Sizz Basketball: 2008 Season

NFP re-loads in 2007-08 Pee Wee Draft
We go into this 2007-08 season riding a 16-game win streak in the league. Our last loss in the league came way back on January 10, 2006. I would say we have pretty much dominated the Pee Wee league over the last two seasons at Goldtrap. We are 19-1 the past two seasons in the league, winning back-to-back league titles and will be looking for a 3rd league title in a row this season. It took some really great kids to make all that possible and many of those are now gone off this team. We do return three very good players from last year’s squad, who were labeled by many as the best team to come through Goldtrap in 10 years.  Players back from last year’s team include Dylan Bryant, Brady Tolbert and Austin Curtis. All three of those kids played big roles on last years team and will be counted on even more this season. We were able to get them plenty of help in the Pee Wee draft this week. We probably have more guards on this team than I have ever had. We are not going to be very big, but we do have a lot of skill players. We will look to really get a lot of points off our defense, which we will work on a ton in practice. I can see times this season where we may have five guards on the floor at once. There was not a lot of size in the draft and what little there was, I didn’t get a chance to grab it up. But despite our lack of size, I thought we once again had a very good draft and look for it to be another fun season. Look forward to seeing all of you at practice.

 

 

 


NFP "Mad Dog" defense way too much for Army Surplus!

       From the very first practice, we have tried to stress to the kids that we will only go as far as our defense will take us this season. Since then the kids have nicknamed our defense, "Mad Dog." Well tonight, Army Surplus must have felt like they were surrounded by "Mad Dogs" all night. Our defense pressured them into turnovers most trips down the floor and when they were able to get off a shot, it was with 2 or 3 players in their face. Despite the game being very sloppy at times, I was very proud of how hard the kids played tonight. Everyone that went into the game, gave the kind of effort that we are looking for.

       The 1st quarter would see our defense smoother the Army guards, which led to several fast break baskets by Cooper Johnson and Brady Tolbert. Dylan Bryant got into the act by sinking a couple of jump shots from the wing and suddenly we had built a 10-2 lead by the end of the quarter. Brandon Yutterman and Andy Davis did a good job grabbing several rebounds in the quarter.

       The 2nd quarter we really tried to get the ball inside to Cole Vaughn and Thomas Graham. We wanted to work on a couple of plays that we had been practicing on, but as I saw tonight, we may still need to work on them. Our defense continued to keep the pressure on and Cole was able to break free for a couple of easy baskets in the quarter. Thomas Graham and Colton Schaberg both sank short jumpers to extend our lead to 18-2 by the half.

        The final two quarters would see us keep the defensive pressure on despite being forced to stay behind the 3-point line due to the Boys & Girls Club "Mercy Rule." The rule states that when a team is ahead by more than 20 points, they must stay behind the 3-point line on defense, so we did. Army still struggled to get off descent shots as we continued to swarm them. I was very proud of the hustle I saw from Justin Wilson, who was all over the floor out there at times. I have really been challenging Justin in practice to step up and play hard all the time. He did that tonight and so did his other teammates. After the smoke had cleared in this one, we had secured a 35-4 win to move to 1-0 on the young season. Things will get much tougher next week as we play a good Western Sizzlin team.   

       We were led in scoring tonight by Cooper Johnson and Dylan Bryant. Both players chipped in 8 points, while Cooper snagged down 8 big rebounds and Dylan had 4. Brady Tolbert added 6 points and had three boards on the night, while being all over the floor on defense. Every loose ball, Brady was there. Cole Vaughn had a good first game with 6 points and 5 rebounds on the night. Colton Schaberg sank a couple of nice jumpers to finish with 4 points on the night. Thomas Graham played a good game, finishing with 2 points and 5 big rebounds on the night. Brandon Yutterman did not score in the game, but led us on the boards with 8 rebounds. Brandon also played good defense in the paint for us. Andy Davis and Justin Wilson did not score in the game but really hustled on defense and put out great effort. I was proud of all the kids tonight and look forward to practice next Monday night. We have a lot to work on, but tonight was a good game to get those first game jitters out. We will return to action next Tuesday night @ 5:30 versus Western Sizzlin. See you all at practice on Monday night.

 



NFP Week 1 - Player of the Week - Dylan Bryant

Our player of the week for week 1 of the season is Dylan Bryant. Dylan had a good game tonight versus Army Surplus. He finished the game with 8 points and 4 rebounds. Dylan does so many things that don't show up on the stat sheet. He is our best screener on offense and it is an automatic 2 points when he gets the ball around the basket. You can tell that he really works on his game at home. Dylan also played really tough on the defensive end and did a good job at point guard while playing there. Great game tonight Dylan. We are very proud of you!

 

 



NFP uses late run to pull away from Western Sizzlin!

Going into this game I knew we were going to be the much smaller team, so I told the kids before the game that we must win this one with our defense. It will be much of the same story all year long. This team will only go as far as our defense takes us. We came out in this one very sluggish. We really never seemed to get into a rhythm the entire 1st half. The kids were hustling on defense, but some were out of position and gave Western Sizzlin some easy shots at the basket. Fortunately for us, they couldn’t buy a basket and the 1st quarter was pretty ugly. We were able to score a few fast break baskets off our defense to build a small 8-4 lead by the end of the quarter. Dylan Bryant led us with 4 points in the quarter, while Cooper Johnson and Brady Tolbert each added a basket of their own.         

The 2nd quarter would be much like the 1st. Both teams struggled to get much going on offense and turnovers ruled the quarter. Our only basket of the quarter came from a 15-foot jumper by Austin Curtis shot to give us a 10-7 lead at the half. Thomas Graham ruled the boards in the quarter, pulling down 6 boards by himself against a much bigger Western Sizzlin front line.         

At the half we made a few small adjustments on defense which we knew would make it tougher for Western Sizzlin to get the ball to their wing guys. I told Brady to contain the point guard and for Cooper and Dylan to sag back some on those wing players and deny any passes to them. We did that to perfection for most of the 2nd half and Western Sizzlin had no answer. Our constant defensive pressure began to wear them down and that’s when we begin to pull away. Western Sizzlin scored a basket with 7 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter to make the score 10-9. That would be their final basket of the game, as we held them scoreless the final 17 minutes of this one. It was very impressive to watch our defense take them apart the final quarter and a half of the game. We caused all sorts of turnovers and converted many of those into fast break baskets on the other end of the floor. Brady Tolbert and Austin Curtis did a tremendous job of defense on their point guard and Cooper Johnson and Dylan Bryant shut off their wing players. Cole Vaughn and Brandon Yutterman did a great job of interior defense and Western Sizzlin had no where to turn. Everyone we put in the game really hustled on defense and we clawed and scratched our way to a 28-9 victory in this one.         

