Members of the Sudbury Jam U14 Girls team are not likely to enjoy many events more than the experience from which they have just returned, part of the 2016 NBA All-Star Game festivities in Toronto.
As part of the weekend, Ontario Basketball opted to host the NBA Gatorade Invitational, bringing together a large contingent of the top youth club basketball teams in their respective age groupings, from across the province.
Representing both Sudbury and Northern Ontario, to some extent, the Jam U14 girls kicked off their weekend with an impressive 30-13 win over the Brampton Warriors, advancing to the Elite Eight.
Combining impressive execution offensively, with a stifling defensive effort, the Jam moved to 2-0 thanks to a 33-20 triumph over Stoney Creek Newman Youth Basketball, punching their tickets to the semi-finals.
Between games, the players participated in a variety of interactive skill competitions, met NBA players, received autographs, and watched a university game, all part and parcel of the NBA All-Star Weekend "Centre Court" activities.
Back on the floor, the Sudbury crew fell just short against MUMBA (Markham Unionville Minor Basketball Association), losing 24-23, as the victors went on to claim gold, besting Caledon 29-9 in the gold medal affair.
The Jam qualified for the Gatorade Invitational by virtue of the mid-season standings of the Ontario Basketball League, with Sudbury sitting at 13-3 and ranked third in a field of 94 teams in their division, province-wide.
The team is comprised of Grace Tresidder, Cassandra Yurich, Arianna Ghorbani, Mireille DiMaio, Dylann Mazzuchin, Grace Smrke, Delaney Bourget, Victoria Adams, Giulia Wilson, Sami Dunlop-Bassett, Shannon Clarke, Katrina Thai and Claudia Pellerin.