The East York Eagles U13 Minor Bantam Boys captured gold in the AAA division of the Chris Paulin Memorial Tournament hosted by the Kanata Youth Basketball Association. In the opening game, the boys used a strong second half to turn a one-point lead into a 21-point victory over the Ottawa Shooting Stars. Theo Steube's strong point guard play earned him Game MVP honours in the 52-31 win. The second game saw the team succumb to a difficult pressing defence from the Gloucester Wolverines. Theodore Hristakis was named Game MVP after aggressively attacking the hoop throughout the 69-59 defeat. The boys bounced back on Saturday evening to hand the host KYBA team a 74-70 loss, earning their way into the medal round. With the Gatineau Phénix standing between the team and a spot in the gold medal match, the Eagles controlled the game from start to finish on their way to a 63-40 win. An 18-point opening quarter saw Steube, Kayron Shaw, Jorden List and Matthew Rahal score at least two baskets each. The gold medal game provided another shot at the Gloucester Wolverines. In a tightly contested match that saw the score tied after each of the first three quarters, the boys pulled out a close 58-52 victory. The front court combination of Shaw and Jeff Fan scored 16 points each. Shaw also captured tournament MVP honours based on his great play at both ends of the floor. Congratulations to the boys for turning their hard work into hardware! At some point this past weekend, every player hit a shot or was involved in a defensive stop that led to the gold.
The East York Bantam Boys U13 team played at the MUMBA tournament over the weekend of April 8-9, 2017 in preparation for their provincial finals (April 21-23, 2017) and came away with a Bronze Medal for their efforts! The squad used the tournament as an opportunity to practice and fine tune their play, but also to allow all players as much time on the court as possible in celebration of a long season. In the first game the team faced a familiar foe, Toronto Lords, for the fifth time. Having won all four of the previous meetings EY was ready for a motivated and much improved Lords team, but played a strong team game on both offense and defense to take the win with a score of 55-42. In the second game the rotation for the team changed quite a bit and the boys faces a formidable home team, MUMBA Gbas. This game was a good reminder that a consistent effort on both sides of the ball for four quarters is necessary to secure a win and the boys were somewhat humbled to take a loss 66-36. However, the team regrouped for a third game on Saturday against a determined Motion Basketball Bantam team. This was as scrappy as game as one will ever find and it was good to come out on top in what can be characterized as an "ugly" win by as score of 34-31. In that game, having taken a 18-6 lead after the first quarter, EY let their advantage slip away and trailed 28-27 late in the fourth only to show resolve and come away with the win. In the fourth game of the tournament on Sunday morning the team faced another local squad, MUMBA Shariff. Having gone two for two in previous games against this team, with the first game coming down to the wire in a 57-55 victory [...]
The draw for the 55" Sony UHD 4K TV was held in support of the fundraising efforts of the U13 Boys Bantam Rep team on Wednesday, December 21st. The winning ticket number was 197 and the winner has been notified. Thank you to everyone who supported the team through the purchase of a raffle ticket! The team raised over $3000 dollars, which will go directly to programming for the squad in the form of tournament entry fees, gym permits, exhibition games, etc. The team is very appreciative of the support!
The East York Bantam Boys are fundraising this year with one big awesome prize up for grabs! The draw is just before the Holidays so get your ticket(s) and one lucky winner will go home with a terrific present for either themselves or a loved one. To inquire please contact Bantam Rep coach Vava Kolinski at vava.kolinski[at]utoronto.ca All proceeds go to support the boys! Sample Raffle Ticket:
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 [...]
Congratulations to the East York Bantam Boys team for bringing home Bronze at their most recent tournament!!