We were led in scoring by Cooper and Dylan, who both chipped in 8 points on the night. Cooper also had 7 big rebounds, which was a big lift for us. Brady added 6 points while grabbing down 8 rebounds himself. Austin played very well while scoring 4 points and grabbing down a couple of big rebounds. Brandon rounded out our scoring getting his first basket of the season, while grabbing down 3 boards. Thomas was a monster on the glass, as he had a team-high 12 huge rebounds and really was a key to this victory. Because of our effort on the boards, we did not let Western Sizzlin get a lot of second chance shots and this was a big difference in this game. Cole played great defense and pulled down 4 rebounds on the night. He and Brandon really down a good job shutting some of the bigger Western Sizzlin players down tonight. Colton, Justin and Andy continue to be like little knats on the floor on defense. Each one of these players are giving us the kind of effort we are looking for and all three will see more and more playing time as the season goes on.          

Great job tonight guys to overcome a sluggish 1st half and pull this one out. The win tonight moves our win streak in the league to 18 games in a row. We will return to action next Tuesday night – December 18th @  5:30 versus a very scrappy Dale Crampton team. Better come ready to play because this will be another big challenge for us. See you all at practice on Monday night.

 



NFP Week 2 - Player of the Week - Thomas Graham

Our week 2 player of the week is Thomas Graham. Thomas had a really good game against Western Sizzlin tonight. He grabbed down a team-high 12 rebounds and played really good on the defensive end. I knew going into the season, that our team was going to be maybe the smallest in the league and I had to put someone down in that low block area that would fight for rebounds and not back down from anyone. Well, Thomas is that guy. I know Thomas from baseball and you won't find a kid with a bigger heart and more of a competitor than Thomas. Awesome job this week Thomas and keep up the good work. We are proud of you!

 



NFP defense dominates Dale Crampton, 32-8!

Going into this game I was a little worried because I had not seen Dale Crampton play. I knew they had a couple of good guards in Tyson Mahoney and Randy Rainwater, but just did not get a chance to see them in action. Our offense is almost totally dependant on our defense, so a team with good guards worries me. As it turns out, I worried for nothing. We smothered Dale Crampton the entire night and forced them into more turnovers than one could count. When they did manage to get a shot off, it was usually a “hail-marry” from beyond the 3-point line. Everyone that we put in the game, played that “mad dog” defense that we love to play. I was so very proud of our effort in this game. I saw kids diving on the floor and hustling all over the court all night. In the end we would remain un-defeated with a 32-8 drumming of Dale Crampton.           

          The opening quarter, Dale Crampton must have felt like they had been hit by a train. Our defense would not let them have one second of rest. It was a struggle for them to even get the ball near the 3-point line. Most possessions we forced turnovers with their first pass to the wing. Cooper Johnson had several steals that led to fast break lay-ups for Dylan Bryant and Brady Tolbert. Our kids run the floor so well after a steal and we get a lot of easy baskets that way. Dylan had his best quarter of the season as he scored 6 points and had 5 rebounds in the 1st quarter alone. Brady chipped in 4 points of his own and Brandon Yutterman made a nice move around the basket to score a bucket. Brandon also played his best quarter of the year on defense. He was matched up against a kid much bigger than him, but Brandon did not back down at all and picked off several passes in the opening quarter. Andy Davis, which continues to improve each and every week, played an awesome quarter on defense. He was all over his man and did not even let him catch the ball most trips down the floor. After one quarter of play, we held a 12-0 lead and the 2nd quarter would not get any better for Dale Crampton.           

          Our defense did not let up in the 2nd quarter. We put in even quicker guys and I kinda felt sorry for Dale Crampton as they must have felt like we had 10 guys on the court. Austin Curtis made a couple of really nice drives to the hole, scoring 4 points in the quarter, while playing great at the top of our defense. Thomas Graham totally controlled the boards in the quarter, grabbing down 7 rebounds in the 2nd quarter alone. He also hit a nice baseline jumper to extend our lead to 18-0. Cole Vaughn played good interior defense and really battled on the boards with his partner Thomas. Cole grabbed down 4 boards in the quarter and chipped in a basket to make the score 20-2 at the half. Justin Wilson and Colton Schaberg did not score in the quarter, but played tough on the defensive end of the floor and each grabbed down a couple of rebounds.

          The 3rd and 4th quarters we continued to play tough defense, while staying behind the 3-point line on defense for almost the entire second half. Dale Crampton did manage to pull within 24-8 by the end of the 3rd quarter, but that would be as close as they would get in this one. We held them scoreless the last 10 minutes of the game and coasted our way to the 32-8 victory. I was so glad to see Andy Davis get his first basket of the game in the final seconds. The other players on the team wanted to get Andy a basket and have been trying to get him the ball on that low block. Andy received a nice assist from Dylan and sank the short jumper at the buzzer. Great job to all our kids in this one. It was once again truly a team effort. We had 8 players score in the game and everyone that played did some good things out there tonight.       

          To give you an example of how good our defense has been so far this season. Last year through three games we gave up 53 points, which is 17.6 points a game. This year through three games, we have only given up 22 points, which is an incredible 7.3 points a game. Keep that up guys and it may be another un-defeated season for NFP!

          We were led in scoring tonight by Dylan Bryant’s 8 points to go along with 8 big rebounds. Dylan has truly become on of our leaders on this team and does so many things that most people don’t even notice out there. But I can assure you I notice the little things he does and what a great player he has become. Another big time leader for this team is Austin Curtis. He continues to play well and lead by example. He had 6 big points tonight and a ton of steals. Brady Tolbert played his usual 150% effort game with 6 points, 4 rebounds and forced a bunch of turnovers with his incredible hustle all over the court. Brandon Yutterman continues to get better each and every game and had his best one yet tonight. Brandon finished with 4 points and 6 boards, while playing good defense all night. Brandon gave good effort all night and that’s what we are looking for out of him. Go hard the entire time you’re on the court and it will earn you more and more playing time. Brandon did that tonight and I was so proud of his effort! Thomas Graham played another good game and finished with 2 points and 7 rebounds. Thomas is yet another player that doesn’t know the meaning of the word slow down. He gives everything he has the entire time he is on the court and I love players like him. We have a bunch of those and another one is Cole Vaughn. Cole finished the game with 2 points and 8 rebounds. Cole also did a lot of other things well tonight. He played tough defense and would not let Dale Crampton get the ball inside against him, despite playing against taller players all night. Great job Cole! Cooper Johnson and Andy Davis rounded out our scoring as they both chipped in 2 points in the game. But that’s not all they did tonight. Andy played good defense and continues to improve. Cooper did a good job handling the ball and played very tough defense. Cooper had a bunch of steals and had several assists in the game. Our only two players not to score were Justin Wilson and Colton Schaberg, but both players played good games. Justin had 3 rebounds and was all over the floor on defense. He is another player that is getting better each and every game. Colton played good defense and hustled the entire time he was on the court. Great job to all our players and hope you all have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas. We will see you all on the 27th at practice.  

