Sizz Basketball: Welcome

This is a site for players, parents and fans of the Western Sizzlin Pee Wee 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!!



Pee Wee City Tourney Bracket - Click Here!

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Congrats to Midwest Sporting Goods from Stephens Boys/Girls Club for winning the FSBGC Pee Wee City Tournament bracket. They defeated Precision Fades in the championship game.  

 

 

 



Sizz Week 9 - Player of the Week - Paxton Feight

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Our final player of the week for the 2017-18 season is Paxton Feight. He had one of his better games of the season tonight versus Dominguez Insurance. He finished the game with 2 points and 3 rebounds, while playing very good defense. Paxton also had a couple of steals in the game that lead to fast break points for our team. He is a kid that always gives his best and has improved as the season has went along. Congrats to a great young man for being named our player of the week. We are very proud of him!

 

 

 

 

 



Sizz completes un-defeated Regular Season!

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Wow, what a season it has been for this group of kids. They have been a joy to coach and be around. While the league at Goldtrap has seen its better days, it has sure not stopped this team from taking care of business each and every game. They are averaging an incredible 41 points a game, despite most of their games having a fast clock. Also, despite some people not thinking so, we have taken it easy on most of the teams this season. Tonight would be no different. We came out red-hot and never looked back on our way to a 60-18 win over Dominguez Insurance.

The opening quarter our defense did its usual job of causing havoc for the other team. We converted those turnovers into fast break points on our end. Blake Presley and Blake Forsgren each had 10 points in the quarter. They both had at least 5 assists also in the opening quarter. We built a big lead and this one was never in doubt. Meridian Chance would get in on the scoring action in the 1st quarter with a bucket under the goal. Jaxon Cox and Heath Banck were all over the place on defense as well, deflecting passes and coming up with several steals each. After one quarter of play, we led 22-5.

The 2nd quarter things would not get any better for Dominguez. Our defense really turned up the heat and our "Lavaca" connection would both catch fire in the quarter. Jake Watson and Garred Smithson would combine for 17 points in the quarter, mostly off fast breaks. Derek Chitwood would knock down a couple of free throws and sank a short jumper to extend our lead to 43-7. Paxton Feight would also get his name in the scoring column with a basket off an offensive rebound. Heath was once again causing problems on defense for Dominguez. He caused several turnovers in the quarter because of his hustle and defense. Our kids were really playing well and we could not miss from the field. By the half our lead had grown to 45-9 and it was time to call off the dogs!

The final two quarters went by in a flash with the mercy rule in effect. We would have 8 players score in the game and that's what I like to see. We did a good job of sharing the ball and getting everyone involved in the offense. Great job once again to a super group of players and congrats on going un-defeated in the regular season. Now it's time to put our "Big-Boy" pants on, as the City Tourney starts next week. See you all on Thursday night, Feb. 22.

 

 

 



FINAL 2017-18 Goldtrap Pee Wee Basketball Standings

                                League               Overall

Western Sizz          6-0                 11-0    (League Champions)

Noon Kiwanis          5-1                   7-3

National Family       4-2                   5-5  

Dale Crampton        3-3                   5-5

Dominguez Ins        2-4                   3-7 

Preferred Office     1-5                   1-9   

Eastside Animal       0-6                  0-10  

 

 

 



Goldtrap Pee Wee Basketball Scores

Week 1             (*denotes - non conference game)

*Western Sizz - 38            Dominguez Ins - 5

*National Family - 33          Preferred Office - 15

*Noon Kiwanis - 36             Eastside Animal - 5

*Western Sizz - 26            Arkoma - 23

*Forefront Church - 29        Dale Crampton - 27

 

Week 2

*Western Sizz - 30                 Davis Printing - 16

*Dale Crampton - 35           Eastside Animal - 13

*Noon Kiwanis - 32             National Family - 30

*Dominquez Ins - 23           Preferred Office - 15

*Arkoma - 33                   Preferred Office - 12

 

Week 3         (Conference Games begin)

