Practice Tonight…

The u15 and u17 teams will practice tonight at Holly HS from 6-8pm.  U16 will NOT have an official practice, but if any of you want to come workout with the other teams, you are welcome and encouraged to.

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Moneyball Shootout Schedule (as of 5/10/17)

All, we are in the Lansing-area for the Moneyball tournament this weekend.  I am going to start by posting the venues and abbreviations because there are a few.  Please note that some of these locations are a bit of a jaunt away from each other, so plan accordingly!  That said, here we go:

Tournament website:
http://basketball.exposureevents.com/83497/moneyball-shootout-2017

Tournament Venues:

Aim High (5 courts)- AH
7977 Centerline Drive
Dimondale, MI 48821

Lansing Eastern High School (3 courts)- EHS
220 N Pennsylvania Ave
Lansing, MI 48912

Waverly High School (2 courts)- WHS
160 Snow Rd
Lansing, MI 48917

Potterville High School (2 courts)- PHS
422 High St
Potterville, MI 48876

Potterville Middle School (1 court)- PMS (no pun intended)
420 High St
Potterville, MI 48876

U17 (pool C):
Saturday, May 13 @1:40pm vs. Macomb County Cougars at EHS ct. 1 (blue jerseys)
Saturday, May 13 @4:00pm vs. R.E.A.C.H at AH ct. 2 (white jerseys)
Saturday, May 13 @7:30pm vs. MMBA Dream Team at AH ct. 5 (white jerseys)

If we finish:
1st in pool, we play Sunday, May 14 @1:10pm at EHS ct. 2 (gold bracket)
2nd in pool, we play Sunday, May 14 @1:10pm at EHS ct. 1 (gold bracket)
3rd in pool, we play Sunday, May 14 @8:30am at WHS ct. 2 (silver bracket)
4th in pool, we play Sunday, May 14 @9:40am at WHS ct. 1 (silver bracket)

U16 (pool D):
Saturday, May 13 @10:10am vs. T3 Selects at EHS ct. 2 (white jerseys)
Saturday, May 13 @1:40pm vs. Motor City Grizzlies at WHS ct. 2 (white jerseys)
Saturday, May 13 @4:00pm vs. Triple C-Blue at WHS ct. 2 (white jerseys)

If we finish:
1st in pool, we play Sunday, May 14 @10:50am at EHS ct. 2 (gold bracket)
2nd in pool, we play Sunday, May 14 @10:50am at WHS ct. 1 (gold bracket)
3rd in pool, we play Sunday, May 14 @12:00pm at EHS ct. 1 (silver bracket)
4th in pool, we play Sunday, May 14 @12:00pm at EHS ct. 3 (silver bracket)

U15 (pool B):
Saturday, May 13 @12:30pm vs. Prospectors 2020 at PMS ct. 1 (white jerseys)
Saturday, May 13 @2:50pm vs. Michigan Mustangs at AH ct. 1 (blue jerseys)
Saturday, May 13 @6:20pm vs. Michigan Titans at WHS ct. 2 (blue jerseys)

If we finish:
1st in pool, we play Sunday, May 14 @9:40am at EHS ct. 1 (gold bracket)
2nd in pool, we play Sunday, May 14 @9:40am at AH ct. 5 (gold bracket)
3rd in pool, we play Sunday, May 14 @10:50am at PMS ct. 1 (silver bracket)
4th in pool, we play Sunday, May 14 @8:30am at EHS ct. 1 (silver bracket)

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Practice Thursday…

Weather permitting, we will practice on Thursday from 6-8 at Holly HS.

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Practice Tonight…

Due to there being a Crim event at Mott CC tonight, we will practice at Holly HS from 6:30-8:30.  I apologize for the inconvenience.

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Silver Semis…

All,

The entire program did something it has never done at once in a weekend…that is, made it to the silver division semifinals of the same tournament at the same time.  Unfortunately, we also also bowed out of the Warriors Jam Fest at that point.  We finished with identical 2-3 records, despite having several key players missing from two of the teams.  It is a step in the right direction as each team experienced the euphoria of 2 wins each.  Now, this right up will lack some detail due to some stats not being available.  As a side note, MML parents, when you keep score at the table please take a picture of the score sheet so we can accurately report scores.  You never know who may be looking and wanting information.  But a few organization’s volunteers didn’t even keep the individual stats, so I apologize for the lack of detail in advance.  Guys, it is the time of year where decisions on commitment should already be made, and accountability should be the norm.  If you are not going to be at practice or a tournament for any reason, you should be letting your team and coach know, period.  There are no exceptions to this ideal, none.  If you are not, then you are wrong.  You don’t have to answer to anyone, but you should WANT to be accountable to your team out of respect for them.  Further violations of this principle may result in your time with MML being cut short.  It is the coach’s responsibility to respond to your players that do communicate with you as well as accountability comes on both sides.  If there are any questions about this, see your coach.  That said, we are back at practice tonight (@Mott CC) and hopefully Thursday (@Holly) from 6-8pm preparing for the Moneyball tournament in Lansing.  The recap of the Warrior Jam Fest is as follows:

