Sizz Basketball: 2011 Season

Sizz re-loads for the 2010-11 season

Well our 2010-11 team has some really big shoes to fill. We come off a season where we went 11-1 and was labeled as the best pee wee team to come thru Goldtrap since the late 90's. We re-loaded with some very good players and this looks to be another fun season. As always we will have a big target on our back, as it seems everyone gives us their best effort. Over the last 5 years in this league, we are an impressive 48-9, while winning the league championship 4 out of the last 5 years. It should be a fun season and I'm really looking forward to see how this young group improves as the season progresses.


Sizz notches first win of the season over Army Surplus!
Ball around rim

Well, at times it sure wasn't pretty but it was a win. You could tell it was the first game of the season as both teams looked very sluggish for much of the game. We just did a few more good things than they did and our defense was more aggressive. That to me was the difference in the game. We had some players really step up and play good defense to help us notch the win.

     The opening quarter was pretty ugly. We did manage a couple of baskets as Blake Massengale fed Isaac Sharbutt for a couple of pretty shots in the lane. Army's great guard Darin Davenport struck back for them with a short jumper in the quarter and we would hold a 6-2 lead after the 1st quarter of play. The 2nd quarter our defense would play really well, but we would struggle to put many points on the board. Hayden Blythe did manage a nice jumper from the wing to give us an 8-4 lead midway through the quarter. Ben Prince was all over the place on defense for us. He forced several jump balls and turnovers. By the half we would hold a slim 8-5 lead and this was still anyone's ball game.

     The 3rd quarter we got our offense going a bit. Blake reeled off 6 points in the quarter, mostly off offensive rebounds. Hayden would sink another jumper from the wing and Jackson King would score a bucket of his own. Conley Bone's defense at the top of our zone really was tough. He forced Army to make some bad passes and forced them into several turnovers. By the end of the quarter, we had built a 18-8 lead and this one was pretty much in the books. Both teams cleared their benches in the final quarter and got a lot of the 3rd graders some playing time. The game ended with us holding on for the 24-12 victory. We did some good things out there tonight, but still have a ton to work on as we get ready to face a very strong Dale Crampton team next week.

     We were led in scoring tonight by Blake's 11 points and 8 rebounds. Hayden and Isaac both chipped in 4 points and Conley Bone would add 3 points. Jackson would round out our scoring with 2 points. Good job tonight guys and see you next week.



Sizz Week 1 Player of the Week - Ben Prince
Ben Prince

Our player of the week for the opening week of the season is Ben Prince. While Ben did not score in the game, he did a lot of other things really well. He did a good job of setting screens for our point guards, but the thing that really impressed me was how he played on defense. Ben had several steals in the game and was all over the place on defense with his hustle and effort. Great job Ben, we are very proud of you!



Sizz defense puts the clamps on Dale Crampton, 21-9!

I talked to the kids before the game about letting our defense be the difference in the game and that's exactly what we did. Dale Crampton had 7 players back from last years team and got the number 1 pick in the draft this year. I knew we could not get into a scoring fest with them, so we really put the clamps down defensively and forced them into numerous turnovers and bad shots. The opening quarter we were smoothering them on the defensive end of the floor. You could tell they had not faced the kind of agressive defense that our kids play. On the offensive end of the floor, Blake Massengale was a beast for us. Dale Crampton had no answer for Blake as he sliced through their defense for several easy baskets. After the smoke had cleared, we had a 12-0 lead after the first 6 minutes of play.

     I was worried about our 2nd quarter group as Hayden Blythe was not able to be at the game due to a school play. Conley Bone had to step into the point guard spot and run the show in the 2nd quarter. He did a great job to say the least. We did not score many points but we took really good care of the ball and did not let Dale Crampton get easy baskets off turnovers. Defensively we were once again all over the place. Conley Bone was an animal out there. He forced numerous jump balls and turnovers. He was not alone, as Ben Prince and Kevin Burris also did a great job defensively. By the end of the quarter we had only scored 2 points but that's all we gave up to Dale crampton, so at the half we held a 14-2 lead.

     The 2nd half would be much of the same as the first half. Our defense would not allow Dale Crampton to get into any sort of rhythm on offense. They did outscore us 5-2 in the 3rd quarter, but we still held a comfortable 16-7 lead after three quarters of play. Conley Bone and Jackson King were like two rabid dogs on defense and harrassed the Dale Crampton guards into all sorts of problems. The final 6 minutes of play would see both teams clear their bench some and a lot of 3rd graders got to play, as we cruised to the 21-9 win. It was a great defensive performance on our part, especially considering we did not have one of our better players for the game. I was very proud of how hard the kids played and it's like I told them after the game, the team that plays the hardest is usually the team that wins. That was us tonight. Great job guys!!!!

