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Written by Jim Hicks   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:35

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The 14u Southeast Texas Defenders (formerly the Texas Ball Hawks) captured the Stars R Born Tournament in Houston on March 29-30 for the second consecutive year.  The Under Armour team, comprised of 8th graders from the Golden Triangle, went undefeated in Saturday’s pool play, defeating the Galveston Hornets 62-39 and RL9 58-28.  In Sunday’s bracket play, the Defenders beat the Brownsville Big Tymers 58-44 in the quarterfinals, Houston Hoops 54-45 in the semifinals, and the Pearland Bulldogs 65-41 in the Championship game to finish the weekend undefeated, bringing home the Championship trophy and medals.  Jakobe Dill was voted MVP by his teammates after an impressive showing shooting the ball as well as aggressive play on the defensive end.  alt

 

Team Picture:  Back Row (L-R):  Byron Arceneaux, Mason Seniguar, Elijah Parquet, Keitha Jones, Jr., and Alex Catt; Front Row (L-R):  Lijon Smith, Darion Chatman, Jakobe Dill, Trey Keller, and Jomard Valsin.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:18
 
FRANCHIZE ALL STARS 14u blast MBA 14u in FINALS! Print E-mail
Written by Jim Hicks   
Monday, 24 March 2014 06:18

The newly assembled Franchize All Stars 14u team reeled off 5 consecutive wins to capture the Adidas Sweet 16 Championship, held the weekend of March 21st in Houston.  They knocked off Dallas Mustangs and Franchize Prolific Taylor in pool play, then proceeded to generate wins over Gulf Coast Blue Chips and New Orleans Elite in the semis.  This set the stage for the championship showdown against the highly acclaimed MBA (Mississippi Basketball Association).  This collection of long talented eight graders squad feature internet sensations, Ladarius Marshall and Michael Barber .  However, heralded big man, Oumar Kieta 6'9 did not make the trip with MBA.  Still, we refuse to allow the excuse to be the reason nor will the reason become the excuse.  MBA actually suited up more players (9) than FAS (8) who has only been together for less than a week.  You might squelch your eyes upon learning the FAS won the championship by a tune of 70-40.

The FAS opened the game by knocking down six of their first seven shots, and within three minutes, led 16-1.  MBA appeared mentally fatigued and ready to go home.  For some odd reason the players just didn't look very motivated to face this energetic FAS squad which features DeShang Williams Weaver 6'6 along with two of the state's top guards, Bryson Etienne (7pts) and Jaylen Davis (3pts).  Ironically, both suited up with the Houston Hoops last week at the Spring Ice Breaker, so there could be a small sneaker-war in effect for these two middle schoolers.  Weaver relied mostly on the soft touch of his mid-range jumper and tenacity on the offensive glass to spark the FAS.  Overall, it wasn't a good day for Marshall was benched in the first half, and again later in the game when the score was well into double digit territory.  With just under 10:00 remaining, the mercy rule was enacted after the margin reached 20pts.  The collection of speed of the FAS was simply too much in this particular game.  Tamario Ransbargh led MBA with 16pts while Barber was Marshall was limited to 5 and 6pts apiece.  Meanwhile, Weaver finished with 22pts / 14rebs and was selected as Most Valuable Player.  Kobi Wilson contributed 17pts and DePriest Taylor added 11. alt

I would love to see this FAS team go head to head with the San Antonio based Hardwork or Team Texas 14u, widely regarded as two of the state's top middle school teams.

Back Row; L to R DePriest Taylor, Joseph Temple, Calen Holiday, DeShang Williams Weaver

Front Row; L to R Peter Byrd, Jaylen Davis, Bryson Etienne, Kobi Wilson, Coach Brian Etienne
Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 07:43
 
SIB MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTER-THOUGHTS! Print E-mail
Written by Jim Hicks   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00

SIB MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION  AFTER-THOUGHTS!

The nationally acclaimed San Antonio Hardwork 14u team came and conquered everything we placed before them.  The very talented group of 8th graders beat Texas Ballhawks 14u (48-25),  Team Texas 14u (66-56), and Houston Hoops 14u (51-49).  In the last game, Hardwork knocked down 20 of 27ft attempts compared to 7/15 for the Hoops.  Austin Guadarrama socred 10 of his 12pts in the second half, and combined with Alex Wise (12pts) and Alex Peavy (9pts) to rally past the Hoops and preserve their streak.  The San Antonio crew hasn't lost to any Texas based team since 2011.   The Hoops were paced by Bryson Etienne with a game high 19pts.  Also in the 14u Division, TNBA-Sadler proved their championship run a couple weeks ago was indeed no fluke.  After generating wins over Texas Showcase and Shooting Stars Red, I restructured the schedule to give TNBA the game they wanted -  vs Houston Hoops 14u.  A couple weeks ago, TNBA beat Houston Hoops (Gibson) enroute to winning the Spring Tip Off.  This presented a prime opportunity to measure their talents against the Hoops' top 14u team (Hoops Perkins).  Well, there was no better way to close out the Spring Ice Breaker than having these teams go into overtime before TNBA Sadler pulled out the 61-59 thriller.  Drake Everist sparked the win with 9 of his 12pts coming after halftime. 

In the 13u Division, the most impressive team was without question another out of town team - Dallas based ProSkills 13u led by the tandem of Joe Rollins and RJ Hampton.  They picked up credible wins over Houston Hawks 13u (46-34),  KDC (36-27), GCBC-Richardson (58-39), and TNBA Love (46-37). 

. RYTES 11u SHOT 'em DOWN AT THE WILD WILD WEST!

rytes  RYTES Warriors (Felix)11u are the winners of the Wild Wild West Shootout in Waller, TX.  The event was held the weekend of March 1, 2014

 

 

 

 

TNBA KNOCKS OFF HOOPS + RYTES WARRIORS TO CLAIM 1st PLACE!

TNBA 2018 TNBA 2018 Elite opened their season with a championship run thru the Houston Rockstarz Spring Tip Off.  Drake Everist hit the game winning shot to lift them over Houston Hoops in the semi finals and they went on to beat Rytes OC in the championship.  Next stop for the champions is the Spring Bling and the Spring Ice Breaker!

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:40
 
GOD FIRST CRUSADERS TAKE 1st PLACE! Print E-mail
Written by Jim Hicks   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 01:39

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Back Row: Donovan Williams, Monte Johnson, Markus Diggs, Isaiah LeBlanc, Jayden Moore Coach Michael LeBlanc

Front Row: Antwon Norman, Jerome Scott, Tyler Bloskas

 

 

 

 

ST VINCENT DE PAUL WINS BACK TO BACK MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 11:51
 
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