Buffalo Grove 4th Grade Travel: Welcome

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Welcome to the Official Site of BGPD 4th Grade Travel Basketball

Welcome to the official site for your BGPD 4th Grade Travel Basketball Team! You will find a lot of useful information like game and practice schedules, handouts, rosters, game and season statistics, and much, much more. I will post articles about game performance and have the ability to post digital pictures. Please send digital photos to me and I will post them. Let's get ready for a big season of basketball!! Come on out and cheer on your Team!


Wednesday, July 23
2014-2015 Season (BG 4th Grade Travel)

2013-2014 Season (BG 6th Grade Travel)

Sunday, October 13
Practices Underway - Work in Progress



The team broke camp and began practices the week of September 30th.  The team has been working hard in practice in preparation for the season opener against Highland Park on Sunday, November 3rd.  The coaching staff has been stressing the importance of sound defense and good rebounding - the unglamorous but important aspects of basketball.  The team has been working on 2-1-2, 1-3-1, and man-to-man defenses.  As long as the players can remember their responsibillities and not "cheat" out of their positions, the defense should be solid.  With the 2-1-2 defense, the guards must play tight (free throw line and perimeter of lane).  If the opposition begins to make long distance shots, they can always adjust upward.  The center must play the area and not the man and the forwards must play tight (not as tight as the guards) and cut off any baseline penetration.  With the 1-3-1 things get a little more complicated.  The point on defense is the hustle guy and must move from side to side on top and adjust as the ball gets swung from side to side.  The baseline defenseman is somewhat vulnerable and must also hustle from side to side to cut off any baseline penetration.  Rebounding is key as the opposition will have two forwards down low.  The center and two forwards on defense must own the inside position and limit the number of second chance attempts.  The man-to-man needs additional work but with extra focus, I am confident the players will be ready to execute that defense if needed.  The toughest part of man-to-man defense is knowing when to call switches on picks and when to stay with your original man.  Things are coming together for this team.  They will need several more focused practices to get prepared for the season but all indications are that this team has much potential.  A few more weeks to the opening tip as the season will get underway! 

Wednesday, September 18
Roster Finalized; 2013-2014 Season Set To Begin!



The second of two tryouts was conducted on Thursday.  The team roster was finalized and the players were notified on Monday.  The tryouts were excellent.  Seventeen players showed up for both nights, which says something about the character of these young players.  The coaching staff was very impressed with the level of play.  The players worked their tails off and had a good sweat worked up by the time the tryouts ended.  The coaching staff is very excited about this team!  They have a lot of athletic ability and it's a nice mix of players.  Practices most likely will begin the week of September 30th.  The coaching staff is anxious to start working with the team.  There is a lot to accomplish by the time the season opens on November 3rd.  The coaching staff is also anxious to meet the parents and set the appropriate expectations of the players and parents.  The North Suburban Basketball League scheduling meeting will take place on Monday, October 7th.  Shortly after that, the schedule should be finalized and posted.  Let's get ready for an exciting season of basketball!

Sunday, September 8
BGPD 6th Grade Travel Team Tryouts Begin



The first of two tryouts took place this evening at Cooper Middle School.  There was a decent turnout for tonight's tryouts as the coaching staff will look to build a team that can represent Buffalo Grove in the North Suburban Basketball League.  The coaching staff is very excited about the 2013-2014 season!  They hope to help the young men improve not only as basketball players but also as people.  There are a lot of similarities between sports and life - having a winning attitude, playing/working as a team, understanding your stengths and weaknesses and improving everyday, enjoying victories, and rising from defeat. There will be another tryout on Thursday before the final team is announced on Monday, September 16th.  There is considerable talent to choose from so it will not be an easy decision.  Practices will begin most likely the week of September 30th and the season is set to open on Sunday, November 3rd.      

2013 Season

Monday, March 18
Tar Heels Finish Season 3-7; Team Improves In Many Areas



The Tar Heels had a good season, despite the 3-7 record.  As I stated many times, this club could easily have been 8-2.  There were some very close, exciting games throughout the season.  The Tar Heels played until the end but came up short in several contests.  In a five-game span the Tar Heels lost all five games by a combined sixteen points.  Kentucky beat the Tar Heels handily but they were the only team that was able to do that throughout the entire season.  The Tar Heels should be proud of how much they improved.  I saw growth from every player over the last sixteen weeks. Hopefully the players will develop a passion for basketball, like I did.  If the passion is not basketball, then hopefully they will choose something else - another sport, education, the arts, community service, or a hobby.  Whatever they choose to do, do it with greatness!  Two of my favorite quotes are "good is the enemy of great," and "do well by doing good."  I hope that the players had as much fun playing as I did coaching.  This is a great group of young men and I couldn't be prouder.  Hopefully they will take with them some of the things that the coaching staff was trying to instill in them like: (1) hard work pays off (2) never, ever give up (3) basketball is a team sport and requires every player to play a role (4) we win as a team and we lose as a team (5) being good winners is just as important as being good losers and (6) basketball is called a game for a reason - have fun playing the game!  Here are the season statistics for your 2013 5th Grade BGPD North Carolina Tar Heels:

Offense

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  Pts  AvgPts  A  AvgA  Turn  TurnAvg
Michael Youkhanna  111 37 33.3 12 6 50 80 8 9 0.9 14 1.4
Sagar Mohapatra  86 25 29.1 14 6 42.9 57 6.3 5 0.6 17 1.9
Yaniv Elran  65 24 36.9 11 2 18.2 50 6.2 4 0.5 15 1.9
Matthew Ross  48 13 27.1 18 6 33.3 32 3.6 4 0.4 13 1.4
Eli Shultz  50 10 20 6 0 0 20 2 2 0.2 9 0.9
Ben Niesman  23 6 26.1 4 1 25 13 1.4 6 0.7 12 1.3
Anthony Garcia  9 3 33.3 0 0 0 6 0.7 1 0.1 8 1
Nicholas Machado  29 3 10.3 2 0 0 6 0.7 2 0.2 10 1.2
Kevin Kim  16 1 6.2 4 3 75 5 0.5 1 0.1 14 1.4
Jacob Razdolsky  1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.2 3 0.3
Team Stats 438 122 27.9 71 24 33.8 269 26.9 36 3.6 115 11.5

Defense

Player   OR  DR  TR  AvgR  Stl  BS
Matthew Ross  21 35 56 6.2 1 11
Michael Youkhanna  25 29 54 5.4 15 6
Nicholas Machado  20 33 53 6.6 0 1
Eli Shultz  12 17 29 2.9 10 0
Ben Niesman  6 12 18 2 4 0
Kevin Kim  7 7 14 1.4 0 0
Sagar Mohapatra  2 11 13 1.4 16 0
Yaniv Elran  6 7 13 1.6 5 0
Anthony Garcia  4 7 11 1.4 1 0
Jacob Razdolsky  4 4 8 0.8 4 0
Team Stats 107 162 269 26.9 56 18

 



Saturday, March 16
Tar Heels Lose To The Wildcats - Kentucky Wildcats 35, North Carolina Tar Heels 24



The Tar Heels lost their final game of the season to the Kentucky Wildcats.  The Tar Heels were more competitive in this game versus the first time they met.  In that meeting the Tar Heels lost by sixteen points.  The Tar Heels started the game with a bang after Niesman got open and drove to the basket for an easy lay up.  The Tar Heels were leading for some of the game and then the Wildcats started hitting some shots.  They made a few from the outside but most came on easy lay ups.  The Tar Heels could not stop their two guards as they were able to screen and roll for uncontested shots.  The Tar Heels had a tough time switching on defense.  Finally the big men (Ross and Machado) started to sag off their men into the middle to make it more difficult for guards attempting to drive the lane.  The rebounding was an Achilles heel in today's game once again.  The Tar Heels allowed Kentucky to get multiple offensive rebounds on almost every possession.  The Tar Heels finished with a total of 37 rebounds for the game but Kentucky probably had twice that number.  If the Tar Heels had been able to contain the defensive glass, the outcome may have been different.  Mohapatra led all scorers with twelve points, including a three pointer, and a three point play.  He also had four steals and a rebound.  Niesman had four points to go along with three rebounds and a steal.  Shultz also had four points, five rebounds, and a steal.  Youkhanna had three points to go along with seven rebounds and a steal.  Ross had one point along with eight rebounds.  Machado had nine rebounds.  Razdolsky had two steals and a rebound.  Kim had two rebounds.  Garcia had one rebound for the game.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Offense 

