Tryouts for the MML travel teams will be Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Mott Community College. The cost is $10 to tryout as well. These tryouts will be for the U15 (current freshmen) and U16 (current sophomore) teams.
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MML U15 parents/players/family,
It has been quite a long time since we have done this, but we are playing in Fort Wayne, IN this weekend (beginning Thursday- I am being told that every team will play on Thursday) at the Gym Rats Basketball Association National Championship tournament. This is a NCAA-certified event and as such comes with different rules. For example, there can be no one in the bench area that is not NCAA-certified (even the coaches must pay to be certified) or a player on a NCAA-certified roster. There is a 30-45 minute video regarding NCAA rules and regulations that the team will be scheduled to watch and MUST do so or be disqualified. We MUST show proof of age with birth certificates. If I do not have yours, I better have it by Tuesday’s practice or Wednesday at the latest. Believe me, they will check. Admission cost to games for spectators will be higher (you can bank on it). There will be college coaches at the tournament as well. Players/parents CANNOT interact with the coaches! It could constitute an NCAA violation. If a coach is interested, they will let me know. There are sections for seating for college coaches only and separate entrances to try to assist with that. Parking at Spiece Fieldhouse is limited. Arriving early is advised if our games are there. I will post the schedule as soon as it becomes available (supposedly today). In terms of lodging, see below from their website:
“Gym Rats Basketball has a “Stay to Play” policy for all tournaments in Fort Wayne. This requires all participants (teams and guests) in need of hotel accommodations must make their reservations through Go and See Team Travel. This is a complimentary service and makes securing your rooms quick and easy. It is required that teams book their housing through this service to ensure placement in this tournament.”
Team and individual reservations can be made online or by phone, as follows:
Go and See Team Travel
Toll Free – 855-TEAMTVL
Now we did not know about this before the tournament or that likely would have impacted our decision to play here and will do so moving forward. We have had one parent (Maurice’s mom- -thanks) hold a block of rooms through this travel company, but I didn’t read her text properly and see that the hold was only until Saturday night (my fault). I know that the rooms were in the Hotel Fort Wayne though for reference. If there are any additional questions, let me know please. I will update as time progresses and things change.
Important: If you have not met your financial obligation to MML yet, this must take place by the tournament date….PRACTICE WILL BE TUESDAY 4-6PM AT MOTT CC!
POOL 20 Date Time Gym Court Home/Away
20A MID MICHIGAN LAKERS THURSDAY 7:00 PM NORTHROP 17 20A-20B
20B DB HOOPS – BLAIR THURSDAY 8:15 PM NORTHROP 17 20C-20D
20C INDIANA WARRIORS FRIDAY 1:00 PM NORTHSIDE 14 20A-20C
20D ILLINOIS OLD SCHOOL FRIDAY 2:15 PM NORTHSIDE 14 20B-20D
FRIDAY 8:30 PM NORTHSIDE 12 20A-20D
FRIDAY 8:30 PM NORTHSIDE 13 20B-20C
If we finish in 1st, we play at 9:15 am on Saturday. 2nd-4th and we play at 8:00 am on Saturday.
Northrop High School
7001 Coldwater Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Northside High School
475 East State Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
5310 Merchandise Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
In observance of the holiday, U15 practice for today is cancelled. We will reconvene next Tuesday at 5pm! Enjoy your families this weekend!
Fellas, we will practice both Tuesday and Thursday this week from 5-7pm!!! Be advised that the time has been adjusted for Tuesday!!!!!! Both practices will be at Mott Community College as per usual.
The MML U15 squad had its most productive weekend of the spring so far this past weekend at the Camp Darryl/Bankhoops.com tournament. Finishing with a 2-3 record, some may question if that is the case, but anyone who has seen the team over the past month can attest to that fact. The weekend started with a Saturday morning shellacking of the Elite Skills squad and a 65-45 win. Trevor Bland led the way with 18 points with Matt Buschman and Thomas Cook tossing in 10 themselves. It was truly a balanced game with everyone contributing to the cause. It was also a sign of the team’s growth and things to come.
