capture provincial U16 hoops title
By Fred Sherwin
the first time in more than 20 years, the Gloucester Wolverines
have a Division 1 provincial championship to add to their
title was captured by the Wolverines U16 boys team which
emerged victorious from the three-day Ontario Cup tournament
held in Ottawa from May 12-14.
Gloucester Wolverines pose with Ontario Cup
banner after winning the provincial Division
1 championship on May 14. Members of the team
include Noah Masena, Isaiah Pemberton, Sacha
Gauthier, Zion Lim, Rene Konga, Keith Rowen,
Ayden Vineberg, Kemeal Khaddage, Shandon Anderson,
Marcus Hollingsworth, Zach Stone and Alex
Atherton and Nasiyeh Nour. Photo supplied
Wolverines entered the tournament as the number one seed
having swept the competition in the Ontario Basketball
League’s X-Division through the regular season and playoffs,
winning all 11 of their games.
team got off to a face start downing the fifth seed Ancaster
Blitz Elite 78-63 in their opening game. They followed
that up with a 72-61 win over the eighth seed from Scarborough
in the morning draw on Day 2 and continued their winning
streak with a 65-48 win over the third seed Mississauga
Monarchs to finish first in their pool.
getting a good night’s rest the Wolverines faced off against
the Monarchs for a rematch in the gold medal game and
ultimately emerged victorious, downing their Mississauga
rivals 68-63 in a highly competitive affair.
Gauthier was named the tourna-ment MVP, joining Noah Masena,
OBL X-Division regular season MVP, and Isaiah Pemberton,
OBL X-Division post-season MVP in picking up that honour.
three players have been playing together since Atom under
the tutelage of head coach Daren Pemberton.
Ontario Cup caps a three year run for the Wolverines that
began in 2016 with the Division 2 title and continued
last year with a bronze medal in the Division 1 tournament.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of
our local business partners.)