Nova Scotia basketball player injured in Olympic debut

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Nova Scotia basketball player injured in Olympic debut
Shay Colley suffered an injury to her right shoulder during Canada's loss to Serbia at the women's basketball tournament at the Tokyo Olympics. (Brian Snyder/Reuters - image credit)
Shay Colley suffered an injury to her right shoulder during Canada's loss to Serbia at the women's basketball tournament at the Tokyo Olympics. (Brian Snyder/Reuters - image credit)

It wasn't the kind of night Shay Colley was hoping for when she and her Canadian teammates stepped onto the court for their first game of the women's basketball tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.

Canada lost a hard-fought game to Serbia 72-68 and Colley, who grew up in East Preston, N.S., was sidelined with a shoulder injury.

But the good news for Colley, who scored 12 points in the game before she was hurt in the second half of the contest, is the injury does not appear to be serious. That means she should be back on the court for Canada's second game of the Olympics, a Wednesday matchup against South Korea.

While Colley is representing her home province in Japan, her cousin and close friend Daneesha Provo, from North Preston, N.S., is not there with her.

Steve C. Wilson/University of Utah
Steve C. Wilson/University of Utah

Provo, who played college basketball at the University of Utah, ruptured an Achilles tendon during the national team training camp in Florida in June. Provo returned home to Nova Scotia and underwent surgery.

"My goal right now is to just come back healthier and hopefully play in the world championships in Australia in 2022," she said.

Provo played professionally in Germany last year, although she will not be able to play during the upcoming winter season due to the lengthy recovery needed for her injury. But she's not giving up on her Olympic dream.

"It's a dream I've always had and it sucks that it was cut short this summer with me not being able to be there," said Provo. "I'm just going to attack each day with the mindset of getting to the Olympics in 2024."

Provo was part of a big crowd that went to the North Preston Community Centre on Monday night to watch Colley playing for Canada on a big screen.

She's been staying in touch with her cousin while she's in Japan.

"I'm just trying to do whatever I can to support the team and to support Shay," said Provo. "The watch party kind of brought some joy to me because she's still out there killing it."

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