Facing the host Camp Darryl team in the second game proved to be very interesting. Following a series of questionable calls and suspect bench play, we found ourselves in foul trouble and behind on the scoreboard. Then we decided to start playing the way we know how to and PG Ricky Holmes III led the charge. The game went back and forth until the end when we had a couple costly turnovers in a 3 point loss 58-61. Holmes III had 13, Cook 11, Bland 10, and Tyler Rose 9.
The next game was against the co-host team, Parallel 45, and unfortunately the same two officials from game 2. I will never blame officials for a loss, but when one comes up to you after the game and apologizes for the other’s officiating, something must be said. It hurt the heart of the team to see the game being stripped by one guy. Of course we did not play flawlessly, but the official who approached me said, “I saw what he was doing and I tried to make up for it.” The second half fouls were 9-1 in their favor to start the half. Several of our best players were saddled with foul trouble. That said, we still battled to the bitter end in which a controversial foul call at best sent the opposition to the FT line with 3 seconds left. He hit the 2nd of two free throws and a long heave by Cook glanced off the rim at the buzzer for a 55-56 loss. Holmes led with 24, Bland 11, and Paris Partee 7.
That loss put us into bracket play as the 3rd place team in the pool and a tougher road ahead. We played the Macomb County Cougars (ironically, so did the u17 in their first bracket game). Last year, we also faced this team in the same position en route to the silver championship as a u17 squad. The 4th game in a long day left the guys without much inn the tank. Well, that is until Bland decided to take control. Playing like a man possessed, he took control of a game in the balance and pushed MML to victory with a huge 21-point performance. Cook threw in 12, Holmes 10, and Partee 7 to earn the team’s first bracket win of the spring and a birth in the quarterfinals.
Unfortunately, this description will be short. The quarterfinal game matched us against a team in the Michigan Mustangs that has not loss all season. We still had no excuse to play as bad of a first half as we did. Letting fear override our good sense, we struggled to make a shot or stop one. We showed some chops in the beginning of the second half but it was far too late and we suffered our worst loss 29-69. Holmes had 11 and Partee 10 in the loss.
All in all, it was a weekend of growth for us and a sign that we are growing. For the players, there is no going back now. The bar as been set. On to Mount Pleasant we go…
~VENUE CHANGE FOR U17 GAME #1
Well, we at poised to begin another tourney weekend, this time in Kalamazoo, MI. This tournament is run by one of the programs that helped us get started, Camp Darryl Basketball Academy. The following are the schedules as of Wednesday night. Both teams will play no Friday games (thank goodness). The schedule is as follows:
U-15 (Pool I):
11:20 a.m. May 17, 2014- vs. Elite Skills @ Kalamazoo College (court #1- white jersey)
1:40 p.m. May 17, 2014- vs. CDBA @ Courthouse Athletic Center (court #3- white jersey)
4:00 p.m. May 17, 2014- vs. Parallel 45 @ Courthouse Athletic Center (court #3- blue jersey)
~~A 1st place pool finish will put us with a game Sun, at 10:10 am, 2nd place Sat at 6:20 pm, 3rd place Sat. 7:30 pm. We are guaranteed 4 games.
U-17 (Pool D):
9:00 a.m. May 17, 2014- vs. West Michigan Lakers- Purple @ Kalamazoo College (court #1- blue jersey)
11:20 a.m. May 17, 2014- vs. Shoreline Hoops @ Courthouse Athletic Center (court #4- blue jersey)
1:40 p.m. May 17, 2014- vs. Parallel 45- White @ Kalamazoo College (court #2- white jersey)
6:20 p.m. May 17, 2014- vs. TBD @ TBD (DETERMINED BY SEEDING)
Courthouse Athletic Center
7365 S Sprinkle Rd
Portage, MI 49002
Courthouse Athletic Center – CH 1
Courthouse Athletic Center – CH 2
Courthouse Athletic Center – CH 3
Courthouse Athletic Center – CH 4
1200 Academy St
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Kalamazoo College – KC 1
Kalamazoo College – KC 2
Loy Norrix High School
606 E. Kilgore Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Loy Norrix High School – LN 1
Loy Norrix High School – LN 2
PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT THE COURTHOUSE ATHLETIC CENTER PROHIBITS OUTSIDE FOOD AND DRINK. ONLY PERSONAL WATER BOTTLES ARE ALLOWED (THAT YOU WILL TAKE HOME WITH YOU).
