BAC2SKOOL RECAP

SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

 

6TH-8TH GRADE RECAP

The Basketball Alliance’s 18th Annual Bac2Skool Slamfest turned out to be exactly as expected, an opportunity for teams starting the season early a chance to compete and showcase their talents all under one roof. The event took place in the City of Coral Springs. The Slamfest attracted teams as far west as Fort Myers and as far south as Miami. When it was all said and done teams had the opportunity to put their training into action on the hardwood!

 

TEAM RECAP
BALL BY DESIGN - 6TH GRADE CHAMPIONS
I remember watching this team when they were in 3rd grade. As 3rd graders I was extremely impressed with their fundamentals and ability to actually run their offense with constant ball movement. As 3rd graders they won their 1st State Championship. For the most part, the majority of young teams aren’t able to run continuity offenses with much success. Not the case with this team. They run a very effective offense with multiple options. Fast forward 3 years, same concept, same results, this team is special! The main reason why this team will once again contend for a State Championship is because of their depth in talent. This particular weekend they played with seven players. All seven players can contribute at any given time. As far as an MVP, take your pick. Looking forward to watching this very talented team in the future.
 
DB HOOPS - 6TH GRADE
DB Hoops is a very interesting team to watch. They showed signs of greatness in spurts throughout. Team defense kept them in their games. Offensively, their guards do a really nice job bringing the ball up under pressure. Watching their outside shooting I could tell they have 2-3 solid shooters. Although they have balanced scoring throughout their roster the player that stood out was Andrew Sanchez. Sanchez is an all-around player with the ability to get to the basket. Defensively, he plays the passing lanes and creates problems for his opponent. An energy type player with a huge upside. A player to watch moving forward is Dario Haro, a streaky player with a lot of talent!
 
WOLVERINES BASKETBALL CLUB - 6TH GRADE
Despite going 0-2 in pool play this loaded team found a way to win their semi-final game to play for a championship. With multiple standout players sharing the ball is the reason why they prevailed in their semi-final game. From a coaching standpoint, top notch. I really like the way the players responded to their coaches during the flow of the game and most importantly during timeouts. Joe Diaz-Quintero an All-Tournament recipient played solid all day. A tough player with the ability to score inside and out. Defensively, this kid gets after it. All-Tournament recipient Anthony De La Portilla showed throughout the day he has the ability to develop into a special player. His balanced scoring and all around contribution was evident throughout. Michael Valdes, the recipient of the Hustle Award, is a defensive minded player with a very nice perimeter game. The Wolverines Basketball Club is a top notch organization from top to bottom! Without question possibly the best support group of the weekend. They have so much positive energy and encouragement towards every player. Win, lose, or draw they’re the epitome of a first class organization! On a personal note, thanks to the parents that actually took the time to say thank you! I appreciate your kind words!
 
TEAM BREAKDOWN - 7TH GRADE CHAMPIONS
Team Breakdown is LOADED! With 15 players they have multiple scorers to choose from. Let’s start with Mr. Clutch, lefty Reece Randolph. This kid has the quickest release I’ve ever seen from such a young talent. Unbelievable range with confidence in every shot. Randolph’s quick first step allows him to get to the basket and finish in traffic. Randolph has a huge supporting cast; Daniel Simmons came up big in crucial moments of the game. Simmons played with consistency and dominated the paint. Delvin Dorsonne, an explosive ball handler with the ability to control the tempo of the game, is a complete all-around player. Defensively, Dorsonne takes pride in his athletic ability to defend 94 feet.  Team Breakdown relies on their defense to create offense. A high energy team coupled with athleticism creates a team that can go on a 10-0 run in the blink of an eye. Andu Aballi had a great weekend with consistent scoring & defense while controlling the paint. The most dominating player would have to be Adrian Shackles. Your typical statistical leader in almost every category.
 
MO STEEL - 7TH GRADE
Don’t let their 1-3 record fool you. This team can play. They lost one game by 2 and another game by 4. They could have easily gone 3-1. They have a nice post player that runs the floor extremely well for a player his size. Complementing their interior presence are numerous players capable of lighting it up from beyond the arc. From a coaching standpoint, I really like their young coach. His demeanor and mannerism when addressing an official is example for all to emulate.
 