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  3ptA  3ptM  3pt%  Pts  A  Turn
Sagar Mohapatra  21 5 23.8 1 1 100 3 1 33.3 12 0 3
Ben Niesman  6 2 33.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1
Eli Shultz  9 2 22.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
Michael Youkhanna  13 1 7.7 4 1 25 0 0 0 3 0 2
Matthew Ross  6 0 0 2 1 50 0 0 0 1 0 1
Anthony Garcia  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Kim  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Nicholas Machado  5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jacob Razdolsky  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 60 10 16.7 7 3 42.9 3 1 33.3 24 0 9

Defense

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl  BS
Nicholas Machado  1 8 9 0 0
Matthew Ross  4 4 8 0 0
Michael Youkhanna  5 2 7 1 0
Eli Shultz  3 2 5 1 0
Ben Niesman  1 2 3 1 0
Kevin Kim  1 1 2 0 0
Sagar Mohapatra  0 1 1 4 0
Jacob Razdolsky  0 1 1 2 0
Anthony Garcia  0 1 1 0 0
Team Stats 15 22 37 9 0



Saturday, March 9
Tar Heels Lose By A Point - Again! -- Baylor Bears 30, North Carolina Tar Heels 29



The Tar Heels suffered another heartbreaking loss, which seems to be this year's theme.  The Tar Heels could easily be 8-1 but instead they find themselves at 3-6 because of a play here or there.  Five of the Tar Heels losses were by a combined 16 points - that's an average point margin difference of about three points.  This loss was by a point.  The previous game was a loss by three points.  The game before that was a loss by a huge margin - six points!  The game before that was a loss by one point, and the game prior to that was a loss by five points.  Again, the takeaway from this is that the Tar Heels are a talented ball club.  They have speed and athleticism but have difficulty with the "non-glamorous" aspects of the game like defense and rebounding.  This particular game was well in hand late in the fourth quarter when things began to unravel.  After the Tar Heels stole a couple of passes on the press they were able to convert those plays into some easy points.  A couple of mental breakdowns late in the game led to a couple of uncontested layups for the Cardinals.  You have to give credit to the Tar Heels for trying to battle back.  They trailed by just one point and were able to force a turnover with approximately nine seconds left but they were not able to get a good look at the basket as time expired.  Youkhanna led all scorers with ten points to go along with an assist.  He also had four rebounds, a steal, and a blocked shot.  Mohapatra had seven points, one assist, a rebound, and a steal.  Elran had six points, one rebound, and a steal in today's contest.  Ross had four points and an assist.  On the defensive end, he had four rebounds and another blocked shot.  Shultz had two points, two rebounds, and a steal.  Machado had a big game on the boards with a total of nine for the game.  Razdolsky had a nice offensive rebound and played decent defense.  Kim had a total of one rebound.  Garcia also had one rebound for the game.  The Tar Heels play their final game of the season on Saturday against Kentucky.  The last time these two teams played, Kentucky won by sixteen points, primarily because the Tar Heels couldn't stop the high screen roll with the point guard.  If the Heels can play better defense and call out the switches, it should be a much more competitive game than last time.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were: 

Offense

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  Pts  A  PF  Turn
Michael Youkhanna  10 5 50 0 0 0 10 1 2 1
Sagar Mohapatra  8 3 37.5 5 1 20 7 1 2 2
Yaniv Elran  7 3 42.9 2 0 0 6 0 2 2
Matthew Ross  7 2 28.6 0 0 0 4 1 3 1
Eli Shultz  5 1 20 2 0 0 2 0 1 1
Anthony Garcia  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Kevin Kim  2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Nicholas Machado  3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Jacob Razdolsky  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 42 14 33.3 9 1 11.1 29 3 12 11

Defense

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl  BS
Nicholas Machado  4 5 9 0 0
Michael Youkhanna  2 2 4 1 0
Matthew Ross  0 4 4 0 1
Eli Shultz  1 1 2 1 0
Yaniv Elran  0 1 1 1 0
Sagar Mohapatra  0 1 1 1 0
Anthony Garcia  1 0 1 0 0
Kevin Kim  1 0 1 0 0
Jacob Razdolsky  1 0 1 0 0
Team Stats 10 14 24 4 1

 



Sunday, March 3
Tar Heels Surge Late But Can't Hold On For The Win - Louisville 29, North Carolina 26



The Tar Heels played their eighth game of the season as they played the Louisville Cardinals.  The Tar Heels beat the Cardinals earlier this season by thirteen points but it was a different story in today's game.  The Tar Heels led for most of the game but the Cardinals surged back.  The Tar Heels held them off for three quarters but the Cardinals stormed back in the fourth quarter.  The rebounding was an issue again in today's game.  The Tar Heels picked up a total of 20 rebounds for the entire game, nine offensively.  The Tar Heels turned the ball over eleven times, mostly on bad passes.  The Tar Heels trailed by six points with approximately two minutes left in the game when Mohapatra got a steal, scored a basket, and was fouled on the play.  He converted the free throw to bring the Tar Heels within three points.  The Tar Heels could not find any "magic in a bottle" and wound up losing the ball game by three points.  The Tar Heels leading scorer in today's game was Elran.  He had ten points to go along with one assist and two rebounds.  Mohapatra scored five points to go along with four steals and one rebound.  Youkhanna scored four points and had one assist.  He had four rebounds, a steal, and one blocked shot.  Ross had three points and one assist.  He also had four rebounds and a blocked shot.  Shultz had two points and an assist.  He also picked up three rebounds.  Niesman had two points and one rebound in today's game.  Machado had two rebounds.  Razdolsky had one rebound.  Finally, Kim had two rebounds for today's game. The Tar Heels need to figure out how to close out games.  They have lost a total of four games by a combined total of fifteen points.  Hopefully they can regroup and get a victory next week.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:  

Offense

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  Pts  A  PF  Turn
Yaniv Elran  12 5 41.7 1 0 0 10 1 0 3
Sagar Mohapatra  7 2 28.6 2 1 50 5 0 0 2
Michael Youkhanna  11 2 18.2 0 0 0 4 1 4 1
Matthew Ross  4 1 25 2 1 50 3 1 3 1
Ben Niesman  1 1 100 2 0 0 2 0 0 1
Eli Shultz  6 1 16.7 0 0 0 2 0 4 1
Nicholas Machado  2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Kevin Kim  2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Jacob Razdolsky  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 45 12 26.7 7 2 28.6 26 4 11 12

Defense

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl  BS
Michael Youkhanna  2 2 4 1 1
Matthew Ross  1 3 4 0 1
Eli Shultz  2 1 3 1 0
Yaniv Elran  1 1 2 0 0
Kevin Kim  1 1 2 0 0
Nicholas Machado  1 1 2 0 0
Sagar Mohapatra  0 1 1 4 0
Ben Niesman  0 1 1 0 0
Jacob Razdolsky  1 0 1 0 0
Team Stats 9 11 20 6 2

 



Sunday, February 24
Tar Heels Suffer Another Tough Loss - Ohio State Buckeyes 37, North Carolina Tar Heels 31



The Tar Heels suffered another tough loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes.  The Tar Heels shot the ball pretty well at 50% from the field but they were only able to convert 1/9 free throws for the game.  The Tar Heels played poor defense for most of the game.  There were many instances where a Buckeyes player ran a screen on the point guard's man and went unabated to the hoop.  The Tar Heels players failed to switch on defense and the Buckeyes took advantage of that, scoring at least ten points on easy, unguarded layups.  The rebounding did not go very well either.  The Tar Heels picked up a total of just sixteen rebounds for the entire game.  The Buckeyes had many second and third chance opportunities throughout the game and they exploited that advantage.  Finally, the Tar Heels turned the ball over fifteen times, leading to six points by the Buckeyes.   The Tar Heels need to do a much better job of taking care of the basketball.  They need to avoid situations where they get trapped after picking up their dribble.  It is too difficult to try and find someone after you pick up your dribble as opposed to keeping your dribble and letting the offense flow.  The positive in all of this is that the Tar Heels were still in the game until the end.  They were leading for some of the way and then the Buckeyes started to pull away.  The Tar Heels battled back, forced a couple of turnovers on the press, and scored a few buckets.  They also got to the free throw line but had a tough time converting the free throws.  The Buckeyes were in the bonus in both halves of the game.  The Tar Heels committed a season-high twenty fouls for the game.  The Buckeyes took advantage of that by draining the majority of their free throws, especially down the stretch.  Even with the sub-par defense, turnovers, fouls, and rebounding woes, the Tar Heels only lost by six points.  The take-away from all of this is that this is a talented team.  If they can play better defense and rebound the ball, they will win games.  They have lost their last three games by a combined total of only twelve points.  If they can finish strong down the stretch and step up their intensity, good things will happen.  Elran had his best game of the season and led all scorers with fifteen points on 7-9 shooting from the field.  He also picked up one rebound.  Youkhanna played pretty well and scored six points to go along with an assist and four rebounds.  Mohapatra scored four points, had one assist, and picked up one rebound.  Ross scored four points.  He also had an assist and two rebounds.  Shultz played pretty well defensively and definitely improved his rebounding.  He had two points to go along with a team-high five rebounds.  Niesman had one assist and one rebound for the game.  Kim and Machado each had one rebound.  Razdolsky and Garcia both played hard and helped on defense where they could.  The Tar Heels hope to get back on track this weekend as they square off against the Louisville Cardinals.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Offense

