A tight loss and then nothing but wins
by Randy Pascal
A very close opening game loss, followed by three straight victories and a bronze medal haul for the road made for a very encouraging first tournament
stop of the year for the Sudbury Jam U13 Boys, taking part in the Caledon Cougars Classic Bantam Boys Tournament last month.
The Durham Central Bulldogs were the only opponent who managed to vanquish the Sudbury side at the event, posting a 62-59 victory in game one,
despite a 16-point effort from Oak Campbell-Runia and an additional 14 from Quin Mazzuchin in a losing cause.
From there, it was onward and upward, as the Jam went to overtime to dispose of the Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets from Hamilton, 72-63, as
Dilain Abeyratne (25) and Adam Scott (20) powered the attack for the locals.
The margin of victory grew exponentially for the Sudbury squad over the course of the weekend, stopping Stoney Creek Youth Basketball 63-43 in game
three, as Adam Scott (16) was joined at the top of the scoring charts by Hayden Robert (13) and Mateo Volpini (10).
Earning a berth in the bronze medal affair, the northern lads silenced the Thornhill Thunder, 67-37, with Oak Campbell-Runia (22) and Adam
Scott (20) providing a highly potent one-two punch for the winners.
The reality, however, is that the Jam received key contributions right across their roster. Defensively, Christopher Groulx, Graham Binks and
Owen Dobson excelled in the full court press, causing countless turnovers, while Kalev Timusk and Arjun Shukla were absolute monsters
on the boards.
And when the energy level sagged, just a touch, it was time to insert Jack Mergard, creating having with his boundless heart and hustle. Once the
ball was safely in their possession, the Sudbury squad turned to Quin Mazzuchin, who averaged more than ten assists per game, distributing the ball