Eastern Canadian Champions
Brampton Minor Basketball Association
Brampton - The Brampton Warriors (U14 boys #1 team) traveled to Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 1st to 5th to compete in the Eastern Canadian championships. This basketball tournament featured the top teams from every province. Our Brampton Warriors had to play 5 games en route to the finals. The opening game was against a Nova Scotia team who was ranked second in the province. The Brampton Boys rallied to a 79-40 victory. Our second round robin game saw us cruise to a 114-24 lopsided victory over PEI's top team. We played a tough Quebec team from Dawson, Montreal to round out the pool play. At half time we were only up by one point, 34-33. We rallied and pushed the final score to 60-39. We finished first in pool A and went on to play Fredericton, NB who finished second in pool B. This semifinal match up was also a lopsided affair for these young Warriors who cruised to an 81-40 victory. Brampton met Dawson in the finals again. This time both teams knew each other, their plays, press, strengths and weaknesses. Coach Mark Poyser, Avery Brown and Brandon Trpcic made sure the players were well prepared. The game was back and forth for three quarters. Brampton was only leading by 8 points at the start of the fourth. After the time out at the break between quarters, Coach Mark told them to "put it away...Montreal thinks they are in a game and they are not...now lets show them why we are number 1 in Ontario". Every player dug deeper and shocked the opponent with the press to beat them by 29 point (67-38) and captured the Gold. The Brampton Warriors showed true grit and class while displaying tremendous team work. Ty Stewart-Nelson was tournament MVP while Rashayne Case was tournament All-Star. This was an excellent way to cap off an excellent year.
The Brampton Warriors Major Bantam #1 Boys team born 1996, Coaches and parents would like to acknowledge and thank the following individuals and organization for their generous donation in cash and in kind to assist the team travel expenses to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- Captain H. Bal, HomeLife Superstars Real Estate Limited
- Dr. Ruby Dhalla, Member of Parliament for Brampton Springdale
- Corporate Rent-a-Car, Brampton
- Paul Palleschi, Brampton Regional Councilor Ward 2 & 6
- Best Western Hotel, Brampton
- Brampton Minor Basketball Association
- Susan Fennell, Mayor
- Cherylin Sterling-Case, Sterling Dentistry