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2016 6TH ANNUAL HOYAS INVITATIONAL
May 29, 2016
The Columbia Hoyas 15u team did not waste anytime getting back on the floor to claim 6th Annual Hoyas Invitational trophy this year. We were just in Aiken, SC on May 14-15, 2016 taking care of business. We kicked off our tournament on Friday night against Lake Murray Flight with a 66-53 win. We were led by Jonathan Hall with 16pts, Marlow Gilmore Jr 13pts & 10rebs, Max Holland added 10pts & 8rebs, and Isaiah Wright chipped in with 7pts & 8rebs. We were trailing most of the game until 2nd half and turned up the defensive pressure to close the game out. On Saturday, we played Charlotte Jets and won 65-46. We were led by Keonte Gregg & Marlow Gilmore Jr with 16pts & 8rebs, Jonathan Hall added 12pts, and Thomas Tyler chipped in with 9pts. . Hoyas started Sunday off as the number 1 seed and was facing the Charlotte Jets team in the semi-finals and I know they want some revenge. We started out flat and the Jets took advantage of our slow play and were leading at the half by 2pts. The Hoyas regrouped and turned up the defensive pressure to win 54-50 and were led by Keonte Gregg 20pts & 12rebs, Jonathan Hall 15pts, and Marlow Gilmore Jr 13pts & 10rebs. The Championship Game was classic battle between two teams that know each other pretty well. The games was a close game that ending up going into overtime with the Hoyas pulling it out with a 71-61 win. We were led by Marlow Gilmore Jr 25pts & 18rebs, Jonathan Hall 24pts & 4stls, Keonte Gregg 13pts, and Isaiah Wright adding 7pts & 5rebs. This was a great team effort by the entire team. It has been a great ride so far. Keep up the hard work! GOOOO HOOYYAASS!!!!!
2016 9th Columbia Hoyas USBA War in the Garden IV CHAMPS
May 15, 2016
The 15u Columbia Hoyas went into Aiken, SC this past weekend to claim rights to the War in the Garden IV Championship. The Hoyas started play on Saturday, May 14, 2016 against Atlanta Celtics. We won the game 55-29 and were lead by Keonte Gregg 13pts, 5 stls & 6 asst, Thomas Tyler with 10pts, and Jonathan Hall & Marlow Gilmore with 8pts each. This was a great team effort by the entire Hoya team.
The 2nd game was against the host team Aiken Warriors and beat them 81-53. We were lead by Keonte Gregg with 27pts & 3asst, Marlow Gilmore 24pts , 7rebs, 4 dunks, and Jonathan Hall with 19pts and nice dunk on top of player. Isaiah Wright chipped in with 6pts & 7rebs. I really enjoyed this game, because USCA Head Men Basketball Coach Mark Vanderslice was in the house watching my players.
The semi-final game was against Elite 2020. We won 65-40 and were lead by Keonte Gregg with 28pts, 3stls, 3asst, Jonathan Hall chipped in with 12pts & 4rebs, and Max Holland added 8pts. The defensive performance was outstanding by everyone of my players.
The Championship Game was against the #1 team in the State of South Carolina the SC Ballers Elite. We beat them 77-71 and were up by 17pts at one point in the game. We were lead by Jonathan Hall with 28pts, Marlow Gilmore & Thomas Tyler chipped in with 11pts each, Isaiah Wright had 8pts & Max Holland added 7pts & 12rebs. Great Team effort!!!! GO HOYAS!!!!!
The Hoyas are rolling right now, we are 8-1 the last two tournaments and looking forward to continue our success for the upcoming tournament on May 27-29, 2016 (6th Annual Hoyas Invitational).
April 25, 2016
The 15u Columbia Hoyas were taking a road trip to Greensboro, NC to play in a College Exposure Event. We started play on Friday night against a good NC Spartans team and won 84-69. We were led by Marlow Gilmore Jr. with 27 pts. & 9rebs, Keonte Gregg added 24 pts., 5 asst & 7rebs, Jonathan Hall chipped in with 15 pts, 5 asst, 6rebs. The team came out ready to play tonight. We had a chip on our shoulders on the defensive side of the ball. I was very pleased with the team effort tonight.
