Castle's 8th Grade Team Shows Heart at the Spring Hoops Shootout
announced May 6, 2013
This past weekend, Castle’s 8th grade team competed in the Spring Hoops Shootout in Mahwah, NJ, playing three games and finishing with two wins and one loss. Throughout the tournament, the Knights demonstrated their tenacity and desire to win.
On Saturday, the Knights played the Teaneck Allstars, a very talented team from New Jersey. Teaneck jumped out to a huge lead, at one time leading Castle by 24 points. The Knights, however, were determined to win and, with a full-court man-to-man press, turned up their intensity in the second half to tally their biggest comeback win of the season. Michael Rogers led all scorers with 21 points, many of which followed his several steals. John Jimenez and Victor Potter added 15 points and 13 points, and 6 blocks and 5 blocks, respectively.
Castle’s first game on Sunday was against the tournament’s ultimate champion, the Jersey Shore Riptide. Again, Castle found themselves fighting from behind as the Riptide built an early 16 point lead. Castle fought to take the lead in the second half of a nail-biting game that went down to the wire and was won by a Riptide three-point shot with only 3 seconds remaining; the Riptide defeated the Knights 44-41. Derek Wagner played a phenomenal game, facilitating for others and scoring 14 points of his own. Victor Potter again demonstrated his dominant inside presence, scoring 12 points, collecting 9 rebounds, and blocking 10 shots.
Castle’s final game of the tournament was an overtime win (54-50) against the Garden State Knights. The game was close throughout and Castle’s moxie was tested to the very end. But, again, it was Castle’s tough-nose defense that garnered the team a victory. Salif Konate was continually able to cut through Garden State’s zone defense and create opportunities for himself and his teammates; he led Castle in scoring, finishing with 16 points. John Jimenez played an all-around game, finishing with 12 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 3 steals. Other scorers included Derek Wagner (11 points), Michael Rogers (8 points), and Victor Potter (7 points).