FOLLOW SIGNS AS TO WHERE TO PARK AT LOY NORRIX AND ENTER VIA DOORS MARKED “CAMP DARRYL/BANKHOOPS.COM CLASSIC”
Coming into the Moneyball Shootout this past weekend, the MML u15 team had a 0-6 record in two previous tournaments. However, with only a 3-point loss in their final game of the Warriors Jam Fest, winning seemed only to be around the corner. Everyone wants to win; that’s why we run (see I Corinthians 9:24-25), but I placed an emphasis on getting better in this program and we stand by that. Some programs sacrifice everything in an effort to win right then, only to see years of dry talent pools hinder them moving forward. This group had never played together before and frankly had barely even heard of each other before and the challenge of fusing together a true team is a daunting one. Saturday at the Moneyball Shootout, the guys showed that they are becoming one though right on the fly.
Our first game was against the Saginaw Underdawgs, a relatively new program in part sponsored by the Oakland Raiders’ Lamar Woodley. We started out tentatively and allowed them to use their athleticism against us. Once we settled down, we began creating opportunities for each other simply by moving the ball up the floor without concern for our own offense. Adding Ricky Holmes III has been a big pickup for us. Putting in the position of PG that he has never really played before has been quite a transition for him as well. But, he and the team are all learning together. Many times in this contest, he broke through the Underdawgs press and set up teammates with open shots. One such teammate was Thomas Cook, who was lighting it up from the outside with three 3-point baskets. Trevor Bland and Paris Partee controlled the glass, while Matt Buschman and Tyler Rose seemed to do a bit of everything en route to a 4-point victory.
In game two on Saturday, we matched up against an Adidas-sponsored Michigan Mustangs team. Stepping in for me as coach for the first few minutes was Holly head coach Lance Bayliss (thank you sir!). We got off slow offensively, but defensively we were in control. Then our past issues reared their ugly heads, turnovers and missed layups. On 3 consecutive plays, the Mustangs stole a pass and went down court for a layup that hurt tremendously. At halftime, we were down 19-16 and frustrated. A determined group in the second half though got back to playing their games and decided to go for the win. The guards turned up the pressure on defense led by Holmes. His defense quickly rubbed off on every0ne else, including a big defensive stretch by Destin Julian whose hustle stopped a sure layup by the Mustangs and caused us to get one on the other end. Cook and Buschman took turns hitting 3’s from the corners with 3 a piece in the second half alone. It was Buschman’s 3 that put MML in the lead for good and Cook’s that really took the heart out of the Mustangs. A little bit of shaky free throw shooting by us made the game interesting, but the result was a 51-47 win. We more than doubled our offensive output in the second half with Cook finishing with 14 points (four 3’s), Buschman 11 points (three 3’s). and Bland adding 11 of his own. Rose and Holmes had 5 points a piece.
Finishing #1 in our pool moved us into bracket play on Sunday for the first time this spring. Unfortunately, we looked like it was our first time this spring in bracket play. The West Michigan Flight have annually been a tough opponent for us and this time was no different. They came out strong, out hustling us to each loose ball. When you add to that Bland picking up two quick fouls and Rose being unable to attend, we got ourselves into a tough spot early on. The hole we dug kept getting deeper, but we kept fighting. With a size advantage and Bland in foul trouble, the Flight attacked us inside. The second started out much like the first, and the lead reached the upper 20’s. Putting Bland at the PG for a while seemed to help some and we cut the lead to 15 a couple times, but each time the Flight would hit a couple huge shots from the outside to stop the runs. In the end, we took the loss 42-62 and bowed out of the tournament in the quarterfinals. Bland led with 12p, Holmes had 9, and Buschman and Partee had 8 respectively.
All in all, there were big strides made in MML’s effort to constantly improve. The will to win has kicked in and now permeates everyone. It will no longer be acceptable to play below this level as we continue to progress this summer. Good tournament guys, but always remember…”Good, better, best; don’t ever rest until your good is better than your best.” No time to rest.
Bland, Cook, Buschman
Holmes, Rose, Partee
Next tournament is this weekend in Kalamazoo. Please secure transportation prior to Friday. Also, remember that payment is PAST DUE. You must see me immediately if your fee has not been paid.