Sizz Basketball: 2007 Season

NFP runs away from Army Surplus, 32-18!
          Before the game the talk in the locker room was about defense, defense, and more defense. I wanted the kids to really come out and make a statement with our defense tonight and they did that. Army didn't get off many easy shots the entire night. While offensively we spread the ball around, with 7 players scoring on the night.
          The 1st quarter saw both teams come out with those first game jitters. We missed some easy shots under the basket, while Army spent much of the opening quarter trying to get off a good shot against our defense. Blake Blagg-Tidwell got free under the basket for a couple of easy baskets and Trevor Curtis split the Army defense a couple of times to give us a 8-4 lead after the first quarter of play. Marcus Matthew and Blake totally controlled the boards in the opening quarter against a team that was almost as big as we were.
          The 2nd quarter is when we begin to pull away in this one. I told the kids in the huddle to keep the pressure on Army, especially on defense. Army really didn't have a point guard in the game and we took advantage. Landon Daniels, Austin Curtis and Travis Shelly caused all sorts of trouble for Army, getting many steals in the 2nd quarter. On the offensive end of the floor we did pretty much anything we wanted to do. Landon drove the ball to the hole for 6 quick points in the quarter and Austin chipped in 4 with a couple of jump shots. Isaac Montgomery and Braden Likens totally controlled the boards, getting us several shots on each trip down the floor. After all the smoke had cleared, we held a comfortable 22-6 lead at the half. 
          The second half our kids did not let up on the defensive pressure. We had a few breakdowns here and there, but for the most part our defense was solid all night. Brady Tolbert and Travis Shelly had several steals in the quarter and Dylan Bryant sank a couple of short jumpers to extend our lead to 26-10. We played a bunch of players in the second half. I think everyone got some good minutes in the game tonight. The final quarter would see us coast our way to the easy 32-18 win. 
          Every player on the floor for us tonight did some good things to help contribute to this win. Blake led us in scoring with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Landon chipped in with 6 points and 3 boards on the night. Isaac had 4 big points in the game and grabbed down 4 rebounds. The Curtis Brothers, Trevor and Austin, both had 4 points and 2 rebounds each on the night. Dylan also had a good game tonight with his very tough defense, while scoring 4 points and grabbing down 2 boards on the night. Marcus had a good game as he scored a basket and had a team-high 8 rebounds. The only players not to score were Braden, Travis and Brady. But believe me, they did some good things on the floor tonight. Braden grabbed down 6 big rebounds while playing tough under the basket. Travis and Brady both played that swarming defense we like to play and both players had several steals on the night. 
          It was a good first game for our team before a huge test next week. We play what looks like will be our biggest challenger for the League Title next week in a very good Western Sizzlin team. They may have a bigger team than we do and their big guards could give us some match-up trouble. We will throw in a few new wrinkles on defense in practice next week that may help us combat their bigger guards. See you all at practice next Monday night @ 8pm. Great game tonight NFP!!!!





Week #1 - NFP Player of the Week - Landon Daniels

Landon Daniels had a good game tonight in our win versus Army Surplus. Landon is really the leader of our 2nd quarter team and helps to really put pressure on the opposing guards. His quickness is something that will be a valuable weapon for us this year. He is tough to guard on that wing because of his quickness. In the 2nd quarter of the game tonight, Landon blew by his defender several times for easy buckets. Landon ended the game with 6 points and 3 rebounds, but his defense was even more impressive than that. He forced numerous turnovers and held ball situations. Great job tonight Landon!






NFP gets huge win over Western Sizzlin, 23-21!
        Wow, what an early season game this was. There were several coaches talking about this game being the game of the year in the Pee Wee league at Goldtrap. It may be a little early for that, but it was for sure a huge game. After practice on Monday night I was very concerned about this game. We scrimmaged another team for about 15 minutes and turned the ball over most trips down the floor. After the scrimmage I really got after the kids a bit and let them know that if we played like that against Western Sizzlin, we would get blown out. Well, as it turns out, our kids were up to the challenge and they really played well in the game tonight. We took very good care of the ball and controlled the tempo of the game, which was a big reason we won the game. I watched Western Sizzlin last week destroy a pretty good Amos Indians team with the way they ran the floor on the break, so a big part of our game plan was to slow things down a bit and play more of a half-court style game. We did that tonight and the kids executed our game plan very well.
          We came right out in the 1st quarter and took an early 4-2 lead after a basket from Marcus Matthew and Travis Shelly. After a Western Sizzlin basket, Dylan Bryant scored on a 3-point play and our lead would be 8-5 at the end of the quarter. Our 2nd quarter team kept the pressure on Western and extended our lead even more. Austin Curtis scored a bucket and Landon Daniels sank a couple of nice jump shots from the wing to extend our lead to 15-9 by the half. Our defensive game plan was to not allow them to penetrate our zone and force them to hit outside shots. To this point in the game it was working to perfection. Every one of their baskets in the first half came from no closer than 15-feet from the goal.
          I was concerned they would really try to push the ball in the 3rd quarter, but it never happened. We wanted to cut off the passing lane to their best shooter on the left wing. We did that for most of the 3rd quarter and forced other players to take the majority of their shots. The good news for us was that they couldn't get many of them to fall. Our offense was not that great either, but a lot of that had to do with their defense. They surrounded Blake the entire night and really made it impossible for us to get the ball inside to him. We only scored 4 points in the 3rd quarter and Western was able to pull within 19-14 by the end of the 3rd. Landon really was our hot hand on the night and we really made an effort to get the ball to him every chance we could. He kept sitting high screens for Trevor and rolling off of them to the wing. When Trevor got cut off, he would kick back to Landon for open 15-foot jump shots. That was our best offense in the quarter and Western had a tough time stopping Landon all night.
          Going into the final 6 minutes of the game we seemed to be a little tired. I was not able to sub much in the 3rd quarter due to the big line-up Western had in the game. We could not afford to give up any offensive rebounds so we had to stay with our bigger line-up. And let me say that Marcus, Blake and Isaac Montgomery totally controlled the boards for most of the second half and that was a big difference in the outcome of this game. We took a 21-14 lead with 3 minutes to go in the game and looked to have this one in the bag, but Western Sizzlin refused to go down without a fight! In a flash they sank a couple of nice jump shots and suddenly it was a game again at 21-18 with 1:30 left. Trevor Curtis hit a big shot to give us a 23-18 lead but Western came right back with a huge 3-pointer to pull with 2 with 45 seconds left in the game. After a couple of missed opportunities by both teams, we had the ball with 15 seconds left on the clock and still up by 2. I called time-out and told Trevor to cross half-court and dribble out the clock. I told him if he got in trouble to not pass but just hold the ball tight and let them tie him up. We had the possession arrow, so I thought it was a good strategy. Trevor did exactly what I asked him to do and Western tied up the ball with 11 seconds left on the clock. The referees then decided that the possession arrow did not get changed on the last change of possession and gave the ball back to Western Sizzlin. I was pretty upset about the call and let them know about it. Our entire strategy would have been different that final 15 seconds if I knew we didn't have the possession arrow. Oh well, I understand they make mistakes and luckily it did not cost us the game. Western got the ball and missed another jumper from the wing. Marcus grabbed the rebound and Trevor was able to run out the rest of the clock. Whew, this one too close for comfort! But I was very proud of our kids for fighting all the way to the final buzzer.
          As we will see as the season goes on this was a huge win for our kids. They played with a lot of heart tonight and I was very proud of them. I was not very happy with myself for not getting more players in the game in that second half, but I was afraid a smaller line-up would hurt us too much on the boards. I think both coaches were waiting for the other to sub in a few smaller players but neither did it. I told the kids after the game that it won't happen again and I was proud of how they cheered their team on from the bench.
          We were led tonight in scoring by Landon Daniels' 10 points and 2 rebounds. Landon's defense was also awesome in the game. He gave Western all sorts of fits out there tonight. Marcus Matthew played a very good game with very tough defense, while scoring 3 points and grabbing down 8 big-time rebounds in the game. Austin Curtis and Dylan Bryant only got to play one quarter but they made the most of it. They both scored 3 points and grabbed a few rebounds each in their quarter. Travis Shelly played good defense for us tonight and sank a basket in the opening quarter of the game. Blake Blagg-Tidwell did not score in the game but helped us control the boards on both ends of the floor. Blake also played great defense while battling some foul trouble. He also had 4 or 5 blocked shots in the game. Isaac Montgomery and Braden Likens did not score but both contributed big time on the glass. Isaac had 8 boards and Braden had 6 in limited playing time. Brady Tolbert played good defense in the 2nd quarter and helped us extend our lead by half-time. Trevor Curtis scored 2 points in the game and had 6 big rebounds, but his running of the offense was what was most impressive. He totally controlled the game with his play at the point guard position. He took very good care of the ball and had very few turnovers. I was extremely proud of the way he played out there tonight. Great job to our entire team for the big win tonight. Way to go NFP. 2-0 and on the way to the league championship!  







