Sizz Basketball: 2013 Season

Arvest outlasts Sizz 29-18 in slugfest!
big fight

In a game that was more like football without pads, Arvest proved to be just too big and physical for us on this night. I tried to warn the guys in practice that Arvest would be the roughest team in the league and they play very physical basketball. They know that the boys club officials don't call much and they took every advantage of that. I see nothing wrong with it, but to beat them you have to be just as physical as they are and on this night we were not. The game was won on the boards, as I can't imagine how bad they outrebounded us.

The opening quarter I think some of our kids were in shock at how physical the game was being played. Arvest jumped on us early getting a couple of baskets off offensive rebounds. We missed several point blank shots in the opening quarter and their seemed to be a lid on our basket. Both teams struggled to get off very good looks at the basket, but Arvest continued to pound us on the boards. By the end of the quarter, we were down 6-0. Arvest would score the first two baskets of the 2nd quarter and it looked like this one might be a blowout but our kids respounded. Luke Watson sank a jumper and Seth Hewett did the same to pull us within 10-4. Our defense tightened up and we stopped Arvest from penetrating the lane against our zone. We sank a couple of free throws to pull within 10-7 by the half.

The 3rd quarter was back and forth for a while and Arvest held a 15-8 lead. Avery Walker drove for his second basket of the quarter and Parker Wehunt sank a jumper to pull us within 15-12. Arvest would sink a couple of short jumpers right before the end of the quarter to extend their lead to 19-12. The final quarter we really hit the wall physically and never could get closer than 5 points the rest of the game. We cleared the bench with a couple minutes left and Arvest would coast to the 29-18 win.

I was proud of our kids effort and you can bet that we will be ready for them in our rematch on February 5th. This one was a non-conference game, so the next one is the one that really matters and we will come in with a much different game plan and attitude the next time around. See you all at practice on Monday at 7:00.

 

 



Sizz Week 1 - Player of the Week - Avery Walker
Avery Walker

 

Our player of the week for week 1 of the season is Avery Walker. Avery had a good game versus Arvest on Tuesday nght. He finished the game with 4 points and 6 rebounds. He was all over the floor on defense and teams in our league are going to really get sick of seeing him over the next two seasons. He hustles non-stop and plays that "mad dog" kind of defense I love to see kids play with. Awesome job this week Avery, we are very proud of you!

 

 



Sizz wins sloppy game over Army Surplus, 22-13
Ball around rim

Well, it sure wasn't the prettiest game ever played that's for sure. Both teams looked very sloppy out there tonight at times. I will say one thing for our kids, they sure hustled all over the floor. We were diving for loose balls, fighting for rebounds and playing very physical defense. I saw some improvement in those areas from last week, that's for sure. The opening quarter we smoothered Army Surplus into turnover after turnover on most trips down the floor. While we were not scoring at will, we were able to get the ball in the hole a few times. Parker Wehunt, Avery Walker and Christian Smitherman all hit shots to give us a 6-0 lead. After Army made a free throw, Luke Watson would do the same to make it a 7-1 Sizz lead after one full quarter of play.

The 2nd quarter was just plain ugly basketball by both teams. Most trips resulted in turnovers and it was not pretty to watch. Avery did manage to hit a shot to extend our lead to 9-1, but that would be the only scoring for the entire quarter. At the half we held the 8 point lead. In the 3rd quarter, Army began to hit some long range jump shots and started to climb back into the game. On our end of the floor, we were getting good looks at the basket but could not get much of anything to go in. Parker Wehunt drove the lane for a basket to make it a 13-7 Sizz lead. After another long range bomb by Army, Parker once again hit a shot, this time from the baseline to extend our lead to 15-9 by the end of the quarter.

The final quarter we put the game away, as we had four players score in the final 6 minutes of play. Seth Hewett scored off an offensive rebound and Luke Watson did the same to put this one out of reach at 19-9. After a couple of baskets by Army, Parker sank a shot and Smitty hit 1 of 2 free throws to make the final 22-13. Like I said before, it was not pretty but it was a win. I'm proud of the hustle the guys showed tonight. We have a lot of work to do in practice on our offensive game and we will get that done next Monday.

We were led tonight in scoring by Parker's 10 points and 6 rebounds. He was a real beast out there for us tonight. Avery Walker had a good game with 4 points and 5 rebounds, but I can't say enough about Avery's incredible defense and constant hustle. Luke Watson had a good game with 3 points and 8 rebounds. I really saw Luke get physical on the glass tonight and that was good to see. Christian Smitherman had a nice game with 3 points and 5 rebounds. We have got to get Smitty the ball more as he was open numerous times tonight but we did not get the ball to him. Seth Hewett battled very hard on the glass and played great defense for us tonight. He finished with 2 points and 8 big rebounds. Cam Coleman, Michael Hall and Noah Ralston all played very good on defense and helped us get the big win tonight. Great job Sizz and see you guys on Saturday at 12:00 for pictures.