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  Pts  A  PF  Turn
Yaniv Elran  9 7 77.8 4 1 25 15 0 4 1
Michael Youkhanna  5 3 60 1 0 0 6 1 1 1
Matthew Ross  4 2 50 0 0 0 4 1 4 2
Sagar Mohapatra  4 2 50 2 0 0 4 0 3 3
Eli Shultz  5 1 20 0 0 0 2 0 1 2
Ben Niesman  1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Anthony Garcia  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kevin Kim  1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Nicholas Machado  1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0
Jacob Razdolsky  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Team Stats 30 15 50 9 1 11.1 31 3 20 15

Defense

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl  BS
Eli Shultz  2 3 5 0 0
Michael Youkhanna  2 2 4 0 0
Matthew Ross  1 1 2 0 0
Yaniv Elran  1 0 1 0 0
Kevin Kim  1 0 1 0 0
Nicholas Machado  1 0 1 0 0
Sagar Mohapatra  0 1 1 0 0
Ben Niesman  0 1 1 0 0
Anthony Garcia  0 0 0 0 0
Jacob Razdolsky  0 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 8 8 16 0 0

      



Saturday, February 16
North Carolina Loses Heartbreaker -- Syracuse Orangemen 27, North Carolina Tar Heels 26



The Tar Heels lost a tough game this morning against the Syracuse Orangemen.  The Tar Heels battled back but came up short by just a point.  The positives were that the Tar Heels played decent defense (not great) for most of the game.  There were a few mental breakdowns where an Orangemen player was unguarded to the hoop for an easy two.  There were also a few defensive inbounds plays where the Orangemen player was left open for an easy layup.  Youkhanna especially did a nice job of forcing the point guard to his off hand.  Tar Heels players did a better job of recognizing when the opposing player beat their man and helping out by cutting off the play.  The rebounding total of 35 was not indicative of the issues that the Tar Heels had rebounding the basketball.  There was one offensive series where the Orangemen got eight (I am not kidding - 8) rebounds.  If the Tar Heels want to compete they cannot allow this many offensive rebounds by the opponent.  In the first meeting with the Orangemen, the Tar Heels were able to rebound the ball better and, as a result, won that contest by a fairly wide margin.  Youkhanna led all scorers with twelve points on 5/16 shooting. He also had eight rebounds, three steals, and one blocked shot.  Elran also played a solid game.  He had six points on 3/9 shooting.  He also had three rebounds and an assist.  Shultz played good defense and had three rebounds and a steal.  He also had one assist on a very well-executed fast break.  Kim played a good game and continues to get to the free throw line.  He was perfect from the line, going 2/2.  He finished with two points and three rebounds.  Machado was a beast on the glass today.  He corralled 14 rebounds in today's game, eight offensively.  He set a new team high for rebounds this season.  He had two points and overall played good defense.  Niesman played solid defense once again.  He may be the best defensive player on the team so far this season.  He had one assist to go along with three rebounds in today's game.  Garcia hustled and tried to do the little things that do not show up on a stat sheet.  He had two rebounds in today's contest.  Razdolsky did a nice job of keeping his man contained.  He hustled and was able to cut off some easy baskets as a result.  Once again the Tar Heels need to build on the positives and improve their rebounding.  If they can put all of the pieces together in a game, the other team will not be able to compete.  The question is: can they put all the pieces together?  Find out next Sunday as they square off against the Ohio State Buckeyes.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Offense

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  Pts  A  PF  Turn
Michael Youkhanna  16 5 31.2 3 2 66.7 12 1 4 2
Yaniv Elran  9 3 33.3 2 0 0 6 1 1 1
Eli Shultz  6 2 33.3 0 0 0 4 1 0 0
Nicholas Machado  7 1 14.3 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
Kevin Kim  5 0 0 2 2 100 2 0 0 2
Ben Niesman  2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Anthony Garcia  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Jacob Razdolsky  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 45 11 24.4 7 4 57.1 26 4 5 9

Defense

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl  BS
Nicholas Machado  8 6 14 0 0
Michael Youkhanna  3 5 8 3 1
Eli Shultz  1 2 3 1 0
Yaniv Elran  1 2 3 0 0
Kevin Kim  2 1 3 0 0
Anthony Garcia  0 2 2 0 0
Ben Niesman  1 1 2 0 0
Jacob Razdolsky  0 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 16 19 35 4 1

    



Saturday, February 9
Tar Heels Drop Close Game - Florida Gators 30, North Carolina Tar Heels 25



The Tar Heels played their fifth game of the season today as they squared off against the Florida Gators.  The game was close the entire way.  The Tar Heels led by six points at one time but the Gators scored some points in a hurry to close the deficit.  The score was tied at halftime 17-17.  The Tar Heels scored only four points in the third quarter and found themselves trailing going into the fourth quarter.  The Tar Heels had some easy looks in the fourth quarter but had a tough time scoring any points.  The defense was good for most of the game.  The fourth quarter defense was a little laxed and the Tar Heels committed some silly fouls.  The Gators were in the bonus early in the fourth quarter and they made some key free throws down the stretch.  The Tar Heels did not win today's game but they improved in many areas.  The offense play execution was much better in today's game.  The wing split baseline to the post player (Ross) netted some easy looks and some easy points.  The high post screen to the cutting guard also worked well.  The inbounds plays were also well executed and the Tar Heels had many easy looks but had a tough time putting the ball in the hoop.  The rebounding (31) was good at times and not so good at times.  There was one offensive sequence where Ross stayed with the missed put backs until he put the ball in the hoop.  There were defensive sequences when the Tar Heels would have their hands on the ball only to relinquish it to the opposing player.  The Heels need to do a better job of grabbing the rebounds and clearing the ball.  Ross had a big game today with eleven rebounds, eight points, two blocks, and one steal.  He did a nice job of playing the post and was rewarded with some easy looks.  Once the shots start to drop on a more consistent basis, he can easily put up a "double-double."  Elran played his best game of the season.  He had six points, two rebounds, and a steal.  He also did a nice job of moving the ball on offense.  Mohapatra logged some extra minutes today.  He had some great looks at the basket but the ball did not want to cooperate.  His speed and hustle made up for it on the defensive end.  He picked up a couple of key steals and had four rebounds to go with three points.  He was also perfect at the free throw line, going 2-2.  Youkhanna had a tough time offensively but had a great game on the boards.  He grabbed a total of eight rebounds in reduced minutes, as he fouled out of today's ball game.  He had a blocked shot and a steal to go along with three points.  Niesman played tough defense.  He usually gets some of the tougher assignments on defense and does a nice job.  He had a total of two rebounds, one steal, and one assist to go along with two points.  Garcia was active on the glass.  He had a total of three rebounds and a total of two points in today's game.  Shultz matched up on defense well.  He grabbed one rebound and had one steal.  Razdolsky had a couple of key passes.  One of the passes led to any easy bucket for Garcia.  Razdolsky finished with one assist in today's game.  Kim had a couple of open looks put couldn't get any of the shots to stay down.  He hustled up and down the court and did what he could defensively to keep his player quiet.  It was a tough loss but there are some things that the Tar Heels can build on.  They will be back at practice on Tuesday and then their sixth game of the season on Saturday as they take on the Syracuse Orangemen once again.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Offense

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  Pts  AvgPts  A  PF  Turn
Matthew Ross  8 3 37.5 6 2 33.3 8 8 0 3 0
Yaniv Elran  8 3 37.5 0 0 0 6 6 0 0 2
Sagar Mohapatra  12 1 8.3 2 2 100 4 4 0 2 1
Michael Youkhanna  7 1 14.3 2 1 50 3 3 0 5 2
Ben Niesman  1 1 100 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 1
Anthony Garcia  1 1 100 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1
Jacob Razdolsky  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Kevin Kim  2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Eli Shultz  3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Team Stats 42 10 23.8 10 5 50 25 25 3 15 8

