Mega Wrap Up 2017
March 9, 2017 -Kingston Impact hosted their annual Girls' Mega tournament and March 3-5, and came away with excellent results! There were 45 teams in 6 different divisions, and Impact won 3 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal.
The Major Atom A/AA division featured some close and exciting battles. Kingston Impact - Demelo went 2-0 in pool play, defeating the Lindsay Wildcats and Toronto Lords. After pool play, teams matched up for some exciting quarter, semi final and final games.
Belleville Spirits and the Toronto Lords saw their consolation final go into an exciting and active over-time with Belleville winning 23-21. The Bronze medal game had the County Clippers play a close game with the Lindsay Wildcats from beginning to end. The Clippers rallied together in the final minutes of the game to take the lead by 1 point and held on to win the Bronze, with the final score of 28-27.
The Gold medal final was a terrific game between the Kingston Impact - Demelo and Timmins Selects teams. Kingston had the lead by two points as the seconds of the clock ran down in the last quarter only to see Timmins sink a clutch basket to force the game into over-time. Once again Kingston would find themselves in the lead by a basket with seconds left on the clock. This time they held on for the 26-24 win, and the Gold Medal.
The Major Bantam A/AA division featured two Kingston teams, one coached by Laura Mawdsley and the other by Adam Lynn. The Impact - Mawdsley team was 3-0 in pool play, defeating the Nepean Blue Devils (28-18), Belleville Spirits (38-10) and Kemptville Warriors (58-37). The Impact - Lynn team was in tougher falling to both the Timmins Select (17-43), and Gloucester Wolverines (41-47) in pool play, while defeating the Brockville Blazers (47-37).
Sunday morning saw Impact - Lynn defeat Kemptville 59-27 for 5th place, while Gloucester beat Nepean 38-35 in a close battle for Bronze. The Impact - Mawdsley team played Timmins in the final, coming away with Silver after a 52-31 final score.
The Major Bantam AA/AAA division had a real mix of teams, with Clubs from Orillia, Barrie, Ottawa and Montreal as well as Kingston and Belleville. Kingston Impact - Reynolds went 3-0 in pool play, with wins over Arnprior (67-32), Barrie (51-22), and Nepean Blue Devils (38-25). That last game was particularly sweet for the Impact, as Nepean had defeated the Impact in the Gloucester tournament final earlier in February.
The Belleville Spirits had also gone 3-0 in their pool games, including a tight 40-38 game over the Bluehounds from Montreal, setting up the Sunday medal games. The bronze medal game between Nepean and Bluehounds was never in doubt, as the Bluehounds took it 63-30. The gold medal game was much tighter, Impact trailed after the first quarter and teams went into halftime tied at 21. But the Impact team settled in defensively, only allowing 9 points in the second half en route to a 43-30 win.
The Major Midget A/AA division saw the Kingston Impact - Coulter team go 3-0 in pool play as well, defeating the Ottawa Shooting Stars (35-18), the County Clippers (45-24), and the Nepean Blue Devils (43-34). This led to a semi final match up on Sunday morning against Ottawa Next Level, that Kingston won 31-23. The other semi saw Nepean take on a Flamborough team that had gone 3-0 in their own pool. Flamborough defeated Nepean 61-44.
The bronze medal game saw Nepean play Ottawa Next Level, and Nepean came out with the win 55-47. In the Gold medal game Kingston Impact - Coulter closed it to a 2 point game in the fourth quarter, before falling 38-25 in a defensive battle. A solid weekend led to a Silver medal!
The Major Midget AA/AAA division had seven highly competitive teams from various areas of Ontario. Each team came prepared to chase gold entering the halfway point of the season. Timmins Select played with fierce defense and energy. They fought hard and just came up short in all three games. Gloucester Wolverines played with heart and determination throughout the tournament. The Grimsby Grizzlies played with poise and patience, winning the consolation game. Blessed Sacrament Jackets were fierce and feisty throughout the tournament demonstrating speed and strong shooting. The Goulbourn Hornets were a force to be reckoned with as they had a strong inside and outside game. They finished first in their pool and ended with a bronze medal win over Blessed Sacrament, 41-35.
The finals were an all east final with the home team, Kingston Impact - Edwards, playing their neighbors to the east the Brockville Blazers. Both teams were fired up for a hard fought battle. It was a very tight game, with both teams exchanging baskets end to end. In the final quarters, Kingston Impact turned up their defense and the offence came along. Kingston Impact eventually won the game and the Gold medal, 66-45.
The Junior division saw the Kingston Impact - Orpin team finish 3-0 in pool play with wins over Goulbourn Hornets (48-27), North Toronto Huskies (42-38), and Gloucester Wolverines - Mitchell (57-46). This set up a semi final game on Sunday morning against the second place team from the other pool, Gloucester Wolverines - Robert. The Impact team lost in a heart breaker, 39-38, meaning they would play for Bronze in the afternoon.
In that game, Kingston Impact came out and defeated the Bluehounds, from Montreal 42-26, while the Gold medal game saw the Gloucester Wolverines - Mitchell team beat the Gloucester Wolverines - Robert team 58-39 to win the Gold.
Thanks to all the players, coaches, parents, referees, and sponsors for a exciting weekend of basketball.