Week #2 - NFP Player of the Week - Trevor Curtis

Wow, what a game Trevor played tonight versus Western Sizzlin. He scored 2 points and grabbed down 6 big rebounds but did so much more than that. He contolled the tempo of the game and got the ball to the open people on offense. He had very few turnovers and really took good care of the ball. His defense on Western Sizzlin's best player, Jake Marrs, was also awesome. He helped us hold Jake to 5 points and that was the biggest reason we won the game. So many times, kids at this age think that if they don't score a bunch of points then they're not important to the team. I sure don't see things that way. Without Trevor tonight we lose big time and he only had 2 points. Great job tonight Trevor! Way to be a real leader out there on the court.







NFP delivers knock out blow to Dale Crampton , 31-14!
          Wow, poor Dale Crampton must have felt like they had been hit by a truck early in this game. We really challenged the kids to step up the defensive pressure and not give Dale Crampton one easy shot. I would say the first half we totally succeeded, since the score was 21-1 at the half. Dale Crampton went on a small run mid-way thru the 3rd quarter to pull a little closer, but in the end we coasted to the 31-14 win. Let’s see how it all went down.

          Going into the game I was a little concerned due to Trevor Curtis being very sick and really should not had been playing. I spoke with Trevor before the game and he really wanted to play and his parents said let him if he wants to, so we did. You could tell he was not even close to 100% but he sure showed a lot of heart just being out there. We came out in the opening quarter scoring at will most possessions. Our passing was awesome! We had four players score in the quarter, led by Marcus Matthew’s 6 points in the paint. Blake Blagg-Tidwell also chipped in a bucket of his own. Dylan Bryant and Travis Shelly scored off a couple of set plays we ran for easy shots. Dale Crampton only managed a single point in the quarter off a free throw from their very good point guard, Clay Tyler. I spoke with Clay’s dad before the game and he told me Clay was also sick and you could really tell out there. By the end of the quarter we had built a very comfortable 12-1 lead.


          I challenged the 2nd quarter team to keep up the defensive pressure and to keep playing hard. They did exactly that. I don’t think Dale Crampton even got close to the basket the entire quarter. Our defense picked them up at half-court and put so much pressure on the ball that Dale Crampton turned the ball over on most trips down the floor and didn’t manage to score a single point the entire quarter. Offensively we kept looking pretty sharp. Austin Curtis sank a couple of jump shots off of set plays and Isaac Montgomery scored a couple of baskets of his own in the paint. Landon Daniels added a single point from a free throw to round out our scoring in the quarter. Landon and Austin shared point guard duties in the quarter and did a good job handling the ball and not turning it over. By the end of the quarter we had extended our lead to 21-1 and we begin the second half with the mercy rule in effect.


          Coach Chris and I wanted to make sure everyone got plenty of playing time in the second half, so we decided to let our 1st quarter team play the 3rd and our 2nd quarter team play the 4th quarter. That way every kid would get 12 minutes of playing time in the game. I like it when that happens. The mercy rule didn’t stay in effect long in the 3rd quarter, as Dale Crampton sank a jump shot to pull within 18. Blake would then score on a nice pass from Dylan to put us back up by 20. Dale Crampton managed to put together a couple of baskets to pull within 16. Blake scored on another nice move around the basket and Dylan sank a short jumper to extend our lead back to 19 @ 27-8. After a basket from Marcus, Dale Crampton made another spurt to pull within 29-14 by the end of the quarter but we still felt we had a comfortable lead.


          The 4th quarter both teams played very good defense and made it tough for each other to score. The only points scored the entire quarter were from Isaac in the paint. That would extend our lead to 31-14 with 2 minutes left in the game. The last couple of minutes both teams missed some easy shots and had several turnovers. But the damage was done and the game would end with us notching the 31-14 victory. The win moves us to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in League play. We are in a 1st place tie with Milam Business, who got a nice 18-16 win over a short-handed Western Sizzlin team.


          We were led in scoring tonight by Marcus Matthew’s 8 points. Marcus also had 2 rebounds and played awesome defense. Blake Blagg-Tidwell chipped in 6 points and grabbed down 5 boards on the night. Isaac Montgomery had a very good game as he scored 6 points and had 4 rebounds. Austin Curtis and Dylan Bryant both scored 4 points and had a single rebound on the night. Travis Shelly scored a bucket and had 2 boards on the night, but did a lot more than that. His defense on the wing was really good tonight. Landon Daniels scored a single point on the night but was once again our defensive warrior. He put so much pressure on the ball tonight I don’t think anyone from Dale Crampton wanted to cross half-court with the ball when they saw Landon standing there waiting on them. Another player that was all over the place on defense for us was Brady Tolbert. He was a “crazy man” out there tonight. He got his hands on a lot of balls and if there was a loose ball on the floor you can bet Brady was the first to dive on it. His defense was just awesome. Also, despite being one of the smallest players on the floor he grabbed down a team-high 7 rebounds on the night. I keep telling the kids that rebounding is about hustle and that’s what Brady did all night without letting up. Another player that played an excellent game was Braden Likens. Braden did not score but was great on defense and had 6 boards of his own tonight. Braden has figured out his position now, especially on defense and is a real force down on that low block. Last but certainly not least is Trevor Curtis. Trevor was not even close to 100% but was still out there battling. He did not score on the night but really done a great job of taking care of the ball and getting it to the open player on offense. His defense on Dale Crampton’s best player was also very good. All in all it was a very good game by all our kids. Great job tonight guys and keep working hard in practice. We have a very special season brewing! See you all at practice next Monday night!


