TORONTO, ON–No disrespect intended, these teams were not expected to make it to the finals of 2013 Etobicoke Elite Thunder Jam. The Mississauga Monarchs had to get through host team Etobicoke, which had a roster stacked with CIS recruits and Toronto Triple Threat had to get by a quick and defensive Northern Kings team. This is March Madness.
Both teams’ performances speaks volumes of the character of these teams and their coaches; they willed their way to the finals.
The Monarchs and Triple Threat put on a show in a tight game that went down to the wire and into overtime. Tournament MVP Myles Charvis pulled all the stunts while running the point.
Charvis’ performance comes as no surprise, he has been the most consistent guard at the OBA level year in and year out. His ability to create for teammates off of penetration is an area of his game that has developed dramatically. He and Jaylen Roberts made it a point to get to the hole in the half court and in transition.
At the end of the first half the Monarchs had an eight point lead which was the biggest of the game, but were held scoreless to start the third quarter for three minutes as Toronto caught momentum.
O’Neil Halstead was an important piece for Triple Threat, being their main offensive weapon and finishing plays in a variety of ways. Others who pitched in to keep it close were John Hannant-Minchel, who was responsible for taking it into OT, Matt McDonald and Nikyle Williams-McIntosh.
Three point shooting was an offensive approach that loosing teams settled on. The Monarchs had learned from these teams and took it strong to the rack often. In fact, for the final eight minutes of this championship game there were no outside shots attempted by the Monarchs.
Mississauga got this far by playing at their own pace and controlling the tempo in each game, not to mention the strong performance and control at the point by Myles Charvis.
Sauga city’s PG went on to pick up interest from Algoma University.
Hustle Award- Dom Ratz (Toronto Triple Threat- Team Kate)
Sportsmanship- Serville Poblete (Toronto Triple Threat- Team Kate)
Defensive MVP- Tyrell Rogers (Mississauga Monarchs)
MVP- Myles Charvis (Mississauga Monarchs)
Gold Medal Scorers- Monarchs: Myles Charvis (21), TTT: Matt McDonald (15)
AAA All Stars
Michael Chao- York North Avengers
Gianmarco Luciani- Etobicoke Thunder Elite
Owen Coulthard- Oakville Vytis
Adam Voll- Waterloo Wildhawks
Rayon Miller- Northern Kings
GOLD- Mississauga Monarchs (Coach Gary Charvis)
SILVER- Toronto Triple Threat- Team Kate (Coach Kate McPherson)
BRONZE- Etobicoke Thunderr Elite (Coach Jordan Paolucci)
In AA action GBA Elite (Grimsby) took gold over Steel City Slam (Sault Ste. Marie). University of Victoria commit, Pat Pilato took home tournament MVP for this division.
Hustle Award- Jonah Fogg (Steel City Slam)
Sportsmanship- Mitchell Mazzucca (Steel City Slam)
Defensive MVP- Josh Dikau (Grimsby Grizzlies)
MVP- Pat Pilato (Grimsby Grizzlies)
Gold Medal Game Scorers- Grimsby: Pat Pilato (29), Steel City: Anthony Iacoe (9)
GOLD- Grimsby Grizzlies (Coach Jerry Naccarato)
SILVER- Steel City Slam (Coach Jeff Giovanatti)
BRONZE- Caledon Cougars (Coach Adam Maaytah)