U17 (2-3 record):

The U17 is the biggest enigma of the group this year.  They don’t have problems being in close games, they just haven’t learned how to get over the hump all of the time just yet.  In addition to that, having two starters missing for Sunday’s bracket games severely hurt their chances at further advancement in the tournament.  However, one thing is sure…these guys play hard in every game no matter what.  They just have to work on not letting the ebbs and flows of the game get to their emotions.  In a two point game 1 loss to Hype, Aareon Broughton (Grand Blanc HS) showed his potential with a 23 point outburst (and just missed a highlight reel, ESPN Top 10-type dunk).  If he can bottle that effort each game, watch out.  Dominick Williams (Beecher HS) continued his steady play with 13 in that game and Marlando Wade (Beecher HS) added 11 as well.  In game 2, Kennedy Martin (Carman Ainsworth) woke up with three 3-pointers en route to a 15 point performance in the 59-46 win.  Williams added 11 and Broughton/Wade had 6 a piece.  They ran into a buzzsaw the next game versus the Downriver Boys Athletic Club losing 38-56.  Broughton and Isaiah Franklin (Holly HS) had 8 points each.  Demetrius Miller (Madison Academy HS) added in 6 points while Williams and Dominic Reggio had 5.  The team, won a close game short-handed versus ASAP Blazers on Sunday morning, then bowed out to the Cap City Force 44-69 in the semis.  In that game, Williams had 12 and James Richardson (Grand Blanc HS) 8, while Reggio and Martin threw in 6 each.  The improvement is clear, now can we turn the corner is the question.

Offensive MVP- Williams
Defensive MVP- Richardson
High Flyer award- Broughton
Sharpshooter award- Martin
No fear award- Miller

 

U16 (2-3 record):

While the other teams were losing guys, the U16 group was able to welcome back Donovan Pointer (Madison Academy HS) to help steady the team and add ball handling capabilities.  In game 1, we lost to a very good Michigan Playmakers team 49-77.  Game 2 saw us fall in a tough one, 42-50, to Triple Threat after digging too much of a 1st half hole.  The third game brought about the first win of the tournament 69-34 over PC Force.  Trevor Shaheen (Kearsley HS) led with 13 points, followed by Ethan Brady (Millington HS) and Collin Baert (Lakeland HS) with 11 a piece.  Lapeer HS’s Luke O’Brien and Beecher’s Azonte’ Burks added 8 points respectively.  Donovan Pointer (Madison Academy HS) put in 7 and Max Jones (Grand Blanc HS) scored 5 as well.  They were then able to secure a 67-46 win early Sunday morning versus the Michigan Magic Elite.  Brady led the way with 14 points, while Baert dropped in 12 of his own.  O’Brien, Burks, and Shaheen all put in 10 points as well in a true team win.  The u16 squad unfortunately bowed out 59-74 in the semis to Hoopgrind Michigan to conclude their best tournament of the year so far.  O’Brien paced the group with 12 and was aided by Baert’s 10 points.  Pointer finished with 9, Burks added 7, Brady knocked down a couple threes for 6, and Jones/Hubbard chipped in 5.  Let’s keep improving!

Offensive MVP: O’Brien
Breakout Performance: Pointer
Mr. Consistency: Baert/Burks
Silent Assassin: Shaheen
The Sharpshooter: Brady

 

U15 (2-3 record):