 

 



Sizz Week 2 - Player of the Week - Parker Wehunt
Parker

 

Our player of the week for this week is Parker Wehunt. Parker had a real good game versus Army Surplus tonight. He finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds. With us being short players due to a school play, Parker really did well playing point guard for most of the game. He took good care of the ball and really played hard out there. Great job Parker, we are very proud of you!

 



Sizz delivers "knock out" blow to Cole Goodman, 33-17!
boxer

Well, they say it's not how you start but how you finish. That can be said about our game today versus Cole Goodman, that's for sure. While we could not get our motor started in the opening quarter, we sure kicked it in high gear the final three quarters of the game and blew out Cole Goodman, 33-17.

The opening quarter neither team could get much going on offense. We turned the ball over numerous times and just looked really sloppy. We were fouling too much on defense trying to stop Cole Goodman's fantastic point guard, Luke Wyatt. Neither team would score until about the 2:00 minute mark of the 1st quarter, when Luke Wyatt got free for a lay-up and a 2-0 Cole Goodman lead. He would then hit a bucket late in the quarter and after one full quarter of play we were down 4-0. The 2nd quarter we finally got our offense going and Ethan Arnold caught fire for us. But before that happened, Seth Hewett got us kick-started with a basket in the lane off an offensive rebound and then hit a free throw to pull us within 4-3. Ethan then started getting good screens from Parker Wehunt and Samuel Carlisle, which broke him free for several short jumpers from the free throw line. He really had his little "runner" shot working today and we relled off 8 straight points to take a 8-4 lead. Parker would then hit a short baseline jumper and Ethan would sink a couple more baskes to give us a 15-8 lead by the half. 

The 3rd quarter both teams started heating up on offense. Our defense really had a hard time slowing down their point guard and he got us in all sorts of foul trouble. He was probably the quickest player we will face all season long. We finally were able to pack our zone in and it stopped him from penetrating. That really slowed down their offense, as he was their only real scroring threat. Offensively for us, Parker drove the lane for a couple of easy baskets and Ethan would knock down a couple more jumpers to give us a 23-13 lead by the end of the 3rd quarter. The final quarter Ethan would remain "red hot" as I swear I seen smoke coming from his fingers at one time :) Our defense really played well in the final quarter as we were getting good efforts from guys like Samuel Carlisle, Michael Hall, Seth Hewett and Christian Smitherman. Luke, Avery and Noah were all over the floor as well and we really finally was able to put the clamps down on their offense. The game would end with us taking bragging rights back to Goldtrap with a 33-17 win.

The win moves us to 2-1 on the season with our first conference game coming up on Tuesday night, 7:30 at Goldtrap versus an un-defeated Graduate Sales team. should be a fun game and a challenge for our kids. See you at practie on Monday at 7:00.

 



Sizz lets one slip away, 26-22!
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Not sure what to say about this game except we sure let one slip away tonight. It was a tale of two halves, as we totally dominated the 1st half of play, leading 15-3 at the half. The last two quarters Graduate Sales returned the favor, outscoring us 23-7 the last 12 minutes of the game to come away with a 26-22 win. We quit doing the things that got us the big lead in the 1st half and we as coaches did not make the adjustments we needed to stop their run in the 2nd half.

The opening quarter was a defensive battle, as both teams were playing hard and finding points hard to come by. Avery Walker did knock down a couple of baskets to give us an early 4-2 lead. After a free throw by Graduate Sales, Ethan Arnold would hit a free throw of his own to make ut a 5-3 Sizz lead after one quarter of play. The 2nd quarter we really took advantage of their best player being on the bench. Our 2nd quarter team really pressured the ball and forced numerous turnovers, which lead to easy baskets for us on the other end of the floor. Parker Wehunt and Luke Watson both chipped in 4 points each in the quarter and Seth Hewett knocked down a basket to give us a 15-3 lead by the half. We held Graduate Sales scoreless in the entire quarter and looked as if we were going to cruise to an easy win.

The final two quarters would be a different ballgame. Graduate Sales would have their "main man" back on the floor, in William Releford. He broke down our defense on several trips down the floor and drove the lane for easy baskets. We kept getting too spread out on defense which allowed Graduate Sales to penetrate our zone and get some easy points. Staffan Fak knocked down a couple of baseline jumpers and suddenly this was a 17-16 Sizz lead after three quarters of play. At one point in the final quarter I got pretty frustrated because it seemed Graduate Sales was driving into the lane out of control and getting fouls called on us. But my old coach always told me, good things happen when you attack the basket, and it sure did happen for them. They took a 22-20 lead with less than two minutes to play. Ethan then knocked down a jump shot to tie the game. A couple of baskets would give them a 26-22 lead and we could not get any closer as this one would end. It sure was a fun game for the fans to watch. Both teams played hard, but we just made some stupid mistakes, both on and off the floor, and allowed this game to slip away from us. As coaches we did not play enough kids in the final two quarters of the game and that will not happen again!

After the Christmas break, we will practice on Thursday, January 3rd @ 7pm. We will then practice on Monday, January 7th at 7pm. Our next game is not until Saturday, January 12th @ 2pm versus Dale Crampton. I hope you all have a very blessed Christmas and a happy new year!

