Father Henry Carr, Mascoe hyper-extended his knee in a game and missed most of his Grade 12 season.

Things have improved for the 6-foot-2 shooting guard who has a collection of track and field medals. Mascoe even placed in the top three in cross-country at the Toronto Catholic school league championship. - DG