Game 2 - The Upward Stars Corn 15u was our next opponent on Saturday morning. We won 66-52 and were led by Keonte Gregg with 21pts, Marlow Gilmore Jr. added 19pts, 4blks, 7rebs, and Jonathan Hall chipped in with 17pts. Another great performance by the Big 3 and Mob Squad. I have 8 total players and all contribute differently to allow the team to win vie scoring, rebounding, boxing out, hard fouls, toughness, and just all out defensive effort. I am so proud of my Mob Squad and allowing the Big 3 to carry us offensively this year.
Game 3 - The Team 1 on 1 Elite was the best team in the tournament I thought. They gave us fits all game long, but we pulled it out by winning 46-40 and our unsung hero was Kameren Stewart with his defensive effort. He changed the outcome of the game by taking a couple of charges and scored 4pts down the stretch. We were lead by Jonathan Hall with 17pts and Marlow Gilmore Jr. added 12pts & 8rebs. This game decided our fate in moving on to Sunday, by winning this game allowed us to win our pool. Great Job again my Mighty Hoyas!!!
Game 4 - Playoff Time - Our Semi-Final Game was against Cross-Over Randolph team and they had some shooters. They would spread you out and spot those 3-point shooters up ready to fire. The Big 3 and Mob Squad was ready for them and it showed with a 72-55 win. We were lead by Max Holland with 14pts & 9rebs, Keonte Gregg added 17pts, 3stls, 4rebs, Jonathan Hall chipped in with 14pts, and Marlow Gilmore Jr had quiet 12pts, 5blks & 7rebs. I cannot express it enough about this team will to win. GO HOYAS!!!!
Game 5 - CHAMPIONSHIP GAME was against Team Cobras and had no time to rest. Soon after we won the semi-final game we had to rush to a different court to play the championship game. NO EXCUSES MADE! Bring it on and were down at the half 34-23. 2nd half we brought our a game and took the lead by 6 with less than 2 minutes left. When I tell I still don't know what happen to us in that 2 minute stretch that caused us to lose 65-60. GO FIGURE! We were lead by Marlow Gilmore Jr. with 23pts & 9rebs, Keonte Gregg added 22pts & 5stls, and Jonathan Hall chipped in 11pts as well. I don't give my son enough praise, but he does all the dirty work for the team. For example, he rebounds, box out to allow other teammates to get the rebound, scores when needed, one of our better passer on the team, and like my assist coach has a nick name for him THE HYBID.
In conclusion of having a great weekend, I want to take the time to give my parents all the praise in allowing me to coach their kids, teach them life lessons, and be role model as well. GOOOOO HOYASSSSS!
17u Columbia Hoyas wins the Warriors House Pre-Nationals Invitational
June 8, 2014
The 17u Columbia Hoyas are on a roll of late. The hoyas have won three tournaments in a row. This past weekend the hoyas beat AMC Raptures 59-54 to win the Warriors House Pre-Nationals Invitational.
4th Annual Hoyas Invitational was a success for the Hoyas Teams
June 1, 2014
It was a great weekend for the Hoyas camp. We had a total of 42 teams signed up for the 4th Annual Hoyas Invitational and my 17u, 13u, and 12u won there age divisions. The 14u team finished 2nd to the SC Knicks. I want to take this time out to thank my coaches, players, parents, and my sponsors as well. I am looking forward to an even better tournament on May 29-31, 2015. GO HOYAS!!!!!!!
15u Lady Hoyas wins there tournament in Atlanta, GA
12U Columbia Hoyas finished 2nd in Run N Gun Tournament
April 19, 2014
The 12u hoyas lost a tough one to break there 11 game winning streak (which includes 4-0 last season) to Carolina Cougars team that had a 6ft 4 player that gave us trouble early in the game. After that lost, Hoyas beat the next two teams by 20 or more points. GO HOYAS!!!!
13u Columbia Hoyas finished 2nd Place
April 19, 2014
The hoyas had another great performance this weekend. We participated in one day tournament in Charlotte, NC. We should have won the tournament. We gave the game away to CC Force 71-69 in overtime. We missed 22 free thhrows and had 27 turnovers in the game. I take my hat off to CC Force they did not quit, they applied enough pressure on us to win the game. We are 8-3 since first tournament, So keeping grinding Hoyas. GO HOYAS!!!!!
