Eunices Rinky Dink Basketball: Site News
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Eunices opens up season in a big way!
Wasn't sure what to expect from our first game of the season. There have been times at practice when we look like we could be pretty good, then there have been times when we look lost. But on this day our kids really came to play and our defense lead the way. Sharum had trouble getting shots off the entire game. The result would be the only point they scored was a free throw at the half. I played all 1st graders for much of the 3rd and 4th quarters, hoping they would score a few baskets. But our defense continued to play tough and Sharum could not get any shots to fall.
We started off this game causing all sorts of trouble for Sharum on both ends of the floor. McClane Moody had several steals in the opening quarter that led to some easy layups. Keaton Kennon sank a nice jumper to give us a 8-0 lead. Another steal by McClane would build our lead to 10-0 by the end of the 1st quarter. Our defense was just awesome in the opening quarter. McClane and Keaton had several steals. Jordan Teague, Jackson Owen and Michael Adams also played very well defensively and made it very difficult for Sharum to even get shots off.
The 2nd quarter things would not get much better for Sharum. We released Braden Palmer on them and let me tell ya, that little dude may be the most aggressive 1st grader I have ever coached. He had numerous steals, 7 rebounds in the quarter and caused several jump balls. Leah Young also did some good things on defense and poor Sharum must have felt like they were being swarmed by a bunch of bees. Keaton caught fire on offense in the quarter and sank a couple of jumpers. Jackson also knocked down two shots from the wing to help build our lead to 20-0 by the half.
Braden and McClane sank their free throw at half to give us a 22-1 lead heading into the final two quarters. The "mercy rule" would be in affect for the 3rd and 4th quarter, as the clock will not stop if one team is ahead by 20 points or more. We called off the dogs in a big way the last two quarters and would cruise to the 22-1 win. I'm very proud of how hard our kids played. I was surprised the score got out of hand the way it did. It will not be that easy in all our games trust me. See you guys at practice on Monday night at 6pm.
Eunices Week 1 - Player of the Week - Braden Palmer
Our player of the week for week 1 of the season is Braden Palmer. He had a great game today versus Sharum He scored one point and had an incredible 9 rebounds, despite being the smallest player on the floor most of the time. He also played great defense and probably had 8-10 steals in the game. He is very aggressive on defense and because of that will be playing a lot at the top of our zone defense. Great job ths week Braden, we are very proud of you!
Eunices "mad dog" defense leads way to 29-14 win!
We tell our kids all the time to play defense like a hungry "mad dog" who is after his bone. We want them hustling all over the floor and really putting pressure on the ball. Today we did that in a big way and the result would be another big win for our kids. The opening quarter we really got after Carman on the defensive end of the floor. Alex Flake and Jackson Owens caused several turnovers that led to easy baskets for McClane Moody at the other end of the floor. McClane would score the first 8 points of the game and we were off and running. After a free throw by Carman, Alex would then knock down a short jumper to give us a 10-1 lead by the end of the opening quarter.
The 2nd quarter our defense did not let up. Braden Palmer and Michael Adams played great defense at the top of our zone and Carman never got off a good shot the entire quarter. Keaton Kennon would score 6 points for us in the quarter and by the half we had built a 16-1 lead. We only managed to hit one free throw at halftime by Jordan Teague. Carman would hit two, so we headed into the 3rd quarter leading 17-3.
The final two quarters we got to play all the kids a lot of minutes and we would cruise in for the easy win. We were led in scoring by McClane with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Keaton finished with 8 points and 11 big rebounds. Alex Flake had a great game with 4 points and 9 rebounds. Jackson and Braden each managed a single basket and finished with 2 points each. Jordan would round out our scoring with a single point. Michael Adams did not score in the game but played very well defensively. Brody Boise and Remington Cockrum played very good defense at the bottom of our zone and did a great job of cutting off that baseline. Leah Young really had a good game for us defensively. She was all over the girl that was on her side of the floor and really got after it out there today. She even dove on the floor after a loose ball. Great job to all our kids today. I'm very proud of them!
Eunices Week 3 - Player of the Week - Keaton Kennon
Our player of the week for week 3 of the season is Keaton Kennon. Man, did he have a great game or what on Saturday versus Gean Law. Keaton was "red hot" from the floor, as it seemed he could not miss a shot. He also played great defense and was our leading rebounder. He finished the game with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Keaton is a great kid and has really become one of the leaders of our team this year. I really challenged he and McClane to step up their game this year and be good examples for the younger players on the team. Both of them have done that in a big way. Congrats Keaton, we are very proud of you!
Kennon leads Eunices to 28-9 win over Gean Law!
For a while I did not think Keaton was going to miss a shot in this game. Seemed like everything he threw up went in there for a while. He and McClane really led us in this game, as they would score 26 of our 28 points. Our defense was really good once again and Gean Law really never stood a chance in this one. We took the lead with less than 5 seconds gone on the clock and never looked back.
We would run a tip play off the opening jump ball and Keaton Kennon would knock down a 15-footer to give us an early 2-0 lead. Our defense then forced a turnover on Gean Law's first trip down the floor and McClane Moody turned it into a basket for us. Our defense was picking them up as soon as they crossed the half-court line and their small guards really struggled throwing over McClane and Keaton. Jackson Owen and Jordan Teague also was doing a great job from their wing spots to stop Gean Law from getting off any good looks at the basket. Keaton would knock down a couple more jumpers and McClane would score four more points off fast break layups and we would lead 12-2 after the 1st quarter of play.
The 2nd quarter would not see Keaton cool off at all from the field. He sank a couple more jumpers to extend our lead to 16-2. Gean Law would score a couple of baskets in the quarter off offensive rebounds and a free throw. Braden Palmer and Leah Young were all over their man on defense and we forced several turnovers in the quarter that led to easy baskets. By the end of the quarter we held a 20-7 lead and this one was all but over. We did not manage to sink one single free throw at the half, which was very strange. Gean Law only managed one and we would head into the 3rd quarter with a 20-8 lead.
The 3rd quarter we made sure all the kids got plenty of playing time. Our defense remained really good despite the big lead. Brody Boise and Remington Cockrum really stepped up and did a good job in the quarter down on the baseline. Gean Law had a big kid down there that could really cause us some problems but Remi and Brody did not let him drive to the hole. Braden would knock down a jumper to extend our lead to 22-8. After a Gean Law free throw, Keaton and McClane would score on back-to back possessions to give us a 26-9 lead by the end of the quarter.
The final quarter we tried to get some kids some points that haven't scored yet this season. Poor Brody took a pass in the nose and had to leave the game, but he was ok. We tried getting he, Leah and Remi the ball but they never could get shots off before the defense collapsed on them. The game would end with us notching a 28-9 win. The win moves us to 3-0 on the season. Im really proud of how hard our kids have played to this point in the season. Me and coach Keith have really stressed effort in practices and games and they have sure given us that. We will take this next week off and return to practice on Monday, December 28th @ 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!
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 2 - Player of the Week - Alex Flake
Our player of the week for week 2 of the season is Alex Flake. He had a great game today versus Carman Trucking. He played great defense at the top of our zone and caused Carman all sorts of problems. He had several steals and caused numerous turnovers. Alex also finished with 4 points and 9 rebounds in the game. He was hustling big time out there today. He was diving on the floor for loose balls and was really the leader of our team today. Alex is a wonderful kid and a joy to be around and coach. Great job Alex, we are very proud of you!