 



NFP Week 3 - Player of the Week - Brandon Yutterman
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Our player of the week for this week is Brandon Yutterman. Brandon is a player that has improved each and every practice and game. He had a good game tonight versus Dale Crampton. Brandon finished the game with 4 points and 6 rebounds, but more important than that was his play on the defensive end of the floor. He told me before the game, not to worry about him guarding that "tall guy" from Dale Crampton, that he could handle it. Boy, was he right. Brandon shut down any inside game that they tried to get going. He had several steals in the game that led to easy baskets for us on the other end of the floor. Great game tonight Brandon and keep up the hard work! We are very proud of you!

 



NFP remains undefeated with 44-17 thumping of Preferred!

Despite a slow start in the opening few minutes of this game, we were able to turn it on the final three quarters to notch another blowout win, 44-17. We draw closer and closer to a big time showdown with the so-called best team in the league, Amos Indians, on January 24th. This one was another impressive performance from our kids. We made a pretty good Preferred Office team look very bad for much of the game.           The opening quarter our defense came out all over the floor as usual. The problem was we were getting fast break lay-ups on most trips down the floor but missed several of them. We probably missed 8-10 very easy shots in the opening quarter, but would make up for that later in the game. Despite missing some easy shots, we still held an 11-0 lead after the 1st quarter of play. Dylan Bryant had a good opening quarter with 6 points, while Cooper Johnson added 3 points and 4 rebounds.           

The 2nd quarter I know Preferred was hoping our defense would let up a bit, but they were wrong. Our 2nd quarter team played their best quarter of the year and smothered Preferred into a ton of turnovers and bad shots. On the offensive end of the floor, it was the Cole Vaughn show. Cole killed Preferred inside with drives to the hole, converting them into points. Cole scored 10 points in the 2nd quarter alone. Austin Curtis did another great job of running the offense and getting the ball to Cole when he was open. The entire 2nd quarter team played great defense and by the half we had extended our lead to 23-2. Justin Wilson, Thomas Graham and Colton Schaberg were all over the Preferred players on the defensive end of the floor, helping us build an even bigger lead than we had before.           

I was impressed with the adjustments the Preferred coaches made at half-time. They came out in the 3rd quarter and did a much better job of handling our pressure. They hurt us on the inside with some easy baskets and offensive rebounds. They had a big player inside that we had trouble with but we maintained a 20+ point lead the entire 3rd period. Dylan and Cooper combined for 8 points in the quarter mostly of fast break lay-ups. After three full quarters of play we still held a very comfortable 32-15 lead.          

The final period would see us pull away even more as we kept the defensive pressure on and their guards began to wear down. Cooper and Austin burned the Preferred defense with several nice jump shots to extend our lead to 40-15 with a few minutes left in the game. We tried on several occasions to get Justin, Andy and Colton a basket but just couldn’t get it done. Thomas had a nice put back off an offensive rebound to round out our scoring in the game and this one ended with us notching a 44-17 victory. It was the first time all season that we had given up double figure points in a game. With that said, we are still holding our opponents to an average of 9.5 points per game, while we are scoring 34.5 points a game. It was another impressive defensive effort by our kids. At times our fast breaks look so pretty and then at times it didn’t look so good. We still are hurting ourselves missing easy lay-ups and we will continue to work on that in practice.          

We were led in scoring tonight by Cooper Johnson’s 13 points and 9 rebounds. Cooper also played awesome defense and made some nice passes to his teammates for easy buckets. Cole Vaughn had his best game of the year with 10 points and 3 boards, while also being all over the floor on defense. Dylan Bryant continues to be one of our leaders as he chipped in 10 points and 6 big rebounds. His defense on the wing helped shut down one of Preferred’s best players and held him to only 3 points in the game. Austin Curtis had another solid game with 6 points and 3 rebounds. Austin made some awesome moves around the basket tonight and really looked impressive on the break several times. Brady Tolbert and Thomas Graham each chipped in 2 points but done so many other things well in the game tonight. Both players had several steals that led to easy baskets for us on the other end of the floor. Brandon Yutterman rounded out our scoring with 1 point but grabbed down 7 big rebounds. Brandon was up against a much bigger player much of the night but held his own. Justin Wilson, Colton Schaberg and Andy Davis did not score in the game but played well on defense. They all have some work to do on the offensive end of the floor but the effort is there and that’s what I like. Great job to our players tonight. Another great performance by the “MAD DOG” defense!!!!! 

What I love about this team is that we have several players on this team that could be averaging a lot more points a game than they are right now, but they play as a team. Several of our players would be the best player on many of the other teams in the league. If we continue to play as a team and play with the aggressiveness that we have thru 4 games, who knows what this team could do. See you all at practice on Monday night @ 8pm. Have a great weekend!

 

 

 


NFP Week 4 - Player of the Week - Cole Vaughn
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Our player of the week this week is Cole Vaughn. Cole had his best game of the year tonight versus Preferred Office. He finished the game with 10 points and 3 rebounds. Cole was pretty much un-stoppable in that 2nd quarter tonight and Preferred had no answer for him. He helped extend an 11-0 lead to 23-2 by the half. Cole also made some good plays on defense and continues to improve every week. He has a great attitude and is a fun player to be around and coach. Great job tonight Cole. We are very proud of you!

 

 



NFP cashes in on Arvest Bank turnovers, 35-11

Well, it wasn't our best performance of the season, but we'll take it. Our defense was not quite as sharp as it had been last week, but it was more than enough to bury an over-matched Arvest Bank team. Cooper Johnson torched them in the opening quarter with several steals that led to fast break baskets and before we knew it, we had an 8-0 lead. We continued to keep the defensive pressure on and hit a few shots here and there. We did once again miss several easy lay-ups in the opening quarter, which is becoming sort of a habit that concerns me. After back-to-back baskets by Dylan Bryant and Brady Tolbert, we held a 12-2 lead by the end of the quarter.

       The 2nd quarter would see Arvest hurt us on the boards a bit and get a couple of baskets off offensive rebounds. On the other end of the floor we continued to miss some easy shots and it seemed there was a lid on the basket for a while. Austin Curtis caused several turnovers in the quarter that lead to a couple of easy baskets for him and Cole Vaughn. Thomas Graham sank a short baseline jumper to extend our lead to 22-7 by the half.