           




Week #3 - NFP Player of the Week - Marcus Matthew

Our player of the week for this week is Marcus Matthew. It was a real toss-up, as we had several players that had a good game this week versus Dale Crampton. Brady Tolbert made a real strong push with his hustle and defense he showed in the game, but we chose Marcus this time. Marcus led us in scoring with 8 points while grabbing down 2 rebounds. He also played great defense and had several steals in the game. Marcus has become a real force for us on both ends of the floor with his play. He has improved so much from last year and has really turned into a very good player. Great job Marcus! We are very proud of you!








Incredible 1st qtr leads NFP past Eastside, 35-15!
          Wow, what a performance tonight by our team. We talked before the game about really playing tough defense and not letting up, no matter what the score was. I told them a story about me having a coach in junior high that would tell us that you knew you were playing good defense, if the guy you were guarding was chewing gum and you knew what flavor his gum was. The kids got a big kick out of the story but I wanted them to know that is the kind of defense we wanted out there tonight. In your face and all over you all night. Well, the kids did that, especially in that 1st quarter! That was without a doubt one of the best quarters I've ever seen any team play at this level. Our defense was suffocating and we were running the floor and the fast break to perfection. Trevor's dad said after the game it looked like a well oiled machine in that 1st quarter and I would say that was pretty accurate. 
          You know the best thing about the first six minutes of play was that all five players on the floor scored in the quarter. We shared the ball very well. Trevor Curtis had at least 6 assists in the 1st quarter alone to go with his 4 points. Blake Blagg-Tidwell also scored 4 points in the quarter and dished out a couple of assists of his own. This team is so unselfish, almost too much sometime. Dylan Bryant was one of the players benefiting from Blake and Trevor's assists. Dylan scored 4 points in the opening quarter, while Marcus Matthew and Travis Shelly each had a bucket in the quarter. Marcus scored off a great pass from Blake and Travis off an offensive rebound. While we were scoring at will, Eastside Animal probably just wanted the quarter to end. We did not allow them to get off but three shots in the quarter and none got close to going in. After the smoke had cleared, we had built a comfortable 16-0 lead after one quarter of play. Wow, if you wasn't there you sure missed it! Our kids really put on a clinic on both ends of the floor!
          The 2nd quarter we kept the defensive pressure on but our offense struggled a bit. We continued to dominate the boards and missed some very easy shots around the basket. Isaac Montgomery scored on a nice put back off a missed shot to extend our lead to 18-4 with half the quarter gone. Isaac had 6 boards in the 2nd quarter alone. He, along with Brady Tolbert and Braden Likens got every rebound in the quarter. Braden sank a nice shot off one of his offensive boards to give us a 20-6 lead. Brady would round out our scoring in the quarter as he hit a free throw after hustling to grab an offensive rebound of his own. Landon Daniels and Austin Curtis done a good job in the quarter taking care of the ball and getting it to the open players. By the half, Eastside had cut into our lead a bit, but we were still coasting at 21-7. 
          With the big lead I wanted to make sure all the kids got plenty of playing time in the second half so we split the time up evenly. Trevor kept feeding the ball to the open man and we kept scoring those easy buckets. Marcus and Landon both sank short jumpers to extend our lead to 25-7. After a steal by Trevor, he drove the lane for another basket and suddenly the mercy rule was in effect at 27-7. The mercy rule stayed in effect most of the quarter until Eastside managed a couple of shots late in the quarter to pull within 27-11.
          The final quarter went by very fast with the mercy rule back in effect after a couple of baskets by Marcus. Austin Curtis would sank a couple of free throws and Dylan would hit another jumper to round out our scoring in this one. I'm sure that final buzzer was music to the Eastside coaches ears. I know I have been in their spot a time or two and it's tough to feel like that nothing you do helps to stop the run by the other team. This one would end with us notching the 35-15 win, moving us to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in League games. We stand alone in 1st place in the league, with Milam's loss to Dale Crampton earlier in the week.
          I told the kids after the game I was so very pleased with their performance and hustle out there tonight. This team is so fun to coach and be around. Some truly neat personalities on this team and these kids want to learn and get better each game. I know the competiton may not be as strong as it was earlier in the season, but this team is getting better each game. They are really working well together. They don't care who scores the most points, just as long as we win. I love coaching kids like that!
          Speaking of points, we did score a few tonight. What is so great is that everyone on the team scored in the game tonight. We were led by Marcus' 8 points and 4 rebounds. Trevor had 6 points, 5 rebounds and at least 10 assists on the night. Dylan Bryant had his best game of the season, scoring 6 points and playing great defense. Blake was once again a man-child on the boards. Blake had an incredible 12 rebounds and 4 points in limited playing time. Blake could have scored several more baskets, but he is so un-selfish. He is so good about when the defense collapes on him, he finds the open man. Isaac had a good game as he scored 2 points and grabbed down 7 big rebounds. Braden done another fine job with 2 points and 5 boards on the night. Landon, Austin and Travis would all score a single bucket but did so much more than that. Each of them player awesome defense and really made it tough for Eastside's wing players. Brady was once again all over the place on defense and was able to score a single point on a free throw, but also grabbed 4 rebounds in the game. Brady's rebounds are by sure hustle. If the ball is loose, he is like a dog after a bone and he won't back down from anyone!
          Well, enough about this one. As you can tell I was pretty excited about our performance tonight. Great team basketball and way to keep playing hard guys. See you all at practice next Monday night @ 8pm. 

     



Week #4 - NFP Player of the Week - Dylan Bryant
Our player of the week for this week is Dylan Bryant. Dylan had a good game against Eastside Animal, scoring 6 points and grabbing down one rebound. Dylan was a big part of our suffocating defense that we played in the game tonight. He is really doing a good job on the wing and may be seeing a little time at the point guard spot soon. He and Austin will be our main point guards next year and I would like to give them both some time there this year. Keep up the great play Dylan. We're very proud of you!








NFP's defense smoothers Arvest in 24-4 rout!
           Well, you have heard the ole saying, “that it wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.” That pretty much sums up our game tonight versus Arvest Bank. In fairness to our kids our defense was pretty good. Anytime you hold a team to 4 points in a game, even at this level, you’re doing pretty well. I don’t think Arvest took 15 shots the entire game. Our defense was picking them up at half-court and harassing them until they turned the ball over or threw up some wild shot. Offensively, we were not sharp at all. Our shots were way off and we did not run our offense very well at all. I told the kids after the game that we can’t get cocky about the way we have been beating teams so easily, because there is plenty of competition in our future, especially in the City Tournament. We need to go into that tourney playing our best ball of the season and we are not there yet. I told them we need to be giving 110% the entire time we are on the court and tonight we did not do that as a team. We had players here and there giving their all, but as a team it just wasn’t there tonight.

We opened up the 1st quarter with stifling defense against Arvest. Their poor kids look like they had seen a ghost. On offense our timing with some of our passes was off and we struggled scoring. Trevor Curtis had the hot hand in the quarter, scoring 6 of our 8 points in the quarter. Blake Blagg-Tidwell chipped in a bucket to round out our scoring in the quarter. I’m not sure that Arvest took more than 2 shots in the opening quarter. They must have thought we had 10 players out there on defense. After the first 6 minutes of play we held an 8-0 lead.


