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Written by Jim Hicks   
Thursday, 22 January 2015 00:00


This year's Winter Slam event was all about meeting expectations, so it's only fitting that Gulf Coast Blue Chips, CCYA Tigers and the RYTES Warriors rose the occasion by winning the championship the favorite. The 13 and 14U Tigers and their discipline backcourts brought consistency to the tournament, the 12U Rytes Warriors executed their aggressive defense on opponents and the Gulf Coast Blue Chips put the organization on display with a flock of young talent in the greater Houston area.
Of course, CCYA's tournament run was only one of the huge story lines to come out of a tournament that also featured a 11U Gulf Coast Blue Chips dropping 63 on a quality program in the Next Level Raiders who went winless in pool play on Saturday.
For all of the painful losses, the Slam also saw plenty of impressive performances from individual players and from teams that showed the passion of their coaches.

14U Division
There's no doubt CCYA's championship run at the Slam was a team effort, with four Tiger scorers scoring the bulk of their points on Sunday. This team is a bunch of equals who know how to play together.

13U Division
Just like their brothers in the 14U division, the CCYA Tigers came into this tournament with their own expectations.
For them to run the table on Sunday is remarkable given the talent in the division, but for them to beat Cy Hoops 44-6 is impressive.
It hardly matters that the Tigers went on to win the championship against top-shelf talent. Once the Tigers put the 13U division on notice by winning a game by almost 40 points, the rest of the tournament was about staying discipline and not beating themselves.

12U Division
Expectations were high for the Super pool in the 12U class. The RYTES Warriors, SA Hardwork and Texas Gators Elite were going to wear each other out in pool play and then try to run the table in bracket play on Sunday.
Eyes were opened when one of the first games in bracket play featured a 3rd seed from pool A in SA Hardwork who jumped all over Houston Superstarz 48-0, but again, some programs know how to approach bracket play on Sundays and Hardwork did just that.
However, SA Hardwork were not the only ones to refocus on Sunday, the RYTES Warriors Black came in Sunday just as focused and knocked off HTX Panthers, Houston Hurricanes and SA Hardwork to secure the championship.

11U Division
The Gulf Coast Blue Chips could hardly asked for a better way to show Houston that GCBC is still a force to be reckoned with.
Earning a huge win over the Next Level Raiders out of Austin beating them 63-20 in pool play gave a big boost to what programs like GCBC can do with kids with the same fire as the organization.
The Blue Chips winning the championship against the likes of Elite basketball, NO Renegades and Austin Blazers are big.  In the championship, they beat Bryan Hoopstarz  70 -40

10U Division
The Blue Chips offense carried them in the championship game over the Houston  Defenders 65-37, but the defense started it all with a huge win over the NC Cyclones 40-5.
The Blue Chips has to feel good about their performance, considering a 10U team could drop 40 points in one game.
As active as the Blue Chips are, they will be a deadly opponent in late-season tournaments.

9U Division
In the 3rd grade championship,  G.C.B.C. beat Texas Tundra 31 -11.  The 9U Blue Chips are establishing themselves as one of Houston's young teams that are learning the game from a top-notch organization.




































Reminder!  Reserve your spot for the Rcs Sports Spring Ice Breaker (March 20-22, 2015 in Houston).  For the first time ever, teams have the option of playing in the Tournament (bracket) or the Showcase section (3 games guaranteed). 

Plus, we will have the Unsigned Senior Division.  However, all individual nominees must be approved for one of the 80 slots.  Unsigned senior teams are welcome as well.  They would play against other pre-assembled senior teams.   Many non D1 coaches annually attend this event. 

Tournament Division:  Teams will play 2 pool games (Friday & Saturday) before everyone advances into bracket play (Sat evening).  Event will conclude around 3pm Sunday.  All teams are guaranteed 3 games. 

Showcase Division:   Teams will play 3 match play games against teams not entered in the tournament division - starting and ending at whatever time you request.

Last year the SIB had over 225 teams which made it the nation's largest showcase of March.   Multiple team discounts are available! 


Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 13:54
CAMP RIGHT WAY 2014 RECAP! Print E-mail
Written by Jim Hicks   
Thursday, 08 January 2015 17:22

The annual Camp Right Way, directed by John Lucas was once again a great way to end the year.  Approximately 150 middle school campers from across the nation participated in the popular annual holiday camp which was originally designated for Houston area players.  Due to popular demand, combined with the thought of Lucas not wanting to decline the young hoopers of the opportunity to enhance their skills, the camp attendance has tripled since originating in 2006.  

I was present for the second day of CRW, and was excited to absorb the competitive atmosphere.  Near the conclusion of camp, the young men absorbed inspiring and motivating words from guest speakers including Abdul Rahim, TJ Ford, Chris Walker, Marland Lowe, Rhossi Carron, Alan Branch and myself. 

Meanwhile, I got a chance to speak with each camp counselor who also served as a coach of one of the pre-assembled teams.  They shared thoughts on the campers and assisted with determining which ones were the most productive throughout the two-day session of drills and games. 

Congrats to the following 48 stars who shined brightest at CRW 2014:

76ers 148 Ashton Collier 5'10 Hoover (AL) 2019
  62 Joshua Williams 5'6 Cypress 2019
  92 Jordan Turner 6'4 Conroe 2019
BUCKS 51 Sam Martin 5'8 Spring 2019
  18 Russell "Deuce" Dean 6'1 Columbia (SC) 2019
  39 Jarvis Johnson 5'11 Houston 2019
BULLS 43 Michael Wiley 5'7 Houston 2019
  158 Jaylen Davis 5'9 Houston 2019
  38 Marlon Jackson 6'1 Houston 2019
BULLETS 63 Marcus Tillman 6'2 Orlando (FL) 2019
  00 Dillon Glendening 5'9 Plano 2019
  26 Tayvion Fisher-Peavy 5'6 Richmond 2019
COWBOYS 100 Francis Okoro 6'10 Jackson (MS) 2019
  66 Savier Wheeler 5'4 Houston 2019
  95 Jaylen Thomas 6'1 DeSoto 2019
HORNETS 180 Pierce Hellums 5'9 Magnolia 2019
  187 Adam Kanafani 6'1 Missouri City 2020
  160 Donovan Ethridge 5'5 Laredo 2019
LIGHTNING 173 Trey Johnson 6'3 Birmingham (AL) 2019
  91 Keyon Thomas 5'8 Kansas City (KS) 2019
  174 Keon Jones 5'5 Houston 2020
LONGHORNS 46 Kenneth Lofton 5'8 Port Arthur 2020
  69 Reese Watson 5'9 Austin 2019
  0 Jaron Presley 5'3 Katy 2019
ROCKETS 168 Genson Hooper-Price 6'4 Houston 2019
  105 Zechariah Selvage 5'5 Katy 2020
  87 Dante Wynn 5'8 Nashville (TN) 2019
SHARKS 15 Keionte Cornelius 5'10 Houston 2019
  102 Jordan Wright 6'2 Waggaman (LA) 2019
  45 Tyrus Baynham 5'6 Lavergne (TN) 2019
SONICS 71 Byron Scholby 5'5 Dallas 2019
  124 Lewis McDaniel 6'2 Antioch (TN) 2019
  65 Joe Rollins 5'11 Humble 2019
SPURS 165 Chris Hollins 5'6 Houston 2019
  171 Jaylen Jackson 5'3 Houston 2020
  68 Nazim Pierre 5'0 Brooklyn (NY) 2019
TERPS 10 Keiman Capers 6'4 Houston 2019
  170 Olu Ibidapo-Obe 6'0 Sugarland 2019
  166 Melvin Holloway 5'0 Houston 2020
THUNDER 89 Jame Wiseman 6'6 Nashville (TN) 2019
  25 Tariq Aman 5'8 Coppell 2019
  147 Michael Coleman 5'4 Fort Worth 2019
TROPICS 163 Justice Hill 5'10 Little Rock (AR) 2019
  73 Thomas Gordan 6'2 Houston 2019
  125 Bryce Griggs 5'4 Lake Jackson 2020
WARRIORS 189 Isaiah Kennedy 5'8 Beaver Creek (OH) 2020
  99 Lawrence Williams 6'2 New Orleans (LA) 2019
  197 Troy Abmas 5'8 Rockwall 2019


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