Sunday, July 16, 2017

Spring 2017 Season - Champions Announced, Finals Pictures Posted!

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See all the Finals pictures here (over 500!): 

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Champion Teams Summary! 

3/4 Division - McClean Carey Cheeseballs







As with all coach Carey teams, it is about the team.  Multiple trapping defenses, fast break outlet passes and one more pass to hit the open man.  The Warriors were clearly monitoring these boys as they came up with their Championship strategy.
·         Colin driving left all the way to the hoop, Josh intercepting passes and pressuring the defense, Marcus spotting up and draining the jumpers, Finny trying to score anyway he can… even on the other teams basket.  Muffin clogging the elbow, Aaron wiping the boards, Jack's ferocious speed & tenacity, and William doing it all.  A team that loves playing ball and cheers for their teammates. 
·         Elbows in Cheesballs!


5/6 A Division - Strap City! 




This was a very good season for Strap City. We played together as a team, we practiced hard, and most importantly we leaned on each other. The Strap City boys wanted to be more than good, they wanted to be great. They pushed each other and made our job as coaches easier. From the coaches, parents, and other supporters...we are very proud of these boys and what they accomplished.


5/6 B Division - Team Diego!






7/8 Division - Team Boo!







After the first few games, it became clear that I had a couple of guards who could control the tempo and knew when to push and when to slow it up.  It also became clear that it would be a sacrifice for the whole team to share the limited minutes of available playing time because of a deep ten man roster.  With each game, as the boys started to gel together and figure out each other’s spots, our ball movement and defensive help rotations really started improving, but everyone’s dissatisfaction of playing time started to grow, too.  We were winning, but could we keep focused on the team, rather than the individual stats?

The answer was YES.  Solid ball security, good ball movement, and nice outside shooting on offense and stingy, aggressive man to man defense had us roll through the Semi and Final with our two best team performances.

All of my boys were contributors this season, but I need to mention some outstanding play:
Jack E. - As the primary ball handler, he does not turn the ball over.  Very key to our success.  His patience in half-court offense and good outside touch made it tough for the other team’s zone defenses to defend us.
Luke –  If we had to choose a MVP for our team, it would be Luke.  High motor, high basketball IQ, and a vocal leader on the court. 
Rayan – High motor, probably our most tenacious defender.  He took it upon himself to try to stop the opposing team’s strongest player.
Zach – Our most prolific scorer.  Good hands, footwork, nice off ball movement, with a deadly outside touch.
Kyle, Jake R., Jake C, Michael, Jeremy and Jack F. round out the roster.  Each player had a role in our success.

Great season!

Coach Boo

8 Division - Falls Church Bullets!






9/10 A Division - Lil Outlawz!







Lil' Outlawz went Undefeated this season 9-0 and it was great journey to the Championship but it all started on the defense side ! Every game someone different impacted the game for us to prevail and truely was a team effort ! Ben,tommy,Charlie,Luke,Steven,zorah,Johnathan,zach&grey are a special group of talented young man Congratulation your HARDWORK Payed off but this is only the beginning Keep Working Fellas and special thanks to my brother for helping me  Coach Montel


9/10 B Division - Sniper Gang!







Some Favorite Finals Shots! 

































Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Spring 2016 Season - Finals Update!





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Champion Teams Summary!

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3/4 Division - Strap City!

This season "Strap City" showed a toughness we've never shown before. We practiced hard, played hard, and became a family. These boys became brothers in basketball. The team was one unit, everyone had each other's back. Leadership was on full display. The maturity and poise these 3/4 graders showed was amazing. I am truly honored to be their coach, they make me look like I know what I'm talking about! So proud of these young men. Hard work pays off so we work harder.

5/6 Division - Team Lightening!

Team Lightning came into the season stating they want a championship. They had their eyes set on the prize and was determined to get it. Lightning had some of the best 5-6 grade players in the league. Great shooters, even better defenders and it showed in the end. The team had a goal to become a defensive team. Defense win games, offense is the reward of playing great defense. These band of brothers did it, they accomplished the goal they set out for. There were a few injuries but it didn't stop the momentum. Every player was capable of filling each other shoes.

Team Lightning Chant:

Team Lightning what type of day is it? – It’s a great day to be a baller!!!

Team lightning how do you feel? - fired up!!!

How do you feel? - fired up!!!

