Flint’s Finest Hoop Classic Recap


The blue squad started with a whimper, but far surpassed their effort in this same tournament last year.  Beginning with a game with a ranked Canadian club (Cambridge Elite), one thing was clear.  That is, they would have to play with heart and be tougher because they certainly were not physically stronger.  It didn’t help that the team had a 6’9″ guy who was more athletic than he looked.  Blue started cold and couldn’t make shots.  Despite a run in the second half to pull within 9, they couldn’t close the gap and lost by 14.  Common Bond was next and presented a similar story; cold shooting, down early, comeback late, falter at end.  However, Sunday brought a different mindset.  Despite continuing the cold shooting, they put together two games of scrappy play to fight from the bottom of the bracket.  The best team game came in the first one versus RISE.  I saw plays that we never would have seen last year from the perspective of playing for each other.  They got another victory against the Wolfpack, which set up a rematch with Cambridge immediately following in the semifinals due to a late starting game.  Unfortunately, the guys gave it all in the prior two games and had nothing in the tank for that game which ended their tournament with a final 4 run.

Best play(s): – Isaiah Franklin with a half court heave at the buzzer vs. Common Bond.

-The diminutive Joseph Johnson with a big and-1 off a feed from Ricky Holmes III.

Pleasant surprise: – Jaqualyn Kelly just finds the ball.  Despite this being his first action of the year, he just finds a way to get the ball in his hands off the glass.

Leader of the pack: – Trevor Bland continues to be the most consistent player offensively for Blue and showed flashes of his potential as a shooter as well.

Mr. Hustle: -Tyler Rose was literally all over the court with his hustle after loose balls and on defense…hopefully that rubs off.


An up and down season for the White squad continued during this tournament as well. There seems to be a pattern of starting strong, but faltering a bit down the stretch.  The addition of new players and the subtraction of some old ones led to a bit of transition as well.  That said, this is a process that is trending upward.  The first game against RISE started well and was pretty close throughout until the size and physical play of their players got the better of us.  The second game versus Linden came down to the wire, literally.  In a stunning turn of events, White had the ball down two with 3 seconds left and looking for the game-tying hoop, when the official called a 3-second call on us with 0.8 seconds on the clock!  I truly have never seen that before.  Their final game was against the same Cambridge Elite team the Blue squad played.  Again, it was a  good start thwarted by questionable play toward the end.  Don’t be discouraged young men.  This is ALL about your growth on AND off the court.  This experience will only help those things.

Unexpected Blessing: -Jaylen Watson came in to provide much needed size for the team.  Once he becomes acclimated to the  team and offense, watch out for him.

-Logan Vamos showed a toughness that we didn’t know he had.  That will help moving forward.

-Ryan Beltz showed a much needed shooting touch in his first outing of the year.

Mr. Hustle: -Devon Williams continues to lead in all out effort.  If he can corral some of that (no more techs) and pace himself, that energy is priceless.

Step Up Time: -This team needs leaders…who will step up?

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We are back at Mott Monday at 6…btw, please work on your game in the meantime.  There is no excuse for not improving.

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Flint’s Finest Hoop Classic Schedule (plus MYBA recap)

It is tournament time again and we are local right here in Flint/Swartz Creek! Last weekend MML Blue finished 1-2 with 2 very tough games versus elite programs.  I believe we learned a lot about ourselves in the meantime though.  The team as led by Trevor Bland throughout the tournament from the offensive side.  Austin Harless, Ricky Holmes III, Savionn Boone, and Tyler Rose chipped in as well.  Thomas Cook dropped in 5 three point bombs in the final game against Thompson Grassroots Elite!  There are definitely some things to build on, but missed layups, free throws, and turnovers have to change.

MML White had two tough offensive games before finding some rhythm in the last one.  Though they finished 0-3, they nearly tripled there best scoring output in a close third game!  Devon Williams was the leading scorer for the tournament and showed great hustle as the teams leading rebounder as well.  Jamar Campbell, Greg Bradley, and Bronson Carnes also stepped up their scoring outputs as well.  The team will need to find a way to turn the ball over less and rebound more moving forward.