 

 



Sizz Week 3 - Player of the Week - Ethan Arnold
Ethan Arnold

 

Our player of the week for week 3 of the season is Ethan Arnold. Ethan had a great game on Saturday versus Cole Goodman, scoring 24 points and grabbing down 3 rebounds. On Tuesday night he came up with 5 ponts and 6 rebounds in a tough loss to Graduate Sales. Ethan is our primary point guard and doing a great job taking care of the ball. Great job this week Ethan, we are very proud of you!

 

 



Sizz releases "mad dog" defense on Dale Crampton!
mad dog

Wow, finally we played the way we are capable of playing. We have been waiting for that all season long. Now we must bring that kind of effort and intensity to our next game and build from there. I was so proud of the guys after Saturday's game. We made Dale Crampton look really bad at times and they have just as much talent as we do on their team. They came out flat and we came out hungry. We outrebounded them by several dozen rebounds and the kids were as aggressive on defense as I have ever seen them. The result would be an easy Sizz win, 26-7.

The opening quarter we came right out attacking them on both ends of the floor. Dale Crampton seemed to be in shock and they must have thought we had 8 defenders on the floor at times. When they did get a shot off, it was one shot and one shot only. Seth Hewett and Ethan Arnold was getting every rebound in the opening quarter. Avery Walker was a beast at the top of our zone and caused all kinds of turnovers and mistakes by the Dale Crampton point guard. He and Luke Watson did not let Dale Crampton near the basket for most of the quarter and we held them scoreless the first six minutes of the game. Offensively, Luke drove to the basket for a couple of easy layups and Seth scored off a couple of offensive rebounds. Ethan would sink a jump shot and free throw and suddenly it was 11-0 after the first quarter of play.

Our 2nd quarter group did not let up at all. They really came out and played just as hard as our first quarter group did. Christian Smitherman picked up right were Seth left off, getting every rebound. Smitty also drove to the hole for a couple of nice shots to make it a 15-0 game. Dale Crampton finally got on the board but we came right back with a basket from Parker Wehunt. We continued to make it very tough for them to get good looks at the basket. By the end of the quarter we had built a 19-3 lead and were totally in control of the game.

The 3rd quarter both teams really played very good defense and neither could get much going on offense. Despite the big lead our kids continued to play hard and aggressive. Avery and Ethan would both score in the quarter but that would be the only points scored by either team and heading into the final six minutes of play we had a 23-3 lead. The final quarter the mercy rule was in effect and the time went by quick. Samuel Carlisle would knock down a short jumper for us and Luke would hit a free throw to make the final score 26-7 in this one. We had 7 players score in the game and this one was a total team effort. Great job today Sizz, we are very proud of you guys. The win moves us to 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in league play. We return to action on Tuesday night at 6:30 versus National Family. See you all at practice on Monday.

 



Sizz Week 4 - Player of the Week - Seth Hewett
Seth Hewett

 

Our player of the week for week 4 of the season is Seth Hewett. He was awesome out there today for our team. He ended with 4 points and 12 huge rebounds. We were going against a much bigger team today in Dale Crampton and we told the guys they must really be aggressive on the boards and Seth did jut that. He was awesome today both on the glass and on defense. He always plays so hard and he has really become a leader for our team. I could not be prouder of him and the way he has been playing for our team. Great job Seth, we are very proud of you!

 



Sizz runs away from National Family, 37-28!
shooting free throw

In a game that went back and forth for most of the night, we would use a 8-0 run in the 3rd quarter to put this one away. Both teams played hard and both should be proud of their effort. Our movement on offense was not what it was on Saturday versus Dale Crampton. We finally started moving the ball better in the 3rd quarter and started making the extra pass.

The opening quarter both teams came out a bit shaky. We missed a few easy shots right under the basket and we were not rebounding like we did on Saturday. Seth Hewett was at times the only player we had battling hard in the paint for rebounds. He grabbed down 6 boards in the opening quarter alone. Avery Walker got us on the board with a couple of drives thru the lane. Ethan Arnold would then sink a short jump shot to give us a 6-2 lead. Seth would then score off an offensive rebound to make it an 8-2 Sizz lead. National would then sink a couple of shots in the lane to pull within 8-6. Seth would connect on a free throw right before the end of the quarter and we held a 9-6 lead after one quarter of play.

The 2nd quarter we really thought we would have a huge advantage with their main point guard on the bench. Our 2nd quarter team just came out and did not play very aggressive at all. We let National Family pass the ball around at ease on offense for many possessions and only had a player or two trying to get in someone's face and guard. After a Luke Watson free throw, National scored on two straight possessions to tie the game at 10. We would then go on a 6-0 run to close the quarter. We got a couple of baskets from Parker Wehunt and a bucket from Luke to make it a 16-10 Sizz lead at the half. Christian Smitherman did a good job on National's big man, Tristan Lane for most of the quarter. Tristan scored a couple of baskets off offensive rebounds but Smitty then smoothered him the rest of the quarter to help us build the 6-point half-time lead.

