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  • WE WON THE Mentoring League CHIP!!!!!!!!
  • Andrew Moyer makes 4th team All-Pub
  • WE WON THE CHIP!!!
  • THANKS TO ALL PLAYERS SUCCESSFUL SEASON IN 2 LEAGUES!!
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Steve Harvey sponsored Disney Dreamers Academy
New See the Coupon Section
4 Zion Players make ALL-PUBLIC Team
James Gregory makes the newspaper
Morris twins heading to Kansas!!!

We're BACK........
Zion will have a 3 on 3 tournament on Sat, July 31, 2010. We are reopening the gym. Great things to come!!!!!!
Andrew Moye makes 4th team all-pub
WE DID IT!! ZION WINS MENTORING LEAGUE CHIP!!!!!!!!!!
WOW! WHAT A GAME! OUR BIGS FINALLY CAME THRU!! LED BY JOE REID, SHAHEED SMITH & KENYA JAMISON.
THEY SET THE TONE DEFENSIVELY THOSE THREE ALONE OUTREBOUNDED GE 41-25!! ZION POUNDED THE BOARDS TOTALLY WINNING 58-25!!!
JOE (24PTS, 11REBS, 6BLOCKS!, 3AST)
KJ (15PTS, 15BOARDS, 2BL, 3AST)
SHABA (11PTS, 15REBS, 3BL)

IF YOU WOULD'VE TOLD ME THAT DOM GARY WOULD ONLY HAVE 2PTS IN THE CHIP, I WOULDN'T VE BELIEVED YOU!! HE IS TRUE WINNER IN MY BOOK B/C HE CARRIED US THE WHOLE SEASON, WHEN HIS SHOT WASN'T FALLING, HE FOUND ANOTHER WAY TO CONTRIBUTE!! THIS WIN WAS DEDICATED TO HERB, WHO COULDN'T ATTEND DUE TO HIS AUNT'S FUNERAL... OUR CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO YOU & YOUR FAM.

THANKS TO ANTONIO MURPHY, TYRIKE GARY, RACEEN BEASLEY, HARRY PHILLIPS, DONDI BLYE ON A SEASON WELL DONE!! THX TO COACH LEN, CALVIN, RELL, & MIKE COMING OUT SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT!!

