Weekend Wrap-Up- Renegades Summer Rumble, Big Shots Philadelphia, and Zero Gravity National Championships
The organization had all of their teams participate in various tournaments over the past 2 weekends.
The 5th grade team participated at the Renegades Summer Rumble. The team opened up with 2 tough losses on Saturday to start the tournament, including one against and older and bigger 6th grade team. On Sunday, the team bounced back strong and continues to show improvement with 2 big wins, building momentum and confidence heading into Wildwood Weekend.
The organization had several teams participate in the Big Shots Philadelphia tournament. Overall it was a tough weekend as only 2 of the teams finished with better then .500. The 9th Grade Roantree team opened up strong with a 20 point victory against the Philly Ballhawks to set up a match-up with Team Final, ranked as high as No. 2 in the country in some rankings. In a back and forth game, the team took a 4 point halftime lead, but couldn't finsih the game, ending up losing by 14 points after falling behind down the stretch. The team finished strong and won its 3rd game by dominating the New York Pride. 10th Grade Miller continued its strong showing during the spring. The team opened with a tough loss against one of the top 16U teams in the country in Philly Pride, however, rebounded stong to win the Silver Championship at the event. In the championship, the team defeated L&L Running Rebels with a 56-49 win.
Congratulations to James Gillespie (10th Miller) and Marc Rodriguez (9th Roantree) for their performances and being named to the all-tournament teams.
After winning the Zero Gravity Beast of the East Tournament, the 4th Grade team accepted a bid the Zero Gravity National Championship and headed to Boston for Fathers Day Weekend. In its opening game of pool play, the team played Rise Above Basketball out of Boston and opened with a 47-41 victory, getting off on a good foot to start. In it's next game, the team steam rolled the Boston Bobcates, with a 25 point win, 58-33. In its third and final pool play game of the day, the team battled Team MIG, but came up short 35-30. On Sunday, with a chance to still earn a wildcard victory to get to the final 4, the came out strong, earning the bid by dominating KSC Thunder out of Massachucetts, 45-8. In the final 4, the team played Grand Sachems from Connetticut. The team came up short, losing to the eventual tournament champs in a hard fought game. Conratualtions to Coach Traina and the team for a great job at a highly competitive event.
4th Grade Win Zero Gravity Mid-Atlantic Beast of the East Championship in Dominating Fashion
The Sting had mulitple teams competing this weekend, highlighted by 4th Grade 2nd Championship of the season at Zero Gravity Mid-Atlantic Beast of the East tournament in Delaware.
The 4th Grade team dominated the tournament hosted by Hooprootz, a national publication, in impressive fashion. In their opening game, the team made a statement by defeating We R 1 out of Delaware 39-13 to move to 1-0 in pool play. In their 2nd game of the day the Sting continued to be impressive defeating the MSU Skyliners 46-23 to finish the day 2-0 and guarantee themselves a spot in the semi-finals. In their last pool play game, the team took on IAF Finest All-Stars, once again winning in convincing fashion 35-7. In their semi-final matchup, the Team took another double digit victory in a 40-21 win to advane to the semi-finals. In the Championship game, the Sting took on We R 1 who upset the other pool winner, in a rematch of their opening game. The Sting went on to dominate once again with a 40-16 victory to take home the championship. Congratulation to Coach Traina and the players on their 2nd Championship of the season.
7th Grade Captures Championship at Philadelphia Invitational
Over the weekend, the team had several teams competing in the Philadelphia Invitational Tournament, hosted by the Keystone Blazers. All three teams found success, getting out of pool play and advancing into bracket play, with the 7th Grade Team winning their 1st Championship of the season.
In the 8th Grade division, the team opened up pool play strong with a 56-43 victory over Hoopdreamz, another local organization. In their 2nd game of the day, the team took on a very strong Under-Armour Sponsored Jersey Shore Warriors team that has been playing well at a national level. The teams size and athleticism took over the game for the Warriors, giving the Sting their 1st loss in pool play to finish in 2nd place. They would advance to the semi-finals in bracket play, where they would take on Philly Triple Threat, the Mid-Atlantic Regions 2nd place finisher and a team that knocked them out of district qualifiers. Once again, Philly Triple Threat's size and athleticism wore down the Sting as they pulled away down the stretch of the game to end the Sting's shot at a Championship.
