The East York U13 Bantam Boys won a hard fought Bronze Medal at the MUMBA tournament over the weekend of December 3-4, 2016. This was a true team win as every single player contributed to the overall success both on the scoresheet and in other ways, which often are more difficult to see, but more important.
The weekend started with a close win over the Woodbridge Lions, who made the game a real test and took it right to the end, eventually succumbing to the full-court pressure in the last two minutes of the game. East York won 36-31.
Then, it was a very short turnaround as the team had to make its way to another location and start their second game, this time against the Thornhill Thunder. The boys played valiantly and the score was 22-21 at the half for Thornhill, but then the squad ran out of gas and eventually dropped the decision 49-34.
Entering play on Sunday morning, East York knew what was at stake. A win over the MUMBA Shariff team and a trip to either the Bronze or Gold medal game immediately afterward. A loss, and a long wait for the fifth place game was the reward as that game wouldn’t start until 6:30pm. The squad came out strong and built a 13 point lead through 3 quarters, but then the MUMBA team scratched and clawed their way back to make it a true battle until the final buzzer. Ultimately, the boys prevailed and won 57-55.
In the Bronze medal game the team once again faced Thornhill. This was a shot at redemption and the team really put it all together. It was a game in which East York maintained a slim lead from the start only to see it evaporate when Thornhill took a 38-37 lead midway through the 4th quarter. However, Easy York was resilient and under constant full-court pressure maintained their composure and squeaked out a great 47-45 win and took home the hardware.