The 2nd quarter we continued to be all over them on the defensive end of the floor. Arvest did manage to score a point on a free throw early in the quarter to pull within 8-1. That would be the closest they would get to us all night. Landon Daniels sank a couple of jump shots to extend our lead to 12-1 with a couple of minutes left before the half. After a couple of minutes of missed shots and turnovers, Braden Likens would score a basket off an offensive rebound and the score was 14-1 as the half would come to an end.


The 3rd quarter would be ugly by both teams. Arvest continued to turn the ball over on most trips down the floor and we were missing open shots the entire quarter. We only managed to score 4 points in the quarter off of baskets by Trevor and Blake. Arvest managed to score another point off a free throw to pull within 18-2 by the end of the quarter.


The final quarter we continued to struggle offensively but our defense remained solid. Arvest finally sank their one and only shot of the game on a nice jumper from Marcus Walker. Austin Curtis then would answer for us as he scored on a nice assist from Blake to extend our lead to 20-4. That would be our best offensive possession of the night. On our next trip down the floor, Marcus Matthew scored a bucket after an offensive rebound put us up by 18. Marcus has been pretty sick this week and you could really tell out there tonight. He was not even close to full speed but showed great heart just being out there tonight. I kept asking him if he wanted to sit out the rest of the game and he did not. With the final seconds ticking away, Brady Tolbert would then make a nice steal and drive all the way for a lay-up to put us up 24-4. The final seconds ran off the clock and the game ended with us notching our 5th win of the season. Like I said, it wasn’t pretty but it was a win. I was very pleased with our defense but we have some things to tune-up on offense. We will go back to work in practice next week and hopefully get some things corrected.


Our scoring was once again balanced. Trevor led the way with 8 points and 3 rebounds. Blake would add 4 points and 6 boards, while Landon would also chip in 4 points and 3 boards. Braden and Marcus both added 2 points and 6 rebounds on the night. Austin and Brady would also score a single bucket on the night to round out our scoring. Isaac Montgomery did not score on the night but had a big night on the boards, finishing with 9 rebounds. Dylan Bryant also did not score but also had a whopping 8 boards. Dylan played some at point guard in the second half and done a good job. Tonight’s win moves us to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in League play. We still hold a 1 game lead over Dale Crampton and Milam Business in the league standings. Dale Crampton really is in 2nd place all alone as they defeated Milam last week but both teams stand at 4-1. We play Milam in a couple of weeks and should be a fun and physical game.


Great job tonight guys and see you all at practice next Monday @ 8pm.





Week #5 - NFP Player of the Week - Braden Likens

Our player of the week for this week is Braden Likens. He had a good game tonight versus Arvest Bank. Braden finished the game with 2 points and 6 rebounds. What I was really proud of was his play on the defensive end of the floor. He had a t least 4-5 steals in the game and has learned what it takes to be a good defender in our league. He is playing his position exactly the way we want him to and is improving each and every week. Great job tonight Braden. Keep up the good work!





 


NFP moves to 6-0 with win over Indians!
The kids and I talked before the game about improving our offense from last weeks game. While we got an easy victory in the game last week, our offense looked very out of sync. Well, tonight we did a complete turnaround and played one of the most complete games I've seen in years at Goldtrap. 
          The opening quarter would see all five of our kids score at least a bucket. Trevor Curtis was "on fire" from the field and if we did have a rare miss, Blake Blagg-Tidwell and Marcus Matthew was there to put back the rebound. Amos struggled to get off a descent shot the entire quarter, while we pushed the ball up and down the court for easy buckets most of the quarter. Trevor would score 8 points in the quarter and Blake would add 6 of his own. Mid-way through the opening quarter we had built a 14-0 lead and was not slowing down a bit. Landon Daniels would catch fire from the wing and sink a couple of jumpers to extend our lead to 18-2. After a basket by Travis Shelly and Marcus Matthew the quarter would come to an end with us holding an incredible 22-2 lead. I have never had a team score 22 points in one quarter of play and not sure I have even seen a team do that at the Boys Club. It was a very impressive quarter by the kids on the floor.
          The 2nd quarter would be a defensive struggle by both teams. We got off some good shots in the quarter but could not get many of them to fall. Travis would score to extend our lead to 24-2, but Amos would get a nice looking shot from Bailey Pankey to make it 24-4. The rest of the quarter would be back and forth with both teams struggling from the field. The half would end with us holding a 20-point lead and the mercy rule would be in effect to begin the 2nd half.
          The 3rd quarter would be the Trevor Curtis show. Trevor came out of the half once again on fire from the field. I don't think he missed but one shot all night. He had 8 points and 5 rebounds in the 3rd quarter alone. But believe me Trevor was not doing it alone. Our defense continued to make it tough for Amos to get off a good shot, despite staying behind the 3-point line due to the mercy rule. Long rebounds off of missed shots led to some easy baskets for Trevor as he sliced thru the Amos defense with ease. Near the end of the quarter, Blake would sank a free throw to extend our lead to 33-4 after three full quarters of play. 
          The 4th quarter we continued to play good defense and rotate kids in and out of the game. Amos did sank a couple of nice shots from the wing they continued to play hard despite being so far down. I felt really sorry for their kids and believe me we were not trying to embarrass them in any way! Coach Chris and I thought about telling our kids to come down and stall the ball, but thought that would look even worse than just letting them play out the game. We moved the kids all around and had our low post players playing the point and wing. Despite that we had players totally out of position, our kids continued to play well on the offensive end of the floor. Austin Curtis and Landon Daniels would hit back-to-back jumpers to extend our lead to 38-7. After a Amos basket, Isaac Montgomery would round out our scoring with a rebound and put back. The game would mercifully end with us notching the 40-9 victory and remaining un-defeated on the season.
          The win tonight keeps us in 1st place in the league standings with Dale Crampton and Milam right on our heels, both with a record of 5-1. It was a total team effort once again in the game tonight. Every player we had in the game tonight scored. We were led by Trevor's 16 points and 7 rebounds. What an awesome game he had out there tonight. Not only did he score, but he had several assists and not a turnover that I can remember. Maybe the Razorbacks could use him! Blake had a very good game in limited playing time as he scored 7 points and grabbed down 4 rebounds. Landon found his shooting touch tonight as he sank 6 points and had a single rebound. Travis had one of his best games of the season as he chipped in 4 points and had 6 boards on the night. Marcus played awesome defense and had a bucket on the night, while grabbing down 4 big rebounds. Austin played very well tonight at the point and sank a big shot to finish with 2 points and 5 boards. Isaac played great defense on Amos' best player in the second half and scored 2 points, while grabbing 3 boards in the game. Braden would round out our scoring with a single point on a free throw but he was a warrior on the glass with 6 big rebounds. Braden also continues to play awesome defense on that low block. As you can see, all the kids done some good things in the game tonight and I didn't even comment on our defense. They all played awesome on the defensive end of the floor, making it really difficult for Amos to put the ball in the hole.
          Great job once again guys. We are really starting to click on all cyclinders now and it could not come at a better time as we enter the back stretch of our schedule. We also have a very tough city tournament to look forward to and I once again reminded the kids that we cannot get the "big head" just because we have been cruising the last few weeks. Let's just keep playing hard and giving 100% and things will take care of themselves. See you guys at practice next Monday. Hope you all have a great weekend!



