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Thursday, May 24
5/24/12 - Practice 20 Quote

“Practice like you’re trying to make the team.”

---Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Sunday, May 20
Panthers reach semi-finals of the KC Classic

Once again we were placed in a tough pool but that's a good thing. I watched a number of games and saw most teams. There were many pools we could have won but we would not have gotten as much from the tournament had we been placed in an easier pool. We improved a great deal. We avenged a loss to Fieldhouse Elite with a solid game. We battled MoKan Elite for more than 3/4 of the game and were within 2 with 7 minutes to play. I don't believe in moral victories but I was proud of the effort. We showed we belong and that's a much better feeling than we had after the MN Pump n Run game. MoKan Elite won the Gold Bracket, Tulsa Wildcats won the Silver, and FH Elite won the Bronze. So we lost to the Gold champs , lost to the Silver champs in the semi-finals by 4 with only 6 players including 4 guards, and beat the bronze champs.

Pluses: -- For 3/4 of every game we led, except MoKan Elite when we were down 2. That proves we can play with the so called "Elite" teams. -- We handled pressure much better than in Iowa. -- We executed our offense much better, especially against Tulsa. They never were able to defend us.

Areas of Focus: -- The last quarter of the game. We have to finish stronger. -- Defense away from the ball, whether zone or man, we're not active away from the ball. -- Offensive execution. We can get the shots we want when we execute.

Sunday, May 13
Panthers go 2-2 vs strong competition in Iowa Kings of the Court Classic

Overall this was a great experience for the boys. We played some excellent competition. We played well at times and extremely well at other times. We also identified some areas where we didn't play as well. We got a chance to play the defending champions and now 2 time defending champs. It didn't feel good when it was happening but it's a great experience to play talented teams to see where we stack up.


- Man to man defense was much improved - Good transition defense in 3 of 4 games - 2-2 record. Beat 2 good teams.

- FT's other than 1st half of All Iowa game

Areas of Focus:

- Rebounding. Given our size we must block out better. - Patience and Teamwork. We have great kids and all care about the team first. We just need to exercise more patience and teamwork especially against the better teams as we develop our chemistry. They did a great job of that in the last game.

- Sense of urgency. We stood around and watched on both offense and defense on many occasions. Need better movement without the ball and we need to work on staying in a good defensive stance even away from the ball.

Sunday, April 22
Panthers fall in Championship of the MAYB/Gymrats Tournament

The Kansas Panthers easily won Pool B and then defeated the Missouri Mavs Elite Black team to reach the finals of the 12 team field.  After a strong first half, the shorthanded Panthers wore down a bit in the second half and lost the championship.  However, the Panthers had a very good showing for a first tournament with 3 new players and very few practices together.  The Panthers beat 3 big 17u teams in the tournament and areas for improvement were identified.  They will be ready for the Kings of the Court in Iowa next month.

Sunday, November 6
Panthers win 4REAL Sports/USSSA Fall Basketball League

The Kansas Panthers won the varsity level 4Real Sports Fall basketball leaugue with a 7-1 record.  The highlight of the leaugue for the Panthers was coming back from a 26 point deficit (20 at half) to win an exciting game against the KC Kings.  The Panthers accomplished that feat despite having only 5 players available for the game.  Congratulations to the Kansas Panthers for an 11-1 record and winning 2 Championships in the Fall.

Sunday, October 30
Panthers go 4-0 and win Haunted Hoops Championship

The Kansas Panthers played four strong games to win the Championship of the varsity bracket of Haunted Hoops tournament at Shawnee Mission North High School.  Good pressure defense and teamwork were the keys for the Panthers. 

Sunday, August 7
Panthers go 3-1 and win Pool D at MAYB Nationals

The Kansas Panthers played strong in Pool play at the MAYB National Championships and won their pool for the third consecutive year.  Unfortunately, a cold shooting effort in the first game of bracket play lead to a close loss at the hands of a good Colorado Shooting Stars team.  Trailing by 10 late in the game, the Panthers rallied and had an opportunity to win but a 3 pointer went off the side of rim as time expired. 

Monday, August 1
Panthers Win MoKan USSSA Summer Finale JV Championship

The Kansas Panthers went 4-0 to in the MoKan USSSA JV Summer Finale JV Championship.  Along the way, the Panthers added another victory over EP, the Varsity tournament champion giving the Panthers a 5-0 weekend record.  Overall the Panthers are 17-2 in the Spring/Summer season winning 3 of 4 tournaments.

Monday, July 25
Panthers finish 2nd in Pool at St Louis Classic

The Kansas Panthers showed lots of rust in the first summer tournament but played well enough to finish pool play with a 2-1 record for 2nd place and a birth in the top level Gold bracket.  However, the Panthers fell to a very good Spiece KY Gators team in bracket play to end the tournament.

Sunday, May 29
Kansas Panthers win JSA Championship

The Kansas Panthers made it 2 for 2 in tournaments this year by finishing 5-0 and winning the JSA Championship at Shawnee Mission East High School.  Playing short-handed due to injury and family priorities, the Panthers finished the last 2 games with only 6 players but still were able to battle and win the championship game going away.  Great job Panthers!