*Tank's Shine - 43             Preferred Office - 10

Dominquez Ins - 28             Eastside Animal - 22

Noon Kiwanis - 29               Dale Crampton - 20

Western Sizz - 39              National Family - 15

 

Week 4

*Arkoma - 52                    Eastside Animal - 14

*Brew House - W                Eastside Animal - L 

Noon Kiwanis - 32               Dominquez Ins - 11

National Family - 37            Dale Crampton - 36

Western Sizz - 42              Preferred Office - 11 

*Arkoma - 21                    Noon Kiwanis - 16 

 

Week 5

*Gerber - 19                   Noon Kiwanis - 10

National Family - 24           Dominguez Ins - 18

Western Sizz - 45             Dale Crampton - 13

Preferred Office - 24         Eastside Animal - 13

*Arkoma - 35                   National Family - 22 

 

Week 6

*Precision Fades - W           National Family - L

Dale Crampton - 33             Dominquez Ins - 17

Noon Kiwanis - 40               Preferred Office - 19

Western Sizz - 56              Eastside Animal - 5 

*Arkoma - W                    Dominguez Ins - L 

 

Week 7

*Midwest - W                   Dominguez Ins - L

National Family - 37            Eastside Animal - 13

Dale Crampton - 35             Preferred Office - 18

Western Sizz - 36              Noon Kiwanis - 31

*Western Sizz - 41             Arkoma - 26 

 

Week 8

*Western Sizz - 45            Forefront Church - 27

Noon Kiwanis - 34              National Family - 25

Dale Crampton - 36            Eastside Animal - 4

Dominguez Ins - 32            Preferred Office - 21

*Arkoma - 32                  Dale Crampton - 26

 

Week 9

*Dale Crampton - 34          Davis Printing - 30

Noon Kiwanis - 36             Eastside Animal - 5

Western Sizz - 60            Dominguez Ins - 18

National Family - 34          Preferred Office - 20 

 

 

 



Sizz Week 8 - Player of the Week - Derek Chitwood

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Our player of the week for week 8 of the season is Derek Chitwood. He had a good game against Forefront Church on Tuesday night. He scored 2 points and grabbed down a couple of rebounds, but his play on defense was really good. Derek stole or deflected several passes during the game that led to fast break points for us on the other end of the floor. Derek has improved with each practice and game this season. He is a very coachable young man and fun to be around. Congrats Derek, we are very proud of you!

 

 

 

 



Sizz battles Ref's and team, but still wins!

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Our game this week was a non-conference game versus a very scrappy team from Stephens Boys/Girls Club. It's always an adventure when you go over there to play, especially were the referees are concerned. This game would be no different. Early in the game we struggled with their quickness and they jumped to a 5-0 lead. We adjusted a couple things on defense and got our fast break going a bit to climb back into the game. Presley Chitwood would score 6 points in the quarter, while Heath Banck and Blake Forsgren both sank a jumper to give us a 10-8 lead after one quarter of play. 

The 2nd quarter would be back and forth. Jake Watson and Derek Chitwood would both knock down shots to give us a 14-8 lead. After back-to-back baskets by Forefront, Blake got free for a couple of fast break layups to give us a 18-12 lead. The referees started calling fouls everytime we got close to them. Forefront got to shoot a lot of free throws in the quarter. By the end of the quarter they had called 11 fouls on us, why they had only been called for three fouls. We did manage a 20-17 lead at the half despite the poor officiating.

The 3rd quarter we really got things going on both ends of the floor. We put our quickest lineup in the game and shut down their drives to the basket. We stayed pretty tight in our zone and forced them to take some bad shots. On offense our fast breaks really got to rolling! Garred Smithson caught fire and scored 6 points in the quarter. Blake and Presley would combine for 7 points of their own and we outscored Forefront 15-2 in the quarter.

The final quarter would see us cruise to the easy win. Jake Watson knocked down three shots and Jaxon Cox scored on a nice give-n-go from Blake. Despite the one-sided fouls, we pulled away for a 45-27 win. The win moves us to 10-0 overall, with just one league game remaining before the city tourney begins.