The 3rd quarter we really came out and put the game away. We went on a 10-2 run to start the quarter and built a 26-12 lead with the quarter winding down. Ethan scored 5 points in the quarter, while Avery, Luke and Seth all chipped in a basket each to build the 14-point lead. Just when it looked like it was over, National had other ideas. They put together a run of their own and refused to go away quietly. They pulled within 27-18 by the end of the quarter and this was a game again. The final quarter both teams exchanged baskets and we maintained a 9-10 point lead for the rest of the game. Avery, Ethan and Luke would all knock down a basket in the quarter. Seth would score a couple more baskets off offensive rebounds to add to his points total. The game would end with us notching a 37-28 win.

We had 5 different players score in the game tonight and had some really solid defensive efforts by some other guys. Ethan and Seth led us with 9 points each. Seth also grabbed 10 big rebounds. Avery finished with 8 points and Luke ended the game with 7 points and 5 boards. Parker had a good game with 4 points and 6 rebounds. Cam Coleman and Michael Hall really did a good job of playing good defense on the low block and helped us battle on the glass. Christian Smitherman had to guard a much bigger player most of the night and really did a good job of not allowing him to get many rebounds or catch the ball on offense. Samuel Carlisle and Noah Ralston continues to really show hustle out there on the floor and despite not scoring, both kids really did some good things for us defensively. This was another total team effort and a good win for our kids. We return to action next Tuesday night at 7:30 versus a very good Optimist team. We are tied with them for 2nd place in the league standings, so we really need a good effort on Tuesday. See you all at practice on Monday night at 7:00.

 

  



Sizz stays "hot" with win over Optimist, 29-20!
Basketball on fire

We sure have been playing better basketball after the Christmas break and it showed once again Tuesday night versus a good Optimist team. They have quickness all over the floor and big guys inside that can battle with the best in the league. I told our kids this game was going to be sort of a measuring stick to see how much we have improved since that bad loss to Graduate Sales before the holiday break. Our kids really came out and responded well and showed they were up to the challenge.

We came out and set the tone with our defense in the opening quarter. Optimist struggled to get good looks at the basket as our defense was swarming all over the floor. Offensively, Avery Walker sank a couple of long jumpers from the wing to give us a 4-0 lead. Ethan Arnold followed that up with a couple of baskets of his own and we had a 9-2 lead after one quarter of play. The 2nd quarter Optimist tried to claw their way back into the game, but our defense continued to play well. Parker Wehunt controlled the boards and was doing damage on the offensive end as well. He knocked down a couple of jumpers to extend our lead to 13-8. Christian Smitherman would add to our lead as he scored off an offensive rebound to make it a 15-8 Sizz lead at the half.

The 3rd quarter we started to struggle some on offense and couldn't get a shot to fall. Optimist beat us down the court for several easy baskets and suddenly this was a game again at 15-12. Ethan stopped their run with a couple of jumpers in the paint to build our lead to 19-12. Optimist would then score the last two baskets of the quarter to pull back within striking distance. It seemed we just couldn't put them away. The 3rd quarter was a series of small runs by both teams. The final quarter we got back to doing what was working earlier in the game and our defense once again clamped down on Optimist, as we outscored them 10-4 in the quarter. Ethan stayed red hot and sank three jumpers in the quarter. The Lavaca connection, Luke and Avery both hit shots and we would coast to a 29-20 win.

It was a great team effort by our kids in this game. Ethan led us with 14 points and 3 rebounds. Optimist had no answer for him the entire night. His size created a huge matchup problem for the smaller Optimist guards. He was able to get his shot off over them all night. Avery Walker had another great game with 7 points and 1 rebound. His defense is awesome at the top of our zone and he really caused all sorts of problems for the Optimist point guards. Parker Wehunt had another good game with 4 points and 13 rebounds. At times, it seemed no one got a rebound but Parker. He was a beast on the glass. Luke Watson really did a good job on defense and shut down on of the best players for Optimist, Ian Hindmarsh. Luke also really did well at point guard in the 2nd quarter and finished with 2 points and 4 rebounds. Christian Smitherman knocked down a shot and grabbed 4 boards on the night, while playing great defense in the paint. Seth Hewett did not score in the game but had a huge night on the glass, as he snatched 10 boards in the game. Michael Hall, Samuel Carlisle, Noah Ralston and Cam Coleman did not score in the game but each of them played really good defense. I'm very proud of their effort and those four played a big part in our win in this game. Great job Sizz. See you all next Monday night at practice!

 

 



Sizz Week 6 - Player of the Week - Luke Watson
Luke Watson

 

Our player of the week for week 6 of the season is Luke Watson. Luke had a good game this week versus Optimist. He scored 2 points and had 4 rebounds. He played great defense on one of Optimist best players on the wing. Luke has also really stepped up the last couple of weeks and has been playing a lot of point guard for our team. He has really stepped up to the challenge and has done a great job taking care of the ball and making things happen on offense. Great job Luke, we are very proud of you!

 



2nd quarter run sparks Sizz over Preferred, 39-16!
Scoreboard

What early looked like a dogfight turned out to be an easy win for Sizz against Preferred Office tonight. The opening quarter both teams were playing very aggressive defense and neither could get much going offensively. A 15-0 second quarter run by our guys would put this game away and give Preferred their first conference loss of the season.