Defense

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl  BS
Matthew Ross  7 4 11 1 2
Michael Youkhanna  3 5 8 1 1
Sagar Mohapatra  0 4 4 2 0
Anthony Garcia  1 2 3 0 0
Yaniv Elran  1 1 2 1 0
Ben Niesman  0 2 2 1 0
Eli Shultz  1 0 1 1 0
Kevin Kim  0 0 0 0 0
Jacob Razdolsky  0 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 13 18 31 7 3

   



Saturday, February 2
Tar Heels Win To Extend Record To 3-1; North Carolina Tar Heels 25, Syracuse Orangemen 14



The Tar Heels played their fourth game of the season against the Syracuse Orangemen.  The game got off to a slow start before Kim scored the first basket for the Tar Heels.  The Tar Heels pulled away in the third quarter but the Orangemen came roaring back.  The Orangemen closed the gap to two points late in the third quarter but the Tar Heels ran the full court press and were able to pick up a few easy buckets to extend their lead.  The Tar Heels did not panic down the stretch and they were able to secure the win.  The Tar Heels rebounded the ball pretty well.  They had a total of 36 rebounds for the game.  They also reduced their turnovers compared to some of the previous games.  They committed a total of thirteen turnovers.  The Tar Heels moved the ball well on offense and were able to get some open looks.  The defense also looked good.  The guards did a nice job of forcing their point guard to his off hand.  Youkhanna played a solid game and led the Tar Heels with eight points to go along with one assist, seven rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.  Mohapatra played good defense and did a nice job of running the offense.  He finished with six points, one rebound, two assists, and two steals.  Kim played a nice game and picked up his first points of the season.  He had three points (including a free throw make) to go along with one rebound and played smothering defense all game.  Shultz played his best game of the season.  He had three steals and five rebounds.  He also set some great screens to free up his teammates for open looks.  Niesman guarded their best offensive players for most of the game and did a nice job of forcing the opposing player to his off hand.  He also had a nice rebound and put back for an easy two points.  He finished with two points, one assist, three rebounds and a steal.  Machado played his best game of the season so far.  He had a big game on the glass.  He finished with a total of 10 rebounds for the game.  He also had two points and a blocked shot.  Ross was very aggressive from the opening tip.  He battled for boards and finished with a total of six rebounds, a blocked shot, and two points for the game.  Elran did a nice job at point guard.  He had a couple of assists and three steals.  He also played great defense.  Razdolsky did a great job of staying with his man on defense.  He had a couple of steals, one assist, and one rebound.  Garcia hustled the entire game.  He did a great job defensively and was on the floor for any loose balls.  He finished with one rebound for the game.  The Tar Heels will celebrate the victory and then be back at work on Tuesday.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Offense

 

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  Pts  A  Trav  Stol  DD  BP  LV  Turn
Michael Youkhanna  9 4 44.4 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sagar Mohapatra  8 3 37.5 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
Kevin Kim  2 1 50 2 1 50 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Nicholas Machado  2 1 50 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
Ben Niesman  3 1 33.3 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 2
Matthew Ross  3 1 33.3 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Eli Shultz  5 1 20 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Jacob Razdolsky  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
Yaniv Elran  5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3
Anthony Garcia  2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 39 12 30.8 6 1 16.7 25 4 2 2 1 6 2 13

 

Defense

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl  BS
Nicholas Machado  2 8 10 0 1
Michael Youkhanna  2 5 7 3 1
Matthew Ross  3 3 6 0 1
Eli Shultz  1 4 5 3 0
Ben Niesman  2 1 3 1 0
Yaniv Elran  1 0 1 3 0
Anthony Garcia  1 0 1 1 0
Kevin Kim  0 1 1 0 0
Sagar Mohapatra  0 1 1 2 0
Jacob Razdolsky  1 0 1 2 0
Team Stats 13 23 36 15 3



Saturday, January 26
Tar Heels Win!-- North Carolina Tar Heels 30, Kansas Jayhawks 20



The Tar Heels played their third game of the season against the Kansas Jayhawks.  The Tar Heels played with a lot of energy from the opening tip.  They did a nice job of pushing the ball up the court.  They got a lot of easy looks for layups and were able to convert some of those looks for points.  They shot 50% from the charity stripe, which is how they scored their first points of the game.  They executed the inbounds plays for some easy points.  They rebounded the ball pretty well and their defense was pretty good until late in the third quarter and early into the fourth quarter.  Even though the Jayhawks made a late surge, the Tar Heels were able to come up with a few key baskets down the stretch to secure the win.  Youkhanna led all scorers with 14 points to go along with one assist, one block and six rebounds.  Ross had a nice game.  He had eight points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.  Mohapatra had six points, two assists, and one rebound.  Machado played well.  He had two points to go along with six rebounds.  Shultz played well.  He set some excellent screens and did a lot of the little things like play good defense and hustle.  Niesman had a good game.  He also played good defense and snagged a couple of key rebounds down the stretch.  Kim did a great job of staying with his man and making it difficult for him to get any open looks.   Razdolsky forced a turnover by playing smothering defense and overall played a solid game.  The Tar Heels played pretty well overall.  The defense late in the fourth quarter became a little lax.  The Jayhawks were also able to force a couple of turnovers inside of two minutes left in the game, but the Tar Heels were able get a couple of key scores down the stretch to seal the win.  The Tar Heels will be back to practice on Tuesday as they prepare to square off against the Syracuse Orangemen next Saturday.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Offense

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  Pts  BP  LV  Turn
Michael Youkhanna  18 6 33.3 2 2 100 14 3 0 3
Matthew Ross  5 3 60 4 2 50 8 2 1 3
Sagar Mohapatra  13 3 23.1 0 0 0 6 1 0 2
Nicholas Machado  5 1 20 0 0 0 2 0 1 1
Kevin Kim  1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Niesman  2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Jacob Razdolsky  1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eli Shultz  1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1
Team Stats 46 13 28.3 8 4 50 30 8 2 11
 

Defense

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl  BS
Matthew Ross  2 4 6 0 2
Michael Youkhanna  4 2 6 2 1
Nicholas Machado  3 3 6 0 0
Ben Niesman  1 1 2 0 0
Eli Shultz  0 2 2 1 0
Kevin Kim  0 1 1 0 0
Sagar Mohapatra  1 0 1 1 0
Jacob Razdolsky  0 1 1 0 0
Team Stats 11 14 25 4 3



Sunday, January 20
Tar Heels Lose By Wide Margin -- Kentucky Wildcats 33, North Carolina Tar Heels 17



The Tar Heels played their second game of the season today as they squared off against the Kentucky Wildcats.  The Tar Heels looked out of sorts from the opening tip.  The Wildcats ran some set plays with their point guard and the Tar Heels had a tough time stopping them.  He was able to get three or four easy buckets on simple high screen and rolls.  It was until the Tar Heels called some switches that they were able to slow things down.  The Tar Heels worked on some set plays in the man-to-man offense at last week's practice.  The players seemed to understand the plays but when it came time to execute the plays in the game it was a different story.  The inbounds plays were not crisply executed either and, because of that, they did not result in any easy points for the Tar Heels.  The Tar Heels had a tough time putting the ball in the hoop and recorded a 19% field goal percentage for the game.  The Tar Heels had a total of 17 turnovers for the game, mostly from bad passes.  Ironically, they only had 17 rebounds for the game as well.  The Tar Heels will be back to work on Tuesday as they look to regroup and focus on next Saturday's game.  They need to get a solid night of practice on Tuesday and ready themselves for Saturday's matchup.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Offense

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  Pts  A  PF  Trav  Stol  BP  LV  Turn
Sagar Mohapatra  7 3 42.9 2 1 50 7 1 1 0 0 2 0 2
Michael Youkhanna  10 3 30 0 0 0 6 1 2 0 1 0 0 1
Anthony Garcia  4 1 25 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Matthew Ross  6 1 16.7 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 1
Yaniv Elran  7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2
Kevin Kim  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3
Nicholas Machado  4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3
Ben Niesman  3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 1 0 2
Jacob Razdolsky  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Eli Shultz  2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1
Team Stats 43 8 18.6 2 1 50 17 5 11 1 4 11 1 17

