MAYB Champions – Springs 9th/10th
Thursday, June 21
From Coach Henry Jackson:
“This tournament was the Colorado Springs 9th-10th MAYB, held June 15 – 17. We had to do some major juggling because half of my team was in the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) – Greeley team basketball camp that ran (the same time as our tournament in the Springs,) from June 14 thru 16th. Our first game in Colorado Springs was Friday evening, June 15, at 9:25. Most of my guys had already played at least 5 games before heading down to the Springs at 7:00 pm, June 15th for the tournament.
However with the help of Thomas Jefferson HS head basketball coach, Grant Laman (who allowed the TJ kids to leave the camp after pool play on Friday), and the support of the parents who transported the remaining kids from Greeley to Colorado Springs for the 9:25 game (they arrived at tipoff!), the boys were able to shake off their rubbery legs and we went undefeated in pool play and won the tournament against a pretty good Colorado Titans 16u team. Although we are seemingly the team no one talks about in the 15u age group, we have proven that we can compete with and beat most 9th/10th grade teams out there.
One big drawback was that we were without the services of one of our better players, Zach Jackson, due to an ankle injury sustained at the UNC team camp. However, the team rallied and took up the slack. Shane Oliver, Philip Hill, Deontae Fair, and Kyle Caruthers provided superb guard play, while Michael Craig, Lee Wilson, Ben Foley, Jamel Compton, and Marlin Johnson provided the muscle needed to control the the big men on the opposing team.
We look forward to the Denver MAYB tournament this weekend and hope to bring home first place again.”
Congratulations to Coach Jackson and the players and their families for another winning weekend!!