 


Week #6 - NFP Player of the Week - Blake Blagg-Tidwell

Our player of the week for week #6 of the season is Blake Blagg-Tidwell. Blake had a good game tonight versus Amos. He finished the game with 7 points and 4 rebounds. Blake was 3 of 4 from the field and hit 1 of 2 free throws. He had several blocked shots in the game and played really well on the defensive end of the floor. He is such a force inside the paint that teams are leary to take the ball inside against him. Blake has such a great attitude and is truly a pleasure to be around and coach. Great job tonight Blake!







NFP stays "hot" with 38-18 win over Milam!
I knew going into this one that it was going to be the toughest test we have had in some time. Milam was 5-1 going into the game and tied with Dale Crampton for 2nd place in the league standings, just one game behind us. They play very physical defense and have a couple of players that are real warriors on the glass. I warned the kids before the game that we better bring our best effort tonight or there could be an upset in the making. Our kids were up to the challenge and it showed in the final score of 38-18. The win was our 4th straight victory of 20 points or more. It now moves us to 7-0 overall.
          We opened up the 1st quarter with our swarming defense all over Milam. They struggled to get off a good shot for most of the quarter. Milam had a good game plan against our offense. They really tried to deny the ball into the post area and did a good job for it for most of the opening quarter. What they had trouble with was our guard play and ability to run the floor. Trevor Curtis sliced through their defense for 6 points in the 1st quarter alone. Mid-way through the quarter, Dylan Bryant made a nice play on a fast break to give us an 8-2 lead. After a Milam free throw, Blake Blagg-Tidwell and Marcus Matthew both would score inside to build our lead to 12-3 by the end of the quarter.
          In the 2nd quarter we kept the defensive pressure on. Milam continued to struggle to get the ball inside while we continued to run the floor and extend our lead. Landon Daniels made a great play on a fast break to build our lead to 14-3. After a Milam basket from Bethany Doty, Isaac Montgomery would make a nice move inside and just like that our lead was 11, at 16-5. After a Milam free throw, Isaac would score on a nice pass from Trevor and Landon would hit a free throw to extend our lead to 19-6 by the half.
          I urged the kids at the half to not let up. I knew Milam would make a run at some point in the second half and they did just that. They opened the 3rd quarter hitting a couple of nice shots from the wing, including a 3-pointer from Bret Pinter and suddenly it was a game again at 21-14. Trevor then answered with a 3-pointer of his own, as he got a nice screen from Landon and our lead was back to 10 again. Milam would never get much closer the rest of the night. The rest of the quarter would see both teams trade a few turnovers and we scored another basket, as our lead remained comfortable at 26-14 by the end of the 3rd.
          The final 6 minutes would see us pull away midway through the quarter, as Milam seemed to tire a bit on defense. Blake scored a couple of baskets from offensive rebounds and our lead was suddenly 30-14. After a nice driving basket by Calvin Espinoza for Milam, Travis Shelly sank a short jumper for us to make it a 32-16 game with 3 minutes left. The rest of the quarter saw both teams sub a bunch and we would coast the final few minutes to a 38-18 win. This was a nice test for our kids. We played against a pretty tough defensive team and was still able to put 38 points on the scoreboard tonight. Our offense was not perfect but it was pretty good at times. We worked the ball inside and when the defense would collapse, we would kick it back out for easy shots. All in all it was another good effort by our kids.
          We were led tonight by an awesome performance by Trevor Curtis. Milam had no answer for him the entire night. Trevor showed why he is one of the best players in our league again tonight. When we were struggling a bit on offense, Trevor was always there to either come up with a big shot or rebound. He finished the game with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Blake Blagg-Tidwell also had a really good game for us tonight. He really dominated in the final quarter and finished with 9 points and 9 boards. Isaac Montgomery showed those flashes of taking the ball to the hole, like we have been seeing in practice lately. He finished the game with 6 points and 2 boards on the night. Landon Daniels was once again awesome on defense and pressured Milam's guards into numerous turnovers on the night. He also made a couple of great plays on fast breaks and finished the game with 5 points and 3 rebounds. Despite hurting his hand early in the game, Marcus Matthew had a nice game with 4 points and 6 boards. Marcus played really good defense in the paint and limited what Milam could do in there. Dylan Bryant and Travis Shelly rounded out our scoring as they both chipped in a basket on the night. But both players did so much more than that. Both played really well defensively and both did great setting screens to free up Trevor for easy shots. Austin Curtis did not score in the game but did a lot of things well that do not show up on the stat sheet. He played good defense at the top of the key and got the ball inside to Blake for several easy baskets on the offensive end of the floor. Brady Tolbert had been fighting sickness all week and you could tell tonight. He was a step or two slow on defense but still done a lot of good things out there for us tonight. Everyone we put on the floor contributed to the win tonight. Another team effort, another team victory!
          Be ready for a busy week next week guys. Three games in 6 days to finish out our regular season schedule. We have a lot on the line in the next few games. A league championship and a #1 seed in the up-coming City Tournament is at stake next week, so lets be ready to play. See you all on Monday night @ 7:00. Have a great weekend!






Week #7 - NFP Player of the Week - Isaac Montgomery

Our player of the week for this week is Isaac Montgomery. Isaac had a good game tonight for us versus Milam. He scored 6 points and grabbed down 2 big rebounds on the night. Isaac was a big part of that 2nd quarter that would see us extend our lead to 13 by half. He played really good defense and showed off that offensive agressiveness we have been seeing in practice lately. He really made a couple of nice plays tonight as he ran the floor off of a fast break. Great game tonight Isaac! we are very proud of you!









