RE-CAP OF DIVISION III AAU NATIONALS

JUNE 30-JULY 3

TEAM DENNIS & TEAM AUSTIN

Tournament play began and Team Dennis had a bye the first round.  Team Austin played a very talented team in Monroe County All stars from NI.  The game went back in forth, but Team Austin pulled it out 62-58.  It was a exciting game til the finish.  On to the second round where they play Rockville.  The same team Team Dennis played in pool play. Team Austin handled them pretty well with a 57-44 victory.  Team Austin is now in the quarter- finals.  They faced a tough test in the North Carolina Blazers.  Their toughest test yet, and they were ready.  TA was up the entire game and looking very good.  The lead got to 7 points at one time, but then all of a sudden with 4 minutes to go, Team Austin gave up four offensive rebounds per possession and the Blazers took the lead.  With time running out and Team Austin missing shots, the lead extended and Team Austin lost 67-60.  What a very disappointing loss, especially since they were winning the entire game and had them beat.  Great job and congrats to Coach Austin and his team for an awesome effort and literally leaving everything on the court.

For Team Dennis, they opened up the second round playing Gainesville from VA, same team Team Austin played in pool play, and they beat them 85-50.  I think the point was made that they were serious about winning the title.  Great effort from Malik Bocook, Drew Mellen and Case Chamblin.   Quarterfinal game brought on Seven Cities Elite from VA, and everyone was expecting a showdown.   It ended up being a show out.  Team Dennis took a team that was on a role and made them feel mortal again by beating them 68-48.  They got great play from Rael Windley, Dana Coffman and David Dennis Jr.  On to the final four, which is the furthest any team as been from the WGGBA organization in the nationals. Team Dennis was playing the NC Blazers that just beat Team Austin in the quarters.  This game was down and dirty.  Team Dennis was losing at half, 30-28.   They couldn't find a way to score and had tons of turnovers.  Coach Dennis gave them some halftime words and they came out after halftime and turned it on. Drew, Malick and Rael controled the boards and blocked everything that came their way.  They also found a way to score, by out scoring them 21-6 in the third quarter.  From there, it was coast city and Team Dennis wrapped things up with a 62-47 victory.   It was a nice challenge for Team Dennis.  It made them mentally tougher.  Next was the finals against ERSC Blazers from VA, who just  been upsetting teams and on a roll. They were no match for a team who's goals where to win the title this year.  And now that they were so close, they didn't want to mess things up.  Team Dennis was up 16 at half time.  Every time the Blazers tried to make a run, Team Dennis answered with their own.   There wasn't a player who wasn't hitting. It was  a highlight waiting to happen.

Finally, Coach Dennis and his team got and earned the National Championship that they so coveted to have.  They are National Champions and so excited about having the title.  The team and coaching staff has worked so hard to get to this point, and WE finally achieved the title.


RE-CAP OF BEST BUY CHICAGO CLASSIC TOURNAMENT 

MAY 24-26, 2013

TEAM DENNIS

What a weekend we had at the Best Buy Chicago Classic Tournament. WGGBA opened up pool play with two lopsided wins hitting 99 points and 89 points against their opponents.  Team Dennis ended up being the number one seed heading into bracket play.   

They started bracket play with an impressive win over a team from Illinois.  The final four game was against a solid team from Illinois that was beating teams by 20 points a game.  But not WGGBA! Team Dennis beat them by 11 points. 

Now on to the finals against the Predators from Illinois, the team that beat our other WGGBA 10th grade team earlier in the day.  It was a instant classic.  The game went to FOUR overtimes and we ended up losing by 2 points.  In two of the overtimes, we had the ball last and couldn’t finish.  One overtime, we were up 3 points, and they hit a deep three by a non shooter, deep in the corner, to send it to another overtime. 

The last overtime, the official called a foul with 2 seconds left that was a jump ball, so Team Dennis ended up losing by 2 points.  After the team got over "how in the world" they lost that game, they finally realized that we still came in second place at a tournament in Chicago.  What an accomplishment for Team Dennis.

 TEAM AUSTIN

Team Austin's two pool games were warm up games for them.  The blew out both teams, and one of the games they set a WGGBA record by scoring 107 points. They were on fire from everywhere.  They were the number 1 seed and ended up playing the Predators.  What a game it was, but the Predators pulled it out at the end. Team Austin was very disappointed and are looking to bounce back at AAU Nationals in Virginia.

 

RE-CAP OF AAU STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

MAY 17-19, 2013

TEAM DENNIS

Team Dennis showed their character in an impressive tournament run, going 5-0 to win the AAU state championship for the third time in a row.  What a great accomplishment.  They started out on fire against NC bullets, by hitting 3's from everywhere and  turning steals into points, by winning by a huge
margin.  

Then they ended Saturday against an up and coming team called COBA. WGGBA did what they had to do.  Finishing as the one seed in our pool, they opened up against our own WGGBA team in the first round on Sunday.  And it SUCKED.  Playing your own team is never fun.  After a back and forth battle, Team Dennis won a very close game.  