 Defense

 Player OR  DR TR  Stl BS 
 Matthew Ross  1  2  3  0  1
 Ben Niesman  1  2  3  1  0
 Michael Youkhanna  1  1  2  1  1
 Nicholas Machado  0  2  2  0  0
 Sagar Mohapatra  1  1  2  1  0
 Yaniv Elran  0  1  1  0  0
 Anthony Garcia  0  1  1  0  0
 Kevin Kim  0  1  1  0  0
 Jacob Razdolsky  0  1  1  0  0
 Eli Shultz  0  1  1  0  0
 Team Stats 4 13  17  3  2



Sunday, January 13
Tar Heels Open The Season With A Win! -- North Carolina Tar Heels 36, Louisville Cardinals 23



The Tar Heels played their first game of the 2013 season this afternoon as they hosted the Louisville Cardinals.  The Tar Heels looked pretty good in their season debut.  They shot the ball pretty well for the first game and out-rebounded the Cardinals, especially down the stretch.  They finished the game shooting 37% from the field.  They also corralled a total of 28 rebounds, with eight on the offensive glass.  Ross was a beast.  He gathered a total of 12 rebounds on the afternoon to go along with three blocked shots.  Kim played great defense, staying with his man and doing a pretty good job of cutting off the baseline.  Garcia was solid on both ends of the floor.  He had a couple of points and rebounds and played good defense.  Elran did a nice job of running the offense.  He had seven points, one assist, and two rebounds.  Razdolsky was active on both ends of the floor.  He also played good defense and kept his man in check.  Shultz played hard the entire game, running the floor on a few fast breaks and finishing with four points and one rebound.  Niesman played a solid game.  He did a nice job of getting back on defense and prevented some potential fast break points.  He had three points to go along with one assist and one rebound.  Mohapatra was very active the entire game.  He also did a nice job of running the offense.  He shot the ball pretty well, shooting 50% from the field.  He also had two assists and a rebound.  Youkhanna led all scorers with 14 points on 7/12 shooting for a field goal percentage of 58%.  He was also very active on both ends of the floor with three assists and four rebounds.  All in all, it was a good start for the Tar Heels.  The inbounds played were well executed and led to six easy points.  The Tar Heels still need to work on their man-to-man sets and executing the fast break.  Large crowds are expected next week as the Tar Heels look to extend their winning streak to two games.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Offense

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  Pts  A  Trav  Stol  BP  Turn
Michael Youkhanna  12 7 58.3 0 0 0 14 3 0 1 0 1
Yaniv Elran  8 3 37.5 2 1 50 7 1 0 1 0 1
Sagar Mohapatra  6 3 50 0 0 0 6 2 0 1 0 1
Eli Shultz  8 2 25 0 0 0 4 0 1 1 0 2
Ben Niesman  4 1 25 2 1 50 3 1 0 1 0 1
Anthony Garcia  2 1 50 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 1
Kevin Kim  1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
Matthew Ross  5 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2
Jacob Razdolsky  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 46 17 37 6 2 33.3 36 10 2 7 1 10

Defense

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl  BS
Matthew Ross  2 10 12 0 3
Michael Youkhanna  1 3 4 2 0
Yaniv Elran  1 1 2 0 0
Anthony Garcia  1 1 2 0 0
Kevin Kim  1 1 2 0 0
Jacob Razdolsky  1 1 2 0 0
Eli Shultz  1 1 2 0 0
Sagar Mohapatra  0 1 1 1 0
Ben Niesman  0 1 1 0 0
Team Stats 8 20 28 3 3

   



Monday, December 17
Tar Heels Start Camp - Prepare for Big 2013 Season



The Tar Heels broke camp at the beginning of December as they embark on a new journey in 2013.  The players came to practice with a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn.  The Tar Heels have a nice mix of players.  They have a couple of bigger players, some players that can handle the ball, and some players that are just plain athletic!  The Tar Heels coaching staff hopes that the young players will buy into the game plan; a plan that consists of playing smothering defense and rebounding the basketball.  The old adage of "offense wins games; defense wins championships" is very applicable to the coaching staff's philosophy.  The Tar Heels will have to learn the man-to-man sets and master them pretty quickly.  Breaking a man-to-man defense is nothing more than continuous movement with good screens and good rolls to the basket.  Playing man-to-man defense is all about communication; calling out switches on screens, double-teaming when it makes sense, and forcing the opposing player to his weak side (left side for right-handed players and right side for left-handed players).  The ability to drive with either hand will be a big advantage against man-to-man defense.  The team has one more practice and then winter break.  They will be back at practice on January 8th and will only get one practice in before they begin their season.  They square off against Louisville on Sunday, January 13th.  The season is expected to be fun and action packed as the Tar Heels look to get off to s strong start. 

2012 Season

Sunday, March 11
2012 Season Success Not Measured In Wins/Losses

The Wildcats season wrapped up today.  The Cats finished 3-5 on the regular season and 3-6 overall after the loss in the semifinals.  The Butler Bulldogs went on to win the tournament.  Here are the overall season statistics for your 2012 8th Grade BGPD Arizona Wildcats:

Offensive Statistics

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  2ptA  2ptM  2pt%  3ptA  3ptM  3pt%  Pts  AvgPts
Jacob Sienko  183 73 39.9 35 18 51.4 140 57 40.7 43 16 37.2 180 20
Michael Arens  57 21 36.8 6 6 100 55 20 36.4 2 1 50 49 5.4
Conrad Sauser  59 17 28.8 12 5 41.7 54 15 27.8 5 2 40 41 4.6
Kazuma Shimanaka  67 15 22.4 20 6 30 67 15 22.4 0 0 0 36 4
Joshua Lehrfeld  37 6 16.2 8 4 50 37 6 16.2 0 0 0 16 2
Justin Paykin  24 5 20.8 4 1 25 24 5 20.8 0 0 0 11 1.2
Sahil Jain  50 4 8 6 2 33.3 49 4 8.2 1 0 0 10 1.1
Myer Galis  14 3 21.4 0 0 0 13 2 15.4 1 1 100 7 0.8
Mike Rbijou  32 3 9.4 4 1 25 30 3 10 2 0 0 7 0.8
Team Stats 523 147 28.1 95 43 45.3 469 127 27.1 54 20 37 357 39

Defensive Statistics

Player   OR  DR  TR  AvgR  Stl
Jacob Sienko  28 40 68 7.6 11
Kazuma Shimanaka  25 38 63 7.9 0
Joshua Lehrfeld  6 20 26 3.2 0
Michael Arens  9 13 22 2.4 2
Conrad Sauser  8 13 21 2.3 2
Sahil Jain  5 13 18 2 1
Justin Paykin  7 11 18 2 0
Mike Rbijou  2 13 15 1.7 0
Myer Galis  5 8 13 1.4 0
Team Stats 95 169 264 29.3 16



Sunday, March 11
Wildcats Lose In First Round of Playoffs -- Butler Bulldogs 39, Arizona Wildcats 36



The Wildcats were looking to go deep in the tournament but the Butler Bulldogs had other ideas.  The Wildcats got off to a strong start but were not able to outlast the Bulldogs.  Rebounding was an issue as the Cats picked up only a total of twenty-nine rebounds all game.  The Cats played pretty good defense but got in a little foul trouble in the second half.  The game was close the entire way but the Bulldogs made a couple of key plays down the stretch to seal the win.  The Cats played a good game but the Bulldogs played a better game and advance to the finals with today's win.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Offensive Statistics

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  2ptA  2ptM  2pt%  Pts
Jacob Sienko  18 7 38.9 6 4 66.7 12 5 41.7 20
Michael Arens  10 4 40 2 2 100 10 4 40 10
Conrad Sauser  6 2 33.3 0 0 0 6 2 33.3 4
Joshua Lehrfeld  3 0 0 2 2 100 3 0 0 2
Kazuma Shimanaka  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sahil Jain  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Myer Galis  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Rbijou  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Paykin  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 37 13 35.1 10 8 80 31 11 35.5 36

Defensive Statistics

Player   OR  DR  TR
Kazuma Shimanaka  4 4 8
Jacob Sienko  2 5 7
Conrad Sauser  1 2 3
Michael Arens  1 2 3
Joshua Lehrfeld  0 3 3
Sahil Jain  0 2 2
Myer Galis  0 1 1
Mike Rbijou  0 1 1
Justin Paykin  0 1 1
Team Stats 8 21 29



Sunday, March 4
Wildcats Beat Kansas State -- Arizona Wildcats 48, Kansas State Wildcats 30