The schedule as of Wednesday night for the Flint’s Finest Hoop Classic are as follows:

MML- Blue (Pool B):

Saturday, April 18 – 1:00 p.m. vs. Cambridge Elite @Cage Fieldhouse (court 3)

Saturday, April 18 – 3:30 p.m. vs. Common Bond @Cage Fieldhouse (court 4)

If we finish 1st in pool- Sunday , April 19 – 2:00 p.m. @Cage Fieldhouse (court 1)

If we finish 2nd in pool- Sunday, April 19 – 11:30 a.m. @Cage Fieldhouse (court 4)

If we finish 3rd in pool- Sunday, April 19 – 12:30 p.m. @Cage Fieldhouse (court 2)

MML- White (Pool C):

Saturday, April 18 – 1:30 p.m. vs. RISE @Cage Fieldhouse (court 4)

Saturday, April 18 – 3:30 p.m. vs. Linden Eagles @Cage Fieldhouse (court 2)

If we finish 1st in pool- Sunday , April 19 – 2:30 p.m. @Kettering University (court 2)

If we finish 2nd in pool- Sunday, April 19 – 12:30 p.m. @Cage Fieldhouse (court 2)

If we finish 3rd in pool- Sunday, April 19 – 11:30 a.m. @Cage Fieldhouse (court 4)

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you have not paid or arranged payment by this tournament, I am going to assume you no longer want to play with MML and you will be removed from the roster.  If you do not show up at this tournament and do not tell your coach, I am going to assume you no longer want to play for MML and will remove you from the roster.  It is time to be responsible.

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Practice confusion!

To eliminate confusion…there will be practice every Monday from 6-8 @Mott CC unless I say different.  We are attempting to add an additional day but Monday is set.

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MYBA Mustangs Spring Showdown Day 1

Mid Michigan Lakers Blue squad opened up play tonight in Westland against the host Michigan Mustangs team.  After leaving their respective games seemingly behind in Flint, we fell behind immediately 17-4.  After a tough first half that showed us that we haven’t had a full team practice yet, we were down 36-16 and in danger of getting blown out of the gym.  However, the boys responded to some tough love at the half and came out with nothing to lose in the second half, led by Austin Harless, Trevor Bland, Tyler Rose, and Ricky Holmes III.  Despite the valiant effort, we could not dig out of the early hole and finished in defeat, 45-56.  Time to shake it off and move on to tomorrow!

Game Notes:

– MML Blue scoring was led by Bland, who put in 16 points.  Harless chipped in 9, while Holmes III, Rose, and Savionn Boone added 6 points a piece.  Thomas Cook added 2 points as well.

– Fraction of the day: 3/11, that is what we shot from the free throw line during the game.  Add that to the turnovers and missed layups, and we see what could have been.

– The Mustang team we played was coming off of a weekend where they went 5-0 and blew every opponent out by 30…not the Lakers!


– Both teams will go over to Romulus following the White team’s first game to fulfill our NCAA requirements.

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It’s Gameday!

Hello all, it is that time to begin our quest to become better basketball players and young men on the big stage!  MML Blue needs to be in ROMULUS by 7:40 pm tonight.  I need to ensure that check in goes smoothly.  I do not have birth certificates from some of you still and please understand that if they ask for them and I still don’t have them, you will be unable to participate, so you better bring it with you.  In addition, money still needs to be turned in as well.  MML White should be there tomorrow morning by 9:40 am for the same reasons.  I don’t have many of your  birth certificates, so I hope you plan on bringing them then.  We have to check in at ROMULUS HS before going to our games At Westland John Glenn.  See you there!

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Both teams will be practicing from 4:30 until 6:30 tonight, April 9, at Genesee Christian High School.  If any parents have questions about the tournament, they will be allowed to ask prior to practice this evening.  Let’s sharpen our skills before this weekend’s games!

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