Monarchs U17 Juvenile Boys keep the gold at home with a tremendous weekend at the Monarchs 30th Anniversary Tournament!!

posted May 14, 2015, 11:03 AM by Mmba WebAdmin

The Mississauga Monarchs Juvenile Boys team hosted a 16 team 30th anniversary tournament last weekend.  The NBA division was a preview of this year's OBA Division 1 finals featuring eight of Ontario's top teams including the CYBL league leading Waterloo Wolverines, last year's OBA champs Etobicoke Thunder, last year's #1 OBA ranked Toronto JCC Eagles, AAU team South Windsor Warriors, and last year's OBA division 1 teams Cambridge Centaurs, Guelph CYO Knights, and Whitby Saints.

The Monarchs #1 Bowen team started slow losing their first game 68-62 (Adnan Begovic 14) vs. the Whitby Saints and recovered to beat the Toronto JCC Eagles 78-65 (Stefan Jovcic 19, Tristan Mananquil 18) in the second game Saturday.

They entered the last round robin game Sunday morning needing to beat the 2-0 Cambridge Centaurs by 9 points for a berth in the gold medal game and they beat them convincingly by a score of 72-47 (Adnan Begovic 16, Johnny Kasongo 14) .

The gold medal game was held at Sheridan College Oakville campus in front of a large crowd versus the Waterloo Wolverines who defeated Guelph with a 3 point buzzer beater to advance to the championship game.  Mississauga defeated the Wolverines 58-52 (Matt Manocchio 13) to win the championship.  

Monarchs coach Ricardo Bowen said: "The players have come together at the right time playing strong team defense and unselfish offence and their success was deserved.  The coaching staff is proud of the team's improvement and success."

Guelph rebounded to win the bronze medal by a 73-62 score over the Whitby Saints.

Monarchs #22 Stefan Jovcic dominated the offensive and defensive boards and was selected as the tournament MVP.

The NCAA division included Toronto Triple Threat, Oakville Venom, Niagara Falls Red Raiders, Orangeville Hawks, Brampton Warriors, Oakville Vytis, Ottawa Thunderbolts and Whitby Wildcats.

Oakville Vytis defeated Toronto Triple Threat to win the bronze medal and Brampton defeated Oakville Venom to win gold.  #5 from Brampton was selected as the tournament MVP of the NCAA division.