Castle Boys Continue to Roll to Victories
announced April 21, 2015
This past weekend, the Castle boys’ 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U teams kept up their hoop onslaught and all took home the gold at the Zero Gravity Rage for Royalty tournament staged throughout NYC and Westchester County. The tournament brought in some of the top teams from the region who were using the weekend as prep for the upcoming “Live” period. As a result, for all teams in the tournament, the competition was much stiffer than expected and lived up to the hype and the tournament title.
Coach Rudy King of the 14U squad was impressed. “We are starting to put it together and it comes at the right time. This is getting to the meatier part of our schedule and the talent is better each time out. Our boys are rising to that level and playing hard together.”
Coach Ghandhi Martin of the 17U team also liked what he saw. “Last week, we played hard at the Jam Fest and a letdown could have happened. But, the team hung in there and played some great ball the entire weekend. Good things are happening at Castle.”
The 15U team took on all comers and knocked them aside. Led by the play of Soulemayne Koureissi, Ahmed Fall and Victor Nzeama, the team dominated inside and had considerable rebounding advantages. Koureissi also hit sweet jumpers from up to 18 feet, keeping the defense honest and opening the inside for other players.
The 16U unit also brought it. Avenging a loss in pool play, the team beat back Wiz Kids and their formidable team. It was a great game and the boys took a 2 point win in the Finals. Coach Marcus Matthews noted that “we have been experimenting with some different looks and the players are accepting and growing with the changes.”
Castle placed other boys and girls teams in the tournament as well, with several reaching their championship games as well. Our student-athletes are doing it on the court and off and we could not be more proud.
This week, the older squads head to live period tournaments at the Pitt Jam Fest and Boo Williams while the younger teams compete for New York State championships. The road just keeps on going.