Monarchs Major Atom Boys 1 team soar in Hamilton

posted Mar 29, 2012, 7:42 AM by Bruce F

Big win. The Mississauga Monarchs major atom AAA boys' team captured the Blessed Sacrament basketball tournament last weekend in Hamilton.Supplied photo
The Mississauga Monarchs major atom AAA boys' basketball team is peaking at the right time. Last weekend, the Monarchs captured the Blessed Sacrament tournament in Hamilton with a 67-51 victory over the Scarborough Basketball Association.
The win came two weeks after the Monarchs, ranked 11th in the Ontario Basketball Association heading into the tournament, picked up a surprising victory at its home tournament.
Team manager David McKee said confidence is high heading into the provincial championships in Niagara at the end of the month. 
"The kids seem to be on fire," McKee said. "They had a phenomenal tournament and it was really something to watch ... The chemistry is starting to happen with this group."
At the Blessed Sacrament tournament, the Monarchs also defeated the Waterloo Wildhawks 58-43, Blessed Sacrament 55-54 and Toronto Triple Threat 51-43. Mississauga's only setback was a 49-47 loss to Scarborough.
Members of the Monarchs are Karol Kolodziejek, Zachery McKee, Tyren Mananquil, Joshua Noton, R.J. Smith, Jaylen Passley, Kevin Ly, Jaidis Brooks, Nathan San Miguel, Joshua Emerling, Joshua Poozhikala, head coach Jamie Rusynyk, assistant coach Dimitri Noton and trainer Mark Passley.
After provincials, the Monarchs plan on facing stiffer competition at an Amateur Athletic Union-sanctioned tournament in Syracuse in June.