Saturday, April 23
Panther win USSSA Easter Special with 4-0 record

The Kansas Pathers defeated the Kansas Cagers in the championship of the USSSA Easter Special by a score of 45-31.  Congratulations Panthers! Along the way, we filled in for a mising team in the 17u bracket and easily defeated the Hoops and One 17u team by 17 points.

Sunday, August 8
Panthers Win Consolational Championship at MAYB Nationals

The Kansas Panthers finished had a 2-1 record in pool play finishing in a 3 way tie for first.  Unfortunately, we lost the coin flip and were forced to play in the consolation bracket where we easily won the championship without a close game.  The Panthers avenged a loss in last years Nationals by dominating the LA Warriors 59-38 in the championship game.  Congratulations Panthers.

Sunday, July 25
Panthers win Pool 51 at Hoop City Classic

The Kansas Panthers won a very competitive Pool 51 in the Hoop City Classic.  However, a tough loss in round 2 prevented the Panthers from getting any farther than the Sweet 16.  The Panthers expected to play much better and advance much deeper.  Small mistakes are magnified against good teams and that we the difference in the two games we lost.

Monday, July 12
Panthers Players lead Lansing Lions to Championship

Joe, Khalil, Ryan, Sean, and Zach led the Lansing Lions 8th grade team to an impressive victory over an 18 team field at the Lawrence MAYB Tournament on July 9-11.  The Lions finished with a perfect 6-0 record.  In the Championship game the Panther 5 keyed a big victory over a Kansas Heat Elite team that had dominated and won every game by at least 27 points.  However, in the Championship, Lansing led by as many as 16 points in the first half enroute to an impressive 62-54 victory.  Congratulations to the Lansing Lions and the Panther 5.

Monday, June 28
Panthers finish 2nd at USSSA Summer Classic


The Kansas Panthers played another strong tournament and finished 2nd at the USSSA Summer Classic.  A close loss to a Lawrence Cougar team that played very well prevented the Panthers from winning 3rd tournament out of four.  You can see pictures from the tournament by clicking on the Panther Pics link.

Wednesday, June 23
Panther Fundraiser Dance earns $296!

The Kansas Panthers held a fundraiser dance on June 22nd to earn money for new uniforms. The event was a huge success earning $296.  Special thanks to Rick and Lori Schneider who organized the event and all the Panther parents who helped run the dance.  Also deserving special mention are Joe and Sean, who took the lead in advertising the dance and gettting the word out to the kids.  All 10 current Panthers were in attendance as well most of the Panthers from previous seasons.

Monday, June 14
Panthers win MAYB Kickoff B Bracket Championship

Panthers celebrate MAYB Kickoff Championship
The Kansas Panthers came on strong and dominated in the last 4 games to win the championship of the B Bracket.  They started slow this weekend and didn’t play well enough to win the first 2 games.  They had chances to win but just didn’t play at the level that they played in the last 3 tournaments.  However,  from that point forward they were one of the top teams in the tournament and were playing well enough to advance deep in the A bracket were it not for a coin flip loss.  That lesson will hopefully make them stronger for the final 3 tournaments all of which will be similar competition.  The Panthers were never challeged on the way to the championship, winning by double digits in all 4 games.  The Panthers won the championship game by 24 points over a LA Warrior team that beat them by 6 last year. 

Monday, June 7
Panthers comeback falls a little short in Leavenworth Championship game

Joe makes the defense pay with the back cut after a nice pass from Cameron
The Kansas Panthers went 4-1 in the JV Bracket of the Leavenworth MAYB tournament held on June 4-6.  The Panthers 14u team defeated 4 good 16u teams including Wedman Pumas and Hoops and One.  After a slow start the Panthers fell behind by 18 points to Tema Beatrice 16u before mounting a furious rally to cut the lead to 4 with 3 minutes to play.  However, Team Beatrice held on and the Panthers could get no closer before time expired.

Monday, May 17
Kansas Panther take Northland Spring Final Title

Sean shoots a Free Throw as Ryan, Zach, and Cameron watch
The Kansas Panthers won their 3rd straight tounament of the spring and 11 game in a row.  The key to the Panthers string has been pressure defense and offensive execution.  All three tournaments were won with key Panthers starters not playing due to the Kansas 3 man rule.

Monday, April 26
Panthers win USSSA Spring Bash

Zach, Sean, Eric, Cameron, Darius, Ryan, Tim, and CJ with the Big Trophy
The Kansas Panthers easily defeated a very good KC Spartans Black team in the Championship of the Spring Bash to take home the 1st place trophy.

Monday, April 12
Panthers win the Wedman Showcase

The Kansas Panthers went 4-0 defeating MO/KAN Top City 61-47 in the Championship game to win the Wedman Showcase tournament.

Thursday, August 6
Panthers play strong and win Pool A at MAYB Nationals

Cameron on the jumper
The Kansas Panthers went 3-0 in Pool A and advanced to the Quarterfinals of the MAYB Nationals before losing to the eventual 3rd place team SEMO Bootheels.  During the tournament the Panthers defeated several elite teams including the overall 7th and 8th place teams, OK Antioch Saints and the Wichita Mustangs, both by double digits.

Panther Pics Wanted

Have shots of the Panthers in action?  Please add to our collection of Panthers photos by emailing your digital pictures to mike@ellis33.com for posting on our web site.  All photos welcome!