DB HOOPS - 7TH GRADE
I had the opportunity to watch 3 of the 4 games they played. From the start it was easy to determine that Absalon Cortes carries the majority of the load. A crafty PG with exceptional ball handling skills. A definite threat from the perimeter. Cortes can handle pressure and make the right pass in the paint. I really like his all-around game and attitude. Another standout player is Khalil Volel another outside shooter with range. Automatic from the line and not afraid to mix it up in the paint. Just when you think you have enough outside shooting you have yet another ringer from deep in Jonathan Marquez. Defensively DB Hoops can bring the intensity and force their opponent into bad decisions resulting in turnovers. During timeouts I had the opportunity to listen to their coach’s instructions. Man, these kids actually execute the coach’s play. In one particular game with 1.6 left in a tie game the coach drew up a play with 2 options. I watched the coach illustrate the out of bounds play on his clipboard. The coach specifically emphasized the 2nd option if the 1st option wasn’t there. The play worked perfect, 1st option was taken away, the in-bounder never panicked, 2nd option went to the weak side, inbound pass was perfect, the shot just a bit short. Nevertheless, those kids listened! Offensively, yes, you guessed it, shoot the three ball!
 
DB HOOPS - 8TH GRADE
DB Hoops is capable of having 4 players in double figures; Joshua Milla, Jeremy Fullwood Jr., Lester Gonzalez & Bryan Vergel are good for at least 35 collectively. Vergel showed his range with his outside shooting. Cortes has great court vision and will distribute the ball to the open man. Fullwood can turn it up on the defensive end when called upon.
 
HAVOC HOOPS - 8TH GRADE
Havoc Hoops is led by Jaylon Boneli an all-around player. Jaylon averaged 16.6 points and led his team in steals and assists. Maurice Stephens Jr. had a fantastic weekend as well. Stephens is good for double digit points along with tough interior play in the paint, not to mention defense and the ability to pass. Stephens, in my opinion has a huge upside. Omarie Terry is an athlete with exceptional skills. Defensively he can lock up his defender 94 feet. This kid converted multiple contested shots throughout the day. When I say Omarie has body control in the air that’s exactly what I mean. He can change his shot in midair and finish with contact. At first, I thought it was just a lucky shot, wrong, he did the same thing throughout the day. Zack Castro and Brandon Armenteros had some nice runs as well. Overall, a very well balanced team!

 

CONCLUSION
Wow! Where do I start? I’ll start off by saying, thank you! Thank you for the opportunity to host you and your organization! I hope everyone had a great event and we look forward to your continued support.
Through the spirit of competition let’s not forget about the outstanding sportsmanship displayed by referees, parents & spectators, coaches, and players. The Basketball Alliance’s number one priority is the safety of all concerned. Our referees were professional, our parents and spectators were awesome, our coaches were role models, and our players were respectful.
We have an exciting year ahead of us so make sure to check Score Posted for the entire 2018-2019 schedule and don't forget to mark your calendars for the October 20-21 SLAMFEST!

 

C-YA ON THE COURTS
Respectfully,  Adrian Sosa

HIGH SCHOOL RECAP

The Basketball Alliance’s 18th Annual Bac2Skool Slamfest turned out to be exactly as expected, an opportunity for teams starting the season early a chance to compete and showcase their talents all under one roof. The event took place in the City of Coral Springs. The Slamfest attracted teams as far west as Fort Myers and as far south as Miami. When it was all said and done eight high school teams had the opportunity to put their training into action on the hardwood!
 
FEATURE MATCH-UPS
65 FORT LAUDERDALE PIRATES -VS- 57 LADY LIGHTNING
From our young ladies, the feature game between The Fort Lauderdale Pirates vs Lady Lightning from Fort Myers lived up to the hype. The Pirates feature standouts include c/o 2020 Bella LaChance (1000+ high school career points and Vanderbilt commit) and 2021 Samara Spencer. The backcourt tandem works extremely well feeding off each other’s match-ups. From the jump, I would have to give the backcourt advantage to the Pirates and the post play to the Lightning. Aleisha Curry dominated the post with her exceptional footwork. Alongside of Curry is 2019 standout Michelle Echeveria, an all-around player with the ability to keep a game close with her outside shooting. The Pirates backcourt of LaChance and Spencer combined for 56 of their teams 65 points. Curry and Echeveria combined for 35 points while Tammia Battle contributed with 14 tough points in the paint and mid-range jumpers. The game was tight throughout until standout Curry sustained an injury that definitely slowed her down and eventually forced her to miss the last seven minutes. LaChance and Spencer took control of the game and led the Pirates to a 65-57 victory. Two very well coached teams with exceptional talent.
 
73 THE PREP -VS- 71 TITANS ELITE OT
Titans Elite looked like a completely different team in their second game as they forced OT with the very deep and talented squad from The Prep. The Prep’s Dominic Denny led the way with 32 points taking advantage of 15 points from the line. Tyler Struve added 13 with his consistent scoring throughout. Jared London contributed 9 points and scored 2 crucial points down the stretch. Titan’s Christian Tani kept the game close with his outside shooting, 18 points. Jacques Eugene added 14 points shooting over 80% from the field and 100% from the line. Brennen White added 13 points for the Titans and hit some clutch baskets down the stretch. The game was highly contested on both ends, however, the deciding play was Dominic Denny diving for a loose ball under 2 minutes. That particular play brought the entire team off the bench as timeout was called. The Prep would hold on and eventually win 73-71 in OT.
 