NFP defense leads way past Regions, 36-10!
The night sure didn't start out well, but it ended pretty good. I found out a few minutes before the game that Blake was sick and would not be at the game. We made some last minute adjustments and challenged the kids to step up their play in Blake's absence. We had several kids do just that. A very balanced attack would lead us once again tonight to an easy 36-10 win. Let's see how it all went down.
          We came out in the opening quarter and looked very sloppy on the offensive end of the floor. Our defense, which has been our staple all year, was once again swarming Regions like a pack of wild dogs. Regions struggled to even get near the basket for the entire quarter. Dylan Bryant hit a couple of jump shots to give us an early 4-0 lead. After a wild shot from Regions that somehow found the basket it was suddenly 4-2. Most of the quarter was a defensive struggle by both teams. Regions actually didn't play half bad on the defensive end of the floor. But we made several mistakes that we normally don't make which allowed them to stay in the game. After a Trevor Curtis free throw, Marcus Matthew hit a lay-up off a good pass from Isaac Montgomery and the score was 7-2 at the end of the 1st quarter.
          I really challenged the 2nd quarter team to keep the defensive pressure on Regions. We came out and looked much better than we did the first 6 minutes of play. Regions opened the quarter with a long 3-pointer and suddenly the score was 7-5. That would be all the points they would score in the quarter, while we scored several baskets off offensive sets and really worked the ball to the open man well. We ran the floor really well and looked like a well oiled machine at times. Landon Daniels scored 5 points in the quarter to ignite our scoring spurt, while Braden Likens totally controlled the boards for much of the quarter. He got 5 rebounds in the quarter and scored off an offensive rebound to give us a 14-5 lead. After back-to-back buckets from the Curtis brothers, the lead was 13 at 18-5 by the end of the quarter.
          The 3rd quarter would see us play really well on both ends of the floor. We once again scored several baskets from set plays and totally controlled the boards the entire quarter. Regions did not have an answer for our fast breaks either, as we were beating them down the floor for much of the quarter. Landon scored a couple of baskets off of great passes from Trevor and our lead was 22-5. After inside baskets from Isaac and Marcus, the mercy rule would be in effect at 26-5. Regions would sank a jump shot to pull within 19, but that would be as close as they would get the rest of the night. Marcus would score another basket near the end of the quarter and we would hold a 28-8 lead after three full quarters of play.
          We really moved the line-up around in the final quarter and let some players play different positions but that wouldn't stop us from keeping the defensive pressure on Regions. After a basket by Braden Likens, Regions would sink a long jump shot and the score was 30-10. Marcus would score a bucket off a good pass from Austin Curtis and our lead was 22. Austin would then keep the ball on our next trip down the floor and take it in for a bucket of his own. Brady Tolbert would round out our scoring as he sank a short jumper with less than a minute to play. The rest of the quarter would be an exchange of turnovers and the buzzer would sound with us notching the 36-10 victory.
          It was good to see the kids really step up the final three quarters of the game. That 1st quarter was very sluggish and I know they weren't happy with the way we played those first 6 minutes. They really stepped up the final three quarters and that led the way to the easy win. We once again had another balanced scoring effort from our team. We continue to play very un-selfish and pass the ball better than any team I've ever had. This group is truly a team!
          We were led in scoring by Landon Daniels 9 points and 6 rebounds. Landon had one of his best offensive games of the year tonight and was once again all over the floor on defense. Marcus Matthew really stepped up in Blake's absence and chipped in 8 points and 6 boards. Braden Likens was a warrior on the boards as he grabbed down 9 big rebounds, while scoring 4 points on the night. Braden, along with Marcus had several steals on the night that lead to fast break opportunities on the other end of the floor. Dylan Bryant chipped in 4 points, while grabbing 3 rebounds in the game. Dylan also played some point guard tonight and did a good job there. Austin Curtis also played a lot at point tonight and did a great job of getting the ball to the open man. Austin also chipped in 4 points and grabbed 3 boards in the game tonight. Trevor Curtis played numerous roles for our team tonight. He played point guard, center and on the wing at different times in the game. He did a nice job of running the break and had numerous assists in the game. Trevor also knocked down 3 points and had 5 boards in the game. Isaac Montgomery did a nice job on the boards as he finished with 7 rebounds, while scoring 2 points in the game. Brady Tolbert started out slow but got his game going, especially on the defensive end of the floor. He got his hand on several loose balls and caused numerous turnovers on the night. Brady also scored 2 points and hustled his way to 5 big rebounds. Travis Shelly did not score but was able to grab a couple of boards and played really well on the defensive end of the floor.
          After that sluggish opening quarter, I was very happy with our play tonight. We don't get a lot of time to enjoy this win as we turn right around and play a pretty good J. Pauley Toyota tomorrow at 5:30. J. Pauley is tied for 3rd place in the league with a 6-3 record, so it will be a good test for our team. See you all there at 5:00.



  


NFP clinches League Title with 30-22 win!
trophy

You know the Razorbacks had a basketball coach that used to say, "A bumpy ride is better than a smooth walk anyday." While we have had a season full of smooth walks, tonight was more of a bumpy ride. We faced a much improved J. Pauley Toyota team that came into this game on a 4 game win streak and playing as good as any team in the league. Not sure that everyone knows this but this J. Pauley team had their coach walk out on them a few weeks ago during a game because he got mad at the officials. He quit the team and a couple of staff members from the Boys/Girls Club took over the team. JP Sonnier and Nick Durham have done a great job with the team since their coach quit them and I would like to congratulate them on a job well done. Both guys are a tribute to what the Boys & Girls Club stand for and I hope their parents on the team appreciate the way they have taken over this group of kids and made it fun for the kids again.
          OK, enough of my soap box and back to tonight's game. We fought tooth and nail much of the game and wasn't able to pull away until late in the 4th quarter for the 30-22 win. The win clinches the league championship and assures us a #1 seed in the up-coming city tournament.
          The opening quarter started out much like our other games. We dominated inside and jumped to an 8-2 lead behind 6 points from Blake Blagg-Tidwell. Blake also had 7 rebounds in the opening quarter alone as we totally controlled the paint. Trevor Curtis would round out our scoring in the quarter with a jump shot from the wing. J. Pauley got off a lot of shots in the quarter but could not get but one to fall. Our defense came out and looked a step slow tonight, which allowed them so many open looks at the basket. I'm not sure if we were tired from playing two nights in a row or what, but we weren't the same on defense tonight. We did a lot of reaching instead of moving our feet, that's usually a sure sign of fatigue.
          The 2nd quarter I really thought we might put them away but just the opposite happened. J. Pauley came out and could not miss for much of the quarter. They were sinking those 15-foot baseline shots most trips down the floor. Once again our defense did not do a good job of getting out in their face and allowed them too many easy looks at the basket. Isaac Montgomery kept us in the game with a couple of big baskets in the quarter and Austin Curtis did a good job of taking care of the ball. After a jump shot from Brady Tolbert, the score would be tied at 14. Austin Curtis would sink another jumper on the next trip down the floor and we went into half-time with a 16-14 lead.
          The 3rd quarter saw both teams really get after the other on defense. We finally started really getting in their face and made it tough for J. Pauley to get off good shots. J. Pauley took a 20-16 lead and it wasn't looking good. Trevor then really took over the next couple of minutes and sank a jump shot and free throw to pull us within 20-19 by the end of the 3rd.
          I knew going into the final quarter that J. Pauley looked a little tired and we actually looked to be getting our second wind. I told the kids to really attack and run the fast break at every opportunity. We changed up a couple of things we were doing on offense and at times tricked J. Pauley into thinking we were running one play when actually we weren't. That led to some wide open short jump shots from the wing. Austin Curtis and Dylan Bryant took advantage of those open looks and scored 7 points in the quarter between them. We ran the fast break for a couple of baskets and started to pull away a bit mid-way through the quarter. J. Pauley had no legs left and could not get their shots to fall in the quarter. Most of their shots were short, which showed how tired some of their kids were. We outscored them 11-2 in the quarter and pulled away late for the 30-22 win. Our kids really showed a lot of heart fighting back from a 20-16 decifit to outscore J. Pauley 14-2 the final 8 minutes of the game.
          Despite giving our parents a scare a bit, this game was actually good for us. We had won our last 6 games by 20 points or more and I was hoping we would have a tough test before entering the city tournament. We got that tonight from a good J. Pauley team. Congrats to their kids for playing hard and giving us all we wanted out there tonight. It was one of the better games this year at Goldtrap.
          We were led in scoring tonight by Blake's 8 points and 13 rebounds. Blake totally controlled the game at times out there tonight. Trevor had another good game as he chipped in 7 points and 8 boards. Seemed like every time we needed a big basket Trevor was there. Austin was not going to let his brother steal the show out there, as he came in and was huge for us in the final quarter. He got his hand on several loose balls and played really tough defense. Austin finished the game with 5 points and 5 boards on the night. Isaac knocked down 2 big baskets in that 2nd quarter and finished the game with 4 points and 2 rebounds. Dylan also came up huge for us in the final quarter and made some big time plays out there. He finished with 4 points and 4 rebounds in the game. Dylan made so many plays and does the little things so well. He and Austin was my MVP's in this one. Brady finished the game with 2 points but a big two points it was. We needed a big bucket in that 2nd quarter and Brady hit it for us. Several players did not score in the game but done a lot to contribute to this win. Landon's shots weren't falling tonight but his defense was tough as usual. Braden and Travis also played really tough on the defensive end of the floor and helped us keep the pressure on J. Pauley. Marcus did not score but grabbed down an incredible 10 rebounds and played really good defense in the game. Once again it was a team effort in this one. 
          Next up, this team will try and accomplish something that is not done very often in the Pee Wee league at Goldtrap. A win Saturday would give us a perfect 10-0 season and cap off what has been one of the most dominating runs through the league that I have seen in my years of coaching at the club. Lets keep the momentum going on Saturday guys and make it a perfect 10-0. See you all there at 3:00 on Saturday.