 

 

 



Sizz Week 7 - Player of the Week - Blake Forsgren

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Our player of the week for this week was a no-brainer! What an incredible week of basketball Blake Forsgren had. In our two games this week he combined to score 50 points and grab down 31 rebounds. On Tuesday night, he took over the game when we were struggling and carried us to a hard fought 36-31 win over a good Noon Kiwanis team. On Saturday he was awesome once again in a 24-point, 15 rebound effort against a good Arkoma team. Leaders take over when their team needs them and man has he done that for our team. Blake has been through a lot the last 6 months and it is good to see him smiling again and having fun playing a game he loves. Great job Blake, we are very proud of you!

 

 

 



Sizz finishes off week with two wins and League Title!

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Man, was it a fun week of basketball or what for our team. This was so much better than beating teams by 30-plus points. These last two games were a blast and it will really help us as we enter the tourney in a few weeks. Let's see how it all went down this week.

 

Western Sizz - 36             Noon Kiwanis - 31 

On Tuesday night it was a battle for the Pee Wee League Championship at Goldtrap. Neither us or Noon Kiwanis had a loss in the league and this one was for all the marbles. We came into the game riding a 20-game league winning streak. We have not lost a league game since January 13, 2015. That's an incredible streak! Since the 2012-13 season, we have an overall record of 61-10, including a 33-3 league record. Now you know why everyone at Goldtrap wants to beat us so bad. LOL

We came out and really took it to them early in this one.  Our defense was all over their guards and Noon had a tough time scoring. On our end, Blake Forsgren was a "beast" out there. He scored 8 points in the quarter and helped us build a 11-4 lead after one quarter of play. Presley Chitwood would play great defense up top, while Heath Banck shut down the weak side wing. Meridian Chance and Jaxon Cox would combine for 7 rebounds in the quarter and Meridian knocked down a free throw.

The 2nd quarter group only made things worse for Noon Kiwanis. Garred Smithson and Jake Watson were awesome in our zone defense. Derek Chitwood and Paxton Feight did a really good job inside controlling the paint. Jake and Garred would score in the quarter and Blake would knock down a couple more shots, as this one looked to be headed for the mercy rule.

Not so fast said Noon Kiwanis! They came out in the 3rd quarter and sank a couple of long 3-pointers that seemed to light a spark in them on both ends of the floor. Suddenly their defense really got intense and here they came. They were out rebounding us and out hustling us to loose balls the entire quarter. They would outscore us 16-8 in the quarter to make this one a game once again. We had went away from what got us the big lead and things got real interesting. We clung to a 27-22 lead by the end of the quarter.

The final quarter saw both teams get a little tired. Noon would pull within a basket from tying the game on two different occassions, but everytime they did, Blake would get a screen from Presley or Garred and knock down a jumper to give us a little cushion back. They were forced to foul late in the game and we knocked down several free throws to secure the league title with a well deserved 36-31 win. It was a great game by both teams and congrats to the Noon Kiwanis players for the way they battled.

 

Western Sizz - 41                Arkoma - 26

On Saturday we would face another tough taste against a very good Arkoma team. We once again came out strong in the opening quarter. Our defense made it very tough for Arkoma to get good looks at the basket. We ran our break very well most of the quarter. Several steals by our defense would turn into points for Blake Forsgren on the other end of the floor. He would score 14 points in the quarter to help us build a nice early lead. Presley Chitwood would also score on a couple of fast breaks and we were clicking on all cyclinders. Meridian Chance played especially well on defense. She was guarding a player that Arkoma likes to go to and she only allowed him to score one basket in the quarter.

The 2nd quarter our lead only grew. Garred Smithson and Blake would both score 4 points in the quarter, while our defense only allowed Arkoma to score three points on free throws. Jake Watson, Derek Chitwood and Paxton Feight all played really good defense to help us extend our lead to 26-12 at the half.

The 3rd quarter would see Arkoma get their second wind and come charging back. We got really sloppy with the ball on several trips down the floor and Arkoma turned those into points on their end. We started fouling way too much on defense, as we started reaching instead of moving our feet. They would outscore us 11-3 in the quarter and this one was a game again at 29-23.

