The first ever Winter Elite Invitational held on Jan 28 and 29th was an outstanding weekend of competitive basketball. With teams coming from London, Brantford, Kitchener-Waterloo, Etobicoke and Nepean, the level of compete and coaching was top tier.
Saturday was a long day of great basketball for the girls. Pool A was led by Efrem Elite at 2-0, Nepean Blue Devils Juel Prep 1-1 and Kitchener Waterloo Vipers U15 OBL at 0-2. Pool B say the Blazers go 2-0, Etobicoke Thunder Juel Prep 1-1 and Brantford CYO U15 0-2.
Sunday semi finals saw the Blazers defeat Nepean in a close game 56-53 and Efrem Elite take down Etobicoke 59-44. In the consolation final, KW Vipers held off Brantford.
In the championship game, despite the snow storm falling, we had the game of the tournament. Efrem Elite and the Blazers were neck and neck all game. EE had the lead 10-9 after one. The game was tied at 21 at the half and tied at 32 after 3. In the fourth, the Blazers took advantage of their deeper bench to take the lead late, and hold off the visitors for a 46-39 win. Player of the game was Charley Toivenen who had 29 points.
Stacey Dales, The most famous Blazer Alumni has sent a message to all the teams coming this weekend.