Sunday, September 3, 2017

Summer 2017 Season - Champions Announced, Finals Pictures Posted!

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Division Write-ups!

3/4 Division!



The Red Ninjas, composed of players from Vienna and Tysons, ended the 2017 summer season undefeated and won the championship in the Little Legends 3-4 grade division. Led by several highly skilled, tenacious guards and patient, sweet-shooting low-post players, the team consistently played beautiful, unselfish basketball – rare at this age group -- with the ball moving constantly in sharp passes. To the delight of parents in attendance, the Red Ninjas also displayed throughout the season a wide variety of fundamental plays that are more commonly seen in older-age groups, such as pick-and-roll, give-and-go, eurosteps, ball fakes, and passing out of a double team. And they all enthusiastically cheered for their teammates’ success.

It was a uniquely talented group with solid chemistry. I am very proud to have been the coach of this team.
Go Red!

5/6 Division!


This summer was a great summer for Strap City. These boys took their game to another level.As a coach, I couldn't have been happier. Practices were intense and it showed when we played because the chemistry was there. They really wanted to win and played every game like it was the last game. Strap City lived up to there name.

7/8 Division!


I couldn't be prouder of these boys! They played hard, worked together, and supported one another during every game. Teamwork, not individual stats, was most important to them and that was evident in our championship game, too. We expected a tough game given our last meeting with this opponent went into OT and ended in a tie. The boys practiced hard and prepared themselves well. Their hard work was rewarded with a victory and a stat sheet that showed everyone contributed to the win. 703 Elite went out as champs to top off an amazing summer season!

High School Division!


While The Big Ballers bench was light in the beginning of the season, there was almost a full squad for the playoff games.  Under the direction of Coach TJ Walter this season, the team squeezed out another playoff victory with only one loss in the season (who they will rematch this fall!).  The Big Ballers came out for the playoff game with a win on their minds but a smile on their faces because they have so much fun on the court playing with their teammates.  Many of these boys have been playing with Legends for 5 years! Everyone played hard on the court and it helped that Sean Kelly racked up the points on the board with 23 followed by Jacob Best with 9 and Ryan Plott adding his 7.   Better keep an eye on this team in the fall!


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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Spring 2017 Season - Champions Announced, Finals Pictures Posted!

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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!







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