Wall of Fame: Ross was a relentless scorer

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the first in a series of articles highlighting this year's inductees to the CEC Wall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held Dec. 21 at about 7:15 p.m. between the school's annual alumni basketball games. A reception will follow:

Chris Ross

Chris Ross

When Chris arrived at CEC in 1980-81, he was already an outstanding basketball player.

He became a starter in his first season with the Cougars and one of the top scorers and rebounders on Cobequid's 1981 NSSAF provincial championship team.

Chris was a natural scorer and in 1981-82 he scored 1,053 points. He averaged more than 25 points per game, a record which still stands today. Making the feat even more impressive is Ross accomplished the feat before the addition of the three-point line.

Chris was also a n outstanding track and field athlete and held two provincial javelin records for more than 20 years. He also won a silver medal in javelin at the National Legion Age-Class Championships in 1981 and that same year, at age 15, he was a member of the province's Canada Games track and field team, which was open to athletes under 23.

In 1982-83, Chris was the male athlete of the year at CEC.

From 1984 to 1989 Chris played varsity basketball for the St. Francis Xavier X-Men. He was the team's rookie of the year in 1984 when the team won the CIAU regional championship in Lethbridge, Alta., and advanced to the final four at the Halifax Metro Centre.

Chris was a starter in all four seasons with the X-Men and was the team's MVP in 1988. Chris was named a first team AUS all-star.

When Chris graduated in 1988, he was sixth on the X-Men all-time scorers list.

After graduation, Chris played senior basketball for 10 years, helping his teams to win several provincial titles.

He has continued to give back to the sport by serving as a referee for the past 22 years. He's officiated at several national tournaments, including the gold-medal game at the CCAA championship in Quebec in 2008.

Chris was recently elected to a third two-year term as president of the Nova Scotia Basketball Officials.

Chris has returned to St. F.X. for two weeks each summer for the past 25 years to help coach at the X Basketball Camp. He also coached the Truro Panthers to a 98-16 record from 2008 to 2011.

Undoubtedly the greatest scorer to ever play for the Cougars, Chris has left his mark on the sport of basketball in Nova Scotia.

Organizations: Halifax Metro Centre, Nova Scotia Basketball Officials, X Basketball Camp

Geographic location: Lethbridge, Quebec, Nova Scotia

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  • Rob
    December 21, 2013 - 14:23

    I remember the first time I played against Chris in high school, when I played for QEH. CEC was our "arch enemy" over my high school career. Grade 11 was great as we won the AAA Championships , beating CEC in the final at the Halifax Metro Centre. When I was in grade 12, we played CEC for the first time that season in the finals of the Liverpool (?) tournament. As our biggest player was 6'2" at most while Bill MacDonald towered for CEC at 6'6" or so, we played zone. I was on the bottom of a 2-1-2 zone and Chris was on my side. Two times in a row he pumped faked and drove baseline to score. I was fairly quick in those days so it took me by surprise. We really had not talked about Chris as CEC had a lot of known weapons a the time including the Armstrong brothers. That was the game that we realized that this grade 10 player, Chris, was pretty good. We didn't win that tournament, Chris and his teammates did. I got to know Chris better over the years as I played with his brother Brian (BJ) at SMU as well as in the senior men's league and then around Truro when we moved here. As someone to had to battle against him that year , it was obvious he was going to be a special player. He not only had a great career, he also is a great guy, though I sure wasn't thinking that about him that day in Liverpool.

  • Richard Johnson
    December 18, 2013 - 20:39

    Great article. Congratulations Chris!

  • Royce MacRae
    December 18, 2013 - 07:49

    I had the privilege to play with Chris at CEC. Great athlete and always giving back to the community. A very good selection!