In the 10th Grade tournament, Coach Miller's team looked to rebound from their first tournament loss the week prior at King of Prussia. The team once again opened up strong in pool play, dominating Kingdom Elite with a 25 point victory. In its 2nd game of the day, the team once again won to win their pool, beating LVBS by a score of 58-45 to advance to the semi-final in bracket play. The team faced Hoopdreamz in its semi-final match up and lost a heart breaker, suffering a 65-64 defeat. The team will look to win its 3rd Championship of the season when they play in Big Shots Philadelphia the weekend of June 7.
At the 7th grade level, the team found great success as they won their 1st tournament Championship of the season, rebounding from a tough loss at the hands of Baltimore Elite the week prior. In their first and toughest game of the tournament, the 7th graders, trailed the entire game, but came on strong, making plays down the stretch to win a tough fought game against Johnson Basketball Academy 45-42. In its 2nd Pool Play game, the team took on 5 Boros out of NY City and completely dominated them, jumping out to a 16-0 lead and coasting to 65-40 victory to win their pool and advance to the semi-finals. In the semi's, the team, took on the Philly Hurricanes. Once again the team jumped out early and held a double digit lead nearly the entire game, winning 60-45 to set up a championship rematch with Johnson basketball Academy. In this game, the results were much different. The team dominated the game, winning the Championship 59-17, holding Johnson to a single point in the 2nd half. Congratulations to Coach Yeiter and all of the players on their 1st Championship of the season.
9th Grade Roantree Takes Organizations 1st District Championship at Mid-Atlantic District Championships.
Over the weekend, the Club competed in the King of Prussia Classic at Competitive Edge, with 9th Grade Roantree and 10th Grade Luciano looking to bring home the Club’s 1st District Championship at the District Final 4.
At the King of Prussia Classic, the organization had teams at the 5th, 7th, 8th, and 10th grade levels compete. At the 5th grade level, the team ran into some tough competition in Central PA Elite and an elite Nike Program, Baltimore Elite. The team bounced back with a good win on Sunday to regain some momentum and confidence against Winners Circle. At the 7th Grade level, the team dominated pool play with two 20+ point victories against the Renegades and Winners Circle to advance to the Semi-Finals. The team took on Baltimore Elite in their semi-final matchup. The team fell down early, trailing by as many as 16, however battled back to get within 44-43 with about 4 minutes remaining. The Sting however, could never get on top and fell to the eventual tournament champions, 56-44. In the 8th grade division, the team opened up pool play 1-1, taking a tough loss to Baltimore Elite, however, bounced back to dominate Winners Circle with a 20+ point victory. In their quarterfinal matchup, the team won another game big to advance to the semi-finals against Baltimore Elite for a rematch of the 1st game of the tournament. The team kept it close early, but eventually wore down to the talent and size of Baltimore Elite, the eventual Champion at both the 8th and 9th Grade level. At the 10th grade bracket, Coach Miller’s team looked to stretch their tournament winning streak to 3 straight championships. Early on, the team looked good, once again dominating pool play defeating Mt Pleasant Bulldogs by 17 and Competitive Edge by 10 to advance to the semi-finals. In a rematch against Mt. Pleasant, the team got down 14-2 early, however, bounced back to tie the game at the buzzer to force OT. In OT, however, Mt. Pleasant made shots down the stretch to hold on for a 6 point victory to give 10th grade Miller its 1st loss of the year.
