In the 1980’s and 1990’s there were a number of basketball programs operating in the City of Scarborough mostly on a regional basis. Two of the more prominent basketball organizations were the Toronto Blues and the Galloway Lancers.
Sam Moncada (one of the co-founders and the present-day Club President) had been seeking an umbrella under which disparate Scarborough organizations could be united. The answer was the creation of the SBA. The founding of the Scarborough Basketball Association “Blues” program was in 1996. The Scarborough Basketball Association (SBA) operated on a very limited basis at what are now Major Bantam “U15” and Major Atom “U12” levels based around the local schools.
In its very first year of operation, the Blues captured a Major Bantam “U15” Championship under the partnership and leadership of Sam Moncada and Bob Clement. That team featured, among others, Raymond Montaniel and Derek Joseph. The team captured the Championship at Pearson Collegiate in 1996.
In the early days of the program, Coach Maclean also had great success working mainly at the Major Atom “U12” level. Coaches Albert and Merv Busby were instrumental in getting the girl’s programs up and running.
In 2011 new development occurred as a result of the formation of two JUEL girls’ teams (JUEL and JUEL Prep) that play their games throughout Ontario against other high level girls’ teams.
Through this entire process, great credit must be given to Sam Moncada as the person whose foresight, persistence and vision made the founding of the Scarborough Basketball Association “Blues” a reality.
From those not-so-humble beginnings the Blues program began and what has now become a multi-faceted organization with house league, select teams, winter and summer camps and close to thirty-five plus rep and AAU teams with a population close to 1500 boys and girls between the ages 4 and 19 playing basketball.
All the above named coaches and organizers and present day officials have developed a quality basketball program. The Scarborough Basketball Association (SBA) is a non-profit member of Ontario Basketball Association. What does the future hold for the Club? Who really knows? We will have to simply wait and see!