       The last couple of quarters we coasted most of the way. The "Mercy rule" went into effect mid-way thru the 3rd quarter, which allowed Arvest to sink a couple of long jumpers without us in their face. Our guards continued to get easy shots on almost every trip down the floor and this one would get ugly, as we breezed our way to the 35-11 victory.

       We were led in scoring tonight by Cooper Johnson's 10 points and 6 big rebounds. Austin Curtis also had one of his best games of the season with 7 points and 7 boards. Dylan Bryant chipped in with 6 points, but was huge on the boards, as he finished with 10 rebounds. Brady Tolbert also sank 6 points in the game and was all over the floor once again on defense. Cole Vaughn drove to the hole for a couple of easy baskets that led to his 4 points in the game and Thomas Graham rounded out our scoring with 2 points and 3 boards. Once again we had several players that did not score but played a big role in the victory with their defensive effort. Justin Wilson was fighting off some sickness in the game, but played with that agressiveness that we love to see. Colton Schaberg and Andy Davis also gave us good effort on the defensive end of the floor. Brandon Yutterman did not score in the game but played good defense in the paint and grabbed down 4 big rebounds.

       The win tonight moves us to 5-0 on the season and extends our league win streak to 22-games in a row. We are in a 1st place tie with Milam Business and next weeks opponent, Amos Indians. Guys be ready for a tough practice on Monday night. We have a lot to work on to get ourselves ready for Amos. They are a huge team and have one of the best big men we have seen in this league in several years. It will take a great effort and a lot of heart to move to 6-0, but I know this group of kids can do it. See you all at practice on Monday.

 

 



NFP Week 5 - Player of the Week - Austin Curtis

Our NFP player of the week for this weeks' game is Austin Curtis. Austin played great defense all night and attacked the basket on every opportunity. He finished the game with 7 points and an impressive 7 rebounds. He continues to be one of our leaders on this team. He does so many things well out there on the court. Whether it's setting a screen, getting a rebound or scoring us a big basket, it seems Austin is always doing what it takes to help his team win. Keep up the great play Austin. We are going to need you to step up even more over these next few tough games. Great job this week Asutin. We are very proud of you!

 



NFP suffers first league loss in two years, falls to Indians 36-25!

Well, it wasn’t quite what I expected but I guess there’s nothing we can do about it now but move on. I knew going into the game that this was going to be a tough test for us to say the least, but I was surprised of how the game turned out. I knew their size would give us problems, which it did, but what shocked me is how they beat us down the court on fast breaks time after time during stretches of the game. Another problem we had was not being able to hit a shot. We couldn’t get anything to fall, while Amos put on a shooting clinic, especially in the 2nd quarter, which is where the game was won. I told the kids after the game I was proud of their effort, but we just got beat by a better team tonight. Hopefully we can get another shot at them in the city tournament, but we have a lot of work to do before then.           

          The 1st quarter would be a defensive battle with both teams struggling to get off very many good shots. Amos came out much more aggressive than I have seen them all year. Their guards were really swarming the ball and it was obvious early on that their coach had them ready to play. We have been a marked team at Goldtrap for over two years now, riding that 22-game win streak, so I knew we would get their best shot. With 8 players back from last year’s team, I’m sure a bunch of their kids remember the 40-8 whipping we put on them a year ago. Our only points of the quarter would come from a Brady Tolbert jump shot to pull us within 5-2 after one quarter of play.           

          The 2nd quarter would be like a nightmare for us. To say it was the longest 10 minutes of the season would be an understatement! Amos pounded the ball inside to their “big man” in the middle, Alex Beneux for much of the quarter. We had no answer for him all night. No one has had an answer for him yet this season, that’s why they’re still un-defeated. One thing you can’t coach is size and Amos has plenty of it. Along with Alex’s points in the paint, we struggled to stop their point guard, Nathan Corder, from penetrating our zone defense. He had several easy lay-ups in the quarter along with several baskets off fast breaks. They beat us down the floor on numerous occasions, despite us trying to release a player early to stop their break. We just never seemed to be in sync on defense all night. We weren’t as aggressive as we had been in other games and Amos took advantage. When the smoke had cleared they had outscored us 19-6 in the quarter and built a 24-8 lead. 

          Our kids were really upset in the huddle at the half. I also think they were kind of in shock by what had just hit them. I stressed to them to keep playing hard and not watch the scoreboard. I knew it would take a miracle for us to get back in the game and with the way we had been shooting the ball, things didn’t look good. Amos kept the pressure on us in the quarter and extended their lead to 30-10 mid-way thru the 3rd. We continued to battle and play extremely hard despite the score, which made me very proud of our kids. There was no quit in any of them. The two teams exchanged a few baskets the rest of the quarter and Amos would hold a 36-15 lead going into the last 10 minutes of play.            

          The final quarter would see Amos call off the dogs. Their coach, Charles Warren is a classy guy and he knew it was over. They cleared their bench, which is not saying a lot, because they have very good players on their bench. We did manage to outscore them 10-0 in the final quarter and the game would end with us suffering our first league loss in two years, 36-25. Tonight’s loss snaps a 22-game league winning streak that dates all the way back to January 2006. The loss drops us to 5-1 in the league and 2nd place in the league standings. We told our kids after the game that our goal needs to be to finish the season strong and see how far we can go in the up-coming city tournament. We have some things that we will correct in practice on Monday night. We return to action next Thursday night versus Regions Bank. See you all at practice on Monday night!

 



NFP Week 6 - Player of the Week - Cooper Johnson
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Our player of the week for this week is Cooper Johnson. Cooper had 9 points and 4 rebounds in the game versus Amos this week. Cooper played good aggressive defense to go along with his points and rebounds. I know at times he was frustrated out there on the court but he never quit playing hard. Cooper continues to have a great attitude and is one of our leaders on the team. Good job this week Cooper. We are very proud of you!

 

 



NFP puts Regions Bank "down for the count" 35-17!

After a shaky start we finally got things going tonight and put away an overmatched Regions Bank team, 35-17. We came out in the opening quarter and were not sharp at all for the first 5 minutes of the game. This one looked like it was going to be close for a while, but we finally got our fast breaks going and never looked back from there. Cooper Johnson and Dylan Bryant torched Regions with several fast break baskets in the last few minutes of the quarter and suddenly we had a 10-2 lead after one quarter of play. Brandon Yutterman totally controlled the glass in the quarter, as he done an awesome job grabbing down 6 big rebounds. I was not very happy with our defense, as we seemed to get lazy at times and instead of moving our feet, we were reaching and fouling. We got beat several times at the top of defense, which should not have happened against this Regions team.            