Over at the District Final 4, 10th Grade Luciano and 9th Grade Roantree looked to continue their success from the prior weekend. At the 10th Grade level, Luciano struggled through playing short handed playing against one of the top programs in the country in Team Final, who had 3 teams compete in the Final 4. Luciano lost both games and placed 4th in the Tournament, a great accomplishment for the organization. In the 9th grade division, 9th Grade Roantree took an a familiar foe in ESYC out of Allentown, a team it has battled the last 2 years at the Mid-Atlantic Elite Classic. Playing with a ton of energy, the team jumped out early and never looked back, stretching its lead to as many as 20 and eventually winning 83-73 to advance to the Championship. The team was led by a huge performance by Marc Rodriguez who scored 35 points, as well as Collin Gillespie. Both of their performances were recognized by City of Basketball Love in their article on the Mid-Atlantic Semi-Final Standouts. In the Championship game, the team faced Kingdom Elite out of New Jersey. In a back and forth game, the Sting stretched their lead to 7, however, after a flurry of 3’s and turnovers, saw that evaporate into a 7-point deficit with about 45 seconds to go. The team continued to battle and was down 2 with 8 seconds to go and 0 timeouts with the ball after forcing a turnover. Marc Rodriguez passed out of a double team and Collin Gillespie made a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds to go to win the game. The team had balanced scoring including 12 from Gillespie, 19 from Rodriguez, 12 from Matt Paulus, and a game-high 25 points from 8th Grader Tyree Pickron, who is playing up with the team. The team once again earned some positive press from City of Basketball love in their Mid-Atlantic District Finals Recap. Congratulations to 9th Grade Roantree on winning the organizations 1st District Championship! The team is off to a strong start at 19-1 and 3 Championships on the season.
Sting take home Championships at SJ Jazz May Madness and Competitive Edge Hoop Battle; Luciano and Roantree Advance to District Final 4
The Organization had teams playing in various tournaments over the weekend. 10th Grade Miller Competed in the South Jersey Jazz May Madness tournament, while 4th and 6th Grade competed in Hoop Battle at Competitive Edge. 8th, 9th Roantree, and 10th Luciano all competed in the Mid-Atlantic District Championship.
At Rowan in the May Madness tournament, 10th Grade Miller continued its hot start on the season and took home its 2nd Championship of the year. Once again, the team dominated pool play with big wins against Game 7 Sharks and the NJ Soldiers to advance to the Semi-Finals on Sunday. In the Semi-Finals, the Sting took on another Game 7 Sharks team, winning big again. In the Championship, Miller took on the SJ Jazz. In another dominating performance, 10th Grade Miller won the game 78-62 to take home the Championship. The team is now 8-0 to start the year, winning their 1st two tournaments of the year.
Looking to bounce back from a tough weekend in District qualifiers, Coach Traina’s 4th and 6th Grade teams competed in Competitive Edge's Hoop Battle. The 6th Grade team got off to a hot start on Saturday going to 2-0 in their 1st 2 pool play games, defeating Better Ball by 20 points and winning a close one with BackCourt Hoops 38-36. In their 3rd pool play game, the team played shorthanded and lost a tough one to Downingtown Heat to finish the tournament 2-1, after losing the pool tiebreaker on point differential. In the 4th Grade Division, the team bounced back strong from districts, winning the Championship at their age. The team came out on fire with a dominating 20-point victory over Nexxt Level. In their 2nd game of the day, the team won a nail biter over Competitive Edge Sports winning 41-40 to advance out of their pool and into the Semi-Finals, where they defeated the Collegeville Jaguars 38-31. In the Championship, the team took on another Competitive Edge team and ran away with the victory, winning their 1st Championship with the organization 45-28. Congratulations to Coach Train and the entire team!