     We were led in scoring tonight by Blake Massengale's 16 points and 11 rebounds. Blake was awesome out there tonight. He showed why he is one of the best players in the league if not the best. Conley Bone had 3 points and Isaac Sharbutt would round out our scoring with 2 points. But we had so many kids play their hearts out on defense. Everyone that went in the game played hard and gave their all out there tonight. As a coach, you can't ask for much more that that. We will now take a break for the Christmas holidays. We will return to practice on Monday, December 27th @ 7:00pm. See you all then and hope you all have a very merry Christmas!




Sizz Week 2 - Player of the Week - Isaac Sharbutt
Isaac Sharbutt

Our Sizz week 2 player of the week is Isaac Sharbutt. Isaac scored 2 points and grabbed down 3 rebounds in the game on Tuesday versus Dale Crampton. Isaac did so many things that don't show up on my stat sheet. He played great defense and was one of the big reasons we held Dale Crampton to only 9 points in the game. Isaac and his family are moving to Bixby, OK during the Christmas holidays and we sure will miss him on the team. We wish Isaac and his family all the best in their new home. Thanks for being a part of our team Isaac. We are very proud of you and you will be greatly missed!



Sizz delivers knock-out blow to Preferred, 33-15!

I knew coming into the game that the Preferred Office team had been struggling, but I wasn't sure how we would come out and play after the long holiday break. Both teams looked pretty sluggish the first couple of minutes and for a while it looked as if we may struggle in this  one. Our offense finally got going a bit mid-way through the opening quarter and we built a 6-0 lead behind a couple of baskets from Blake Massengale. After a basket by Preferred, Conley Bone and Hayden Blythe would both sink baskets to build our lead to 10-2. Cory Henderson would sink a free throw and we took a 11-4 lead heading into the 2nd quarter.

     The 2nd quarter was the Jackson King show. He was all over the place out there on defense and his hustle led to a couple of easy baskets as our lead grew to 15-4. Kevin Burris got into the action with a short jumper of his own and we had this one under control. Preferred would manage only one basket in the quarter and we built a 19-6 lead at the break.

     The 2nd half our lead grew to 20 as Blake would score a couple of baskets off fast breaks. Ben Prince then sank a short jumper and this one was all but over. All the kids got to play some good minutes in the final two quarters and we cruised to the 33-15 victory. It was good to see Preferred finally get a few shots to go down. Their kids played hard and never gave up. I was proud to see us shake off the rust from the long holiday break and get out there and hustle the way they did tonight. The win moves us to 3-0 on the season.

     We were led in scoring by Blake's 18 points and 10 rebounds. Jackson had 6 points and 8 rebounds as he had his best game of the season. Hayden, Conley, Kevin and Ben all chipped in a basket and Cory would round out our scoring with a single point. Let me also mention the play of Jayden Singleterry as he played very good on the defensive end of the floor and was out there giving it 110%. Austin also played well on defense and did not let his man free all night. Great job guys and see you next Monday at practice.



Sizz Week 3 - Player of the Week - Jackson King
Jackson King

Our week 3 player of the week is Jackson King. Jackson had a great game tonight versus Preferred Office. He finished the game with 6 points and 8 rebounds. He also was all over the place on defense and caused all sorts of problems for the Preferred Office team. Great job Jackson, we are very proud of you!



Sizz wins in scrappy game, 20-14!
Blind Referee

Well, it sure wasn't pretty but it was a win. Both teams at times looked as if they had not practiced all season and things got pretty ugly at times out there. The referees really let the game get out of hand sometimes. Graduate Sales had a couple of players that should have fouled out, as they were pushing and bumping us every time we got near them. Needless to say our kids fought hard and did not back down to their physical play.

     The opening quarter we could not get anything going at all on offense. We seemed to have butter fingers as we could not hang on to the ball. We only managed a single basket the entire 6 minutes and trailed for the first time all season at 6-2. The 2nd quarter we got our offense going a bit. Blake Massengale sank a couple of short shots in the lane and Ben Prince would sink a nice jump shot from the wing to tie the game at 8. After Graduate Sales took the lead, Kevin Burris would hit a short jumper from the wing and tie the game at 10 by the half.

     The 3rd quarter things got very physical out there on both ends of the floor. Neither team could get off many good shots and the result would be only 4 total points being scored in the quarter. After three full quarters of play the game was still tied at 12. The final quarter we managed to pull away a bit. Blake would score a basket in the paint and Kevin would knock down another jumper to give us a 16-12 lead with about 3 minutes left in the game. After a Graduate Sales basket, Hayden would sink a jumper off an inbounds play and we took a 18-14 lead. We would hold on the final couple of minutes of the game to survive for the 20-14 win.