The Wildcats won another game as they defeated Kansas State.  The Wildcats played a pretty good game defensively.  They also rebounded the ball much better.  They had a total of thirty seven rebounds, with fourteen offensively.  The scoring was fairly balanced with just about everyone getting on the board.  The biggest accomplishment is that everyone played together.  Players were doing the little things on the court that make the difference.  The Wildcats hope to build some momentum heading into the playoffs.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Offensive Statistics

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  2ptA  2ptM  2pt%  Pts
Jacob Sienko  24 9 37.5 4 3 75 20 8 40 22
Michael Arens  7 4 57.1 0 0 0 7 4 57.1 8
Conrad Sauser  5 2 40 2 1 50 5 2 40 5
Joshua Lehrfeld  6 1 16.7 2 2 100 6 1 16.7 4
Kazuma Shimanaka  8 1 12.5 4 1 25 8 1 12.5 3
Myer Galis  5 1 20 0 0 0 5 1 20 2
Sahil Jain  7 1 14.3 0 0 0 7 1 14.3 2
Mike Rbijou  7 1 14.3 0 0 0 7 1 14.3 2
Justin Paykin  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 69 20 29 12 7 58.3 65 19 29.2 48

Defensive Statistics

Player   OR  DR  TR
Jacob Sienko  4 6 10
Kazuma Shimanaka  4 4 8
Michael Arens  1 3 4
Joshua Lehrfeld  1 3 4
Conrad Sauser  1 2 3
Sahil Jain  1 2 3
Mike Rbijou  1 1 2
Justin Paykin  1 1 2
Myer Galis  0 1 1
Team Stats 14 23 37



Sunday, February 26
Wildcats Win Big Versus North Carolina - Arizona Wildcats 44, NC Tar Heels 21



The Wildcats got a much needed win this afternoon as they beat the Tar Heels by twenty-three points.  The entire Cats roster scored points in today's contest.  Although the Wildcats were outrebounded by North Carolina, the majority of the rebounds were defensive rebounds.  The Wildcats only shot 30% but they played much better defense and forced turnovers.  The Cats hope that they can build off of this game and compete again next week.  Some of the key statistics from this afternoon's game were:

Offensive Statistics

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  2ptA  2ptM  2pt%  Pts
Jacob Sienko  21 8 38.1 4 1 25 19 7 36.8 18
Michael Arens  5 2 40 2 2 100 5 2 40 6
Kazuma Shimanaka  8 2 25 6 1 16.7 8 2 25 5
Mike Rbijou  4 1 25 4 1 25 4 1 25 3
Sahil Jain  5 1 20 4 1 25 5 1 20 3
Justin Paykin  5 1 20 4 1 25 5 1 20 3
Joshua Lehrfeld  4 1 25 4 0 0 4 1 25 2
Myer Galis  4 1 25 0 0 0 4 1 25 2
Conrad Sauser  0 0 0 4 2 50 0 0 0 2
Team Stats 56 17 30.4 32 9 28.1 54 16 29.6 44

Defensive Statistics

Player   OR  DR  TR
Jacob Sienko  2 5 7
Kazuma Shimanaka  1 5 6
Joshua Lehrfeld  1 4 5
Michael Arens  1 2 3
Conrad Sauser  0 2 2
Sahil Jain  0 2 2
Justin Paykin  0 2 2
Myer Galis  0 1 1
Mike Rbijou  0 1 1
Team Stats 5 24 29



Saturday, February 25
Wildcats Lose To UConn -- UConn Huskies 58, Arizona Wildcats 40



The Wildcats struggled in the same couple of areas that they struggled with last week against Butler.  The Cats looked pretty good through the first quarter but things began to unravel in the second quarter.  The Wildcats were outrebounded by a margin of almost 2-1.  The Cats corralled a total of 32 total rebounds for the afternoon, only four more than last game.  The Wildcats shot 34% from the field but failed to play the smothering defense that wins games.  The Wildcats made a run during the end of the third quarter but UConn roared right back.  The Wildcats will look to stop the slide and get a win next week.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Offensive Statistics

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  2ptA  2ptM  2pt%  Pts
Jacob Sienko  21 9 42.9 4 3 75 18 7 38.9 23
Michael Arens  6 3 50 0 0 0 6 3 50 6
Kazuma Shimanaka  8 2 25 4 1 25 8 2 25 5
Joshua Lehrfeld  4 1 25 0 0 0 4 1 25 2
Conrad Sauser  5 1 20 0 0 0 5 1 20 2
Sahil Jain  6 1 16.7 0 0 0 6 1 16.7 2
Myer Galis  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Rbijou  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Paykin  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 50 17 34 8 4 50 47 15 31.9 40

Defensive Statistics

Player   OR  DR  TR
Jacob Sienko  3 7 10
Kazuma Shimanaka  2 6 8
Joshua Lehrfeld  0 3 3
Conrad Sauser  1 1 2
Michael Arens  1 1 2
Sahil Jain  0 2 2
Mike Rbijou  0 2 2
Justin Paykin  1 1 2
Myer Galis  0 1 1
Team Stats 8 24 32



Sunday, February 12
Wildcats Drop A Game To Butler Bulldogs - Butler Bulldogs 50, Arizona Wildcats 26



The Bulldogs dropped a game to Butler by a wide margin.  The Wildcats struggled offensively and could have done a better job on the boards.  The Cats were in the game up until about halftime but during the third quarter Butler began to pull away.  The Wildcats shot 30% from the field and only managed to get 28 rebounds for the game.  The Cats played good defense the first half but seemed to run out of gas in the third quarter.  The Wildcats hope to regroup and get a win next week versus the UConn Huskies.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Offensive Statistics

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  2ptA  2ptM  2pt%  Pts
Jacob Sienko  14 7 50 5 2 40 14 7 50 16
Michael Arens  7 2 28.6 0 0 0 7 2 28.6 4
Conrad Sauser  6 1 16.7 0 0 0 6 1 16.7 2
Joshua Lehrfeld  6 1 16.7 0 0 0 6 1 16.7 2
Kazuma Shimanaka  7 1 14.3 0 0 0 7 1 14.3 2
Sahil Jain  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Myer Galis  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Rbijou  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Paykin  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 40 12 30 5 2 40 40 12 30 26

Defensive Statistics

Player   OR  DR  TR
Jacob Sienko  3 5 8
Kazuma Shimanaka  2 4 6
Joshua Lehrfeld  1 2 3
Justin Paykin  2 1 3
Conrad Sauser  1 1 2
Sahil Jain  1 1 2
Mike Rbijou  0 2 2
Michael Arens  1 0 1
Myer Galis  0 1 1
Team Stats 11 17 28



Sunday, February 5
Wildcats Rally But Come Up Short -- Kentucky Wildcats 53, Arizona Wildcats 42



The Wildcats did well in some areas but not other areas.  They committed a season high 18 fouls and put Kentucky in the bonus early.  The defenders did not do a very good job of cutting off the baseline.  The centers did not front their man down low.  Rebounding was still an issue as Kentucky had a lot of extra shots at the basket because they did a better job of rebounding the basketball offensively.  The Wildcats missed a lot of easy shots and could not seem to get any momentum going.  The good news is that the Wildcats played until the end and staged a little rally.  If the team can address the rebounding and the defense they will have a chance to compete every game.  The man-to-man defense worked somewhat but players could have called out the picks and did a better job of converging when the opposing player was moving toward the basket.  Hopefully the Cats can improve each week and get prepared for playoffs.  The team that is playing their best basketball at that time has a good chance of winning the tournament.  Some of the key statistics from this afternoon's game were: 

Offensive Statistics

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  Pts  A  PF
Jacob Sienko  20 6 30 4 2 50 16 2 4
Conrad Sauser  15 6 40 0 0 0 13 2 4
Justin Paykin  9 3 33.3 0 0 0 6 0 0
Kazuma Shimanaka  9 2 22.2 0 0 0 4 1 3
Myer Galis  3 1 33.3 0 0 0 3 1 3
Michael Arens  4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Sahil Jain  9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Mike Rbijou  7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Team Stats 76 18 23.7 4 2 50 42 7 18

Defensive Statistics

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl  BS
Jacob Sienko  3 3 6 1 2
Kazuma Shimanaka  4 2 6 0 0
Conrad Sauser  1 2 3 0 0
Michael Arens  1 1 2 0 0
Myer Galis  1 1 2 0 0
Mike Rbijou  0 2 2 0 0
Justin Paykin  1 1 2 0 0
Sahil Jain  0 1 1 0 0
Team Stats 11 13 24 1 2