WE DID IT BY BEATING THE REIGNING CHAMPS!!
GREAT JOB TO COACH JON ON TAPING, COACH CAL FOR KEEPING THE STATS, COACH KEN (DEACON) FOR KEEPING US SPIRITUALLY ON TASK!!!
WE GET TO HOST THE BANQUET NEXT YEAR!!
I'M DEFINITELY GONNA MISS THESE GUYS B/C MOST OF THEM HAVE BEEN WITH ME SINCE THE BEGINNING!
Great Play by Shaheed Smith helps Zion advance to Chip
WE did the thing to CaNaan and never let up!! We r going to win this chip!! Canaan had no chance against us from opening tip. We used our length & skill to our advantage! Great Job everbody especially Shaheed Smith who had a Career-High 4 blocks & relentless play all game!! Dondi Blye was high-scorer off the bench with 7pts!! Great overall balance from everybody!! It's not gonna be easy against GE but we have to take them. THEY ARE THE DEFENDING CHAMPS!!! IT's time to get our Chip!!
Joe Reid had another outstanding game 12pts, 5rebs, 2 blks, 2asts, 2stls!!
Herb, Dom, Raceen, played great team ball. Tone, came with so much needed energy off the bench. Reek was a perfect floor general again!! 9pts, 4asts
Former Zion Player in the News
Former Zion Player John Scarbrough gets an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20090325_A_second_chance_to_survive_the_North_Philly_streets.html
Morris Twins in the paper
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/colleges/20090326_Morris_twins_taking_root_in_Kansas.html
Zion bounces back in a major way!! Defeating GE 39-36
WOW, that's why u play 32minutes!! We played the entire game to the end, GE only played 31:03 and we capitalized on their mistakes! Great job everybody, We outplayed & out-coached them! It all started on the defensive end as Joe Reid had 6!! first-half blocks, followed by 2 from Dom & Raceen respectively. Everyone who played was needed. Dom led us in scoring 18pts, 8rebs, 2stls, & 2blocks. Joe led us on "D" with a game-high 7blocks, he added 12pts, 6rebs, & 2stls. Raceen played a great overall game that didn't show on the stat sheet. Reek, Tone, Dondi & Shaba all played their part. Next week we battle BWC!!
Zion now 8-1 in the Mentoring League After beating GE 47-30!!
We opened the game on a 9-0 run, & controlled the game throughout victory defeating GE 47-30! The Gary brothers were in full effect, Great defense was played by Tone, Raceen, Shaba, & Dondi. Newcomer Joe Reid fit in quite nicely in the rotation. We have to keep it going! Too bad Joe Reid won't be able play next game due a misunderstanding in league rules, regarding his windmill dunk attempt. Reek, Joe, & Dom ALL finished with 11!! Herb led from the sidelines with much needed cheer-leading due to his injury!! He'll help alot in our playoff run!! Great job to everyone involved. Now we have to get at BWC next week!!
9-0 in the CYBA!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great Job, we showed resiliency after we almost let Bibleway come back! We won 54-41, but they cut our lead to just 2pts, at 26-24, when they started the 2nd half with a 6-0 run! We displayed great poise and confidence throughout the contest. They were ready and really wanted to knock us off!! The bench was key bringing energy & urgency!! Great job everybody: Dom-Reek-Coron-Tone-Reaceen-Teddy-Shaba-Dondi-Eli-Earn!!
ZION routes Canaan 52-26 after trailing at the half 20-14!!
We started off with another sluggish 1st half, Trailing 20-14. Then WE WOKE UP and Played Defense!!
With 11:05 remaining in the 2nd half, and the game still very much in balance, Coach Jon suggested that the switch from basic man to man; to the FULL Court DIAMOND Press (1-2-1-1)!! Boy what a turn of events; it became a turnover fest, which Canaan turned the ball over 12 consecutive times!! What a Game, we went from trailing by 6 at the half to winning by 24, that's a 30point swing. Kudos to the guys for playing their hearts out! Dondi Blye got his 1st start in league play, Cory came in & was a true spark off the bench. Dom, Herb, Reek, & Shaba had the usual stellar performances respectively!!
Dom - 15pts, 9rebs, 8stls, 1bl
Herb - 6pts, 6rebs, 1stl, 1ast
Reek - 10pts, 8asts, 4rebs, 3stls
Shaheed - 7pts, 6rebs, 2stls
Tone was instrumental creating havoc on the court for other team as well.
ZION IS SHOCKED BY BWC, LOSING 32-25!!
After an ugly 1st half of basketball where Zion couldn't get a FG in the last 8:13 of the half; WE ONLY TRAILED by 1!! When the 2nd half started WE WENT ON a 6-0 run!! to take a the lead @ 15-10; but as time progressed couldn't hit any shots, we were as cold as the days' weather report!! We kept fighting to the end but the refs took the game from us by calling a late-game Technical foul on someone on the bench, with us trailing by 1 @ 25-26 with 2:13 remaining. After that BWC took control of the game on a 6-0 run!! The same run we started the 2nd half with. Talk about Ironic, the same score I beloved EAGLES lost to in the NFC Chip!! We should DEFINITELY BEAT THEM next time as long as everyone is Healthy!! We couldn't get any major contributions on offense since DOM suffered from a sore wrist on his shooting hand!
Still Undefeated in League Play, Zion wins 54-48 in OT!!
WHAT a game, Mt. Zion got out to an early 10-0 lead, then increased the margin to 17-4!!! before we woke up in the 1st half. Zion got it down to 6 @ halftime!! But the 2nd half began and we were still trading baskets until Zion decided to take the game into their hands after losing by 9 (37-28) with 6 minutes left!! Yeah that plenty of time but remember there's no shot clock! What an overall team effort to WIN in OT!! Defense won this game for us Thanks to Tyree aka Chip aka Magic, Shaba, Dom, & Herb all had double-digit rebounds, great guard play from Tone, Reek, & Dondi. But Dom's 22 second half points was HUGE!! He finished with a GAME-HIGH 33 points!!!
Zion 6-0!!! in the Mentoring League Play!!!!
On a blistery cold Saturday morning, Zion came together as a team as we been doing all season long, Waking up Early and taking care of business. Great Job Fellas!! We doin our thing, Playing Ball, giving back and having fun. Total team effort and dominance. It starts great team chemistry!! Everyone is playing their part, from the starters to the bench!! Dondi & Magic were great inspiration & energy from bench. The Gary Brothers did their thing: Reek 13pts, 3rebs, 5asts, & 5stls; Big brother Dom had a double-double 15pts, 11rebs, 4asts, 1stl, & 4blks!! Shaba, Herb, & Tone had 7, 7, & 8 respectively along with tremendous "D", energy, smart, heady play!! Great Job Everybody, Remember we gonna practice @ West Philly High this Wed, leave Zion @615pm!!
The Zion 46ers are 5-0!!! in league play
Great Job Fellas!! We r doin it, Offensively, Defense!! We r playing our game!! Shoutouts the 46th street for looking out Pastor Martin. We led with a double-double Dom Gary 18pts-10rebs-3asts; Teddy 2pts-10rebs-4blks!!; Herb 10pts-5asts-3rebs; KJ 8pts, 7rebs, 2stls, 2blks. Coron with a consistent ball handling 6pts, 5asts, just 2 t/o s
GREAT PLAY from our bench!! Tone, Eli 6pts, 3rebs, 3asts, & Dondi!!
REDEMPTION!! part deux!!!
Total TEAM domination was key to the victory!!! We did it, we MERCY RULE them. It was beautiful holding a team to 4 second half points. DEFENSE wins Chips!! If we keep this up we'll be on our way!! We controlled everything in the second half. Especially rebounding and it pays to play at home!! Three guys in double figures scoring wise (the Gary brothers: Dom & Reek 13pts each, KJ with 10) Herb killen'em on the boards w/11.
Great interior "D" by Shaba. Inspirational play from off the bench with Duck, Don, & Tone!!
We have to stay humble & consistent and we'll win a chip!!
The New Season Begins!!!!
Zion Starts the Season off Right!! Beating Reigning Champs! in overtime!!! The game should've ended in regulation but KJ missed a wide open layup, after a beautifully designed play drwan up by Coach Ken. It was a total team effort to win and start the season off right!! Zion was led by terrific guard play from the Gary brothers:(Dom 21pts on 7/11 shooting; Tyrike w/ 5 asts, 2stls, 2 rebs. The newcomers to league did well in their debut so as Herb, KJ, Brand, & Don. Shaba played well down the stretch!!
his 14pts, 7 stls, 5 asts earn him MVP honors!!
Zion routes CYBA 59-39 at Rewarding the Drive Tournament!!
What a Game! With the help of new additions Zion quickly jelled en route to a 20pt victory over Pinn Memorial (recently crowned champs of the CYBA)59-39. Zion was once again led by Game MVP Dominique Gary; his stat line read 14pts, 5 rebs, 3 asts, 7stls! Mr. williams had a game-high 17pts & 4 rebs. The new additions were Joseph Reid(4pts, 5rebs, 2bl), Antoine "Ness" Bland (10pts, 7rebs), Andrew Moye (6pts, 4asts) all from Gratz High bball team. You also some nice moves from C. Lawson (4pts, 6rebs), Shaba, Duck, Reek, & Dondi!! Great Job Fellas way to redeem that last outing!!
J. Reid shot 2/4 FG
Ness went 4/10 FG; 2/4 FT
A. Moye 3/3-2pt FG, 0/2-3pt FG
After a sluggish 1st half, Zion & GE was all knotted up at half w/17-17 tie. We could've had a lead but star guard Dom Gary missed 2/3 free throws. After intermission GE went to work & was aided to victory due to Zion missing 15 layups, 10 FTs, sloppy play. Mr. Gary led Zion (13pts, 2rebs, 2asts, 3stls, & 1bl) once again this season but it wasn't enough. Cory made an effort w/ hustle & heart, (4 monstrous block, 7 tough boards, 2stls) We had a real opportunity but GE converted their layups & Fts. This was heart breaker, but the guys played hard & left it all out their! Thanks for great season, Duck spark us during this game. other Contributers were Shaba, Quis, Tone, Tank, Bowens, lil Reek thanks for your time! Thanks Coaches: Ken, Cal, Len, Jon, & Mike!! Great job fellas. Some say we overacheived but I don't!