13u Columbia Hoyas are Runner Ups in Tobacco Road Tournament
April 13, 2014
The hoyas had a great time in Greensboro, NC. We finished 4-1 and lost to the SC Hawks in the championship game. Since the first tournament we are 6-2 and playing so much better overall. I am proud of there growth individual and as a team. Keep working hard hoyas!! GO HOYAS!!!
12u Columbia Hoyas Champions of USBA Beach Tipoff
March 30, 2014
The 12u Columbia Hoyas are at it again. Another Championship at the Beach this time. My 12u Hoyas are putting in work and it starts at the top Coach Stevan Bowden got those kids clicking on all cylinders. I am so proud of players, parents, and coaching staff. We are 7-0 with two championships. GO HOYAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
12u Columbia Hoyas Champions of 8th Annual Columbia Invitational
March 15, 2014
The 12u Columbia Hoyas open up the 2014 AAU Season with a Championship. They were led by Brandon Wilson, Jonathan Hall,
Thomas Tyler, Lamont Davis, Jon Antheny, Payton Miles, Darryl Pou, Jeremy Ashford, Devin Patten, and Coach Stevan Bowden and
Terry Wright. The Hoyas won the Championship Game 66-51 against the SC Heat. GO HOYAS!!!!
Coaches needed for the 2014 Season
We are looking for dedicated coaches, men and women to join our organization to coach boys and girls basketball. We are growing each year and there is a need for more coaches. Individuals wanting to be a part of the Columbia Hoyas need to be able to pass the criminal background check.
4th Annual Hoyas Invitational Tournament Schedule
2015 Columbia Hoyas - Fly with the Force Tournament
March 13, 2015
14U Columbia Hoyas kicked off the season with a Runner-Up finish against the SC Heat. We played well all weekend against some good competition. Our first opponent was against CC Force n Friday night. We won 60-33, were led by Jon Hall with 19pts & 6 asst, Thomas Tyler chipped in 18pts, and Bandon Wilson closed out the deal with 10pts & 9 reb. The 2nd game we played against a upbeat Sumter Rockets team that kicked our butt 57-49. We came out flat and could never catch up and make a game out of it. Playoff run begin with a win over SC Hornets 51-47, were led by Brandon Wilson with 20pts & 12 rebs and Jon Hall chipped in with 11pts. Championship Game was against SC Heat. We lost 49-40, were lead by Brandon Wilson with 16pts & 11 rebs and Thomas Tyler chipped in with 9pts.
13U Columbia Hoyas had a great weekend as well. The finished off the tournament with a 2-1 record. The first game was against SC Hornets on Friday. We won 55-31, were led by Tyrik McDaniel with 16pts & 8 rebs, Jarell McCray 12pts & 11 rebs, and Darren Maharajh chipped in with 9pts. The 2nd opponent was against the host team CC Force on Saturday morning. We led by Jarvis McClurkin with 15pts & 10 rebs, Jarell McCray 8pts & 24 rebs, Elijah Lewis 10pts, and Tyrik McDaniel chipped in with 9pts & 8 rebs. That was a team effort win by the Hoyas. That put them in to the payoffs against CBC Elite. That was a tough lost for the Hoyas 65-51. We led by Jarell McCray with 12pts & 17 rebs and Tyrik McDaniel 11pts.
I am so proud of the support from my Columbia Hoyas fans, coaches, players, and sponsors. Thank you for a great weekend! GO HOYAS!!!!!!!
2015 Columbia Hoyas Players
March 1, 2015
Columbia Hoyas 13u Players
JonAntheny Washington is our only returning player from last year's 22-3 Team and we have added 8 new additional players. Starting with Tyrik McDaniel, Khalil McDaniel, Darren Maharajh, Christian Jamison, Jarvis McClurkin, Jarell McCray, Elijah Lewis, and Justin Harts. The coaching staff is lead by Stevan Bowden, 1st year coach Russell Lewis, and Bench Personnel Tami Washington. I am looking forward to great season this year.
Columbia Hoyas 14u Players
This year's team has a lot of new players mixed with veteran players that can help get us over the hump this upcoming season. My returning players are Isaiah Wright, Jonathan Hall, Thomas Tyler, Brandon Wilson, Joe Suber, Chris Gardner, Max Holland, and my new players are Miles Greene, Kameren Stewart, Zac Spain, Oka Emmanwori. My coaching staff consist of Terry Wright, Carmen Wright, Chris Gardner, Robert Holland, and Bench Personnel Theresa Holland & Shonda Hall.