          The 2nd quarter we kept the pressure on, but still looked a step slow on defense. Austin Curtis carried us through the quarter, scoring all 6 of our points. Austin was all over the place on defense. You could tell, Regions point guard dreaded crossing half-court because there was Austin waiting to harass him into a turnover. Thomas Graham was playing a new position tonight as we moved him to the wing position for this game. Thomas kept the ball from Regions biggest player, which for some reason plays way out on the floor? Regions struggled to even get a shot off in the quarter and at the half we held a 16-4 lead.           

          The first few minutes of the 3rd quarter we put the game away for good. We really looked sharp on both ends of the floor. Our defense was causing all sorts of turnovers, which led to easy fast break lay-ups on the other end. Cooper went wild in the quarter, scoring 10 points in the 3rd quarter alone. I looked up and suddenly our lead has grown to 24-4 and we made mass substitutions. The second group of kids we put in the game, I was not happy with at all. Several of them seemed to totally not be in the game at all. There was little hustle and on defense we just stood around and watched Regions score several easy baskets. Needless to say, that group did not stay on the floor long. I know some of the parents thought I was being a jerk, but I was trying to prove a point to those kids. I told them after I took them back out of the game, that I expect them to play hard the entire time they’re on the floor, regardless of the score. If they are not going to do that, then they’re not going to play much in the 2nd half. All I expect them to do is HUSTLE!!! Due to our lack luster performance the last few minutes of the quarter, Regions pulled to within 28-9 by the end of the quarter.

          The final quarter we played all 10 players at some point and coasted our way to our 6th victory of the season. Both teams exchanged a few baskets in the quarter and the game ended with us notching a 35-17 win. Tonight we were led in scoring by Cooper Johnson’s double-double performance. Coop had 16 points and 10 boards in the game. He really attacked the basket and done a great job of finishing the break. We actually got some lay-ups to go in the basket tonight, which was different from last week. Dylan Bryant also had a big game as he finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Austin Curtis continues to be one of our leaders as he chipped in 7 points and played awesome defense all game. Cole Vaughn added 2 points and 6 boards in the game and played good interior defense for us. Brandon Yutterman did not score, as he missed several easy baskets, which of some he was fouled on with no call from the officials. Brandon did manage to grab down 8 big rebounds in the game and was really big in that opening quarter. Thomas Graham played really good defense in his new position and was still able to grab down 4 rebounds, despite playing defense on the wing.  

          The win moves us into a 2nd place tie in the league standings with Milam Business, which is our opponent next week. Milam played their best game of the year tonight, giving Amos all they wanted before falling to them 20-16. It sure wasn’t the same Amos team that we saw last week, but give the Milam kid’s credit for playing so hard. The game next week is a very important one as it will be for the #2 seed out of Goldtrap in the up-coming city tournament and believe me we want the #2 seed instead of the #3. Milam plays very tough defense and they are a very aggressive team. We will have to bring our “A” game to win this one.            

 



NFP Week 7 - Player of the Week - Justin Wilson
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Our player of the week for this week is Justin Wilson. Justin is a player that has improved each week, especially on the defensive end of the floor. He has really good quickness and is what I would call a pesky defender. He is one of those guys that the other team wants to stay away from. Tonight in the 2nd quarter he totally shut down one of Regions best players with his defense. As soon as Justin learns to play hard the entire time he is on the court he will see more and more playing time. Great job tonight Justin. We are very proud of you!

 

 



NFP puts "Mad Dog" defense on Milam, 29-10!

I knew this game was going to be physical, but WOW! By the end of the game we had kids with knots on their head, scratches on their face and neck. All that was missing was some football pads. I can say one thing about our kids, we didn’t back down one inch. In fact we out muscled and out hustled Milam for a big part of the game. Now give credit to their kids, who played their hearts out also, but seemed we wanted it a little more than they did tonight.  I was so very proud of how hard our kids played tonight. Bottom line that is all we ever ask of them is to give 110% the entire time they are on that court. They sure did that tonight!!! Milam is a well coached team that only knows one way to play the game and that is 100% all the time. After a shaky start we got things rolling by the 3rd quarter and were able to pull away for the victory. Despite the lopsided 29-10 score, to say it was an easy win would be wrong. It was anything other than easy. Just ask our kids, especially Austin Curtis.            

          Milam flipped their line-up around for this game and started their 2nd quarter team in the opening quarter, so we did the same. It was an ugly quarter to say the least. Both teams were all over the place on defense but could not get many shots to fall. Cole Vaughn gave us an early 2-0 lead on a lay-up in the paint. Milam tied the score shortly after, but Cole gave us the lead right back as he scored off an offensive rebound. Cole really played tough down low for us tonight. He played good defense and was all over the glass. An ugly 1st quarter ended with us holding a whopping 4-2 lead. I was very proud of our effort on defense in the quarter. Austin Curtis shut down their point guard at the top of our defense and our wing players, Thomas Graham and Justin Wilson played “in your face” defense the entire quarter.           

          The 2nd quarter would see us extend our lead a bit. We were once again all over Milam on defense. They struggled to get off a good shot for most of the quarter. While on the other end of the floor, they also made it difficult for us to get much going on offense. A lot of our baskets came from offensive rebounds because we were fighting so hard on the offensive boards. Dylan Bryant gave us an 8-4 lead after a couple of baskets from the wing. Dylan had a good quarter for us, not only scoring 4 points but grabbing down 4 big rebounds in the quarter. We finally got Brandon Yutterman going a little bit mid-way through the quarter. I think he just got tired of me yelling at him. Poor kid! He is one of those kids that sometimes you just have to almost make him mad before he starts playing the way he is capable of playing. After the game I hugged him and told him I was sorry I got after him too hard in the game. He just smiled and said, “That’s ok, it doesn’t bother me.” Well, back to the game. We totally controlled the boards in the quarter. Cooper Johnson, Dylan Bryant and Brandon Yutterman got every rebound it seemed. We just couldn’t get any shots to fall for us. There were trips down the floor where we got 5 or 6 shots under the goal, but didn’t score. Several times I applauded them for their effort even thought we didn’t score. It sure wasn’t for lack of effort; we just couldn’t get the ball to go in. The final seconds of the half would see Cooper grab a rebound off a Milam miss. He had just crossed half court when he let the shot go. It banked off the glass and in the net as the buzzer sounded. How ironic that the toughest shot we took the entire quarter would go in and give us an 11-4 lead at the half.            

          I stressed to the kids at the half to keep the defensive pressure on and keep fighting for those rebounds. We made a couple of small adjustments that seemed to make it even tougher for Milam to get anything going at all on offense. The 3rd quarter remained a defensive struggle on both ends of the floor. Both teams played very hard and very physical. We again controlled the boards, but still continued to struggle to get shots to fall. I think we got a little tired mid-way through the quarter, so I called a couple of timeouts and went to our bench, trying to give a couple of the kids a little rest. By the end of the 3rd our lead was only 15-8, but I still felt pretty good. While we were only up 7 points, I really didn’t feel like Milam could score on us because of our defensive pressure.            