Good News is WE have a tournament to play on April 12th & the AAU season is about to begin! keep coming to practice on mondays & thursdays!!
Tyree "Chuck" Harris ranked #38 in area
Former Zion most improved player, Tyree "Chuck" Harris was named in the Inquirer's Nifty Fifty. Chuck is a 6-7, junior at Prep Charter. He ranked #38. Read the story here:
http://www.philly.com/inquirer/sports/high_school/rankings/basketball-ranking.html
Your Votes and his performance of 12 Boards, 6 points, & 5 Blocks earned him P.O.G. Honors, Congrats Cory
His 25 points, 2 blocks, 2 steals & hustle earned this honor!! He kept the crowd alive as well!!
His 3 blocks, & hustle earned this honor!!
It was a block party w/o the chips & DJ, What a victory 50-46 over Mt. Zion who led early 14-2. We survived, make key layups, switched up the "D" and blocked everything in the paint. Great Job fellas!!! Welcome back Mr. Lawson, thanks to heady play by the Gary brothers, the support of everybody We did it!!! Shaba & Cory, & Lenny held it down in the back of the zone. Everyone else did their thing, Quis, Ton, Duck, Dom, lil' Reek, Tank!
Steve Harvey sponsored Disney Dreamers Academy
Julani & Leonard:

I wanted to pass this positive update along to you all. This is from Andrew Howard from '06 Summer basketball camp. Check out Fox News clip. He was selected to represent Philadelphia for the Steve Harvey sponsored Disney Dreamers Academy last weekend in Orlando. He is featured in the brief Fox News video clip.

You never realize the positive impact you can have on a young brotha. Keep it up guys. Don't lose faith. The investment in their lives is definitely worth it!

Kenny

Wanted to give you personal update on your boys progress Steve Harvey ordered 100 t-shirts from Andrew’s clothing line, Redemption. As a result, we got so many people wanting to order the shirts. Here’s a link to the interview that he did with Fox News

Click the picture for the link or go to:
http://www.myfoxorlando.com/myfox/pages/ContentDetail?contentId=5527207
Championship game on Video part 1
Watch part 1 of Zion's championship game against Greater Exodus in 2007. Click on the Zion symbol to view the game.
Championship Video part2
Championship Video part 3
Zion Wins the Championship
Despite giving up 18 offensive Reb and 27 free throw attempts from Greater Exodus, Zion prevailed in a close game to win the Mentoring League Network Championship 34-31. Greater Exodus shot 10/27 in their free throw attempts giving Zion an opportunity to capitalize on their mishaps.

Zion was led by the strong play of last season's all-star and Gratz gaurd Sam Blackmon. He controlled the game and pressured Exodus into numerous turnovers. When the team was stagnant Sam generally made the play to keep us ahead. He was assisted by the 3 all-stars from Zion; Terrance "Bird" Cox, Marquis Williams, and Marcus Bowens. "Bird" followed up his 28 pt all-star performance with 11 pt in the championship game, Marquis hit a vital turn around jumpshot and 2 clutch free throws in the final minutes of the game, and Marcus Bowens did, what he did the whole season, provided the team with consistency, hard work, and all the little things needed to make any team great. Zion's all-pub member, James Gregory, went to Hampton University to meet with their coaches the day before the championship game. Hampton is 1 of 6 schools that are recruiting James and looking to benefit from this great basketball player. James was vital in preventing Exodus from getting any further Offensive Rebounds in the last 5 minutes of the game and he ended his Zion basketball career with a block shot with 1 sec to play on the clock to seal the win.