Then they had a play Ohio Varsity Blue, who beat them by 20 plus, earlier in the season.  Oh man, straight classic. What a game it was by both teams. With the score tied with 9.7 seconds, Coach Dennis drew a play up and it worked to perfection. Rael hit a high low pass to Malik, and he shot a jump hook as the buzzer was going off.

Great game by both teams.  In the championship game, they were playing a friendly opponent, Ohio Hoopsters.  WGGBA was down the entire game and had to battle back.  They took the lead on a steal by Dana and the decisive basket came on a pass from Rael to Case for a and one.  The highlight of this game was a off the rim miss shot follow up dunk by Malik Bocook.  Wow, it came from nowhere and the entire crowd was on their feet.  Congrats to the entire team for stepping up and making things happen.

 

RE-CAP OF SPIECE RUN-N-SLAM

MAY 3-5, 2013

 

TEAM DENNIS

Team Dennis played Friday night and came out on fire. David Jr., Ramon, Jacob, Malik, and Drew played extremely well building the lead up to 20 points. We won by double digits. Game two, Dana made 7 three pointers, and the team made 17 three pointers the entire game, as we blew out a team from Indiana. Game 3, was a battle between two undefeated teams.  The game went back and forth and went down til the last possession.  David Jr. hit a pull up jump shot as time expired to win the ball game and become the first seed in pool 30. Saturday afternoon, Team Dennis played The Family, from Michigan, with their center already verbal to Michigan State.  After a close game til the end, Team Dennis lost by 9 and
the weekend was over.  We went 3-1 and played defeated some quality teams. 

 RE-CAP OF KING JAMES HOOP FEST

APRIL 26-28, 2013

 

TEAM DENNIS

Team Dennis was coming off a championship at the Pittsburgh Hoopfest and was looking for back to back championships.  Doing that was not going to be an easy task, especially opening up against Maryland Finest on Friday night, who is ranked 18th nationally. 

Coach Dennis team came out on fire by taking a commanding 30-13 lead. We knew they weren’t going to just let us keep going without a fight, and they closed the gap to 5 with 2 minutes to go.  Several free throws by Rael Windley and David Dennis Jr., sealed the win. This was one of the biggest victories by any WGGBA team by beating a nationally ranked team at such a prestigious tournament. 

Next the team faced a team from Pittsburgh at 8:0am. MSA sports jumped on us by 12 points right away and held that lead for most of the game.  Jack Cook, Jacob Wiseman, Dana Coffman and Case Chamblin lead the teams comeback to try and get back in the game.  Down 2 points with 30 seconds to go, Jacob got a steal and couldn’t convert on the lay up.  MSA converted on their free throws and we lost by four. 

Heading to the winners silver bracket, we had to bounce back and play KB hoops from Chicago, and we took our madness out on them by going on a 3 point arsenal. Everyone was hitting 3’s from everywhere in our impressive game. David Dennis, Jr. started the game off hot, making 5 3 pointer’s in a row getting the team up by 22 at halftime.  Then we got lazy and took the game for granted and allowed them back into the game winning only 73-70.  On to the final four though and playing a familiar team, Who Got Game Austin. Wow, why did we have to meet them so early. 

Team Dennis started off hot hitting 15-20 shots in the first and making their first 5.  Their defense was on point making every shot attempt difficult for Team Austin.  But Team Austin is a WGGBA team, so we knew they were going to fight back and that they did. The cut the lead to 5 points, but it never got closer.  Great game by both teams.

On to the finals to play Rasheed Wallace(former NBA player) son and his team from Michigan.  Team Dennis dominated the entire game. You can tell that we were on a mission to win and that we did. Winning impressively and taking their first  King James tournament championship title.  It was a well deserved championship and one that will be remembered for years to come.

TEAM AUSTIN

Team Austin made another good showing at the King James tournament fighting their way to the final four this past weekend!  Team Austin started off the tournament Friday night with an impressive win over I90 Elite out of New York. After a back and forth battle Team Austin pulled away late in the second half with tough defense and efficiency on offense.

 The following day team Austin ran into a stout NY Gauchos team and took a tough loss.  With their back against the wall Team Austin regrouped and came back with a victory against Ohio Elite. After a sluggish first half Team Austin turned up the intensity a notch in the second half and ran away with the game to move onto the next round.

Team Austin matched up with an Illinois team late Saturday night. With their sights set on the final four Team Austin came out strong and never looked back. They controlled the entire game with a great team performance and sealed up a trip to the final 4. Special shout out to Jordan Clark who took 5 charges!

In the semi finals Team Austin matched up with Team Dennis. After an absolutely atrocious first half performance Team Austin trailed team Dennis by 20 at the half. In the second half Team Austin finally turned up their play and battled back to pull the game within 3 points.  After a valiant effort to climb back in the game it was too little too late and Team Austin dropped the game losing by 4 points.

Team Austin came away very disappointed with their performance in the semi final game but overall it was another good team effort leading to a top 4 finish in a tough King James tournament! Team Austin is now looking forward to gearing up for a strong run at the Spiece tournament in Ft. Wayne Indiana this weekend!

