If you like basketball, then Niagara had you covered this past weekend! With all the excitement and energy from the crowd, the heart and hustle from the players, and the incredible effort from everyone involved, the 2015 U12 Major Atom Boys Ontario Cup was a great success!
With 11 divisions highlighting the best and brightest that Ontario has to offer, there was plenty to cheer about across Niagara. In what was a fantastic ending to a great basketball season, each of the 84 teams involved fought hard and gave it everything they had in an effort to bring home Ontario Cup gold!
In the end, each division crowned a champion, capping off what was an exhilarating Championship Sunday! Division 1, which was hosted at Niagara College Welland Campus, saw a tightly contested Gold Medal game, with DCBA Central coming out on top, earning a 66-65 victory over SBA Ferguson. With a bevy of sharp shooting, a number of clutch plays, and countless sensational performances, these two teams left it all on the court, ending in a thrilling contest between two undefeated teams.
From a local perspective, the Region was well-represented across the 11 divisions, as a total of six teams came from right here in Niagara. Staring with Division 3, it was the Pelham Panthers, the top seed in the division, who played their way to an undefeated weekend and took home the Gold Medal over Toronto Triple Threat (52-50). The St. Catharines Rebels, meanwhile, who entered their pool ranked seventh, made it to the Bronze Medal game, where they fell just short in a 53-42 loss, ultimately earning a strong fourth place finish. Division 6 saw similar results from the Niagara Falls Red Raiders #1, who turned their seventh place ranking into a fourth place finish after a tough loss in the Bronze Medal game. It was a pair of local teams who battled for bronze in Division 9, as the fourth ranked Niagara Rangers squeaked out a 29-27 victory over the third ranked Pelham Panthers. Finally, the Niagara Falls Red Raiders #2 and Port Colborne Hornets encountered a string of tough competition in Division 10 and 11, finishing seventh and fifth in their respective divisions.
The final results from all of the divisions can be seen found on the Ontario Basketball website.
The Niagara Sport Commission would like to thank everyone involved with the event, once again helping to make the U12 Major Atom Boys Ontario Cup a great success. We look forward to hosting the U16 Major Midget Girls Ontario Cup from May 1 to 3!