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Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2018
A solid showing for Jam in British Columbia
by Randy Pascal

Competing at the inaugural offering of the bballnationals (1st annual National Club Basketball Championships) in Langley (B.C), the Sudbury Jam U15 Girls claimed third place in a field of ten teams from right across the country.

No signs of jet lag out of the gate as the Sudbury squad stopped Kamloops 60-22 in their opener, with Dylann Mazzuchin, Jadyn Weltz and Mireille DiMaio all netting ten points each.

Emily Lafond would catch fire in game two, draining 22 points as the Jam knocked off the highly regarded VK Basketball (Venue Kings) from British Columbia 50-41.

The winning streak would reach three games for the Northern Ontario crew thanks to a 57-53 nail-biter over a very physical team from Calgary, as Sudbury torched from beyond the arc. Delaney Bourget drilled home a half dozen three pointers in showing the way for the locals.

Claudia Pellerin would lead all scorers as the Jam improved to 4-0 with a 58-35 triumph over Vancouver, completing their undefeated run through pool play with a lopsided win over Victoria, as Abby Frick shone defensively and on the boards.

The quarter-finals were no contest as coach Bruce Bourget's troops lit it up to the tune of 71 points in elimating the hometown Triple Threat representatives. A balanced Sudbury attack included four girls in double digits, as Lafond (19), Weltz (14), Bourget (14) and Pellerin (10) all hit the mark.

Their run of success would be halted by a sharp-shooting group of Maritimers, as MKMBA (Moncton Kiwanis Minor Basketball Association) Next Level U15 Girls stopped Sudbury 56-48, before the Jam defeated the VK Basketball 14U squad for bronze, 54-39.

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