This past weekend the U-17 boys Steel City Slam team competed in the 2017 Ontario Cup, held in Markham, Ontario. The 8th seeded Slam team came out rolling pulling off an upset of the #4 Toronto Lords 74-61. Jackson Makoi led all scorers with 36 points, while Jaden Grisdale added 4 three pointers and finished with 14 points.
In game 2 the Slam would face the #1 seeded Orillia Basketball Club. In a back and forth affair the Slam would go into the half down 7. When the dust settled the Orillia basketball club proved to be too much pulling out a 70-51 win. The slam had a balanced attack with Jackson Makoi leading the team with 22, Jaden Grisdale adding 14 and Bishop Whitmell rounding out the scoring with 10.
In game three, it was ‘do or die’ for the U-17 boys, which have 6 players who are only U-16 age and one player who was a U-14 player competing this past weekend. In the way for the Slam to finish second in the pool and advance to the bronze medal game was the Durham City Basketball Association. The Slam came out rolling up 39-21 at the half and ran away with a 70-45 victory. Jackson Makoi proved unstoppable again pouring in 32 while Joseph Catches added 11 and Matt Kment 10.
In the bronze medal final the Slam would face the Peterborough Power, coached by former pro and Canadian National Team Member Jesse Young. The Slam once again came out firing on all cylinders sharing the ball and finishing at will on route to a 45-38 win and a bronze medal. Jackson Makoi would lead the team with 18 while Bishop Whitmell and Jaden Grisdale both added 10.
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