Monday, April 11, 2011

SA standing up!!

The past two weekends have broadcast to the entire state of Texas that San Antonio basketball can not be taken so lightly anymore. Traditional area powerhouse TeamXpress has long carried the torch for SA on the club scene. The SA Lady Rohawks added their name to the respected list by defeating many powers from the Houston and Dallas areas over the past few years. More importantly, TeamXpess and Lady Rohawks were and still are placing kids in Division 1 universities across the nation. Now a new crop of clubs are gaining recognition and churning out national caliber kids. The Shes Ballin Extravaganza and the Cy-Fair Invitational gave notice to the entire state that San Antonio is not a two stop light city anymore in terms to elite basketball and prospects: Sophia Young Elite: Former SA Silver Stars strength and conditioning coach, Mike Ekenam has entered the club scene with a bang in his second season. His Sophia Young Elite team is loaded with talent. They played against one of the top teams in the country in Nike Cy-Fair Shock Elite and lost by 2 points in the SB Extravaganza. Club stars Chamaya Turner(NB Canyon), Tabitha Richardson(Seguin) and Moriah Mack(Reagan) factored huge in the game. Lauren Rubio(South San) hit a clutch go ahead 3 pointer with less than a minute to go to give SYE it's first lead after being down close to twenty points. Nike Cy-Fair Shock pulled the game out but the game was easily on of the best on the event.

SA Finest Blue: This collection of some of the best 2013/2014 prospects in the city are a team that must be respected. Their record to date is 0-5. This team also faced Nike Cy-Fair Shock and lost by 6 points in a great game during the Extravaganza. Recee' Caldwell(Johnson/2014) finished with 22 points on 14 shots in a head to head match up with UT-bound Peyton Little( finished with 23 points). Tanaeya Boclair(Brennan/2014) had 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against BCS bound Caitlin Diaz. SAF traveled to the super competitive Cy-fair Invitational and faced 3 more of the of the top teams in the country, DFW-Washington, Cy-Premier, and Cy Fair/Westside Elite. All of these 5 games, except one, were single digits deficits with a few minutes to go before the youngsters ran out of gas.

Here is a PARTIAL list of the standouts that SAF Blue has faced:

Peyton Little(ESPN # 40/UT commit), Kamy Cole(OU commit), Menta Spears(PBR #25 in State) Caitlin Diaz (PBR#15 in State), Tyler Scaife( ASGR ranked #6 in 2013), Brianna Turner(ASGR ranked #1), Brooke McCarty(ASGR ranked # 7/2014), Courtyce Knox(ESPN # 42/2012), Vega Hamilton(PBR#10 in state), Tiffany Davis(PBR #23 in State), Taylor and Tyler Gilbert(PBR #31 and #32/U of H commits), Aaliyah Brown(PBR #34 in State) and Emily Johnson(PBR#43 in state).

For a group of freshmen and sophomores to face this competition exemplifies the new philosophy of the city's brightest organizations. The want to get better by facing better competition is a major reason that San Antonio is producing nationally respected prospects.

SA Lady Hoops: This group of youngsters played "up" two grades and still vanquished opponents by double digits. Amber Ramirez(2016) is ready! She faced players two/three years older and still her hit her trademark three ball and used her slick handle to make defenders look silly in the Extravaganza.

TeamXpress: Is loaded as usual with a front line that goes, 6'4, 6'4 and a 6'7 eigth grader!