another great season
The Bay Area Warriors 17U battled far and wide in the 2012 Spring and Summer club basketball seasons including battling some some of the top teams in the country including the Oakland Soldiers and Pump and Run Elite. When it was all said and done the Warriors turned in an overall 19-13 record and an impressive 13-7 in NCAA sanctioned events.
The Warriors kicked off the season winning their pool in the Soldiers Extravaganza but were knocked out by the host team in bracket play by a respectable 88 to 70 score. Although Drew Gordan and the Soldiers had some YouTube moments, the Warriors led by Jacqui Biggins long range shooting stayed in the game until late.
Next up the Warriors Travelled to Los Angeles to the Pumps Spring Hoopfest. In the all-bracket play tourney the Warriors advanced all the way to Final Four including a 20 point comeback win over Lakeshow White in which Al Waters sparked the rally and Jeremy Dennis hit multiple big buckets down the stretch.
At the NCAA sanctioned Hoopreview Showcase at CCSF the Warriors won their first 3 games before losing its finale to Lakeshow Seniors. In game 3 Jacqui Biggins knocked down a buzzer beater three to beat the Blue Devils and Mark Alexander threw down a memorable dunk.
At the City Championship, which we hosted, the Bay Area Warriors went 4-1 and won the Consolation Championship beating the Modesto Pirates in the Final Game behind a team attack led by Kenny Love, Derius Johnson and Samson Donick. The Warriors also knocked off the Lunardi's team in a heated game during which Jeremy Dennis led the way. Kevin Murray also stepped up his game with some scoring outbursts.
The Warriors kicked off the NCAA summer evaluation period at the Hoopreview Summer Showcase with two impressive wins over 209 Elite and the Davis Wildcats. Chris Mah, Harold Getz, Kenny Love and Jarred Nodar all had big games. In spite of strong efforts by Al Waters and Kevin Murray the Warriors fell to the Oakland Soldiers 16s and Oakland Kings in close games on Sunday.
Next the Warriors headed to Anaheim for the Pumps Best of the Summer Tourney where they won two games but had two heartbreaking losses at the Buzzer.
In the final week-end of the NCAA Summer evaluation period the Warriors headed to Las Vegas for the Fab48 Tournament. The Warriors went 3-0 in pool play including a miraculous comeback vs. the Las Vegas Knicks in which they overcame a 10 point deficit with 2 minutes to go and won by 5 points. Against NorCal Elite Jeremy Dennis exploded for 34 points including 5 3-pointers. In bracket play the Warriors were down 19 point early to High 5 America but battled all the way back to take the lead late before falling in the closing minute. Notably long-time (4 seasons) Bay Area Warrior Derius Johnson ended his career as the all-time leading scorer in Bay Area Warriors history.
Overall the Warriors improved their skills, got exposure to numerous College coaches and had a lot of fun. It was another great season!