BRONZE FOR UNITED
The DC United Bantam Boys U13 basketball team competed in the MUMBA tournament on the weekend of Dec 1-2 going 3-1 while claiming the bronze medal. The boys lost a tough opening game to Etobicoke Thunder in overtime after leading by 7 with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Missed layups and a lack of ball discipline ended up costing the United team the game. Etobicoke out lasted DC 63 – 54 in OT. In their second game against South Toronto, they were able to use their size to take advantage of a smaller and less experienced South Toronto team as they won 73- 28. In their first game on Sunday, DC came up against Barrie and stormed out to an early 20-11 lead at half time. Once again a lack of execution and poor finishing saw Barrie start the 3rd quarter with a 10-0 run to take the lead. Coach Kwan went to the bench early and rotated the line up until they were able to weather the storm to take back control to win 49 – 37. Josh Dover lead United with 18pts and Keshawn Brown and Ezzy King had 8 respectively. With a 2-1 record in pool play, DC United faced off with an inexperienced York Silver Knights team in the Bronze Medal game. United jumped out early and never looked back. It started with their defensive energy and slowly wore down an out matched opponent winning the game 58- 20. Liam Nicholson lead a balanced attack with 10pts, while Jaden Nichols chipped in with 8pts. DC United Bantam Boys U13 will be back in action next weekend in Whitby for their second session of the Nike Signature League. They will have to continue to work hard to improve as the competition is going to tougher.
BULLDOGS STANDOUT @ NORTH POLE HOOPS SHOWCASE
As the final stop of the NPH Showcase, the Durham region brought forth what was one of the top collection of talent seen within the entire circuit. Overall the camp can be characterized as extremely competitive and scrappy with hard nosed players that wanted to get after it on every possession.
JAH-ZI BROWN - GUARD
Jah-Zi Brown‘s mechanics and fluidity with the ball is top notch, as he can be the most fluid ball handler in the entire class. Brown has multiple attack moves and counters, retreat dribbles and sees the floor extremely well. With his handle and vision at his size it makes him an elite guard, along with a good jumper. Plays with good poise, tempo and competitive nature that translates to high levels.
DJ BURKE - GUARD
One of the toughest and guttiest kid at camp, DJ was very physical and vocal on both ends of the floor. Whether it was locking up the opposing players or taking the ball to the defenders chest, Burke went through the two days with an extremely high compete level on every sprint, drill and game. Overall, DJ showed a good guard game, getting into the lane at will and showing good hang time on his attacks. As he continues to work on his jumper and decision making at times, DJ Burke is a guard we will be hearing from for years to come out of the Durham region.
KYMANI MERRARO - POINT GUARD
Kymani had the ball on a string all weekend long, even dropping a defender on a one on one drill with a wicked pull back through the legs dribble. Merraro is extremely quick and shifty guard that doesn’t allow his lack of height to affect his game, he actually uses it to his advantage. Pesky on defence, Merraro showed his solid footwork and shooting stroke going to multiple zero side steps and step backs. The biggest attribute of his game was that he was a vocal leader and a coach on the floor, keeping everyone accountable.
Congrats to long time DC Bulldogs/United players Jaden Clayton and David Ononiwu for making and winning GOLD for Team Ontario U15.
Also congrats to Malachi Coke and Kole Scott for being named alternates to Team O.
These boys played a huge part in the DCBA winning 4x Division 1 Championships. We are very proud of you all!
U14 DC UNITED WIN 2018 TOP GUN TOURNEY
Shout Out to Santianna for making U14 Team Ontario this summer.
Congrats to Alexis for also making the U14 Team Ontario this summer!