          The final 10 minutes would see some of our shots finally start falling and we would totally dominate the 4th quarter. Milam seemed to really hit the wall those last 10 minutes as our kids seemed to get sort of a second wind. We would outscore them 14-2 in the quarter and coast our way to the 29-10 victory. Cooper Johnson and Austin Curtis put a lot of pressure on their guards up top, which led to several steals and fast break baskets for us. Cooper and Austin combined for 10 points in the quarter, while Dylan and Thomas would each sink a basket to round out our scoring in the quarter. We cleared the bench the final few minutes of the game and took a sigh of relief as this one was in the bag.            

          Like I said before, I was very proud of our effort out there tonight. The kids played very tough and refused to back down from Milam’s physical play. Milam played very hard also and I know their coach was proud of how hard their young kids played. They are a young team and will be the team to beat next year in the league. But tonight belonged to our kids and congratulations to them on the hard fought win. The win moves us into sole possession of 2nd place in the league standings with 2 league games left before the city tournament.            

          We were led in scoring tonight by Cooper Johnson’s 13 points. More impressive than that was his 15 rebounds on the night.  He fought so hard on the boards. I was very proud of his effort! Dylan Bryant had yet another good game for us as he knocked down 6 points and grabbed down 7 boards. What can I say about Dylan that I haven’t already said? He just has a complete game week in and week out. From setting screens to rebounding, playing good defense or scoring. He is an all around player. Austin Curtis had another good game himself. Austin is a lot like Dylan that he does so many things well and did again tonight. He finished with 4 points and 5 rebounds but did so much more than that. He was awesome at the top of our defense, especially in the 1st quarter. Cole Vaughn had another solid game with 4 points and 10 huge rebounds. He, along with several of our other kids fought so hard on the glass. What an effort! Thomas Graham was another one of those warriors on the glass for us. He had a single bucket in the game but grabbed down 8 big boards. Thomas knows one speed and that is full blast all the time. I love that about him! Brandon Yutterman took some time to get into the game but once he did, he helped us totally control the boards. He finished with 10 rebounds and played great defense in the paint. Keep up the good work Brandon and coach will try and lay off of you a bit. J Brady Tolbert played a new position on defense for us tonight and there was a reason for that. We knew Milam passed to the baseline a lot and I wanted someone quick enough that could pick off those passes. Brady did that well and also kept them from driving that baseline for easy shots. His defense was a big key to our win tonight. Brady also finished with 6 big rebounds and had to fight his other teammates most of the night to get those 6. Colton, Justin and Andy did not see a lot of playing time in the second half but when they were in there did some good things. Each grabbed down a few rebounds and Justin caused several jump balls with his hustle on defense. I told all three of them they will see a lot more playing time the next two games for sure!

            Great job tonight NFP and see you all at practice on Monday night. It will be the final practice of the season for us as the city tournament starts on Monday the 18th.

 

 

 



NFP Week 8 - Player of the Week - Brady Tolbert
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Our player of the week for Week 8 of the season is Brady Tolbert. Brady didn't score in the game this week versus Milam but did manage to fight for 6 big rebounds. Brady's defense on the baseline was a big part of us winning the game. One of Milam's big weapons is that baseline and we put Brady down there to shut that down. He did that and we are so proud of his effort. Great job tonight Brady!

 

 



2nd quarter team leads way to 34-16 win over SMCRH Law!

Going into this game I was a little concerned about us being too over confident. We have scrimmaged SMCRH Law several times and quite honestly, had dominated them in those scrimmages. Early on in this game it looked like my concerns were justified. We came out and played a very sluggish 1st quarter. We played very well on defense but missed a lot of easy shots, including at least 7 lay-ups in the quarter. Our only points in the quarter came on a couple of Brady Tolbert baskets and a fast break lay-up by Cooper Johnson. Brady, Cooper and Dylan Bryant played awesome defense in the quarter but had trouble finishing on the other end. After one quarter of play we held a slim 6-4 lead.           

          The 2nd quarter team was, well, let’s say, challenged in the huddle to come out and put this team in their place and that’s exactly what they did. They blitzed SMCRH Law in the quarter, outscoring them 14-0. Cole Vaughn was un-stoppable for much of the quarter. Cole scored 10 points in the 2nd quarter alone. Austin Curtis was a beast at the top of our defense, causing Law all sorts of trouble. Austin had several steals that led to a couple of fast break buckets and suddenly our lead was 20-4 by the half. Justin Wilson and Colton Schaberg played great defense in the quarter. Both of those players had several steals and caused numerous jump balls with their hustle on defense. Thomas Graham picked off several Law passes that led to fast breaks for us. It was the best quarter we had played in some time and the 2nd quarter team was rewarded by starting the 3rd quarter. Really the difference in the two quarters was that in the 2nd quarter we hit our easy shots, while in the 1st quarter we missed them. It was that simple.            

          The 3rd quarter would start with Law hitting a couple of shots to pull within 20-8, but that’s as close as they would get the rest of the night. Another basket by Cole and a nice jump shot from Austin would extend out lead to 24-8. We never put our normal 3rd quarter team in the game together. We split the playing time up very evenly, with each player playing 10 minutes in the second half. The rest of the game would see the teams exchange baskets. Andrew Clark and Kinner Brasher played pretty well for Law in the second half, but it would be too little too late as we would cruise for the easy 34-16 victory.            

          I was proud of all the kids’ effort in this game. I told them after the game that all 10 players contributed to this win. Every player on the team did something good out there tonight and I sure was proud of that. We were led in scoring by the “red-hot” Cole Vaughn. Cole had 14 points in the game, while grabbing down 6 rebounds. Cole was awesome in that 2nd quarter, as Law had no answer for him. Austin Curtis chipped in 8 points and 1 rebound, but did so much more than that. His defense was awesome all night. At times he is our best defender. I think he and Brady Tolbert share that honor tonight. Cooper Johnson, despite missing some easy lay-ups, still finished with 6 points and 8 boards. Cooper had numerous steals in the game and was once again a warrior on the glass. Speaking of Brady, he finished the game with 4 points and 5 rebounds. But what I was really proud of was his defense at the top of our defense. He was back to playing the kind of defense he is capable of playing. He was moving his feet and beating his man to the spot instead of reaching. Great job tonight Brady! Glad to see the old Brady back. Brandon Yutterman would round out our scoring as he finished with 2 points and 3 boards. Brandon also played good defense in the paint and helped us battle Andrew Clark on the glass. Andrew is a very good player and Brandon did a good job on him tonight. Thomas Graham did not score in the game but did grab down 5 big rebounds. Thomas also had at least 6 steals and his play on the floor continues to inspire the rest of his teammates to step up and match his hustle. Dylan Bryant could not get his shots to fall in the game and didn’t manage to score but his defense was a key to the victory. He helped us totally shut down their passes to the wing and caused all sorts of turnovers because of his defense. Colton Schaberg, Justin Wilson and Andy Davis each had a couple of rebounds in the game and each played good defense. Justin was all over the place as usual and had several steals. He also caused several jump balls because of his hustle tying up the ball. Like I said before, every player contributed to this win and I am very proud of them all. We will return to action on Saturday @ 3pm with our final league game versus Army Surplus. See you all there @ 2:30.

