Sunday, March 13, 2016

Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Mid-Season Report

Riverside Hawks 6th Grade

The Basketball Spotlight Tournament Series is at the halfway point. So it’s time for our mid-season report. Next we will take a look at the 6th Grade Division. 

Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Mid-Season Report 

Frontrunner For Team Of The Year: Riverside Hawks- The Hawks got knocked off in the Clash For The Cup after winning the Tip Off Classic, but should one of the favorites for the Atlantic City Showcase. They have been winning at the Spotlight for the past few years and have the chance to take home a few more banners. We expect to see a determined squad in America’s Playground. 

Frontrunner For Coach Of The Year- Daniel Colon (Riverside Hawks)- Colon coaches both Riverside’s 5th and 6th Grade squads while being successful with both. He has a proven track record especially when it’s time to win the banners. I’m sure he will have his crew ready to go the rest of the season.

Player Of The Year Candidates: 
Francisco Mattei (Riverside Hawks)- Mattei powered his way past defenders in the Tip Off Classic. He has a strong frame and knows how to use it to his advantage. He is looked upon to do a lot of damage and we will get to see him up close at the AC Showcase. 

Andrew Rheubottom (Team Melo)- Rheubottom was a major reason why Team Melo won the Clash For The Cup and will be one of the favorites for the AC Showcase. His size and versatility makes him a difficult match-up for players on this level. If he continues this hot streak he could bring home the POY honors.

Surprise Player: Zion Cruz (Team IZOD)- Cruz came on the scene this year and has been impressive especially in the scoring column. During the Clash For The Cup he put up serious numbers regardless of the competition.
Surprise Team: Team Melo- This newly assembled squad not only packs talent but proved they can put it together by winning the Clash For The Cup. If there is any team that can knock off Riverside from winning the Team Of The Year honors it could be Team Melo. 

Basketball Spotlight 6th Grade Mid-Season First Team Francisco Mattei (Riverside Hawks) 
Tyler Hawkins (Riverside Hawks) 
Sammy Scott (Team Melo) 
Andrew Rheubottom (Team Melo) 
Joe Medlin (NY Rens) 

Second Team 
Antonio Sellers (Gauchos) 
Kamaren Rodriquez (Riverside Hawks) 
Zion Cruz (Team IZOD) 
Zatai Townsend (NY Rens) 
Mason Piorkowski (Team Rio National) 

Third Team 
Jayden Lemond (60 Elite) 
Marcus Gaffney (Team RIO National) 
Tylaur Johnson (NY Rens) 
Donovan Leak (Team Melo) 
Amaral Pierre-Jerome (Team Rio National)