The opening quarter would see some aggressive defense being played by both teams. We were forcing turnovers by Preferred but couldn't turn many of them into points. Ethan Arnold would score all 6 points for us in the quarter and after six minutes of play this game was tied up. The 2nd quarter we really turned up the heat on defense and made a slight change to what we were doing and it made all the difference in the world. We forced Preferred into bad passes and turnovers on most trips down the floor. Ethan Arnold and Luke Watson converted many of those turnovers into points for Sizz. Christian Smitherman was playing like I have never seen him before on the defensive end of the floor. He had to guard one of the biggest and strongest players in the league in Marlon Briggs. Im not sure I could have guarded Marlon better than Smitty did. Preferred could not get Marlon the ball and that caused all sorts of problems for their offense. Parker Wehunt and Christian would both knock down jumpers and we would reel off a 15-0 run in the quarter to take a 21-6 lead at the half.

We reminded the guys about the Graduate Sales game earlier in the season when we blew a 15-3 halftime lead. But this is a different team now than it was back in early December. The guys really stepped up to the challeng and kept the heat on Preferred. Parker and Luke would both knock down jumpers and we had extended our lead to 25-6. After a couple of baskets by Preferred, Parker once again attacked the baseline and scored on a nice pass from Smitty. Luke would sink another basket and we held a 31-13 lead after three full quarters of play. I was really proud of how the guys didn't let up and kept the defensive pressure on Preferred in the 3rd quarter.

The final quarter we would make sure all the guys got plenty of playing time and we would cruise to a 39-16 win. The win moves us into 2nd place in the league standings, just one game behind Arvest, who we face Tuesday night at 6:30. All the guys really played well tonight and it was once again a total team effort. All 9 players did some really good things on the floor and the difference was we never would let them get into any sort of offense because our defense was so aggressive. Ethan led us with 14 points, while Luke had 9 points and 4 boards. Parker Wehunt had a great game on both ends of the floor and finished with 8 points and 4 rebounds. Christian Smitherman was our MVP tonight, with his defense on Marlon. Smitty finished with 4 points and 8 rebounds. Seth also did a great job guarding Marlon when he was in there and notched 4 points and 4 rebounds. Avery Walker was once again a beast on defense and really is a big reason the Preferred point guards will sleep well tonight. Cam Coleman also played a huge role tonight as he guarded one of Preferred's better players, Sam Roper. Cam held him to just two points in the game. Noah Ralston and Michael Hall continue to improve with each and every game. Their defense tonight was great and both kids attacked the basket on offense. Michael also made a great pass to Smitty for an easy basket in the 4th quarter. Once again, great job guys. We coaches are very proud of you and it's good to seeing us playing as a team and playing so well. We are peaking at the right time with the city tournament just around the corner. See you all on Monday night at practice. Biggest practice of the season, so we need everyone there!

 



Sizz Week 7 - Player of the Week - Christian Smitherman
Smitty

 

Our player of the week for week 7 of the season is Christian Smitherman. Smitty had a break out game Tuesday night versus Preferred Office. He scored 4 points and had 8 rebounds in the game. But his prescence in the game was really felt at the defensive end of the floor. He guarded a very big and physical player in Marlon Briggs and held Marlon to just 4 points in the game. It was an awesome defensive performance by Christian! In the 2nd quarter, Smitty totally shut Marlon down and that sparked a 15-0 run that was the difference in the game. Great job Christian, we are so very proud of you!

 



Sizz upsets Arvest Bank, 29-25!
Wow

Wow, what a night at Goldtrap it was on Tuesday night! Our game versus Arvest was one of the best pee wee basketball games I have seen in some years. Both teams really played their hearts out and both teams should be proud of their effort in this one. Arvest has been running over everyone in their path all season long and our kids knew it was going to take a special effort to beat those guys. Arvest is very well coached by Coach Travis and Coach Phil. Those guys really get their teams to play a tough and physical style of basketball. Our kids were up to the challenge and showed that they are as good as anyone when they play like they're capable of playing. I could not be prouder of them!

We had scouted Arvest on several occasions and knew they presented all sorts of problems due to the numerous defenses they run and their ability to run the fast break. We really felt like we had our bases covered and really had a good practice Monday night, working on things they would throw at us. The kids brought our practice to the game and the result would be our biggest win of the season. Let's see how it all went down.

The opening quarter was more like a boxing match at times than a basketball game. Both teams were playing very physical. We did a great job of limiting the number of touches Arvests' best player, Landon was getting with the ball. Luke Watson was all over him and kept him from getting the ball back after he passed off. Luke was outstanding in this game! We battled tough on the boards and was doing our best to keep their big man, Jack Hannan off the offensive rebounds. Seth Hewett played a great game and really battled Jack on the boards. Seth did not back down and stood his ground. Also a player that came up huge for us was Cam Coleman. Cam had three rebounds in the quarter and picked off at least 5 or 6 passes to give the ball back to our defense. Great job Cam!!! Offensively we got a baskets from Ethan Arnold, Luke Watson and Seth Hewett to take a 6-4 lead after the first quarter of play. It was by far the least amount of points Arvest had scored in a quarter all season. Our defense was doing a great job and really making it tough for them to run the offense they normally run.

