OCTOBER SLAMFEST RECAP

OCTOBER 20-21, 2018

 

The Basketball Alliance’s 18th Annual October Slamfest, co-hosted by Havoc Hoops and SFYBA, turned out to be another amazing opportunity for teams to compete and showcase their talents. The event took place in the City of Coral Springs. The Slamfest attracted teams from Fort Myers, Kissimmee, and the Tri-County area. When it was all said and done 30 teams had the opportunity to put their training into action on the hardwood!

 

JV DIVISION
The JV division turned out to be a very competitive division with every team finishing 2-1. From a total points standpoint, DB Hoops Green led the division with 177 with help from Helquis Pulido, Gabriel Gaspard & Jeremy Hoyos. Standout Gabriel Gaspard proved to be a threat on both ends of the court. Offensively he can score inside and behind the arc with consistency.  Defensively, Gaspard is an athlete with superb skills resulting in multiple steals per game and the teams leading rebounder.

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL
56 ORANGE FURY -VS- 38 G-NATION CAROLINA BLUE
Orange Fury is a talented team led by 2019 Tecarria Glover. Glover had a game-high 15 points and provided leadership to her talented younger teammates. Freshmen Angie Wimbley held her own scoring 10 points to go along with 3 steals. Add in 2021 Zaida Gonzalez who does a little bit of everything and you have a very productive team. Offensively Glover is their deep threat and can score at a high percentage. What really caught my eye with this team is their shot selection. They shot over 50% from the field! Defensively this team can turn it up when called upon resulting in 11 steals. As the girl's high school season approaches it wouldn’t surprise me to see this team make a deep run in postseason play.
 
G-Nation Carolina Blue, another young team with a HUGE upside, proved once again they will be a force in the upcoming season. The team is the epitome of structure and discipline led by Natalie Lopez. Lopez recorded a team-high 14 points. Natalie’s PG skills, leadership, and toughness are the characteristics that will eventually catapult her to a household name on the high school circuit. Having watched Natalie over the past two Slamfest events, I will tell you she’s a player to keep an eye on. Versatile Jordyn Epstein continues to improve and is definitely a player on the rise. She's a tough, intelligent player that just gets the job done and finds a way to make everyone around her better. Thalia Perez displays a nice offensive game with a nice floater. She has the ability to attack the paint and score from behind the arc. Perez made some key baskets down the stretch to keep her team in the game.

 

BOYS VARSITY
FLORIDA BREEZE
Despite going 0-3 Florida Breeze is a breath of fresh air just by watching them play. A very disciplined team running an offense that allows every player the opportunity to score. A roster with 2-3 standout players, Florida Breeze is a really good team. Class of 2021 Jaheim Arnold is an athlete that can do it all! Quick 1st step, gets to the basket, finishes with contact and can defend! Jaheim is the type of player that you want the ball in his hands in crunch time. I had the opportunity to observe him on and off the court along with a brief conversation, and while he has an abundance of confidence, he's a humble and respectful young man. Adrian Zgrdja C/O 2021 is a scoring machine averaging 17.5 PPG. Solid all-around player with the ability to rebound. Despite only playing one game due to an injury, C/O 2021 Daniel Melegi distinguished himself as a standout player for the weekend. Daniel is a threat from beyond the arc with the ability to get by his defender with his quick first step. Daniel also possess exceptional point guard skills with the ability to lead his team.
 
TEAM PETE
Team Pete is loaded with talent with at least 4 players consistently recording double digit performances. Their athletic style of play creates a fast paced, exciting game. Jerome Baker, Trevon Green, Caesar Linarez or Vladimir Jeanty, take your pick, any of these four can put up 20+ points. Their aggressive defense tends to create turnovers averaging 8 steals per game. Vladimir is the leader of this team defensively. Offensively he is capable of scoring and controlling the boards.
 
93RD MAKOS
93rd Makos is an extremely young, but an extremely talented group of 2022’s. Despite their young squad they still managed to go 3-1. This team has a trio of standout freshmen. Jimel Lane, an athletic all-around player, had a tremendous weekend both defensively and offensively. David Clarke is a defensive specialist and another outstanding player with a huge upside. Rounding out the trio is Levertis Williams Jr. Williams is your typical stat stuffer that can dominate both ends of the floor.  

