Jam boys close out their season in Ottawa
by Randy Pascal
It was a fitting end to a wonderful season for the Sudbury U16 Jam Boys.
Travelling to Ottawa, site of the Basketball Ontario Major Midget Boys Ontario Cup - hosting all twelve divisions, to be precise - the Jam found
themselves in each and every game, including a thrilling round robin overtime win that secured a spot in the bronze medal encounter.
Facing the Gladiators Basketball Club from Whitby on Friday night, the Jam rode the three point accuracy of Félix Tubin in the early
going, as he hit for 14 first half points, helping Sudbury cruise to an 86-57 win.
Abraham Soumahoro (15) and the trio of Anthony Rogerson, Liam LaPierre and Cedric Lessard, all with ten, joined Tubin in the double
digit brigade. Game two would go right down to the wire as the Halton Huskies clipped the Jam 73-67, with Soumahoro and Rogerson again topping the
charts offensively, finishing with 18 and 11 points respectively.
Needing a win to give themselves a shot at gold, the local lads are likely to remember their third game against the Motion Marksmen from Brampton
for quite some time to come.
Trailing by seven with 1:40 to play, the Jam roared back to force overtime, with Sudbury and Brampton deadlocked at 70-70. Taking full control in the
extra session, the northern crew outscored the Motion 12-5, with Soumahoro connecting from beyond the arc and Brennan LaPierre netting a couple of
key free throws.
Unfortunately, Halton would pick up the win that they needed, finishing first in Pool "B" and forcing the Jam into a battle for bronze opposite the
Burlington Force. Sudbury kept it close through two quarters of play, trailing 13-12 and 32-27, but could not overcome a cold third quarter of
shooting, dropping a 65-48 decision in the end.
Abraham Soumahoro capped off his tournament in style, adding another 15 points to his stat line, with Eric Senechal (7) and Cedric Lessard (6)
also chipping in on the attack.
Rounding out the Sudbury roster, which finished the year slotted into the Division 3 bracket for provincials, were Carter Smrke, Miguel Poulin, Andrew Gauthier and Mathieu Michel.