Special mention from Coach Austin: Team Austin is built on total team play but would like to give special mention to Jordan Clark for his outstanding performance this weekend. He brought his total game, every game, and lead Team Austin by example this weekend. Did I mention he took 5 charges in 1 game!

 

RE-CAP OF PITTSBURGH HOOPFEST
APRIL 19-21, 2013
TEAM DENNIS
Team Dennis started pool play by playing a solid PA Rush team from Pennsyvania. They jumped on us with a 11-0 run and led by 7 at halftime.  WGGBA did all they could to find a grove to get back in the game.  Several three pointers made and some good offensive rebounding put us up by 5 with a minute to go.  PA goes on a 7-0 run putting us in a tough spot to tie the game.  Our last play didn’t work, and we ended up losing by two.  
Playing the second pool game, the game didn’t tip off til 11:15pm--a late night for all.  WGGBA started out with a 28-0 run to start the game, being mad from the previous loss.  And the onslaught continued with a 72-26 win.  Jack Cook caught fire from the 3 point line and Jacob Wiseman was driving to the basket on a mission.
Playing Sunday morning for a spot in the orange tournament bracket, they played the Liberty Ballers from PA.  The game was going back and forth, until the start of the second half where WGGBA got 5 steals and rebounds to open up their running game. Several three pointers from Ramon Wilson and David Dennis Jr., increased their lead.
Onto tournament play in the semi-finals.  WGGBA played a local team called the PA chargers. We continued with team ball coming out with a impressive 20-2 run.  Our press defense was suffocating the chargers into bad shots or turnovers. Then David Jr. got out, making 3 after 3 after 3.  Then it was contagious with everyone hitting three’s. 
Now onto the finals, were WGGBA and Ramon Wilson was looking for revenge for that earlier loss. And man, Ramon came out on fire, knocking down 3 three’s in the first 5 minutes, and some impressive drives to the baskets.  David Jr. was driving to the basket making some crazy lay ups driving in there with the big boys.  Dana Coffman made a couple of three’s as well. Malik Bocook, Drew Mellen and Rael Windley were dominating the glass with put backs and some great post moves. WGGBA up 7 at the half.  Then PA started getting their mojo back and went on a run to take the lead. Then it was ON from there. Back and forth, back and forth. PA had a chance to win the game in regulation, but a defensive stop from WGGBA forced overtime. 
PA took the lead to start overtime and they traded baskets. Down 2 points with 9.6 seconds to go and PA at the free throw line to seal their victory, they miss the front end of a 1 and 1. WGGBA gets the rebound and calls timeout to set up a play to tie it up.  With 3.6 seconds left, they take the ball out on the sideline and throws the ball to Ramon.  The play was to have him drive to tie or kick to David Jr. in the corner for the win.  The pass got deflected and Ramon had to grab the ball, he took two dribbles, and with time running out, he had to pull up from 30 feet with two players on him.  The shot was in the air for 15 seconds (well that’s what it seemed like) and it went it. Game over and everyone rushed the court. WGGBA wins by 1 and takes down local favorite PA Rush. It was a great team effort by all!
Team Austin
Team Austin battled from start to finish at the Pittsburgh Hoopfest this weekend to take home the Black Division Championship! Team Austin started off the weekend with an overtime victory over NC Courage. Matt Weir came through with a clutch 3 point shot at the end of regulation to tie the ball game and some clutch free throws to seal the victory for team Austin in overtime.
Team Austin went on to seal up two more great all around team victories on Saturday against Team Dynasty out of Maryland and TNBA out of Cleveland to improve to 3-0 and take the top seed in pool play.
Team Austin came back Sunday and squeaked out a narrow victory in regulation over a solid PA Vipers team in the semi final game. Down 1 with 6 seconds left in the game Jordan Clark went coast to coast and finished with a layup plus a foul with .6 seconds left to move onto the championship game.
Team Austin went into the championship game and played another thriller. A seesaw battle with the New Jersey Heat ended up tied after regulation after a valiant defensive stop on the last possession by Team Austin. Down 3 with 18 seconds left in overtime team Austin got a bucket to close the game within 1. On the ensuing inbounds pass Austin Blatt came up with a huge steal after a scrum for the ball on the baseline and missed a bank shot, only to be tipped in at the buzzer by the high flying Evan Duncan who came soaring through the lane! 

Overall on the weekend Team Austin went 5-0 and took home the Black Division Championship.  
This championship is a reflection of a total TEAM effort by all members of team Austin. 

 

RE-CAP OF NATIONAL CLUB CHALLENGE

 April 12-14, 2013

We had great representation from the wggba family in Indianapolis. Parents traveled with us and we were the loudest in the gym. Thank you parents!

Team Davis put in a lot of work, but fell short of advancing to the second round. Team Peterson boys finally got it together but it wasn't enough against a team from Indiana.

 Team Austin made it to the final four. Jumped out on the team from Kentucky with a 19-4 lead in the first half. But couldn't hang on losing by 8.

Team Dennis played that same Kentucky team in the finals and it was a barn burner til the end. Wggba missed a shot to win the game in regulation, but it was in and out, sending the game to overtime. Game went back and forth to where Wggba missed a three to tie it as the buzzer sounded. Placing Team Dennis second.