Eunices Rinky Dink Basketball: Welcome

This is a site for players, parents and fans of the Eunices Rinky Dink Basketball Team of Goldtrap/Gardner Boys Club in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Our mission is to teach the kids solid basketball fundamentals that will enable them to improve their skills and enjoyment of the game. Although we will attempt to be competitive in all our games, our number one goal is for the kids to have fun, whether we win or lose. Our second goal is to develop an understanding of the importance of being a TEAM. We want them to know that we win as a team and we lose as a team. Hope you enjoy the site!!


Free throws doom Eunices, lose 31-26


Not too many times in these rinky dink games that free throws at halftime cost you the game but that's exactly what happened today. We played the Celtics totally even the rest of the game, with both teams scoring 26 points. The difference in the game was they made 5 free throws at halftime, while we made none. It was the 4th game in a row that we have not made a single free throw at the half. That makes us 0 for our last 39 from the line at haltime. That's almost a stat that I cannot believe. What makes it even stranger, is we have some good free throw shooters on this team, so go figure?

This game was a battle for 1st place in the Goldtrap league standings. The Celtics are very well coached by Michael Scherry. He always does a real good job with his teams and they always are fun to play. Today would be no different. Both teams played well, but in the end the free throws at the half would come back to haunt us in this one.

The opening quarter the Celtics came out hitting jump shots from all over the floor. We used both timeouts in the opening quarter, adjusting our defense to try and slow them down. They would remain red hot from the floor and take a 8-4 lead after the 1st quarter of play. The 2nd quarter we really came alive on offense. McClane Moody would score on a couple of fast breaks to tie the game at 8. The rest of the quarter would be back and forth with both teams making big shots. Keaton Kennon would score off an offensive rebound to pull us within one point at 16-15 by the half.

The Celtics hit five free throws, while we hung a big goose egg to make it a 21-15 game heading into the final half. The 3rd quarter would see both defenses really step up their game. Points were hard to come by and neither team could get much going on offense. We missed several easy shots right at the basket that would cost us later on. By the end of the quarter this one remained tight with the Celtics holding a 24-19 lead. The final quarter we made a push and it looked as of we might pull this one out. We pulled within 27-26 with about a minute left in the game. We called timeout and set up a play, but the Celtics defended it well and we were not able to score. The final minute we were forced to foul and the Celtics stepped up and made their free throws to secure a 31-26 win.

Like I told the kids after the game, it was a fun game to be a part of and we are so very proud of them today. They played their little hearts out and got nothing to hang their heads about. We return to action next Saturday at 9am versus JMAC. See you all on Monday night, 6pm at practice.




Eunices Week 6 - Player of the Week - Michael Adams



Our player of the week for week 6 of the season is Michael Adams. Michael did not score in the game today versus Celtics but had one rebound and played very good defense. Michael is one of our 1st graders and is really learning to play the game. He always gives 110% and is a fun kid to coach. We are very proud of him and look forward to seeing what he will do the rest of the season. Great job Michael!






Goldtrap Rinky Dink League Standings - Week 6

                              League       Overall

Celtics               5-0              6-0

Eunices              4-1              5-1

JMAC                3-2              4-2

Morton              2-3              3-3

Carman              2-3              2-4

Eastside            2-3              2-4

Gean Law           1-4              1-5

Sharum             1-4               1-5






Goldtrap Rinky Dink Basketball Scores

Week 1

Morton Denistry - 16            Gean Law - 13

Eunices - 22                          Sharum Landscaping - 1

JMAC - 15                             Carman Trucking - 14

Celtics - 34                           Eastside Animal - 15


Week 2

Morton Denistry - 16            Eastside Animal - 10

JMAC - 24                            Gean Law - 3

Eunices - 29                          Carman Trucking - 14

Celtics - 27                           Sharum Landscaping - 9


Week 3

Carman Trucking - 15            Sharum Landscaping - 8

Celtics - 33                           Morton Denistry - 14

JMAC - 23                            Eastside Animal - 11

Eunices - 28                          Gean Law - 9    


Week 4

Gean Law - 24                      Sharum Landscaping - 15

Eunices - 24                         Eastside Animal - 18 

Celtics - 30                          Carman Trucking - 13 

JMAC - 17                            Morton Denistry - 14            


Week 5

Eunices - 31                          Morton Denistry - 11

Celtics - 25                          JMAC - 18

Eastside Animal - 26           Sharum Landscaping - 24

Carman Trucking - 21           Gean Law - 12     


Week 6

Eastside Animal - 26            Gean Law - 15

Sharum Landscaping - 11       JMAC - 10

Morton Denistry - 16            Carman Trucking - 13 

Celtics - 31                           Eunices - 26                           




Eunices Week 5 - Player of the Week - Jackson Owens



Our player of the week for week 5 of the season is Jackson Owens. Jackson scored 2 points in the game today and grabbed down a couple of rebounds. He played really good defense and had several steals in the game. He is a great kid and is very coachable. Jackson is a big reason we are one of the best teams in the league this season. Great job today and all season Jackson. We are very proud of you!