The final quarter would see us jump start our defense again. We really challenged the kids to get back to playing defense the way we can and Arkoma had no answer for it. Garred would really spark our defense with several steals in the quarter. He also scored 4 points in the quarter because of his hustle plays. Blake would knock down three shots in the quarter and we would pull away for a 41-26 win. It capped off a week of two good games for our kids. I'm very proud of how they responded when things got a little tight in both games. They are truly champions! 

 

 

 



Sizz Week 6 - Player of the Week - Jaxon Cox

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Our player of the week for week 6 of the season is Jaxon Cox. He has had a good season for our team. Jaxon does a lot of things that don't show up on the stat sheet, like playing defense, deflecting passes, etc. It was good to see him knock down a few shots in the game on Tuesday night. He finished with 6 points and 6 rebounds in the game, while playing his usual great defense. He is such a smart kid and really has a neat personality. He has been on my football team for the past couple of years also. Sure gonna miss him after this basketball season. Congrats Jaxon, we are very proud of you!

 

 

 

 



Sizz moves to 7-0 with win over Eastside Animal

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This was a game that I have been dreading to play for a while. Eastside is really struggling this season and I knew this one was gonna be ugly. Coach Chris and I talked about how to handle things when they got out of hand in the game. We talked about just stalling the ball and passing the ball around and not shooting. We thought that might be more embarrassing to them if we did that. So after we got the huge lead we backed our defense way back but Eastside still struggled to score many points. While on our end, we couldn't miss a shot. Let's see how it all went down.

The 1st quarter we came out on fire. We scored 19 points in the first two minutes of the game. Eastside could not even get a shot off, as our defense was all over them. They turned the ball over on most trips down the floor and that led to easy layups for Blake Forsgren and Presley Chitwood. We then started getting the ball inside to Jaxon Cox and Meridian Chance. She knocked down a couple of shots off nice passes from Blake. Jaxon would sink a short jumper to make it a 29-0 Sizz lead after one quarter of play.

The 2nd quarter we stayed back in a tight zone on defense and did not attack as it was bad enough. Garred Smithson and Jake Watson would combine for 8 points in the quarter, while Derek Chitwood and Paxton Feight controlled the boards. By the half our lead had grown to 37-1. We told Blake and Presley no more shooting and to work the ball to other players that don't get to shoot as much as they do. We was hoping that would keep the score from getting much worse. Instead we couldn't miss a shot. Meridian knocked down a couple more shots, while Derek and Paxton would score also. It was a tough position to be in as a coach and not sure I wouldn't handle things different if we played again. But what's done is done and I felt so bad for the Eastside team. Coach Nick always does a great job with his teams, he just has all 3rd graders and is in a tough spot right now with his group.

I told the kids after the game, that things were bout to tighten up. We play Noon Kiwanis next week for the Goldtrap League Championship and #1 seed in the up-coming city tournament. We then got a date with that very tough Arkoma team that we were lucky to beat back in December. After that we go to Jeffrey's and play their best team. I'm glad this part of our schedule is over and I think the kids are as well. We really need to be challenged before the city tournament starts. These next three games will do that for sure!

 

 

 



Sizz Week 5 - Player of the Week - Garred Smithson

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Our player of the week for week 5 of the season is Garred Smithson. Garred had another good game for us on Tuesday night as he scored 6 points and grabbed down 7 big rebounds. His defense was awesome as usual and he helped us make life for the Dale Crampton guards miserable all game. Garred, which we like to call "G-MAN" is a super fun kid to be around and coach. And I know one thing, if we ever get into a fight, he is a kid we want on our side. He is freakish strong for his age and built like a little mack truck. Great job Garred, we are very proud of you!

 

 

 



Sizz stays perfect with 45-13 win!

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We are in a stretch here that Coach Chris and I are trying to do our best to keep the kids interested and challenged. We have won our last three games by about an average of 25 points per game. So we have started giving the kids little mini challenges before each game. Tonight's challenge was the 2nd quarter team had to outscore Dale Crampton by at least 10 points in their quarter. Next week it will be something different, but this week let's see if they met their goal.