Zion also got vital minutes from their bench. This years M.V.P, Antonio Spady, did what Bowens did all year, provided stability and effort every minute he was in the game. This years 16 and under M.V.P Shaheed Smith came into the game and clogged up the middle getting a key Reb, Ast, and Block. Jamal Gregory was the most dedicated member of the team. Always giving 100% effort whether it was in support of his teammates or stepping up to fill in a void all season long. The last member of the 2007 Champs was Chris Spencer, after starting the season off strong Chris took a sabbatical from the team, but came back in time to give the needed support to help us win the Championship.

With the exception of Bird and Chris, this team all started their basketball lives with Zion. For most of them this is their last official game with the church. The coaches would like to Thank You All for being great kids. Your future is bright if you guys remember the lessons we learned together and apply them to your life. We Love You and can't wait to see how great you will become as Men.

WE WON THE CHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Antonio Spady (Zion's 16- 18 M.V.P for 2006-2007)
If you needed him, he was there! Antonio Spady was the most reliable member of the Zion basketball team. Whether it was helping with the younger squad during the debate, practice, and games, or coming to different Zion events, practices, and every game (except the one he was injured) Ant was there. Ant just edged Marcus Bowens for this year's M.V.P of the 16-18 squad. Ant was a starter on the 2005 undefeated championship team and was intragal in that team's recruitment of that year's M.V.P Jabree Mauzon. This year Ant was a vital member on the 2007 Mentoring League Champion Zion Baptist Church. Ant displayed the Keys to Success on a consistent basis for 2 years. Zion would like to congratulate and thank Ant for a great season.
4 Zion Players make ALL-PUBLIC Team
Congratulations to Dante Wooten, Marcus and Markieff Morris for making first team, and James Gregory for making 2nd team



2007
DIVISION A
FIRST TEAM
Dante Wooten FLC 10 72 7.2
DIVISION C
FIRST TEAM
Marcus Morris Prep 10 237 23.7
Markieff Morris Prep 10 167 16.7
SECOND TEAM
James Gregory MC&S 10 163 16.3
5 Zion players to participate in city Championship Game
Simon Gratz will play Prep Charter for the Philadelphia city championship on Fri, March 2nd. 2 players from Zion plays for Gratz (Marquis Williams and Gregory "Sam" Blackmon). 3 players for Prep Charter played for Zion (Marcus and Markieff Morris and Tyree Harris). Read the story below.
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/sports/16799411.htm
Prep Charter makes history WINS 2nd State title
Prep Charter is the 1st class AA back to back champions. Coming back from 14 down in the 4th quarter with 3 min to go they made a great comeback to beat Aliquippa. This great game was seen on PCN.

Read the Storys below;
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/high_school/20070326_Prep_Charter_more_than_Morris_brothers.html

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/high_school/pennsylvania/20070325_Huskies_again_champs_as_rally_trips_the_Quips.html

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/high_school/pennsylvania/20070325_Prep_Charter_could_be_back.html
Morris twins heading to Kansas!!!
Zion Baptist church alum choose Kansas to play college basketball. Marcus and Markieef both played for the Zion 16 and over squad for 2 years and played in Zion when they were as young as 13. They chose to play for Kansas because of the history of developing NBA caliber players.
Marc Jackson basketball camp at Zion Baptist Church
July 8, 2006
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets Center Marc Jackson had his 1st basketball camp at Zion Baptist Church. The event was highly successful with 30 campers participating in the week long camp. The camp was blessed with the apperences of Doug Overton, Willie Green, Nate Blackwell, and Marc Jackson. See Pictures of the camp on the Photo Album under Marc Jackson. Zion would like to thank ProSports Community Consultant for gracing us with this wonderful event. You can visit ProSports at http://www.prosportscommunityconsultants.com/
Zion's Mission
We have come together to provide a necessary community service to lend a hand in the development of our young black males in the Philadelphia area. We decided to use basketball because we feel that this forum serves as the best avenue to reach a great number of these children. Through teaching the game, we can also instill in them the qualities we deemed necessary to become a successful, positive black man. These "Keys to Success" consists of;
Respect - To treat others with value and esteem
Responsibility - To do what you should do without being told
Resilience - To never give up (Keep on Keeping on)
Self-Discipline - To control yourself
Teamwork - To work together to win

"When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child. I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." (1 Corinthians 13: 11)




Zion Baptist Church Basketball Teams