After a tough weekend at Districts the week before for some of the younger teams, the 8th, 9th, and 10th grade teams looked for better success. In the 8th Grade Division, after some scheduling issues and 1st game forfeit, the Sting took on the Mid-Jersey Mavericks. In a back and forth game, the Sting lost on a controversial foul call at the end of the game 58-57. Looking to rebound after a tough loss, the Sting took on the Philadelphia Legends and dominated the game from start to finish winning 61-32 to advance to the 1st round of Bracket Play. In the 1st Round game, the team was shorthanded taking on Philly Triple Threat and couldn’t overcome missing some players losing a tough game to the eventual Mid-Atlantic Runner Ups. In the 9th Grade Division, 9th Grade Roantree got off to a dominating start, defeating the Sharon Knights 60-32. In it’s 2nd game of the day, the Sting defeated Lower Bucks Lightning 57-44 to win their pool and advance to the 1st round of Bracket Play. After going through the motions in Saturday Afternoons game, the team rebounded and played with energy against Berks Red Storm winning 56-15 to advance to the quarterfinal round. In the quarterfinal round, the team took on the York Ballers, a top 10 finisher at DII Nationals and runner up at Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest. After getting off to a slow start and trailing by 16 early, the Sting made a run to cut the lead to 3 by half time. In the 2nd half, the team continued its momentum and pulled away for a 9-point victory to advance to the Final 4 next weekend. In the 10th grade division, 10th Grade Luciano dominated pool play going to 2-0 with big wins, defeating the South Jersey Blitz 60-45 and Shore Pride 93-45 to advance to the 1st Round of Bracket Play. In their 1st Round Game, the Sting defeated the South Jersey Mambas in a tightly contested game 45-40 to advance to a quarterfinal matchup with Ocean Elite. In that game, the teams battled, however cam up short losing a tough 5 point game. Due to Ocean Elite not being able to compete the following weekend, the team advance to the Final 4 due to their strong play from the previous games.
Sting Struggle Through Tough District Fields; 9th Grade Roantree Wins Big Shots Certified DC
Over the weekend, Mid-Atlantic Districts for Grades 4-7 were held at various locations throghout the Mid-Atlantic Area, with 4 Sting teams participating in the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade Qualifiers. It was a tough weekend for the young Sting Squads against some really tough competition. Overall the organization, went 2-11 against some of the areas best teams, such as Team Philly, Philly Triple Threat, We R 1, and Team Final. It was a good experience for all of the boys as they saw and competed against some of the elite in the area.
In other action, 9th Grade Roantree competed in Big Shots Certified DC, going 4-0 and taking home the Championship during the first Live Evaluation period for college coaches. After winning the 1st game during Bracket Play as a result of forfeit, the team took on the New Jersey Crusaders, an Elite 8 team at DIII Nationals from a year ago. In a tight an low scoring affair, the Sting pulled away late for a 37-29 victory to advance to the Semi-Finals. In the Semi-Final game, the team faced Virginia Hustle, a long and athletic squad out of Hampton, VA. The Sting jumped out quickly and never looked back, cruising to a 51-36 win. In it's final game of the day, the Sting took on Competitive Edge out of PA in the Championship Game. In a high scoring affair, the Sting held on for a 83-81 win in Overtime after a last second shot tied the game by Competitive Edge to force overtime. The team was led by a 30-point performance by Marc Rodriguez in the championship game. Congratulations on the 2nd Championship win of the year. The team is now 13-1 on the season. They will play in the District Qualifiers next weekend, looking to avenge an early exit and 10th place finish from a year ago.
Sting Wrap up Successful Opening Weekend with 9th Grade Miller Capturing Penn Jersey Hammonton Classic Championship
After early success in some preseason tournament action, the Sting opened up the season with all teams in action over the weekend. The Sting had 5 teams open up play in Penn Jersey's Hammonton Classic, with the 10th Grade Championship featuring 2 Sting teams. Both teams ran through pool play, averaging double digit victories throughout to set up a rematch of the last 2 Rock the Rim Championships in King of Prussia. Fresh off its preseason win in the St. Joe's Prep Tournament, 10th Grade Luciano looked to keep its momentum going and win its 2nd Championship of the season. 10th Grade Miller, however, used the revenge factor after falling the last 2 year at King of Prussia, and defeated Luciano 50-37 to win its 2nd Consecutive Championship at this event. Congrats on a great start to the year to both teams. Luciano will be back in action at the District Qualifiers on May 3rd where they finished 7th a year ago. Miller will return to action the same weekend at SJ Jazz May Madness at Rowan.