 

PATRIOT PRIDE
Patriot Pride is made up of defensive minded players that take their defense personal. The defense is led by Mathew Selmon. Selmon is a full court defensive player with the ability to create turnovers with his presence. Offensively, they play with a lot of poise and patience. They roster 4-5 players that can easily lead the team in scoring. Ryan Richardson, Javian Bailey, and Dorrian Fertil are all capable of dropping 20pts. The standout player in the final game was Brandon Williams who finished with 16 points. Brandon went to work in the last 6 minutes of the game hitting some clutch shots and rebounding down the stretch.
 
CONCLUSION
If the start of this season is any indication on where The Basketball Alliance is headed, wow! Our players prove time and time again what makes us stand apart from the crowd by their teamwork, passion, and overall determination to be the best.  Our referees, parents, spectators, and coaches exemplified the characteristics of outstanding sportsmanship and professionalism and were true role models.  
To all who participated, thank you!  Thank you for the opportunity to host you and your organization.  
We have an exciting year ahead of us so make sure to check Score Posted for the entire 2018-2019 schedule.

 

C-YA ON THE COURTS
Respectfully,  Adrian Sosa
& CEO - Benjamin (Ben) Bridges
The Basketball Alliance’s 18th Annual October Slamfest, co-hosted by Havoc Hoops and SFYBA, turned out to be another amazing opportunity for teams to compete and showcase their talents. The event took place in the City of Coral Springs. The Slamfest attracted teams from Fort Myers, Kissimmee, and the Tri-County area. When it was all said and done 30 teams had the opportunity to put their training into action on the hardwood!

 

ORGANIZATION OF THE WEEKEND
KISSIMMEE WOLFPACK
Kissimmee Wolfpack, a 3rd-year program founded by Frankie Willmore, has evolved into a top-tier organization in the State of Florida. Their day to day operations are handled by program director, Peter Quinan, and it doesn't take long to realize his organizational skills are paramount to the Wolfpack's overall success. From a coach's standpoint, the Wolfpack are led by seasoned coaches with a calm demeanor regardless of the situation. The team is a group of disciplined, talented, and determined players. Most noteworthy is the passion their players displayed throughout the weekend. Speaking of passion, the Wolfpack, just like their name, travel in packs of energetic parents with a genuine love for their players and the game of basketball. Their sponsor, Best Price Furniture and Mattress (www.bestpricefurniturestore.com), was definitely represented by the Wolfpack with their professionalism and competitive spirit!

 

CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
(4TH GRADE)  40 KISSIMMEE WOLFPACK -VS- 35 TEAM BREAKDOWN
A highly anticipated game finally came to fruition on Sunday. Kissimmee prepared themselves for the championship by playing two 5th grade teams prior to their championship game against Team Breakdown. Havoc Hoops 5th gave them every bit of competition in a game decided by 2 points. Justice Bracero, Jamar Ramirez & Jordan Lopez provided the offensive power to keep the game close. Defensively Jeremy Willmore, Joesiah Guzman & Kevin Hernandez came up with crucial rebounds and steals throughout the weekend. Justice Bracero’s outstanding weekend eventually earned him the coveted MVP for the 4th Grade Division. Justice has the ability to score inside and out. Defensively, Justice was able to lock up his defender on the perimeter forcing his opponent into bad shots and turnovers. Jeremy Willmore earned a spot on the All-Tournament team by playing an all-around game all weekend. Jeremy is a big-time player when the game is on the line. His 14 points in the championship game solidified the win for Wolfpack. 
Breakdown was led by 5-Star Ezra Gelin, an absolute big-time prospect. His 25 points and 5 steals kept Team Breakdown in the game. Definitely a player to remember.
 