Defense leads way for Eunices in 31-11 win over Morton!


Our defense was really good today! Coach Keith and I really stress to the kids to play tough, aggressive defense and your offense will come from that. That's exactly what we did today. Our defense lead to many steals that turned into easy baskets on our end of the floor. Let's see how it all went down.

The opening quarter would see us really make it tough on Morton to get off any good shots at the basket. Our defense caused turnovers on most trips down the floor. McClane Moody and Alex Flake would turn those steals into easy baskets at the other end of the floor. McClane made some really nice passes to Alex and those guys would score all 9 of our points in the quarter. Jackson Owens, Brody Boise and Jordan Teague also played very good defense in the quarter as we held Morton scoreless the first 5 minutes of the game and would take a 9-0 lead heading into the 2nd.

Our defense didn't let up much at all. Keaton Kennon and Alex Flake had several staeals that led to easy buckets at the other end of the floor. After a basket by Morton, Keaton would score off an offensive rebound to give us a 17-2 lead. Morton would hit a shot at the buzzer to pull within 17-4 by the half. For some strange reason, we cannot make a free throw at halftime? We make them in practice and before the game, but this is the third game in a row, we have not made a free throw at the half. Puzzling?

The final two quarters we maintained a big lead and was able to make sure all the kids got some good playing time. McClane had another good quarter, as he would score 8 points in the 3rd quarter to give us a 25-9 lead heading into the final 5 minutes of the game. All our kids did some good things out there in the final quarter. Leah Young got her first rebound of the season, while playing good defense on the wing. Remington Cockrum and Brody Boise played really well on the baseline for our defense. It was a total team effort and we would cruise to the 31-11 win.

The win moves us to 5-0 on the season and sets up a 1st place showdown against the only other un-defeated team in the league next week. The Celtics have a very good team and are well coached by Coach Michael. Should be lots of fun at Goldtrap next Saturday. Please be at practice on Monday at 6pm.




Eunices Week 4 - Player of the Week - McClane Moody



 Our player of the week for week 4 of the season is McClane Moody. He really stepped up for us on Saturday versus a tough Eastside Animal team. McClane had 10 points and 14 rebounds in the game. With us holding a slim 2-point lead heading into the 4th quarter, McClane came thru big time with 8 points in the quarter to lead us to the big win. McClane is one of the leaders of our team and a really good kid. Great job McClane, we are very proud of you!






Eunices survives scrappy Eastside team, 24-18!


To say we weren't ourselves on Saturday for at least one half would be an understatement! We didn't play defense the way we had all year and we didn't seem to play with the aggressiveness and energy we had played with in our other games. We missed at least 15 layups in the first half and for a while it seemed like there was a lid on our basket. Let's see how it all went down.

The opening quarter was a struggle to get the ball in the hole. We turned the ball over several times and missed numerous easy shots. We were outrebounded by a small Eastside team in the opening quarter and the result would be a tied game at 6 by the end of the 1st quarter. The 2nd quarter was really ugly for us. We turned the ball over most trips down the floor and when we did get off shots, we couldn't get any to fall. Eastside sank a couple of long jumpers from the wing and we would find ourselves behind for the first time all season, 11-6 at the half.

At half-time we did not make a single free throw, while Eastside knocked down 4 to extend their lead to 15-6 heading into the 3rd quarter. We really challenged the kids to step up our defensive pressure and force Eastside to take bad shots or turn the ball over. We really came out in the quarter and played very hard. I was proud of the kids effort in the 3rd quarter. Alex Flake, Braden Palmer and McClane Moody forced a ton of turnovers that led to some easy baskets. Keaton Kennon would score 6 points in the quarter. Jackson Owens would sink a short jumper from the wing to pull us within 16-14 by the end of the quarter. We had outscored Eastside 8-1 in the quarter.

The 4th quarter our defense really stepped up even more. Alex and McClane caused all sorts of problems for Eastside at the top of our zone and McClane turned most of those turnovers into easy baskets at the other end of the floor. He would score 8 points in the quarter and Alex would nail a basket of his own to help us pull out the hard fought 24-18 win. While we looked down and out at the half, our kids responded and outscored Eastside 18-3 the final two quarters of the game. Great job by our kids. Proud of you all! 




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Upcoming Games
Date Event Time Location
Sat 1/31 Basketball Eunices vs. JMAC 9:00 AM Goldtrap Boys/Girls Club
Recent Games
Date Event Time Location
Sat 1/24 Basketball Celtics: 31 - Eunices: 26 12:00 PM Goldtrap Boys/Girls Club
Upcoming Practice Schedule
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Mon 2/2 Swish Eunices Practice 6:00 PM Goldtrap Boys/Girls Club
Mon 2/2 Swish Eunices Practice 6:00 PM Goldtrap Boys/Girls Club
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Mon 2/16 star Rinky Dink City Tournament TBA TBA