We opened the game on fire defensively. Dale Crampton must have felt like we had 8 players on the floor. We caused turnovers on most possessions down the floor and that led to some easy baskets by Presley Chitwood on the other end. Blake Forsgren had at least 4 assists in the 1st quarter alone. Blake was also "red hot" from the field. He was knocking down shots from a variety of places on the floor. Dale Crampton did manage a couple of long 3-pointers in the quarter to keep this one from getting out of hand early. Meridian Chance and Jaxon Cox really controlled the paint area grabbing down several rebounds. Heath Banck was really good on his side of the floor on defense. By the end of the quarter we had built an 18-9 lead. 

The 2nd quarter was when we really dropped the hammer on them! The kids took their challenge to heart and man did they put it on Dale Crampton. So much for that 10 point challenge, they blew that out of the water. Presley would score 8 points in the quarter, while Jake Watson and Garred Smithson both added 4 points each. Paxon Feight and Derek Chitwood deflected several passes and helped to lead our fast break. Our defense was all over them and this one got out of hand big time. We outscored Dale Crampton 16-0 in the quarter to take a 34-9 lead into the half. 

Just like every game but one for us this season, the boys/girls club mercy rule was in effect the entire last two quarters, so it didn't take long. We would coast in for a 45-13 win, moving us to 6-0 on the season and 3-0 in league play. We return to action next week versus a winless Eastside Animal team. After that things start to really get interesting. See you all at practice on Monday night at 6:00pm.

 

 

 



Sizz Week 4 - Player of the Week - Presley Chitwood

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Our player of the week for week 4 of the season was an easy choice. Presley had his best game of the year by far on Tuesday night versus Preferred Office. He scored 18 points and grabbed down 6 rebounds in the game. He helped us break out to a huge lead in the 1st quarter. Our defense was causing turnovers and Presley would get a pass from Blake most of the time for an easy layup at the other end of the floor. Presley had 14 points in the 1st quarter alone. He is one of the best players in our league this season and a fun kid to coach and be around. Congrats Presley, we are very proud of you!

 

 

 



Sizz gives Preferred Office knockout blow!

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Man, Preferred must have felt like they had been hit by a truck by the end of the 1st quarter on Tuesday night. Our defense was swarming and causing all sorts of problems for them. Blake Forsgren, Presley Chitwood and Heath Banck made life miserable for their guards and we had probably close to 20 steals in the 1st quarter alone. Many times, Blake would lead the break and give an assist to his buddy Presley for an easy layup. Presley scored 14 points in the quarter and we jumped out to a 20-3 lead by the end of the first six minutes of play.

Our 2nd quarter group had a tough act to follow and while they played hard, we didnt seem in sync in that 2nd quarter. Some of it are things we are going to fix in practice on Monday night. Jake Watson and Garred Smithson each had a bucket in the quarter but that was it. Still we led 24-8 at the half and things were about to get even worse for Preferred.

Within a minute into the 3rd quarter we had built a 20-point lead and the mercy rule was in effect. Presley and Blake would combine for 9 points in the quarter, and our defense held Preferred to only a couple of free throws. By the end of the quarter we had extended our lead to 33-11. The final quarter would go by in a hurry like most of our games do in the final quarter. Garred would knock down a couple of shots and Jake would sink a short jumper to make it a 42-14 Sizz win. The win moves us to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in league play. Things are about to start getting tougher and we got some things to work on in practice on Monday night. See you all then!

 

 

 



Sizz Week 3 - Player of the Week - Jake Watson

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Our week 3 player of the week is Jake Watson. He had his best game of the season on Tuesday night versus National Family. He scored 15 points and had 8 big rebounds. Coach Chris and I have been really encouraging him to attack the basket and be aggressive on the offensive end of the floor. Jake is the best shooter on our team and we need him to look for his shots and not be afraid to put them up. He did that on Tuesday night and it was sure good to see. Jake is a great kid with a lot of talent and an even better attitude. Congrats Jake on being named our week 3 player of the week!