     We were led in scoring by Blake's 11 points and 14 rebounds. Kevin Burris finished with 4 points and 4 boards. Hayden Blythe and Ben Prince both knocked down a single basket. Conley Bone would round out our scoring with a single point off a free throw. The win keeps us at the top of the league standings with a 4-0 record. We have some tough games upcoming so we better shake off that rust in a hurry. See you all at practice on Monday at 7:00.



Sizz Week 4 - Player of the Week - Kevin Burris
Kevin Burris

Our player of the week for week 4 of the season is Kevin Burris. Kevin had a good game tonight versus Graduate Sales. He finished with 4 points and 4 big rebounds. Kevin also played very well on the defensive end of the floor helping us hold Graduate Sales to only 14 points in the game. He has really improved his from last season and has become one of our better players. Great job this week Kevin, we are very proud of you.



Blake's 26 points leads Sizz to win over Army Surplus, 34-31!

Wow, what a game this was and what a great performance by a couple of players. Blake Massengale had by far his best game of the season for us tonight, finishing with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Army Surplus' Darin Davenport was also incredible as he finished with 27 points for their team. Both players really put their team on their back and carried them in this one. Congrats to both players for really putting on a show out there tonight!

     You could tell early in the game this was going to be a battle. Darin Davenport was on fire for Army Surplus, but Blake continued to counter for us. While we could not stop Darin on the perimeter, Army could not stop Blake from driving to the hole. By the end of the quarter we held a 12-9 lead, behind 10 points from Blake and a bucket from Hayden Blythe.

     The 2nd quarter was back and forth with the lead exchanging hands several times in the quarter. We got a big basket from Ben Prince to take a 17-16 lead. After yet another basket from Darin, Kevin Burris hit a big shot to give us the lead back at 19-18 by the half. The 3rd quarter would continue to be back and forth. Blake and Darin continued to "wow" the crowd and after a basket from Conley Bone, we held our biggest lead of the game at 28-24.

     The final quarter continued to be a slugfest. We held a 32-28 lead late in the quarter and looked to have this one wrapped up when Davenport hit a 3-pointer to pull them within one point. Blake would score a basket with less than a minute to play on a driving layup and we would take a 34-31 lead. Army then turned the ball over and we were able to play keep away the rest of the game and secure the win. It was a hard fought win and congrats to both teams for playing their hearts out.

     The win moves us to 5-0 in the league and keeps us a top of the league standings with Arvest Bank. Dating back to the 2008-09 season, we have won 17 league games in a row and that is pretty impressive for anyone to do at any level. Congrats to our kids for keeping the streak alive. We will face a very good and well coached Arvest Bank team next Tuesday night at 6:30. See you all at practice on Monday night.



Sizz Week 5 - Player of the Week - Blake Massengale

No doubt about who our player of the week this week is. Blake Massengale was incredible in our game tonight versus Army Surplus. He literally put us on his back and carried us to the 34-31 win. Blake finished the game with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Not on the stat sheet is how hard he played and how many steals in the game he had. It was one of the best performances by a player I have seen at Goldtrap in years. Great job Blake, we are very proud of you!



Sizz gets huge win over Arvest in battle for 1st place!
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Well we knew going into the game that this one was going to be a dogfight. Since we practice at the same time as Arvest, we have scrimmaged them quite a bit. We know they are well coached and their kids play very hard. It was back and forth the entire game. We never trailed in the game, but never lead by more than 4 points all night. This one was fun!

     The opening quarter was a defensive battle. Blake Massengale would give us an early lead with a driving basket. A basket from Conley Bone put us up 4-0. After Arvest tied the game, Blake would score again to give us a 6-4 lead. Hayden Blythe would sink a short jumper and after one quarter of play, we led 8-6. The 2nd quarter continued to be a tough physical game. Hayden would score off an inbound play to give us a 10-6 lead. After Arvest would tie the game once again, Jackson King would put us up with a basket off an offenvise rebound. Hayden would add a free throw right before the half to give us a 13-10 lead at the break.

     Points would be hard to come by in the 3rd quarter. We wanted to slow the game down and take care of the ball, while Arvest would rather turn this thing into a track meet. We struggled to get much going on offense in the quarter, while Arvest would take advantage of a couple of our turnovers to tie the game at 16 by the end of the 3rd quarter. The final quarter would see one of Arvest best players foul out and that helped us on the boards. Our defense really clamped down on them and they only managed a single basket the entire quarter. Kevin Burris would hit a big shot to give us a 20-16 lead. After an Arvest basket we would sink a couple of free throws and hold on for the 22-18 win. 

     This one was a true team effort. All the kids we put on the floor tonight did some things that helped us win. Blake lead us with 8 points and 11 rebounds, but Hayden was our player of the game in this one. He hurt Arvest with his 7 points and 5 big rebounds. Conley added three points and played great defense on the very talented Arvest guards. Jackson and Kevin both knocked down a single basket both both were awesome on defense for us. Austin, Ben, Jayden and Cory all played very well defensively and helped us big time in that first half.