In other action at the Hammonton Classic, the 7th Grade team put in impressive work to get into the Championship game. The team won its pool play games by an average of 28ppg. In the Championship Game, the team faced the South Jersey Jazz, in a rematch of last year's Battle of the Boardwalk Championship Game. In the end, the team played hard, but came up short, losing the Championship 56-44. The newly formed 5th grade team opened competitive play and got their first win of the young season against the local Mid-Jersey Magic team by a score of 51-41. The team battled hard but couldn't match the size against Kingdom Elite and the Hornets. Both teams will be back in action on the weekend of April 26 at the district qualifier tournaments. 9th Grade Hasher opened up the season going 1-2 at the Hammonton Classic and will be back in action May 3rd at May Madness.
In addition to Hammonton, the Sting had 3 teams compete in the Hoop Group Junior Jam Fest. After seeing some early success in pre-season tournaments, including a Championship Loss to Team Final in 1 tournament, Coach Traina took his 4th and 6th Grade teams to compete against some great competition at the Hoop Group Junior Jam Fest in West Chester. The 4th Grade team went 1-1 in pool play, including a double digit win vs. Philly Triple Threat, however, as with everybody else in the tournament, could keep up with the Nitro, the eventual champion. The 4th graders did go on to win the 3rd place game, with a double digit win against Class Act. Coach Traina's 6th grade team went 2-1 on the tournament as well. In pool play, the team opened with a tough 4 point loss to eventual runner-up JB Hoops. The team bounce back to beat the Hoopgroup affiliated team, NJ Shorehots 48-38. In their consolation game, the team won their 3rd and Final game of the weekend against CT Elite. Both of Coach Traina's teams will participate in the district championships on April 26th.
Also participating in the Junior Jam Fest, the 8th grade team looked to prove its St. Joe's Prep preseason title was no fluke against some stiff competition. The team opened pool play against Team Final Black. After getting into an early double digit hole, the 8th Graders battles back, but couldn't take the lead after cutting it to 1 in the 2nd half. The team eventually fell by a score of 62-52. In its 2nd pool game of the day, the team had a thrilling finish as they won by 2 at the buzzer against the NJ Gym Ratz. In their, final game of the weekend, the team fought hard, but fell to the Newburgh Panther 45-39. The team competed and showed well against some stiff competition to prepare for their tournament at the District Championships on May 3.
Finally, after dominating it's preseason tournament hosted by the Keystone Blazers, winning every game by double digits, including a 25 point victory in the Championship against the Jersey Shore Warriors, 9th Grade Roantree looked turn its momentum into success in the Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest, one of the top early season tournaments on the east coast. In an opening round game, the team took on Team Addidas out of Pittsburgh. In the early going, Team Addidas size, athleticism, and pressure looked to get the better of the team as they took a 16 point lead in the 1st half. After cutting the lead to single digits at halftime, the team continued its momentum and opened the 2nd half on a huge run and took control of the game and held on for a 3 point win against a quality opponent. In the 2nd round of the tournament, the team matched up with the Gaucho's, one of New York City's historically dominant programs. After a slow start, the team took a lead and controlled the game throughout, coming away with a double digit victory in a hard fought game. In the Sweet 16, its third and final game of the day, the team face a familiar foe in Tim Legler's SJ Jazz team. The team could not overcome fatigue from being in the gym for 12 hours on the day or the Jazz's hot shooting as they hit double digit 3 pointers to take the victory. In the Sweet 16 consolation bracket, the team came out with energy and a purpose and built a 25 lead against Uncommon Bulls out of Virginia. Uncommon Bulls never quit and cut the lead to 10 in 2nd half but could not get closer than that. In its final game of the tournament, the team capped a 4-1 weekend with a dominating performance against Baltimore Supreme to win it consolation bracket. The successful weekend was capped off by Tyree Pickron's thunderous dunk in the 2nd half. The team will look to continue its early season success during the live period in the Big Shots DC Certified event in Washington D.C. on April 26.
Overall, the organization is off to a solid start with 3 preseason tournament championships and 9th Miller's PJ Hammonton Championship over the weekend. The club went 21-11 on the weekend, with 2 of those losses in Championship Games.