  

 

 



Sizz runs away from National Family 39-15

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We really challenged the kids before the game to keep playing hard but to really try and do a better job of taking care of the ball. We have had a lot of turnovers in our first few games and we wanted them to cut down on those. They came out and really got after National Family on defense right from the opening tip. No one else in our league plays that "get up in your face" defense like we do. We call it our "MAD DOG" defense. National Family really struggled in the opening quarter to get off many shots. While on our end, Blake Forsgren and Presley Chitwood was turning steals into fast break points for us. Meridian Chance would also knock down a short jumper from the wing in the quarter. Meridian and Jaxon Cox was awesome on defense in the middle of our zone. Noah Hughes also did a good job on his side of the zone to force some bad passes and turnovers. By the end of the opening quarter we had built a 11-4 lead, but things were about to get a lot worse for National Family.

Most teams do not have a strong 2nd quarter group, but we do! Those guys keep the pressure on and sometimes play better than that 1st quarter group. This would be one of those nights. Jake Watson and Garred Smithson forced all sorts of turnovers at the top of our zone. Jake caught fire and knocked down several jumpers from the wing. Garred would also score on a fast break layup. Derek Chitwood and Paxton Feight was doing a great job of rebounding and defending the paint area. By the end of the quarter our lead had grown to 22-4. That 2nd quarter group outscored National Family 11-0 and the rout was on.

The 3rd quarter the mercy rule was in effect early in the quarter and the fast clock made the entire second half go by in a flash. Blake would knock down three shots in the quarter, while Presley and Jake would sink a couple free throws to make it a 31-9 Sizz lead by the end of the 3rd.

The final quarter we made sure all the kids played equal time and we would coast to a 39-15 win. The win moves us to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in league play. We will now take some time off for Christmas break and return to practice on Tuesday the 26th @ 6:00pm.

 

 

 



Sizz Week 2 - Player of the Week - Meridian Chance

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Our player of the week for week 2 of the season is Meridian "Ricki" Chance. She had a really good game on Tuesday night versus Davis Printing. She had 6 rebounds in the game and caused several turnovers by deflecting passes. Ricki has really improved since the first practice. She came in very timid, but is finally coming out of her shell now. She wants to learn and is a super fun young lady to be around and coach. We are very proud of you Ricki and congrats on being named our week 2 player of the week!

 

 

 

 



Sizz moves to 3-0 with 30-16 win over Davis!

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Anytime you go to another team's gym, you never know what to expect or how the kids will play in a strange gym. I was very proud of how the kids really came out and played hard in the game on Tuesday versus Davis Printing. In practice on Monday night, Coach Chris and I worked with the kids on correcting some of our defensive mistakes we made against Arkoma. We were both super proud of how they seemed to bring what we worked on in practice to the game on Tuesday.Against Arkoma, we let them drive right thru our defense and straight to the basket on many trips down the floor. That did not happen on Tuesday nght. The kids really improved on defense and the result would be an easy 30-16 win over Davis Printing from Stephens.

The opening quarter would see Davis get on the board early with a basket inside. That would be the only points they would score in the quarter. Our defense clamped down on them and forced a bunch of turnovers that led to easy baskets for us on the other end of the floor. Blake Forsgren and Presley would score 6 points each in the opening quarter. Our defense at the top of our zone was smoothering! Blake, Presley and Noah Hughes were all over the Davis guards. When they tried to pass the ball down low, Jaxon Cox and Ricki Chance were there to pick off the pass or deflect it to one of our other players. By the end of the quarter we held a 12-2 lead.  

The 2nd quarter we got a little sloppy on offense as we got in too big of a hurry on some of our fast breaks. But our defense remained tough and that would keep us in the lead. Garred Smithson, Jake Watson and Heath Banck were all over the Davis guards, while Paxton Feight and Derek Chitwood controlled the paint area. We only managed to score 3 points in the quarter, but held a 15-7 lead at the half.

