The Clash For The Cup is in the books and it was a great event. He also gave us the chance to learn a few things about our circuit.
What Did We Learn At The Clash For The Cup?
A few years ago many big time team directors paid little attention to the middle school basketball movement. Now things have changed and it was evident at the Clash For The Cup. Some directors of a few top programs in the country not only showed their face but actually coached their 8th Grade teams. Those directors included Terrance “Munch” Williams (Team Scan), Dana Dingle (NY Lightning), Keith Stevens (Team Takeover) and Ed Bright & Brian Coleman (Team IZOD). This is just an example of how we are growing and helping middle school basketball reach new levels.
It seems whatever team Jahvon Quinerly rocks on ends up taking the picture with the banner on Sunday. At the Clash he returned to Team IZOD and helped them capture the banner. He didn’t score a bunch of points but just his presence on the floor opens up opportunities for others. He’s definitely a major force on the 8th Grade level and a winner.
After the Rens won the 7th Grade Division the scene turned into a post-fight press conference as their coach immediately said they wanted a shot at Team RIO. These two squads had a heated battle during the Tip Off Classic and in the Clash Team RIO decided to play in a different division. Now I guess the table is set for them to do battle in the near future.
Yes after watching the Clash I know we will have 1 or 2 stamps going out this season. We haven’t given “The Stamp” in a while so these youngsters must be very deserving. Keep an eye out because these announcements should be coming very soon.