 



NFP completes perfect league season at 10-0!
1st medal
Well, what else can I say about this team that I haven't already said? They came out again today and gave a great effort in totally dominating another opponent. Once again, our defense made it very tough for Army Surplus to get off any kind of good shots at the basket. Offensively, we were pretty good today. We made some really good passes and this team continues to be so unselfish with the basketball.
          The opening tip of the game went to Marcus Matthew and he took it all the way to the hole for an easy lay-up and just like that we had a 2-0 lead. We never looked back from that point. Trevor Curtis sank a basket on our next trip down the floor and his brother Austin did the same. After another basket from Marcus off a great feed from Blake, our lead was 8-0. Dylan Bryant sank a couple of free throws before the end of the quarter and suddenly we held a 10-0 lead after the first 6 minutes of play. Army Surplus never really got close to making a basket the entire quarter as our defense was really swarming them.
            The 2nd quarter was much of the same for Army Surplus. We continued to swarm on defense and they continued to struggle to score. Offensively, Brady Tolbert was on fire for us in the 2nd quarter. Brady hustled his way to an offensive rebound and put the ball back in for a 12-2 lead. After a basket by Army, Brady struck again with another good looking shot from the wing and it was 14-2. Isaac Montgomery got the ball off of a set play on our next trip down the floor and he converted his first basket of the game. After an Army basket, Trevor would sink a 15-foot jump shot from the baseline and this one was a blow-out at 18-4. Brady would convert a couple of free throws before the end of the quarter and the score would be 20-4 at the half.
          The 2nd half would see us coast our way to the easy victory. While Army made a couple of back-to-back three-pointers, it wasn't enough to cut into our lead much. They could not stop us on offense. We stopped ourselves several times by missing easy lay-ups under the basket. After the smoke had cleared we had notched our 10th victory of the season with the 36-12 win. Once again, great defense and teamwork was the key to this win. Our kids continue to find the open man on offense and continue to play that swarming defense that we love to play.
          The win completes a perfect 10-0 run through the league schedule. It was the most dominating run I have seen in the league at Goldtrap since I have been coaching. We won 7 of our 10 games by at least 20 points, so it was pretty obvious who the best team at Goldtrap was this season. We are 19-1 the past two seasons in the league, winning back-to-back league titles. We have now won 16 league games in a row. Our last loss in the league came clear back on January 10, 2006. I would say we have pretty much dominated over these last two season at Goldtrap. Great job to our players! They deserve all the credit.
          We once again had balanced scoring in the game today. Isaac Montgomery led the way with 8 points and 6 boards. Isaac has really started to step up his game at the right time of the season. Marcus Matthew chipped in 6 points and grabbed down 7 big rebounds in the game. Trevor Curtis played his usual solid game as he finished with 6 points and 4 rebounds. Trevor played the point guard position perfectly again today. We will need even more of that this week in the city tournament. Brady Tolbert had his best game of the season as he finished with 6 points and a couple of boards. Austin Curtis and Landon Daniels both chipped in 4 points in the game and both played very well at the point today. Dylan Bryant also played some at the point and did a good job there. He also finished with 2 points and a couple of rebounds in the game. Our big man, Blake Blagg-Tidwell did not score in the game but set up his teammates with some great passes. He did manage to grab down a team-high 7 rebounds in the game and played great defense. Braden Likens finished with 5 boards in the game and made some really good plays on the defensive end of the floor. Just like all season long, this one was another team effort. There are no "I's" on this team and that's what makes them so fun to coach.
          Great league season guys, but now let's step it up even more in the city tournament. I say we take Stephens Boys/Girls club by surprise and go over there in their own backyard and win the whole thing. We've got the team to do it and if we continue to play tough defense and take care of the ball we have a really good chance. Our first game in the tourney will be on Thursday - February 2nd @ 5:30. See you all then! Go NFP!!!!!



 


NFP Players of the Week - Brady Tolbert & Austin Curtis!
Our players of the week for the final week of the regular season is Brady Tolbert and Austin Curtis. Both players had a very good week and both deserve to be named our players of the week.

Austin finished the week scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 boards. But what was more impressive than that was his play at the point guard position and his play on the defensive end of the floor. He caused numerous with his hustle on defense this week. Awesome job this week Austin. Keep up the good work!

Brady finished the week scoring 10 points and grabbing down 9 big rebounds in our three games this week. He had his best game of the season today versus Army Surplus. Brady continues to play great at the defensive end of the floor and his offense has really improved our last few games. Great job Brady!


Goldtrap Pee Wee Basketball Scores & Standings
Week #1
Dale Crampton - 25                      Arvest Bank - 15
Western Sizzlin - 29                    Amos Indians - 7
National Family - 32                     Army Surplus - 18
Eastside Animal - 21                     Regions Bank - 8
Milam Business - 22                     J. Pauley Toyota - 18

Week #2
National Family - 23                     Western Sizzlin - 21
Dale Crampton - 26                       Amos Indians - 8
Eastside Animal - 14                     Arvest Bank - 12
Milam Business - 19                      Army Surplus - 17
J. Pauley Toyota - 28                   Regions Bank - 8

Week #3
National Family - 31                    Dale Crampton - 14
Milam Business - 18                     Western Sizzlin - 16
Amos Indians - 27                       Eastside Animal - 22
Arvest Bank - 10                          Regions Bank - 8
J. Pauley Toyota - 13                   Army Surplus - 6

Week #4
Dale Crampton - 19                       Milam Business - 16
Arvest Bank - 27                          Amos Indians - 21
Western Sizzlin - 28                    J. Pauley Toyota - 20
Army Surplus - 25                        Regions Bank - 14
National Family - 35                     Eastside Animal - 15