How do you feel? - fired up!!!

There are two options to pressure, Overcome it or fold to it and we refuse to fold. Great Job Team Lightning aka CHAMPS!!!

7/8 A Division - Team DeWayne’s Ride to Championship!




Team Dewayne’s Spring Season has been a real roller coaster ride. The team of 8 players, made up of half Kilmer MS and half Longfellow MS 8th grade boys, and led by Dewayne Nelson, had a rough start early in the season by losing their first 3 games. The losses were contributed to a number of factors, to many to mention here. The team was not gelling to say the least.


The 3 straight losses were hard to swallow. Team Dewayne was in last place in their division. Something had to change. So Coach Dewayne and team parents decided that the boys needed more practice time to learn how to play their positions well, and to learn each other strengths and weaknesses on the court. The team took on an extra practice a week and started to gel. Week by week Team Dewayne defeated their opponents. It started out with 1 win, 2, then 3 straight wins. The team made it into the playoffs! Could the team continue their winning streak into the playoffs? There, the team would face off with the top 3 seeded teams in their division.


Team Dewayne had to be patient, discipline, and play smart ball to be successful in the playoffs. First up, the 3rd place Hawks in the quarter finals, Team Dewayne bound and determined, led pretty much the whole game and pulled off their 4th straight win- final score 51 to 42. Next up, 2nd place McLean bullets in the semi-finals. Both teams knew what was at stake and both played a very physical game. In the end Team Dewayne fought and clawed to get their 5th straight win, 37 to 33. Team Dewayne had earned their spot in the championship game against the 1st place and undefeated team, James Gang. This would be the team’s toughest challenge yet, to beat the team that had defeated Team Dewayne by 24 points earlier in the season. The boys brought their A game, kept their cool, and kept the James Gang on their toes. The lead went back and forth until the last 1 minute of the game where Team Dewayne made 2 foul shots and a couple of lay-up shot to pull ahead in the final seconds to win their 6th straight game and clinch the championship, final score 50 to 44 . The boys played their hearts out. What a sweet ride!
  

7/8 B Division - The Road to the Championship for the McLean Spartans!

If you would have asked Coach Johnson, of the McLean Spartans, at the end of Week#6 with a record of 2-4, whether his all 7th Grade team made up of all local McLean kids had a chance at the Spring Championship, I think his response would have been "No Way!" With that said the very next week would be the teams run to the Championship, winning all four of their final games to finish the season with a record of 6-4 and holding the Championship Trophies.
But it’s not because Coach Johnson didn’t think his team was up to the challenge or talented enough, it was because there was so much great talent throughout the League this Spring Season, which is a great tribute to how much Little Legends has grown over the years. To have 20 Teams in the 7/8 Grade Divisions on April 1st, I think set a record for the number of teams in an age group.
Championship Game Matchup on June 7th, 2016 Vs. Team Fisher, who we matched up earlier in the Season in a Week 4 Game, that the Spartans would end up winning 35-24, but the score did not reflect the matchup between the two teams during the game. We found Team Fisher to be a true gritty team that reminded us a lot of ourselves. Most teams not giving us much credit until we started playing. At one point in the season Vs. a true "A" Division Team and who we lost to by double-digits, told us that despite the score, we were the stiffest competition they had faced and admired how we never gave up and kept fighting until the closing buzzer. Back to the game. The Spartans would outscore their opponent by 28 – 8 at the end of the 1st Half, but with the help of one of their star players that arrived at the half, you could clearly see Team Fishers confidence boost when Alex Richlin entered the gym. So much so that even though our team was up by a 20 pt lead, as a team we knew that Team Fisher had some very capable scorers and we couldn’t let our foot off the gas or we would end up on the losing end of the story. In the 2nd half Team Fisher outscored the Spartans by 20-19, however the first half lead was too much to overcome. It was a strong performance for the McLean Spartans lead Point Guard Jaz Bissett and was also his 13th Birthday! The Spartans standouts of the game were Jaz Bissett with the team high 16 pts, Charlie Poole with 8 pts, Luke Norton with 5 pts, Michael Casler & Jacob Wells with 4 pts each. It was a true team effort, as every player on the roster that night, ended up with at least 2 pts each.

7/8 C Division – Thunder!


Summary coming!


9/10 Division – Runnin’ Rampage!


Summary coming!
 

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Some Favorite Finals Shots!