The 2nd quarter we kept the defensive pressure on and caused numerous turnovers for Arvest. They had trouble getting past the top of our defense, as Avery Walker and Luke Watson made life miserable for their guards. Christian Smitherman picked off several Arvest passes and had numerous steals in the quarter. Parker Wehunt sank a short jumper in the lane to give us a 8-4 lead. After a basket by Arvest, Luke scored on a baseline runner to make it a 10-6 Sizz lead. Later in the quarter we got another basket from Luke and a free throw to give us a 13-8 lead at the half.  

You could tell Arvest was shaken, for this was the first time they had been behind at the half all season long. We stressed to the guys that they would make a run in the 3rd quarter but to keep our heads and play through it. As it turns out, they did make a run at us early in the quarter. They got free on a couple of fast breaks and scored off a few offensive boards. They would outscore us 10-4 in the quarter to take an 18-17 lead heading into the final six minutes of play. The final quarter would be back and forth the entire way. Both teams had kids making play after play. Christian really stepped up for us big time in the quarter and hit a couple of huge baskets. Neither team led by more than two points the entire quarter until late in the game. Ethan Arnold sank his second jumper of the quarter to give us a 23-21 lead with 1:30 remaining. After an Arvest basket, Christian scored and was fouled to give us a 26-23 lead. Arvest once again scored on a basket by Landen Chaffey to pull within one. Ethan Arnold then hit his biggest shot of the year with a jumper from the lane to give us a 28-25 lead. We then got a defensive stop as Seth and Christian stopped Jack from scoring inside and grabbed the rebound. Parker was fouled with just a few seconds remaining and sank a free throw to ice the game and give us the 29-25 win. The buzzer sounded and our kids went nuts. What a great win for our team and this fine group of kids. They deserved to win the game and they did. Shows how hard work really does pay off.

We really had balanced scoring tonight as we had 5 players score in the game. Ethan lead us with 8 points and 5 rebounds. He also did a great job defending all night. At times he guarded a couple of different players. Luke Watson finished with 7 points and 5 rebounds. He had the task of guarding Landen all night and did a great job on him. You cannot shut down a player as good as Landon but Luke did as good a job as you can do on him the entire game. Smitty was the hero of the 4th quarter and finished with 7 points and 9 huge rebounds. What a complete game he played on both ends of the floor! Parker Wehunt also was awesome tonight with 5 points and 4 rebounds. Parker was not feeling well, so to play as good as he did was incredible. Seth Hewett finished with 2 points and 7 rebounds, but played great defense on Jack in the middle. Cam Coleman did not score but we would not have won without the defense he played in that 1st quarter. Avery Walker did not score but was great on defense in the 2nd quarter. Noah Ralston and Michael Hall also played very well on defense and helped us to get our biggest win of the season tonight. The win puts us in 1st place in the league standings and a win over Army Surplus next week will give us the league championship and the overall (1) seed in the upcoming city tournnament that begins February 18th at Evans.



Sizz Week 8 - Player of the Week - Cam Coleman
Cam Coleman

 

Our player of the week for this week is Cam Coleman. Cam had a great game tonight versus Arvest and was a big reason we were able to pull off the upset. Cam had three rebounds in the game and came up with 5 or 6 steals. He played great defense on the wing, guarding one of Arvest's better wing players. Cam has really started playing well for our team and we are very proud of him. Great job tonight Cam!

 

 



Sizz wraps up League Title with win over Army, 33-19!
Trophy

We had a lot on the line going into Tuesday night's game with Army surplus. A win would give us the league championship and overall #1 seed from Goldtrap in the up-coming city tournament. Even with all that on the line, I knew our kids would not be near as pumped up as they were to play Arvest last week. I knew there would be sort of a letdown and sometimes you play down to your competition. Early on in this one it looked that way, but our kids made a surge late in the 1st quarter and never looked back.

The opening quarter both teams came out hitting shots. Army Surplus scored on their first possession with a basket from Nathan Appleyard. Luke Watson would quickly tie the game as he hit a 15-foot jump shot. After Nathan scored again, so did Luke to tie the game at 4. It was back and forth the first couple of minutes but then our defense turned up the heat and started causing Army into some turnovers. Ethan Arnold caught fire and reeled off a couple of baskets to give us a 8-4 lead. Avery Walker then scored to make it a 10-4 game. After a basket by Army, Ethan would sink another jump shot and score off an inbounds play to give us a 14-6 lead after the 1st quarter of play.

The 2nd quarter would be just plain ugly basketball by both teams. We had a smaller lineup in the game and Army's size really hurt us in the quarter. They blocked several shots and would not let us inside the paint. Our only basket of the quarter would be a nice move by Christian Smitherman to give us a 16-8 lead. Both teams turned the ball over a lot in the quarter and by the end of the quarter, Army had crawled back into this game at 16-10.