We learned a lot about the u15 squad this weekend.  Playing without their PG and leading scorer Noah Baylis (Holly HS), who was kept to assistant coaching duties because of injury, the guys found out how hard they have to play for success.  The early returns were rough as they opened against a REACH team that has 4 guys playing above the rim.  The result was a tough 25-56 point loss, but there were still some lessons learned about themselves in the process.  Hunter Jackson (Holly HS), thrust into the starting PG role, led with 8 points, while Ben Gramer (Holly HS) put in 5 of his own.  Game 2 brought a very tough loss to Triple Threat 42-47 as the guys just struggled for consistency throughout.  Luke Curran (Fenton HS) led the way with 10 points, while Austin Pellett (Holly HS) added 8 points.  Jackson put in 7 and Brandon Buswell (Fenton HS) had his best all around game thus far with 6.  The boys then eeked out a win over Banks Basketball 47-44 (no stats kept) on a game-winning jump shot from Dylan Erskine (Clarkston HS) with about 30 seconds left in the contest.  We had a first for this team in game 4 Sunday afternoon as they won via the mercy rule 54-33 over Hype-Black (no stats kept).  Unfortunately, that game also saw starter Pellett take a shot to the chin and have to seek medical attention causing him to miss the final game.  That final game was a comedy of officiating drama, delays, and dumbfounding calls to the point that the opposing coach even apologized for the way the game went in the 34-60 loss (no stats).  To their credit, the boys never used being shorthanded as an excuse and went hard the entire tournament.  They learned just how hard they have to play every game, no matter who is on the court.  I don’t have the stats from most games, but the guys represented MML with class (for the most part).  There was a player technical, which was not acceptable and nearly cost the team a win.  We have to let the coach see fit when that may be necessary, not the players.

Offensive MVP- Jackson
Defensive MVP- Curran
Mr. Hustle- Gramer
Unsung Hero- Jacob Boulay
Technical “award”- Curran (y’all know we will run for that too by the way)
The “Dagger” award- Erskine

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UPDATE: PRACTICE TONIGHT CANCELLED (5/4/2017)!!!!

All, due to the weather forcing the baseball team indoors for practice at Holly HS, we must cancel practice this evening.  Please continue to watch for any schedule changes for the tournament until midnight today.  We don’t expect any, but you never know!

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Warriors Jam Fest Schedule (FINAL…we hope)

Hello all, we are at it again this weekend in Livonia/Dearborn for the Jam Fest.  The schedule is as follows, but as always, check back often!

U17 (pool F):

Friday, May 5 @8:20pm vs. HYPE at Livonia Churchill HS Court 2 (blue jerseys)Saturday, May 6 @5:10pm vs. Banks Basketball at Livonia Franklin HS Court 8 (white jerseys)
Saturday, May 6 @7:30pm vs. Downriver Boys Athletic Club at Livonia Churchill Court 5 (blue jerseys)

If we finish:

1st in pool- play Sunday, May 7 @9:10am at Livonia Churchill HS Court 1
2nd in pool- play Sunday, May 7 @8:00am at Hype Athletics-Dearborn Court 15
3rd in pool- play Sunday, May 7 @10:20am at Livonia Churchill HS Court 6
4th in pool- We go home

U16 (pool B):

Friday, May 5 @8:20pm vs. Playmakers at Livonia Churchill HS Court 6 (blue jerseys)
Saturday, May 6 @12:30pm vs. Triple Threat-Robinson at Livonia Churchill HS Court 1 (white jerseys)
Saturday, May 6 @2:50pm vs. PC Force at Livonia Franklin HS Court 9 (blue jerseys)

If we finish:

1st in pool- play Sunday, May 7 @11:30am at Livonia Churchill Court 2
2nd in pool- play Sunday, May 7 @9:10am at Livonia Churchill Court 6
3rd in pool- play Sunday, May 7 @8:00am at Hype Athletics- Dearborn Court 18
4th in pool- we go home

U15 (pool C):

Friday, May 5 @7:10pm vs. R.E.A.C.H. at Livonia Churchill HS Court 6 (blue jerseys)
Saturday, May 6 @12:30pm vs. Triple Threat-King at Livonia Franklin HS Court 9 (white jerseys)

If we finish:

1st in pool- play Saturday, May 6 @6:20pm at Livonia Stevenson HS Court 12
2nd in pool- play Saturday, May 6 @4:00pm at Livonia Franklin HS Court 7
3rd in pool- play Saturday, May 6 @4:00pm at Livonia Churchill Court 6

Venues:

Site Addresses for Tournament

1. Livonia Churchill High School

8900 Newburgh RD.

Livonia, MI. 48150

COURTS 1-6

2. Livonia Franklin High School

31000 Joy RD.

Livonia, MI. 48150

COURTS 7-10

3. Livonia Stevenson High School

33500 Six Mile RD.

Livonia, MI. 48152

COURTS 11-14

4. HYPE Recreation Center in Dearborn

23302 W. Warren St.

Dearborn Heights, MI. 48127

COURTS 15-19

5. Hype Recreation Center in Wayne

4635 Howe St.

Wayne, Michigan 48184

COURTS 20-22

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