 

STANDOUT PLAYERS
MVP BOYS/GIRLS
The Pirates Bella LaChance was arguably the most overall talented player of the weekend. She has the ability to lead her team and hit pressure shots when her team needs her the most. She would often defer to her teammate Spencer to get her going as well. Her interior passing is beyond exceptional dropping dimes in their pick and roll offense. Scoring comes naturally from beyond the arc and can easily get to the basket. Her patience is what really got my attention. She would wait patiently for screens and use them correctly. Defensively, she uses angles to cut her defender off and can defend 94 feet. From a point guard standpoint, very crafty with the ball and plays under control. Her ball handling is definitely one of her key attributes. Initially, I didn’t think she had the quickness of an elite guard. As the game went on I realized she doesn’t use her explosiveness and play at one speed like most players. She selectively showed her quickness when the situation dictated. So yes, she can get by her defender with her first step. Her greatest attribute? Basketball IQ along with the obvious!

 

OUTSTANDING PLAYER AWARD
Michelle Echeveria from the Lady Lightning had to carry her team when her teammate Aleshia Curry went down with an injury. Echeveria plays with a very calm demeanor and can play all 5 positions. At 5-10 she brought the ball up and battled on the boards as needed. She has deep range and when she gets hot, look out! What I admire most about her game is her willingness to defend smaller quicker guards in the backcourt. She scored 19 and 9 points respectfully in her two games. Most noteworthy, an absolute coachable player and awesome teammate!
 
 
TEAM RECAP
BBA
Senior Power Forward Neale Plummer and Kamal Walker excelled throughout the weekend! Plummer dominated the post and showed nice touch around the basket. Walker’s high percentage shooting from the field paced BBA throughout. Overall, BBA has a very nice squad that will improve as they continue to play and integrate their new players.
 
LANDFALL ELITE
Landfall Elite is loaded with talent as they won both games by a margin of 22 points. Led by exceptional PG Landon Brody, a smooth PG with a great feel for the game. Brody has the ability to set up his teammates with the best opportunity to score. A very unselfish player with a motor, Brody controls the tempo both offensively and defensively. Yussif Osman Basa-Ma (6-10) is your typical stat stuffer! I watched him play last year. One thing for sure is this, he’s developed an outside shot. He runs the floor very well for a big and can finish anywhere around the basket. Dominates the boards on both ends. Easy to see why he already has over five D1 offers.
 
THE PREP
As I already reported a very talented team. So without repeating myself let’s just say this, The Prep actually runs a system that puts them in the best position to succeed. A breath of fresh air if you’re looking for fundamental basketball. Defensively, they can mix it up and play 94 feet or in a half-court setting. Tyler Struve and Dominic Denny appear to be leaders, however, Maximus Fuentes also caught my eye.

 

G-NATION CAROLINA BLUE
A host of young players with a very bright future. Defensively, very obvious team defense is stressed with this young team. When called upon they can turn it up! Naomi Raisman, Thalia Perez & Natalie Lopez paced the young G-Nation to a 1-1 record. Natalie Lopez is automatic from the line and can finish with contact. Thalia Perez is a solid scorer with a scorer’s mentality. Taelynn Carey is a solid young player improving by the week. While only an 8th grader young Carey is most effective at the free throw line driving to the basket. Definitely one to watch! Naomi Raisman is a high energy player with the ability to score from beyond the arc. Jordan Epstein controls the team in crucial situations with an exceptional basketball IQ. Look for this young team to surprise teams as they continue to improve.
 
FLORIDA LADY HUSKIES
The Young Huskies really surprised me in their second game. Paris Knowles and Mya Lewis came up big in a big-time game! Mya’s perimeter shooting paced the Huskies to victory. A back and forth game throughout. Jaici Hastings and TyKeria Berry provided offense and defensive support to contribute to the victory. The young Huskies played very poised throughout and hit some big shots down the stretch. There was one point in the game when both teams traded 3’s on back to back possessions. Mya Lewis hit some of the biggest clutch shots of the weekend!
 
CONCLUSION
Wow! Where do I start? I’ll start off by saying, thank you! Thank you for the opportunity to host you and your organization! I hope everyone had a great event and we look forward to your continued support.
Through the spirit of competition let’s not forget about the outstanding sportsmanship displayed by referees, parents & spectators, coaches, and players. The Basketball Alliance’s number one priority is the safety of all concerned. Our referees were professional, our parents and spectators were awesome, our coaches were role models, and our players were respectful.
We have an exciting year ahead of us so make sure to check Score Posted for the entire 2018-2019 schedule and don't forget to mark your calendars for round two of the high school showcase on October 20-21!

 

C-YA ON THE COURTS
Respectfully,  Adrian Sosa