(5TH GRADE)  60 KISSIMMEE WOLFPACK -VS- 26 B-BALL MASTERS
The Wolfpack averaged 52 PPG throughout the weekend. They are loaded with talent and run a very effective, and patient offense. What’s unique about this team is they have multiple players that can light it up making it difficult to guard a particular scorer. Helio Quinan, Kareem WIllmore, Michael Nieves, and Joessette Sanchez-Vega carried the load the entire weekend. Another player that caught my eye was Yariel Bonilla-Flores, a typical stat stuffer! During one particular game, Yariel scored 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 6 steals! Helio Quinan earned MVP Honors averaging 12.3 PPG and 4 blocks. His teammate Kareem Willmore was selected to the All-Tournament Team for his consistent play both offensively and on the defensive end.
B-BALL Masters were led by Alex Edgehill, a solid all-around player with a huge upside who averaged 12 PPG and 5 rebounds.

 

(6TH GRADE)  45 WOLVERINES BASKETBALL -VS- 26 PLAYER'S CLUB
It was no surprise to see the Wolverines back in the championship game. Coming off their championship run in September, this young talented team once again proved that they could come back from an earlier one point loss to the very talented Player’s Club. The Wolverines are one of the most disciplined teams I’ve seen in some time. Their patience on offense coupled with their many scorers makes the Wolverines a tough team to defend. Michael Valdes once again proved his superior play by averaging 8 PPG along with his 2  steals. Enzo Valdes and Michael Valdes netted double digits in the championship game. Julio Blandon, another offensive weapon, caught my eye over scoring a weekend high of 14 points against DB Hoops Green.
Player’s Club was led by DJ Sandi & Evan Finkle. Sandi averaged 12.7 PPG while Finkle added 9.0 PPG. I will say this, Player’s Club has shown great strides in their overall development over the past year! Definitely a team to follow in the future. P.S. DJ, I see you on Twitter!

 

(7TH GRADE)  66 TEAM BREAKDOWN -VS- 40 DB HOOPS GREEN
Team Breakdown winning the 7th Grade Division comes to no surprise. Essentially round 2 of our previous Slamfest in September. This team is so superior they are best suited to compete in the 8th Grade Division. Mr. Clutch, Randolph Reece, left off from September’s outstanding performance and drained 3’s with the quickest release I’ve seen from a player his age. Another player that stood out is Adrian Shackelton. Adrian can straight out ball! His defensive court awareness puts him in position to rack up steals all over the court. No surprise he led the division with 11 steals with his ability to play the passing lanes. If that wasn’t enough, how about his ability to block shots to go along with his double-digit scoring average! Team Breakdown’s depth is what makes this team so dangerous. Devontae Green, Daniel Simmons, Andualem Herrera, and Stone Bureau are all good for double digits when called upon. I'm curious to see how competitive they will be if they move up an age division to challenge themselves. Time will tell and when it does, I’ll fill you in.

 

(8TH GRADE)  80 WESTON WOLFPACK -VS- 71 TEAM PETE
Evan Torres put on the best performance of the weekend in the championship game scoring 34 points. Evan couldn’t miss a shot going 10 for 11 from behind the arc and single-handedly put the team on his back to carry them to victory. Along with his 34 points, Evan found a way to record 4 steals to solidify him as my top performer of the weekend. In their earlier game Team Pete defeated Weston 65-56 and by the way, Evan Torres didn’t play that game. Enrique Duboy added 14 points along with 4 rebounds to help balance out the offensive explosion by the Wolfpack.
Team Pete was led by standout Lanard Arline. Arline is a defensive specialist with instincts like no other. He always found a way to out-hustle everyone on the court. Offensively, he averaged 22 PPG. Remember his name, this kid can flat out play!
 
CONCLUSION
If the start of this season is any indication on where The Basketball Alliance is headed, wow! Our players prove time and time again what makes us stand apart from the crowd by their teamwork, passion, and overall determination to be the best.  Our referees, parents, spectators, and coaches exemplified the characteristics of outstanding sportsmanship and professionalism and were true role models.  
To all who participated, thank you!  Thank you for the opportunity to host you and your organization.  
We have an exciting year ahead of us so make sure to check Score Posted for the entire 2018-2019 schedule.

 

C-YA ON THE COURTS
Respectfully,  Adrian Sosa