The 3rd quarter we really put the game away. Our defense remained stingy and it lead to more easy baskets for Blake and Presley. Garred would also knock down a jumper to extend our lead to 25-12 by the end of the quarter. The final quarter would see us get all the kids plenty of playing time and we would coast to a 30-16 win. The win moves us to 3-0 on the season, with one game remaining before the Christmas break. See you all at practice on Monday night at 6:00pm.

 

 



Sizz Week 1 - Player of the Week - Heath Banck

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Our player of the week for week 1 of the season is Heath Banck. Heath played good in both our games this week. He was really good on defense and had several steals in the two games. He scored 4 points in the game on Tuesday night, while playing great defense. On Saturday he only scored one point but did a lot of other things well. He had a tough assignment in the game against Arkoma and he helped us shut down one of their better players on that left side of their offense. Great job this week Heath, we are very proud of you!

 

 

 

 



Sizz wins brawl versus Arkoma 26-23!

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Man this one was a tough, physical game between two pretty good teams. Arkoma always has an advantage when they come over and play us in a non-conference game, simply because they are a school team and get to practice everyday. While we practice one hour a week. Anyway, I was so proud of how hard our kids played in the game and despite committing a lot of turnovers, we escaped with a 26-23 win.

The opening quarter was a defensive battle! Both teams had a lot of turnovers and good shots were hard to come by. Their defense reminded me of ours the way they pressured the ball. Presley Chitwood was able to score on a fast break lay-up to tie the game at 2. Arkoma would take the lead off an offensive rebound and put back. Blake Forsgen would then knock down a couple of free throws to tie the game at 4 by the end of the 1st quarter. Both teams committed a lot of fouls and this thing was soon going to turn into a free throw shooting contest.

The 2nd quarter would be much like the 1st. Neither defense let up and buckets were hard to come by. Blake would sink a short jumper to give us our first lead of the game at 6-4. After a couple of baskets by Arkoma, we would knock down a few free throws by Jake Watson and Garred Smithson to make it a 9-8 Sizz lead by the half.

The final two quarters were a dog fight to say the least. The lead flipped back and forth the entire second half. We would take the lead by one and then they would hit a basket and go back up.  Both teams were playing extremely hard and while it was an ugly game at times because of the turnovers, it was fun to see the kids competing their hearts out. Garred came up big for us in the 3rd quarter as he caught fire from the field, knocking down a couple of shots, including a 3-pointer from the right wing. Arkoma would lead 19-18 heading into the final quarter of play.

The final 6 minutes saw both teams get tired and even more sloppy. But with all the fouls that were being called, it tunred into a free throw shooting contest. Luckily for us, we made a few more than they did and that would prove to be the difference in the outcome. Presley would sink a couple of late free throws to give us a 26-23 win that was very well deserved. These games only make us better and it is a lot better for us than a 25-point blowout. Very proud of all the kids today and we got a ton to work on in practice on Monday. See you all then!

 

 

 



Sizz buries Dominguez Insurance 38-5!

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At times it was not pretty, but the first game never is. We finally got the kids where they needed to be on defense and that got things rollin as we hammered Dominguez Insurance 38-5 on Tuesday night. The opening quarter we came out sloppy but once we got things going, our defense was our best offense. We scored most our points on steals and fast breaks. Blake Forsgren would knock down four buckets and Presley Chitwood would score three times off steals to give us a 14-4 lead after the first 6 minutes of play.

Our 2nd quarter group plays just as hard on defense as our starters do, so there was no let up at all. Jake Watson scored on a couple of fast breaks and Derek Chitwood would hit a couple of short jumpers and this one was out of hand already at 22-5. Our kids really played hard and that is something we really stress to them. There may be nights where your shots aren't falling but effort is something that we should have every game.

The final two quarters, the mercy rule was in play, so the game went by in a hurry. Heath Banck would score on a couple of fast breaks, but we called off the dogs on defense the final quarter. We would coast to a 38-5 win. We had some kids play really well despite not getting in the scoring column. Jaxon Cox, Ricki Chance and Paxton Feight all played very good defense and did a good job on the boards. Each player had several deflected passes that would lead to a fast break for our guards. Great job Sizz, we are very proud of you! 

 

 



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