We really challenged the guys to put this game away in the 3rd quarter and that's exactly what we did. We held Army scoreless in the quarter with our swarming defense. They were forced to jack up long jumpers most of the quarter and we built a 21-10 lead behind a basket from Seth Hewett and three points from Ethan Arnold. By the end of the quarter this one was well in hand. The final quarter we got our offense going again. Christian scored off a great pass by Avery Walker. Michael Hall got his first basket of the game with a nice put-back off an offensive rebound. Luke and Avery would also sink jumpers in the quarter. Both teams got to play all their players good minutes in the final quarter and this one would end with us notching the 33-19 win.

The win clinches the Goldtrap Pee Wee League championship and gives us the #1 seed heading into the City tournament that starts on Monday night at Evans. We get a 1st round bye and will play the winner of the #5 seed from Evans versus #6 Army Surplus. That game will be next Saturday, February 23rd @ 11:00am at Evans boys/girls Club. 

Great job in this game Sizz and all season. You guys have been a pleasure to be around and coach. You all have improved so much during the season and it's great to see us playing as a team. Now lets go win us a city championship! Go Sizz!!!

 



Goldtrap Pee Wee League Champs!
Pee Wee Champs

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Sizz Week 9 Player of the Week - Michael Hall
Michael Hall

 

Our player of the week for this week is Michael Hall. Michael, despite fighting some sickness, had a good game versus Army Surplus on Tuesday night. He scored 2 points and had a couple of rebounds. Michael also came up with several steals and played really good on the defensive end. Michael has really improved since last season, especially defensively. Michael has played several positions for our team and always does it with a great attitude and gives 110%. Great job Michael, we are very proud of you!

 



2012-13 Goldtrap Pee Wee Basketball Scores

*Denotes = non-conference game

Week 1 

*Optimist - 23                   Geno's Pizza - 21

*National Family - 21         Army Surplus - 18

*Graduate Sales - 21          Dale Crampton - 15

*Arvest Bank - 29              Western Sizz - 18

*Optimist - 19                     Preferred Office - 12

 

Week 2

*Graduate Sales - 14           Carman Trucking - 10

*Western Sizz - 22            Army Surplus - 13

*Arvest Bank - 34               Preferred Office - 14

*National Family - 27          Dale Crampton - 19

*Western Sizz - 33            Cole Goodman - 17

*Graduate Sales - 24          Optimist - 23

Preferred Office - 27        Army Surplus - 18

 

Week 3

*Preferred Office - 20       UAW - 10

Optimist - 34                      Dale Crampton - 18

Arvest Bank - 35                 National Family - 12

Graduate Sales - 26            Western Sizz - 22

 

Week 4

*Dale Crampton - 23           Shelter - Wagoner - 22

Optimist - 31                      National Family - 27

Arvest Bank - 32                Army Surplus - 20

Preferred Office - 27         Graduate Sales - 26

Western Sizz - 26              Dale Crampton - 7

*Glidewell Dist - 26            Optimist - 24  

 

Week 5

*Army Surplus - 29             Arch Glass - 6

Preferred Office - 23        Dale Crampton - 13

Western Sizz - 37             National Family - 28

Arvest Bank - 49               Optimist - 30

Graduate Sales - 41            Army Surplus - 29 

 

Week 6

*Preferred Office - W      Custom Awards - L

Army Surplus - 34             Dale Crampton - 28

Arvest Bank - 36               Graduate Sales - 20

Western Sizz - 29             Optimist - 20

 Preferred Office - 32       National Family - 13

 

Week 7

*Arvest Bank - W              Hometown Computer - L

Graduate Sales - 38           National Family - 29

Optimist - 29                    Army Surplus - 19

Western Sizz - 39            Preferred Office - 16 

 

Week 8

Graduate Sales - 34           Dale Crampton - 28

Western Sizz - 29              Arvest Bank - 25

Optimist - 39                     Preferred Office - 22

Army Surplus - 34             National Family - 29 

 

Week 9

*Hawthorne Dental - W     Graduate Sales - L

Arvest Bank - 42               Preferred Office - 21

Western Sizz - 33            Army Surplus - 19

National Family - 33         Dale Crampton - 21          

 

 



FINAL Goldtrap Pee Wee Standings

                                     League                Overall

Western Sizzlin               6-1                     8-2       (League Champs) 

Arvest Bank                     6-1                     9-1

Optimist                          4-2                      6-4

Graduate Sales                 4-2                      7-2

Preferred Office             4-3                      6-5 

Army Surplus                   2-5                      3-7  

National Family                1-6                      3-6 

Dale Crampton                  0-7                      1-9



Sizz advances to Elite 8 with 25-12 win over Carman!
Road to final four logo

Well, we might have had those first game tourney jitters early on but once we got them out of our system, we put away a good Carman Trucking team to advance to the "Elite 8" of the FSBGC Pee Wee City Tourney. We will now face a very good #3 seed from Stephens, Davis Printing on Tuesday night at 6:30 at Evans.