Sunday, January 29
Arizona Loses -- Kansas Jayhawks 51, Arizona Wildcats 24



The Wildcats lost their second game of the season.  They were outmanned and outhustled the entire game.  The Wildcats were outrebounded by a margin of 2:1.  Although the Jayhawks were much bigger than the Wildcats, the Wildcats were not able to get position for the rebounds.  It's not that the Jayhawks were any more athletic than the Wildcats; it's just that they were able to gain inside position.  Sienko led the Wildcats with sixteen points and added five rebounds and two assists to his totals.  Shimanaka had seven rebounds to go with four points.  Sauser had three points and one assist.  Jain had one point on 1/2 FT attempts.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Offensive Statistics

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  Pts  A  PF
Jacob Sienko  20 7 35 2 0 0 16 2 3
Kazuma Shimanaka  10 1 10 2 2 100 4 0 4
Conrad Sauser  8 1 12.5 0 0 0 3 1 4
Sahil Jain  10 0 0 2 1 50 1 0 1
Joshua Lehrfeld  4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Rbijou  5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Paykin  4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Michael Arens  4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Myer Galis  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Team Stats 65 9 13.8 6 3 50 24 5 15

Defensive Statistics

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl
Kazuma Shimanaka  3 4 7 0
Jacob Sienko  3 2 5 1
Michael Arens  1 2 3 1
Sahil Jain  1 1 2 0
Joshua Lehrfeld  0 2 2 0
Myer Galis  2 0 2 0
Justin Paykin  0 2 2 0
Conrad Sauser  0 1 1 0
Mike Rbijou  0 1 1 0
Team Stats 10 15 25 2



Sunday, January 22
Wildcats Win Tight Game To Even Record 1-1 -- Arizona Wildcats 57, North Carolina Tar Heels 53



The Wildcats were looking to rebound from a tough loss last week. The coaching staff stressed the importance of playing tough defense and rebounding the basketball, two things that were missing from last week's effort.  The players responded by grabbing 39 rebounds and playing pretty good defense.  Galis played great defense all game.  Lehrfeld rebounded the ball well and cut off the baseline extremely well.  Rbijou hustled and picked up four rebounds.  Sauser played good defense all game and dished out 3 assists.  Paykin had a nice day on the boards and picked up his first points of the season.  Jain also hustled and picked up his first points of the season.  Shimanaka had a big day with 10 points and 7 rebounds.  Arens had a big game offensively and iced a couple of key free throws down the stretch to seal the victory, earning him the nickname "Ice Man."  Sienko finished with his first double double of the season with 24 points and 10 rebounds.  All in all, a much better performance than last week.  If the team can improve each week, they can compete with any team. Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Offensive Statistics

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  2ptA  2ptM  2pt%  Pts  A
Jacob Sienko  21 10 47.6 2 1 50 14 7 50 24 2
Michael Arens  10 5 50 2 2 100 8 4 50 13 2
Kazuma Shimanaka  12 5 41.7 0 0 0 12 5 41.7 10 1
Conrad Sauser  6 2 33.3 2 0 0 6 2 33.3 4 3
Justin Paykin  4 1 25 0 0 0 4 1 25 2 0
Mike Rbijou  5 1 20 0 0 0 3 1 33.3 2 0
Sahil Jain  6 1 16.7 0 0 0 5 1 20 2 1
Joshua Lehrfeld  3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2
Myer Galis  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 67 25 37.3 6 3 50 55 21 38.2 57 11

Defensive Statistics

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl  BS
Jacob Sienko  6 4 10 2 1
Kazuma Shimanaka  3 4 7 0 0
Joshua Lehrfeld  2 2 4 0 0
Justin Paykin  2 2 4 0 0
Conrad Sauser  2 1 3 1 0
Sahil Jain  1 2 3 1 0
Myer Galis  1 2 3 0 0
Mike Rbijou  1 2 3 0 0
Michael Arens  1 1 2 1 0
Team Stats 19 20 39 5 1

  



Sunday, January 15
Wildcats Lose By Wide Margin -- UConn Huskies 58, Arizona Wildcats 40



The Wildcats opened the season with a loss as they played the UConn Huskies.  The Wildcats were in the game for three quarters, even taking the lead briefly in the second quarter.  The Wildcats allowed the Huskies several extra shots because of the lack of rebounding.  There were times when the Huskies had five or six offensive rebounds.  The Wildcats unfortunately did not have the same luxury on their offensive end - it was typically "one and done (one shot and no offensive rebounds)."  The defense did not look too good either, as they gave up the baseline too often and allowed several fast break points. Offensively, not much going on either.  Sienko had 25 points, with a smattering of threes and some offensive drives to the hole, but it was not enough to pull out a victory.  The Wildcats hope to regroup and play a much smarter game next week.  They need to get it done with better rebounding and tougher defense.  If they can improve in those two areas, the outcome should be much better.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Offensive Statistics 

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  2ptA  2ptM  2pt%  Pts  A
Jacob Sienko  24 10 41.7 4 2 50 19 7 36.8 25 2
Conrad Sauser  8 2 25 4 2 50 8 2 25 6 2
Joshua Lehrfeld  7 2 28.6 0 0 0 7 2 28.6 4 1
Kazuma Shimanaka  5 1 20 4 1 25 5 1 20 3 0
Michael Arens  4 1 25 0 0 0 4 1 25 2 2
Sahil Jain  7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 1
Myer Galis  2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1
Mike Rbijou  4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Justin Paykin  2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 63 16 25.4 12 5 41.7 58 13 22.4 40 9

 

Defensive Statistics

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl  BS
Kazuma Shimanaka  2 5 7 0 1
Jacob Sienko  2 3 5 3 1
Conrad Sauser  1 1 2 1 0
Michael Arens  1 1 2 0 0
Joshua Lehrfeld  1 1 2 0 0
Sahil Jain  1 0 1 0 0
Myer Galis  1 0 1 0 0
Mike Rbijou  0 1 1 0 0
Justin Paykin  0 0 0 0 0
Team Stats 9 12 21 4 2



Thursday, December 2
2011 Season

Saturday, March 26
2011 Blue Devils Season A Success; All Players Improve

The Blue Devils season wrapped up today.  The Blue Devils finished 5-4 on the regular season and 5-5 overall after the loss in the semifinals.  The West Virginia Mountaineers went on to win the tournament.  Here are the overall season statistics for your 2011 7th Grade BGPD Blue Devils:

Offensive Statistics

Player   G  FG%  FT%  2pt%  3pt%  Pts  AvgPts  A  AvgA  PF  Turn  TurnAvg
Jacob Sienko  10 42.1 53.2 44.1 32 161 16.1 17 1.7 21 14 1.4
Josh Kravitz  9 26 25 26.1 25 43 4.8 9 1 15 16 1.8
Bill Wei  10 27.3 26.8 27.3 0 41 4.1 6 0.6 14 15 1.5
Michael Arens  8 30.2 50 31 0 29 3.6 14 1.7 6 21 2.6
Ethan Cohen  9 14.1 16.7 11.3 33.3 24 2.7 9 1 8 16 1.8
Daniel Liao  9 27.8 50 27.8 0 22 2.4 4 0.4 4 15 1.7
Kazuma Shimanaka  10 21.6 0 21.6 0 16 1.6 4 0.4 14 16 1.6
Jonathan Toriumi  9 14.6 50 18.7 0 15 1.7 7 0.8 15 14 1.6
Joshua Lehrfeld  9 26.9 0 28 0 14 1.6 3 0.3 1 11 1.2
Josh Levinson  9 15.2 0 15.2 0 10 1.1 2 0.2 2 11 1.2
Team Stats 10 27.7 37.1 28 24.5 375 37.5 75 7.5 100 149 14.9

Defensive Statistics

 

 



Sunday, March 13
Blue Devils Lose in Semifinals; Season Comes To An End -- West Virginia 46, Duke 36

The Blue Devils played against the West Virginia Mountaineers in today's semifinal game.  The Blue Devils played with little energy until a small spurt in the third quarter.  The Blue Devils started the game of strong but soon found themselves trailing in the first quarter.  The Blue Devils trailed by eleven points at halftime.  The Blue Devils made a nice run in the third quarter to cut the lead to three but the Mountaineers came right back to widen the lead.  Although the Devils coaching staff reviewed the main play that the Mountaineers run, the Blue Devils could not stop it.  The Mountaineers' guard tries to spilt the two top defenders and then dump the ball into their big men.  The big men then either take the ball hard to the hoop or dump it out to Hagen or Guth for an open three.  The Mountaineers hit some open threes and also made most of their free throws to take the game.  The Blue Devils were content with taking the long jumper even though the paint area was wide open.  The Blue Devils rebounding total was the lowest it has been all season at 25 rebounds for the entire game.  It appeared as though West Virginia wanted the game more than the Blue Devils.  The Blue Devils dropped today's game but should be proud that they had a winning season at 5-4.  The game was one of those games where nothing is working - it happens to every athlete and to every team.  The players all improved their games throughout the course of the season. Here are the statistics from this afternoon's game:

Offensive Statistics

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  Pts  A  PF  Turn
Jacob Sienko  16 7 43.7 4 1 25 16 1 2 3
Joshua Lehrfeld  5 2 40 0 0 0 4 0 1 1
Bill Wei  4 1 25 4 2 50 4 0 3 2
Jonathan Toriumi  8 2 25 0 0 0 4 0 3 2
Daniel Liao  2 1 50 0 0 0 2 0 2 2
Kazuma Shimanaka  3 1 33.3 2 0 0 2 0 2 1
Ethan Cohen  6 1 16.7 0 0 0 2 1 0 2
Josh Kravitz  9 1 11.1 0 0 0 2 0 3 3
Michael Arens  2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Team Stats 55 16 29.1 10 3 30 36 3 16 17

Defensive Statistics

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl  AS  BS
Jacob Sienko  2 3 5 2 2 1
Kazuma Shimanaka  2 2 4 0 1 0
Bill Wei  2 2 4 0 1 0
Josh Kravitz  2 1 3 0 1 0
Daniel Liao  1 2 3 0 1 0
Jonathan Toriumi  1 2 3 0 0 0
Joshua Lehrfeld  1 1 2 0 1 0
Michael Arens  1 1 2 0 0 0
Ethan Cohen  1 1 2 0 0 0
Team Stats 13 15 28 2 7 1
  



Sunday, March 6
Blue Devils Lose -- Kentucky 46, Duke 37

The Blue Devils played with seven players today as they matched up against Kentucky.  The Blue Devils trailed for most of the game.  They cut the lead to within three at one point but could not overcome the deficit.  Shimanaka was a beast on the boards with fourteen.  Sienko had an off day of shooting but still poured in twenty-three points on 9/33 shooting.  The Blue Devils missed a lot of open shots; layups, easy jumpers, missed put-backs on rebounds.  The Devils did not fare that much better at the free throw line, going 4/10 for the game.  The defense looked really good at times and really bad at times.  The Blue Devils were also outrebounded in today's game and did not hustle for the loose basketballs like Kentucky did.  The Devils go 5-4 on the regular season.  Now it's time to get ready for the playoffs.  The Blue Devils hope to have a good week of practice and then a great showing at the playoffs next weekend.  The Blue Devils will play the winner of West Virginia vs. Baylor.  Kentucky will play Kansas State and Butler will play the winner of that game.  If the Blue Devils can play at a high level next weekend, the can compete with anyone.  The Blue Devils' tipoff is at 2 PM @ BGHS. 

Offensive Statistics

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  3ptA  3ptM  3pt%  Pts  A  PF  Turn
Jacob Sienko  33 10 30.3 6 2 33.3 3 1 33.3 23 0 3 1
Jonathan Toriumi  9 2 22.2 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 4 2
Bill Wei  5 1 20 2 1 50 0 0 0 3 1 1 2
Daniel Liao  6 1 16.7 2 1 50 0 0 0 3 0 1 1
Joshua Lehrfeld  4 1 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Kazuma Shimanaka  5 1 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1
Josh Levinson  4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Team Stats 66 16 24.2 10 4 40 5 1 20 37 1 11 11

Defensive Statistics

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl  AS
Kazuma Shimanaka  5 9 14 0 2
Bill Wei  2 6 8 0 1
Josh Levinson  2 5 7 0 1
Jacob Sienko  2 4 6 2 2
Daniel Liao  1 5 6 1 0
Jonathan Toriumi  2 4 6 1 1
Joshua Lehrfeld  1 3 4 0 0
Team Stats 15 36 51 4 7



Saturday, March 5
Blue Devils Top Mountaineers!! -- Duke 45, West Virginia 38

The Blue Devils won their fifth game of the season as the defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers by a score of 45-38.  The Devils trailed for the entire first half.  The Blue Devils came out in the third quarter and got some defensive stops and caused some turnovers.  The best part was that they capitalized and scored some points off of the turnovers.  Wei scored a layup to put the Blue Devils up for good.  The Blue Devils built an eight point lead but West Virginia came back with a couple of easy scores to cut the deficit.  West Virginia began to run out of time so they were forced to foul.  Sienko was the go-to guy as he has been hitting his free throws lately.  Sienko hit 3/4 down the stretch to seal the deal.  Levinson played really good defense all game, forcing Hagen to take some tough shots and cutting off the baseline. Liao also seemed to get in his groove on defense in the second half.  Kravitz took the ball hard to the hoop.  Cohen hit a three and a running jumper to go along with a couple of assists.  Shimanaka was beast on the boards with seven.  Wei had a nice game with five points and six boards.  Lehrfeld played good defense and has a couple of open looks but nothing went down.  Sienko had a big game with twenty-three points, six rebounds, and an assist.  All in all a pretty well-played game.  The Blue Devils will look to get some rest and be ready to go again tomorrow as they play Kentucky, who they lost to earlier in the season by a score of 48-45.  It will be the last regular season game and then it's playoffs next weekend.  The Blue Devils will look to tune things up on Sunday as they prepare for the playoffs. 

Offensive Statistics

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  3ptA  3ptM  3pt%  Pts  A  Turn
Jacob Sienko  19 8 42.1 8 5 62.5 7 2 28.6 23 2 2
Josh Kravitz  9 4 44.4 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 1
Ethan Cohen  6 2 33.3 2 0 0 2 1 50 5 1 1
Bill Wei  6 2 33.3 4 1 25 0 0 0 5 1 1
Kazuma Shimanaka  2 1 50 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1
Joshua Lehrfeld  3 1 33.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1
Josh Levinson  2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Daniel Liao  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Team Stats 47 18 38.3 16 6 37.5 9 3 33.3 45 6 9

Defensive Statistics

Player   OR  DR  TR  Stl  AS
Kazuma Shimanaka  3 4 7 0 2
Jacob Sienko  4 2 6 2 1
Bill Wei  2 3 5 0 0
Josh Kravitz  2 2 4 0 1
Ethan Cohen  1 2 3 1 0
Joshua Lehrfeld  1 2 3 0 0
Daniel Liao  1 2 3 0 1
Josh Levinson  1 1 2 0 2
Team Stats 15 18 33 3 7



Sunday, February 27
Blue Devils Lose -- Kansas State 39, Duke 34

The Blue Devils dropped another game to go 4-3 on the season.  The Blue Devils started out strong but soon found themselves trailing heading into the second quarter.  The defense was sloppy and K-State was able to exploit the Blue Devils' weaknesses.  The rebounding was not what it needed to be.  The Blue Devils had a total of 24 rebounds for the entire game.  The Blue Devils also turned the ball over 18 times, which did not help their situation.  The most disappointing part of the entire afternoon was that the Blue Devils bench had their coats on with five minutes left to play in the game.  It was the equivalent of "waving the white flag," which is unacceptable.  The coaching staff was visibly upset that the team was ready to give up with time left on the clock.  In basketball, as with any sport, as long as there is time left on the clock players are expected to play.  If nothing else, it allows players to work on game situations that can be applied to other game situations.  Basketball is all about learning and never giving up!  If the Blue Devils can learn nothing but "never giving up" then it will be a successful season.  The Devils scored a total of 34 points in the game.  Sienko led the way with 17 points on 5/9 shooting from the field and 7/8 from the charity stripe.  Wei had five points, Liao had four, and Shimanaka, Levinson, Arens, and Kravitz had two points apiece.  On the rebounding end, Sienko had five, Wei had four, Shimanaka and Toriumi had three, Kravitz, Levinson, and Liao had two rebounds, and Arens Lehrfeld, and Cohen had one rebound each.  The Blue Devils need a good week of practice and then two good games on the weekend to get prepared for the playoffs.  The Devils play West Virginia on Saturday @ 9 AM and then they play Kentucky on Sunday @ 1 PM.  Large crowds are expected as the Blue Devils look to shore things up for playoffs.

Offensive Statistics

Player   FGA  FGM  FG%  FTA  FTM  FT%  Pts  A  PF  Turn
Jacob Sienko