We are the U17 Silver Division CHAMPIONS!!!

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All,

Congratulations are in order to the MML U17 team that captured the Silver division championship at the Bankhoops.com/Camp Darryl Classic with an impressive 4-1 record!  We last won that same title back in 2013, so this team was able to re-capture the crown, despite some intra-team issues and injuries.  It goes to speak to the strong wills and mindsets of players and coaches.  Isaiah Franklin landed on the all-tournament team, following in the footsteps of those like JD Tisdale and Amariontez Ivory-Thomas who did so before him.  Write up for all teams below:

U17:

As mentioned above, this team was able to capture the silver crown!  They are the true definition of what we have been preaching to all teams since day 1, that is, “trust the process.”  The banded together through some adversity and came out on top, despite losing key member James Richardson to a concussion during the week.  They started out in game 1 with a 55-40 win over ZBA Saturday morning.  Andrew Spak led the way with 13p, Dominick Williams added 12, Demetrius Miller 11, Dominic Reggio 6, and Kyle Haines 5.  This was a true team effort that would be the theme throughout the tournament.  In game 2, they faced a tough Parallel 45-Green team and couldn’t find the mark offensively in a 54-76 defeat.  Reggio had 13, Kennedy Martin 10, Williams, 9, Miller 7, and Franklin added 6 as well.  The loss seemed to re-focus the guys as they moved into the last game of pool play.  Despite their opponent not showing up, they played against the host CDBA team instead and had their best offensive output of the season in a 81-73 win.  Martin dropped a game high 23 points and Williams was right with him adding 21.  Also right there was Reggio with 19 and Miller with 10 points of their own.  Spak finished with 6 in a very compelling game to propel them into bracket play.  Due to unfortunate circumstances with condensation on the gym floor, bracket play was pushed back 4 hours or so while other locations were secured.  Despite the delay, the team was ready when their number was called.  in the silver semifinal game, Reggio dropped 17, Martin 14, Franklin 7, and Williams/Miller 6 in the 55-42 win over MBA, setting up a rematch versus CDBA in the final.  The rematch did not live up to the pool play game as the guys took out CDBA 69-55 to become champions!  Martin had another big 26-point performance to lead the way, while Reggio scored 16, Williams 12, and both Spak and Miller had 6 a piece.  Congrats to the team, including Coaches Andy and Cam in their first championship as MML members!

Offensive MVP- Reggio
Defensive MVP- Franklin
“Big man” Award- Williams
Unsung Hero- Spak
“Shooter’s Touch” Award- Martin

 

U16:

This tournament followed a week in which everyone had a chance to speak their minds about any and everything they wanted to.  We uncovered many good things and some areas of improvement for the group and while the tournament results did not show it overall, this was the hardest they have played all spring (heck, Collin Baert couldn’t stop bleeding everywhere LOL).  Although having to deal with a substitute coach, the short-handed team gave all their hearts to the event and will be better for it moving forward.  In a game 1 46-56 loss to a very powerful Parallel 45 team, Ethan Brady knocked down five 3pt buckets en route to 20 points total to lead the way.  Ruffy Burks put in 10 points inside, while Max Jones added 7, and Trevor Shaheen 5 in the loss.  Game 2 saw another familiar and tough opponent in the West Michigan Lakers.  The game was close throughout until a final stretch of free throws at the end pushed it to a 53-66 loss.  Baert and Burks led with 14 points each, while Dylan Hubbard put in 13 with three 3pt shots.  The third pool game hurt the most because there were so many opportunities missed in the game to win in the 53-57 loss to Northern Exposure.  Coach Miller shoulders the blame for this loss as he did not make the right adjustments in time to secure the win.  This game did have the best 3/4-court bounce pass I have seen in a while from Donovan Pointer.  Baert poured in 15p, Burks 10, and Brady/Hubbard 9 in defeat.  Unfortunately for the group, bracket play meant playing a fourth game on Saturday evening and having only 8 “healthy” guys proved to be to insurmountable of a task.  Playing a very solid MBA-Regional team, the guys fell 47-66 in a game where both Baert and Brady had to miss time because of injuries.  Shaheen had a breakout game with 15p (three 3ptrs), while Baert still found a way to put in 9 of his own.  Burks and Hubbard added 7 a piece, while Brady scored 5.  Rest and recovery are in the works for this team after this hard weekend.

Offensive MVP- Baert
Defensive MVP- Pointer
“Dirty Work” Award- Burks
Unsung Hero- Hubbard
“Shooter’s Touch” Award- Brady

 

U15:

I have to start this one out by apologizing to the U15 team.  Because of scheduling, they sometimes unfairly did not know who would be coaching them in what game.  Now, that said, there is no excuse for letting that affect their play, but we do strive for stability so I recognize when it was not there at times.  In my mind, it was our worst weekend since the first tournament, especially defensively.  We surrendered 70+ points to 3 different teams, when out spring average was much closer to 50 ppg.  I believe we found out how much missing our defensive anchor Austin Pellett meant to us.  Again, not an excuse but it is important to see how each piece fits into the whole.  Game one saw us fall to an athletic CGR team 60-73, after falling behind 0-15 to start the game.  Digging that type of hole to try to climb out of just is not conducive for success.  Hunter Jackson scored 20p to lead the team, while Noah Baylis joined him in double-figures with 14.  Ben Gramer put in 7 and Dylan Hignite showed more flashes with 6 points of his own.  In game 2 once again we dug ourselves a big hole to try to climb out of in the second half.  We nearly did, before succumbing to MBA 63-73 in a game that saw more free throws made than baskets.  Baylis led the way with 21 points, Jackson 17, and Jacob Boulay 12 in defeat.  The team’s best game of pool play was in game 3 versus the West Michigan Lakers-Purple team.  Though we lost 43-60, it was the closest game that very good team had in the pool.  In the game, Gramer led with 7p, while Boulay, Baylis, and Jackson all had 6p.  Chad Williams and Alec Harless also chipped in with 5.  Brakcet play opened with us playing against the other West Michigan Lakers team (Gold).  Despite it being the 4th game of the day, the boys played hard in a come-from-behind win to push through to the silver semifinal game 61-57.  Jackson led with 23 points in the contest.  Baylis added 13, but hit three big 3pt shots in the end after having some trouble finding the range in a gym where the batting cage nets caused obstacles.  Gramer and Boulay both put in 7, while Willams also scored 6 in the win.  The semifinal game put us in a battle with the host CDBA club, who was looking for revenge after and earlier semifinal game this spring.  Strong starts by Baylis and Williams got us out to a halftime lead; however, difficulty finishing in the second half with defensive lapses ultimately cost us the game in a 62-72 defeat.  Baylis capped off his tournament with a 20-point game.  Williams scored 12 in his best game of the spring as well, while Boulay added 10.  Jackson dropped 9 points and Luke Curran 7 before fouling out.  All-in-all, it was another learning experience for the boys as we prepare to close out the spring season in Mount Pleasant.

Offensive MVP- Baylis/Jackson
Defensive MVP- Curran
Unsung Hero- Boulay

    

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