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Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018
Novice Jam boys begin to get battle tested
by Randy Pascal

Back to back tournaments for the Sudbury Jam U10 Boys, quickly getting acclimatized to the level of competitive basket across the province. In spite of a schedule that would see the team facing both the eventual gold and silver medal winning squads in round robin play, the Jam persevered, capturing bronze at the MUMBA Tournament in Markham.

The Sudbury lads opened with a 38-33 win over MUMBA - Reyes, lost 44-23 to the Thornhill Thunder, bounced back to double MUMBA - de la Cruz 38-19 and fell just short against the Woodbridgde Lions 24-21.

Though Brayden Legendre and Hunter Laplante stood out as top scorers, coach Tony Church noted the team effort, with most of the baskets being set up with great assists and ball movement.

"We also play really intense and strong defense, that depends heavily on great communication and teamwork," said Church. Mere weeks earlier, the locals broke the ice on tournament play, facing the likes of the Barrie Royals, Collingwood Trailblazers and Whitby Wildcats.

The defense was again front and center, as the Jam held the Wildcats, a team that averaged over 30 points per game, to just 17 points. Leading the way was Joshua Crandall, holding in check the opponent's sharp-shooter, while Alexandre Mailloux earned kudos for taking the team's first charge of the season.

The significant game by game improvement was evident in the battle for fifth, as Sudbury won handily, 32-8. Rounding out the team roster are Dylan Nelson, William Church, Michael Seccaspina, Ethan Dobson, Sébastien Montgomery, Shiloh Sauvé, Greyson Seifert, with coaches Tony Church and Jamie Lamontagne.

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