            Just a reminder that the City tournament starts next week @ Jefferies Boys/Girls Club. The club is located at 4905 North “O” street near UA Fort Smith. It looks like we will be the #2 seed out of Goldtrap and will play our first game on Tuesday – February 19th @ 5:30pm. We will play a #6 seed from Evans Boys/Girls Club. The tourney should be fun and looking at the bracket, I like our chances to advance. We have a real shot at going all the way to the City Championship if our kids show up to play every night. 

  

 

 



NFP ends regular season with a bang!

I told the kids before the game that we needed to go out and play hard for 4 quarters and not care what the score was. I knew it would get ugly fast in this one. The last time we played Army Surplus, it ended 34-5 and I knew this one would not be much different. The kids did exactly what we asked of them in the opening quarter. Within the first 2 minutes of the game we had built an 8-0 lead and Army had not even gotten a shot off yet. Our defense was smothering them and causing turnovers every trip down the floor. Austin Curtis, Cooper Johnson and Brady Tolbert were at the top of our defense and basically ran lay-ups drills for much of the quarter. Despite the competition, it was one of the best quarters we had played all year. By the end of the quarter we had built a 16-0 lead and the 2nd quarter team was chomping to get on the floor.

          The 2nd quarter we kept the defensive pressure on Army continued to struggle to score. Offensively we slowed down a bit and tried to get some different players some points. By the half we had built our lead to 20-3.

          The 3rd quarter our defense continued to play like a pack of mad dogs and Army looked like a deer in headlights most of the time. By no means am I making fun of their kids, they have some great kids that play really hard. They just were very overmatched today but their kids did not give up. They played had for all 4 quarters and I know their coach was proud of that. They have some good young players and will be a much better team next year. By the end of the 3rd we had extended our lead to 33-5 and the mercy rule was well in effect.

       The 4th quarter we spent trying to get some of our 3rd graders some points and also, a couple of Army players that had not scored all year a basket. We called timeout and I told the kids to not guard a couple of their players when they got the ball, so they could try and get some points. I was proud of the kids for doing that and it was good to see those kids score. The game mercifully ended with us notching a 43-9 win.

          I was proud of how hard our kids played today and the way our defense swarmed all over the ball. Our defense is the main reason we end the league season at 9-1 and in our 9 wins, we averaged out-scoring our opponents 34-10. The one game this season we would like to have back is that one against Amos, where we just didn't seem to show up that night. Maybe we can get another shot at them in the city tournament.

          We were led in scoring today by Cooper Johnson's 16 points and 9 rebounds. Austin Curtis had yet another good game with 11 points and 8 boards. Brady Tolbert was all over the place once again on defense, while scoring 6 points and grabbing down 5 rebounds. Cole Vaughn chipped in 4 points and grabbed down 6 big boards. Thomas Graham and Brandon Yutterman both chipped in a single basket while doing a good job on the boards. Andy Davis went to the free throw line and knocked down two big free throws to finish the game with 2 points. Colton Schaberg and Justin Wilson did not score despite getting a lot of shots off, but both of those kids played great defense.

          We will return to action on Tuesday evening @ 5:30 in the 1st round of the Pee Wee City Tournament. Please remember the tournament will be played at Jefferies Boys & Girls Club located at 4905 North "O" street near UA Fort Smith. See you all there!

 



Goldtrap Pee Wee FINAL Standings

Amos Indians                 10-0

National Family               9-1  

Milam Business                7-3

Preferred Office            7-3 

Dale Crampton                 6-4

Regions Bank                   4-6

Western Sizzlin              3-7

SMCRH Law                    3-7

Army Surplus                  1-9

Arvest Bank                   0-10

 



2007-08 Goldtrap Pee Wee Basketball Scores - Updated 2-16-08

Week #1

Amos Indians - 34              Western Sizzlin – 20

Dale Crampton – 28            Arvest Bank – 5

National Family – 34            Army Surplus – 5

Preferred Office – 25           Regions Bank – 20

Milam Business – 22            SMCRH Law - 8

 

Week #2

National Family - 28             Western Sizzlin – 9

Amos Indians - 36                Dale Crampton - 25

Preferred Office - 40             Arvest Bank - 22 

Milam Business - 31              Army Surplus - 4

Regions Bank - 17                SMCRH Law - 8

 

Week #3

National Family - 32            Dale Crampton - 8

Milam Business - 37            Western Sizzlin - 22

Amos Indians - 36              Preferred Office - 21

Regions Bank - 34               Arvest Bank - 24

SMCRH Law - 32                 Army Surplus - 18 

 

Week #4

Milam Business - 12             Dale Crampton - 9

Amos Indians - 28               Arvest Bank - 7

Western Sizzlin - 32             SMCRH Law - 12 

Regions Bank - 30                Army Surplus - 11

National Family - 44             Preferred Office - 17

 

Week #5

Western Sizzlin - 31              Army Surplus - 10

Milam Business - 36               Preferred Office - 33

Dale Crampton - 29               SMCRH Law - 17

National Family - 35               Arvest Bank - 11

Amos Indians - 32                  Regions Bank - 9    

 

Week #6

Preferred Office - 31               SMCRH Law - 20  

Milam Business - 34                Arvest Bank - 22

Dale Crampton - 37                Army Surplus - 14 

Amos Indians - 36                  National Family - 25

Regions Bank - 28                  Western Sizzlin - 23 

 

 Week #7

Preferred Office - 42               Army Surplus - 20

Dale Crampton - 34                Western Sizzlin - 29 

SMCRH Lasw - 29                  Arvest Bank - 27

Amos Indians - 20                  Milam Business - 16

National Family - 35                Regions Bank - 17      

Dale Crampton - 32                Arvest Bank - 28 

 

Week #8

Amos Indians - 32                  SMCRH Law - 21

Army Surplus - 24                  Arvest Bank - 22

Dale Crampton - 28                Regions Bank - 19

Preferred Office - 31              Western Sizzlin - 24

National Family - 29               Milam Business - 10 

SMCRH Law - 25                   Milam Business - 21

Amos Indians - 35                 Western Sizzlin - 25   

 

