U12 VALIANTS! THE 2017 CANDY CANE CUP CHAMPIONS!
3 days, 6 games, and 1 Major Atom U12 Valiants Squad that went undefeated!!!!
The U12s began the Quest for the Candy Cane Cup at the Royal City Holiday Classic by traveling to Guelph on the weekend of December 15th-17th to participate in their second OBA tournament of the season.
On Friday night, the Valiants played against the Belleville Spirits. With a strong start to the tournament, the Valiants fought hard and never let the Spirits take the lead, ending with a 21-14 Win!
On Saturday, the Valiants had their work cut out for them, having to play 3 games that day, with the last two being a double-header:
In their second game of the tournament, the Valiants faced the Orangeville Hawks. For the majority of the game, the Valiants were trailing the Hawks, with the biggest deficit of being down by 8 points. The Valiants never gave up—they fought through the Hawks’ defense, got some points on the board, and too played lockdown defense themselves to prevent the Hawks from increasing the scoring gap—, and by the end of the 7th shift, the Valiants had narrowed the gap to being down to 1. With the momentum on our sides, the 8th shift had the confidence to finish off strong, winning the shift 8-3, and topping off a 35-31 Win!
The first of the double-header games, the Valiants faced the IEM Scarborough LFB team. Once again, the Valiants trailed the game for the majority of the game, but locked in on defense and went to work on offense, only allowing Scarb LFB to score 4 points between the 3rd and 4th period and wracking up 19 points between the two. The Valiants were on a roll, getting that 31-24 Win and a 3-0 record thus far!
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Valiants faced the KW Vipers! In a game lasting just over 2-hours, the Valiants came out strong and got the 42-33 Win, which added to their 4-0 undefeated record to end off their Saturday night!
On the third and final day of competition, the Valiants faced the resilient Penetang Mystics! The Valiants added to their undefeated record, 5-0, defeating the Mystics and getting that 28-5 Win, which also closed off the pool plays.
The Valiants were heading to the Finals! With the records of the revealed, the Valiants were going to face the IEM Scarborough LFB team, once again. In an exciting matchup, the Windsor Valiants staged an exciting comeback victory late in the game! With solidifying the defense, clutch free-throws made, and a focused squad, the Valiants rose to victory, coming back from a 10 point difference (17-7), and they secured the Candy Can Cup by Winning 22-18 late in the 7th and 8th shifts of the game! What a ride it was going undefeated— 6-0!
Congratulations to the U12 Major Atom Valiants Team on an exciting weekend of basketball and never giving up on their Quest for the Candy Cane Cup— 2017 Champions!! Thank you to Royal City (Guelph) Basketball Association for having us and hosting the Holiday Classic! It was a thrill of a ride!
Coach Kristine and Coach Drew are very proud of the girls—it was a privilege to watch these girls fight every second of every game and watch them grow throughout the entire tournament! Thank you to all the parents for your continued support and cheering during each game!