U12 Revolution earns bronze at basketball provincials

The Stratford Revolution U12 boys finished its season with a bronze medal at provincials. Submitted photo

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The Stratford Revolution U12 boys finished its season with a bronze medal at provincials.

Stratford started the tournament with a 49-21 win over the Huron Lakers.

The Revs pulled away in the second half after taking a six-point lead into the break.

Stratford’s first loss was a 46-40 defeat to Motion Tri-City.

It was an encouraging result for Stratford, which lost by an average of 35 points in its two exhibition games against the same team this season. The Revolution slowed the tempo down to keep Tri-City in check and even led in the seventh and eighth periods but couldn’t hang on against the eventual gold-medal winners.

It was Stratford’s best game of the season – and the closest Tri-City came to losing in the tournament.

The Revs rebounded with a 51-35 win over the Guelph Knights.

Brody Himburg started off strong, showing his defensive skills while also posting nine points. Josh Boyd rebounded well and added four points. Henry Tuer, Nick Wagner and Dante Fopoussi showed great teamwork and spirit as Stratford led 23-8 at the half.
Tyson Cassone handled the ball effectively and had a team-high 19 points while also displaying great defence. Declan Dumas and Navan Simmons played well together, combining to post seven points. Luke Steele played a strong second half and had six points. Navan Simmons and Thomas Dam played a great defensive game.

The final game of the season was a 52-49 Revolution win over the IEM Spartans, which earned Stratford a bronze medal.

Boyd, Dumas, Cassone, Wagner and Himburg started off strong. Tuer hit a three-pointer, but Stratford trailed 25-20 at half. Steele had 15 points in the win and showed great teamwork and leadership skills. Fopoussi and Wagner played a strong defensive game. Cassone added eight points, and Boyd had six points. Himburg played a strong last quarter and finished with eight points.

Ryan Cassone, Tuer, Simmons and Gurveer Singh all contributed and defended well. The Revs were 12 points down heading into the last quarter. Dam hit a big three pointer in the last minute to help seal the win.

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