 

Week #9

National Family - 34              SMCRH Law - 16

Preferred Office - 38             Dale Crampton - 26

Amos Indians - 41                 Army Surplus - 16

Milam Business - 38               Regions Bank - 28

Western Sizzlin - 28               Arvest Bank - 10      

National Family - 43               Army Surplus - 9                                             

      

 



NFP advances to "Sweet 16" with 35-19 win over Cole Goodman!
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Well, it was nice to get this first tournament game under our belts. I could tell the kids had those first game jitters last night and it showed early on in the game. Our defense wasn’t attacking in that opening quarter like they normally do. Now give credit to Cole Goodman who had a good plan against us. They really spread the floor into almost a four corners offense. The problem was they just didn’t have the players to execute their game plan. Once we adapted to what they were doing and made a couple of small adjustments, we totally controlled the game. Brady Tolbert sank a couple of nice jump shots in the opening quarter to give us a 4-0 lead, but on the other end of the floor, Cole Goodman really took the air out of the ball and ran the clock. They were in no hurry to score and were content to pass the ball around. They started leaking a player out early on the break and that costs us a few baskets, but we never were worried about it. Dylan Bryant would score right before the end of the quarter to give us a 6-4 lead after one quarter of play.           

          The 2nd quarter we turned up the defensive pressure and Austin Curtis had the best 10 minutes he had played all year. Austin had numerous steals in the quarter that led to easy lay-ups on the other end of the floor. Cole Goodman really struggled to even get a shot off for much of the quarter. Offensively we were getting easy shots at the basket and converted on most of them to extend our lead to 23-6 by the half. Austin had 11 points in the 2nd quarter alone and was a real thorn in Cole Goodman’s side for the entire quarter. Thomas Graham sank a nice jump shot from the wing and Cole Vaughn chipped in a couple of baskets off of nice drives to the hole.           

          The 3rd quarter we continued to keep the defensive pressure on and Cole Goodman struggled to get much going offensively. We didn’t do much on offense ourselves, but still manage to extend our lead to 29-6 by the end of the 3rd quarter. Cooper Johnson sank a couple of shots and Austin scored on a steal and this one was a blowout. For the last three minutes of the 3rd quarter, I cleared the bench and put in all our 3rd graders, plus Brady. We kept the pressure on Cole Goodman and did not allow them to score a single point the entire 3rd quarter.            

          The 4th quarter I left our 3rd graders in the game for the first 5 minutes of the quarter. Cole Goodman managed to sink a couple of shots and on the other end of the floor we were turning the ball over. After a long three-pointer the score was suddenly 31-19 and I inserted our 4th graders back in the game. I wanted to get our 3rd graders as much playing time as I could, because they might not get that in our next game against Sertoma. We finished out the game on a 4-0 run and this one would end with us notching the 35-19 win. From the 2nd quarter on, this one was never in doubt. We just had too many weapons for them to stop on the offensive end of the floor.            

          We were led in scoring by Austin Curtis’ 13 points and 1 rebound. Austin changed the game with his defense in that 2nd quarter and let Cole Goodman know they had no hope of winning this game. Cole Vaughn had another good game as he chipped in 6 points and 5 rebounds on the night. After that the scoring was really balanced. Cooper, Dylan and Brady all had 4 points in the game, while Brandon and Thomas each chipped in a bucket to round out our scoring. Colton, Justin and Andy did not score in the game but all three kids played really good defense and helped us to notch this 1st round win.

            We return to action on Saturday – Feb. 23rd @ 11:00am versus Sertoma. They defeated SMCRH Law last night 45-11 in their opening game of the tourney. Sertoma is the #3 seed from Stephens Boys/Girls Club and they are a terrific team. They are not very big, but are super quick and really push the ball up the floor. They rely on their defense to run their offense, so we must do a good job of taking care of the ball in this game or it could be a long morning. Please have your child at Jefferies at 10:30 on Saturday morning. See you then!

 

 

 



Sertoma ends NFP season 44-33
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Not a whole lot I can or want to say about this game. I was proud of our kids’ effort and not one of them quit playing hard. That’s what I was most proud of. We were totally outmatched in this game. It’s tough when you go into these tournaments and are up against teams that have 4 or 5 AAU players that play together all the time. A totally drafted team from Goldtrap just can’t compete with that and it showed on Saturday. After the #3 seed from Goldtrap, Milam Business, got destroyed by the Northside Ryders 45-19, it was our turn in line. Sertoma tied for the #2 seed from the Stephens/Jefferies league and played like a team that could compete for the city championship.           

          We were never really in this game. Sertoma’s speed and quickness showed early and often as they built a 13-4 lead after one quarter of play. They beat us down the court for several easy baskets and just beat us to the ball for several baskets off offensive rebounds. They had one player that looked like he could jump out of the gym if he would have wanted to and he killed us on the boards. They lobbed the ball up to him for several easy baskets and we just couldn’t stop them.           

          The 2nd quarter the Sertoma defense picked us apart, as our kids seemed very intimidated for much of the quarter. We let their speed and quickness really disrupt anything we were trying to do on offense. We only scored two points the entire quarter off a Cole Vaughn basket and Sertoma extended their lead to 21-6 by the half.           

          The 3rd quarter seemed to last forever! Sertoma really kicked things into gear and we looked like a dear in headlights for much of the quarter. Their quickness and speed up and down the floor was just too much to overcome. By the end of the 3rd, they had built a comfortable 33-12 lead. The 4th quarter, Sertoma cleared their bench and that helped us outscore them 21-11 in the quarter, but it was too little, too late in this one. We lost to a much better team today, but I sure can’t fault our kids’ effort. We played hard the entire game and I am proud of them for doing that. We had a great season, finishing 10-2. I told the kids after the game that almost every Boys Club team in this city would love to have a record like that. They have a lot to be proud of this season and should hold their heads up high.

            I look forward to seeing you all at our team party on Tuesday – March 4th @ 6:30pm. The party will be held at Golden Corral and should be lots of fun for a great group of kids. Hope to see you all there!

 

 

 



Sertoma defeats Gerber 45-44 in 3OT to win City Championship!
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<---- Click the picture on the left to view the 2008 FSBGC Pee Wee City Tourney bracket. Results and scores from all the games are now posted on the bracket. Sertoma defeated Gerber 45-44 in 3 overtimes on Saturday to win the City tournament. Congrats to them on their 2nd straight city tourney championship.

 

 

 



NFP Team Party Pictures - Click here!
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It was a great turnout for our end of season party at Golden Corral. Thanks to the players and parents for a fun season. Hope you all have a great Spring and Summer.