Early on in this game you could tell that we had not played or practiced in over a week. We missed some easy shots and couldn't get nothing to go down for a few minutes. Seth Hewett got us going with a couple of baskets off offensive rebounds. Seth was once again a warrior for us in the paint. Ethan Arnold would knock down a jump shot for a 6-0 Sizz lead. After a basket by Carman Trucking, Avery Walker would answer with a jumper from the top of the key for a 9-2 Sizz lead as the opening quarter came to a close.

The 2nd quarter our defense continued to make life tough on Carman. They had trouble getting near the basket, much less getting good shots off. Luke Watson knocked down a jumper to extend our lead to 11-2. After a basket and free throw by Carman, Christian Smitherman would score off a nice pass from Parker Wehunt to give us a 13-5 lead. The two teams exchanged some turnovers the rest of the quarter and we would head into halftime with an 8-point lead.

The 3rd quarter we would put this game away big time. We had four different players knock down shots in the quarter. Avery, Luke, Ethan and Smitty would all knock down shots to extend our lead to 22-5 by the end of the quarter. Our defense did not allow Carman to score a single basket the entire quarter. The final quarter we got to get all the guys plenty of playing time and we would coast to the 25-12 win. It was a total team effort and our defense was the difference in the game. I had watched Carman two nights earlier score 31 points so I knew that we better come to play or this one could be interesting. Our guys were up to the challenge and made life miserable for the Carman guards all game long. Great job Sizz, now let's bring that same kind of effort on Tuesday night against a good Davis Printing team. See you at Evans by 6:00pm.

 



Sizz advances to Pee Wee City Final Four with win over Davis Printing!
Final four balls

Wow, what a game our kids put together tonight versus Davis Printing. This is the same Davis Printing teams that just a few days ago put up 41 points against a good Evans team. They did not score 41 tonight as our kids came to play some defense and that was the difference in this game. We made it tough for Davis to get good looks at the basket and forced them to take long jump shots. Offensively we attacked at places they were weak and if not for some missed layups, we might have scored 50 points tonight.

The opening quarter we made it clear to Davis that it was not going to be a pleasant night. Our kids were playing aggressive and really came out and took it to the Davis team. Our defense did exactly like we spoke about before the game and packed in our zone and refused to let them drive to the bucket for easy baskets. Davis was forced to throw up long jumpers for most of the quarter. On offense, Ethan Arnold got us going with a couple of baskets for a 4-0 lead. Samuel Carlisle then sank a jump shot from the wing to make it a 6-0 Sizz lead. Seth Hewett was totally controlling the rebounds and Davis got one shot on most trips down the floor. Luke Watson would sink a free throw to give us a 7-0 lead. Right before the buzzer sounded, Davis sank a long 3-pointer to finally get on the board at 7-3.

The 2nd quarter our defense only got stronger. Parker Wehunt was manning the point guard spot and did a good job getting the ball to the hole. Parker scored all 6 of our points in the quarter to extend our lead to 13-3 at the half. Avery Walker was like a bad dream for the Davis poing guard. Avery picked her pocket on several occassions but had trouble finishing at the other end of the floor. He would not give them an inch and Davis continued to struggle to score. Christian Smitherman and Michael Hall picked off several passes to the low block area and we would take a 10-point lead into the break.

The 3rd quarter things only got worse for Davis Printing. Our defense was better than ever and offensively we were picking them apart with some awesome passes and nice shots. We continued to stay in our tight zone and Davis continued to not make any adjustments. Their coaches were too busy yelling at the officials and I guess didn't notice that we were shredding their defense like it wasn't even there. We talked at half about how they were leaving the post and low block open for some high-low action and we took advantage of it. Ethan found Seth and Smitty on several trips down the floor for easy baskets in the paint and our lead continued to grow. Smitty torched Davis for 8 points in the quarter as they never seem to figure out that he was wide open on most trips down the floor. By the end of the quarter the mercy rule was in effect as we had built a 25-5 lead.

The final quarter would be much of the same until late in the game. With 1:30 left and us holding a 27-7 lead, we subbed in to let some of the other kids get some court time. Davis hit a few 3-pointers and shot a bunch of free throws as the refs finally got tired of hearing their coaches yell, so started calling fouls on us every trip down the floor. But in the end the result would be the same and we would coast to the 27-19 win. The game was not near as close as the final score would indicate as we totally dominated the game.

The win moves us to 10-2 on the season and advances us to the Final Four of the tourney. We will face a red hot Gerber team that finished 2nd in the Stephens league this year. They really push the ball and attack you on defense. But I know this much, if our kids bring that same kind of attitude and intensity to the game we can beat anyone. See you all at Evans by 6:00 sharp.

 

 



Gerber wins Pee Wee Basketball City Tournament
Road to final four logo

 

The #2 seed from Stephens, Gerber defeated the #1 seed from Stephens, Sertoma 33-30 on Saturday to with the 2013 Pee Wee City tournament. It was a good game that was back and forth the entire way. Gerber used a 6-0 run late in the 3rd quarter to take the lead and Sertoma was never able to get any closer than two points the rest of the game. Congrats to both teams for great seasons! 


Handout: 2013 Pee Wee Tourney