    The win moves us to 6-0 and all alone in 1st place in the league standings. We will face this same Arvest team next Thursday, but face play a much improved Dale Crampton team on Tuesday night. See you all Monday at practice!


Sizz Week 6 - Player of the Week - Hayden Blythe
Hayden Blythe

Our player of the week for week 6 of the season is Hayden Blythe. Hayden had a great game tonight versus a good Arvest Bank team. He scored 7 points and had 5 huge rebounds, that helped lead us to the big win. He played so hard out there tonight! We would not have won this game without Hayden that's for sure. Hayden is a great kid with an even better attitude. He has become one of our team leaders this season. Awesome job Hayden, we are very proud of you!



Arvest slips by Sizz in rematch, 18-14!
Ball around rim

After we beat them last week 22-18, we knew Arvest was going to come out and play even harder in this game. They have a good group of kids and are well coached. They really came out and turned up the heat on us defensively. It was a game that saw Arvest jump out in front 10-2 after the 1st quarter of play. Their defense turned into offense on several trips down the floor. Offensively we stood around a lot and did not make much of an effort to get open looks at the basket. We got caught up watching Blake go one on one against double and triple teams from Arvest.

     The 2nd quarter was not much better for us offensively. We missed some easy shots near the basket and it just didn't seem to be our night. A lot of that had to do with how good Arvest was playing defensively. The 3rd quarter we pulled within 13-7 on a basket by Blake Massengale and Arvset looked to have the game well in hand. They then scored the first 3 points of the 4th quarter to take a 16-7 lead with 5 minutes to play. I called time-out and we made a few adjustments that seemed to give their defense some trouble. We reeled off 7 straight points behind Jackson King and Blake. We started using Blake as a decoy and it opened up the low block area for Jackson to knock down a couple of easy shots. With less than a minute to play, Blake was fouled and went to the line for free throws to hopefully tie the game. Both free throws rimmed out and Arvest came down with the rebound. Their big man in the middle Travis Chaffey then hit a long jumpshot to put this one away for good with less than 30 seconds to play. It was a tough one for the kids to lose, but Arvest was the better team on this night.

     The loss moves us into a 1st place tie with Arvest in the league at 6-1. We return to action on Tuesday night versus Preferred Office. See you all there at 6:30.


Sizz Week 7 - Player of the Week - Austin Cole
Austin Cole

Our player of the week for week 7 of the season is Austin Cole. Austin had a couple of rebounds and played really good defense in the game tonight versus Graduate Sales. He was really involved in the game more tonight and was around the ball a lot. We tried to get him a basket and despite getting off a couple of shots, he just couldn't get one to fall. Austin has improved and keeps trying his best. Great job this week Austin, we are proud of you!



2010-11 FINAL Goldtrap Pee Wee League Standings

Arvest Bank                  9-1 

Western Sizzlin            7-3

Graduate Sales              6-4

Dale Crampton               4-6

Army Surplus                4-6

Preferred Office          0-10


2010-11 Goldtrap Pee Wee Scores

Week 1

Dale Crampton - 30             Preferred Office - 5

Arvest Bank - 19                 Graduate Sales - 4

Western Sizzlin - 24          Army Surplus - 12


Week 2

Graduate Sales - 18            Preferred Office - 9

Western Sizzlin - 21          Dale Crampton - 9

Arvest Bank - 34                Army Surplus - 25


Week 3

Western Sizzlin - 33          Preferred Office - 15

Arvest Bank - 33               Dale Crampton - 9

Graduate Sales - 22           Army Surplus - 19     


Week 4

Dale Crampton - 22             Army Surplus - 16

Arvest Bank - 23                 Preferred Office - 6

Western Sizzlin - 20           Graduate Sales - 14    


Week 5

Western Sizzlin - 34           Army Surplus - 31

Dale Crampton - 20              Preferred Office - 8

Arvest Bank - 14                  Graduate Sales -  11


Week 6

Army Surplus - 24               Preferred Office - 17

Western Sizzlin - 22           Arvest Bank - 18

Graduate Sales - 19              Dale Crampton - 16 

Graduate Sales - 20              Dale Crampton - 13 


Week 7

Arvest Bank - 18                   Western Sizzlin - 14

Arvest Bank - 18                   Dale Crampton - 7

Western Sizzlin - 35            Preferred Office - 9

Graduate Sales - 31               Army Surplus - 26


Week 8

Army Surplus - 22                Preferred Office - 13

Arvest Bank - 29                  Preferred Office - 13

Army Surplus - 41                Dale Crampton - 36

Graduate Sales - 24              Western Sizzlin - 9