Week #5
Western Sizzlin - 28                    Army Surplus - 8
Milam Business - 32                     Eastside Animal - 17
Dale Crampton - 19                      J. Pauley Toyota - 16
National Family - 24                    Arvest Bank - 4
Amos Indians - 20                       Regions Bank - 16

Week #6
J. Pauley Toyota - 21                   Eastside Animal - 14
Milam Business - 26                     Arvest Bank - 13
Dale Crampton - 34                      Army Surplus - 23
National Family - 40                    Amos Indians - 9
Western Sizzlin - 26                    Regions Bank - 15  

Week #7
Army Surplus - 25                         Eastside Animal - 10 
Dale Crampton - 30                       Western Sizzlin - 29
J. Pauley Toyota - 21                    Arvest Bank - 8
Milam Business vs Amos Indians - Cancelled snow 
National Family vs Regions Bank - Cancelled snow

Week #8
Dale Crampton - 23                       Arvest Bank - 16
J. Pauley Toyota - 18                    Amos Indians - 16
Army Surplus - 19                         Arvest Bank - 18
Dale Crampton - 33                       Regions Bank - 13
Western Sizzlin - 37                     Eastside Animal - 21
National Family - 38                      Milam Business - 18

Week #9
J. Pauley Toyota - 25                    Milam Business - 22
Western Sizzlin - 31                      Amos Indians - 14  
Milam Business - 26                       Amos Indians - 13
National Family - 36                      Regions Bank - 10  
National Family - 30                      J. Pauley Toyota - 22                          
 Dale Crampton - 27                       Eastside Animal - 8
Army Surplus - 21                          Amos Indians - 18
Milam Business - 27                       Regions Bank - 16
Western Sizzlin - 33                      Arvest Bank - 18
National Family - 36                      Army Surplus - 12
Regions Bank - 23                         Eastside Animal - 19        



Goldtrap Pee Wee Standings
National Family                     10-0
Dale Crampton                        9-1
Milam Business                        7-3
Western Sizzlin                      7-3
J. Pauley Toyota                     6-4
Army Surplus                          4-6
Arvest Bank                            2-8
Amos Indians                          2-8
Eastside Animal                      2-8
Regions Bank                          1-9





NFP plays like Champions, falls a bit short to Gerber, 32-27
Crying
Well, this one sure was a tough one to swallow, I will say that right off. I felt we had the better team, but seemed to tire in the final quarter, which allowed Gerber to pull away for the hard fought victory. There's no doubt that Gerber thought they would blow us out of the water. Over the last few years, the #4 seed from Stephens has been matched up with the #1 seed from Goldtrap in the tourney and none of the games have been close. Each one has been won very easily by the Stephens team, but this would be different. We battled them the entire way and our kids refused to back down one bit. Gerber was lucky to get the win and their coaches knew it. They commented on how well we passed the ball and how well the kids ran our back screens on offense. As you could see they had a tough time stopping it for most of the game.
          This one was also tough to swallow because I found out a few days before the game that Gerber was allowed to add a player to their team two weeks ago and it should have never been approved by the Boys/Girls club. Just so happen the player that they added turned out to be their big man in the middle, which scored most of their points in the game. Without him, they went 1-6 in their league, but since he joined the team they have not lost a game. I could go into further details of how fishy this addition was, but I will not. I tell my kids at home that a good rule to live by is, "You should always do the right thing, even when no one's looking." Maybe someone needs to tell these Gerber coaches this!      
          The 1st quarter was back and forth the entire way with both teams playing really tough defense. We hit several big baskets, while Gerber pounded the ball inside to their big man for some points in the paint. Trevor, Dylan, Blake and Braden all scored in the quarter, while playing good defense. A big key was stopping their penetration into our zone and not letting them beat us down the floor for easy baskets. After the first 6 minutes of play, we were all tied at 8 and Gerber knew they had a game on their hands.
          The 2nd quarter was much like the first. Both teams played extremely hard on the defensive end of the floor and both traded baskets on the offensive end. It was back and forth the entire quarter. We would take a small lead and they would tie it up on their next trip down the floor. We took a small 16-15 lead as Trevor Curtis hit a free throw at the end of the half and we were in a ball game. Gerber's coach looked down at me at the end of the 2nd quarter with a look of worry on his face. That is something you hardly ever see from them during a game versus a Goldtrap or Evans team.
          The 3rd quarter we were able to take a 20-17 lead and looked to have Gerber on the ropes a bit but a couple of turnovers would let them right back in the game. They took a 25-21 lead before we scored the final 4 points in the quarter and just like that we were all tied at 25 after three full quarters of play. Trevor really stepped up for us in the quarter, as he scored 5 of his team-high 10 points in the 3rd quarter.
          Because of Gerber's size we weren't able to sub as much as I would have liked. We had to keep our biggest line-up on the floor for the entire 2nd half to just keep up on the glass. Even with our big line-up out there, they were out-rebounding us a little. But our kids continued to battle and never backed down one bit. I thought mid-way through the 4th quarter we started showing a little fatigue. Our kids were not used to playing that many minutes. We have been blowing so many teams out this season, that we have played all our kids a lot of minutes. Gerber's coach told me they usually only go about 6 or 7 players deep in the 2nd half, so their kids were used to playing that many minutes. During a time-out I really challenged the kids to keep playing hard and fight through the fatigue, but that's easier said than done. We knew we were in the bonus and I told the kids to attack on offense and try and draw some fouls and get to the free throw line. We did that a few times, but missed some key free throws. We got a bit sloppy late in the quarter and had a few silly turnovers that led to a couple of easy baskets for Gerber. Our kids kept fighting but Gerber pulled away in the end of the 32-27 victory.
          After the game our kids were very emotional. I couldn't hardly stand to see them so upset. They knew they had played their hearts out and I could not have been prouder of them! They played what may now be the best team in the tourney and never backed down any. A break here or there and a few more made free throws and this one could have been different. But it's like I told the kids after the game. What happened in this game does not take away from what we accomplished this season. We had an awesome season and are still league champs at Goldtrap and nothing can change that. They should be very proud of their season and hold their heads high after this one!
          Great job again guys! You are truly a special group and I look forward to seeing you all at our team party. We will be in touch with what day and time we will have our party.





Thank you players and parents!
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I just wanted to say thank you to our players and parents for a wonderful season. The kids had a great time, learned a lot and along the way we won a lot of games and another league championship. We are a combined 19-1 in the league over the last two years and all the credit goes to our great group of players. You guys sure made it a season to remember for your coaches! If any of the parents that took pictures last night wouldn't mind, please e-mail me a copy of the ones taken with me and the players. My e-mail is  Coachjy@cox.net. Thanks again and look forward to seeing all of you around the club. Have a great summer!

                                                                                                Coach Johnny





Sertoma wins City Championship!
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Sertoma defeated Carman Trucking 29-27 in the Pee Wee City Championship on Saturday. Sertoma scored the first four points of the game and never looked back. They led the entire game by 6-8 points. Carman hit a couple of late 3-pointers in the final seconds to make the final score a little closer than the game actually was. Congrats to Sertoma! Maybe next year it will be NFP!