Lake Rim basketball update

From our friend Ali Watts…

Make-up Game 2- Last season game – An abbreviated version

I’d had the introduction to this update written the night before the last game but I had to start over. I was prepared to write a relatively short update knowing that tournament week was fast approaching but all that changed. And for those who were present at the games Saturday – we know why.

The first game of the last day is the Spurs against the Pirates. Only four Pirates showed up. “Kids don’t quit – it’s the parents that gave up” a parent next to me said. So the few Pirates that did show up played stress free against a few Spurs to pass the time. A couple of parents acted as refs and we – parents and coaches and kids – enjoyed ourselves. That was when all the fun ended.

The second game featured the Blue Devils and the Celtics. I could write pages about what happened in this game but I will only say this: it takes a special person to be a coach and a parent. It also takes something extra to coach your kid – boy or girl. All it takes is a foul – hard, flagrant or not – to flip that switch from coach or assistant coach to Daddy. The chaos that ensued caused a 15 minute delay in the game but the Celtics won 31-11. At press time, I can say that Jada Stinson is OK but Celtics head coach Munns suffered a stroke not long after the game and is recovering at Cape Fear Valley. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, but knowing him as I do he’ll be courtside by tournament round two!

The Magic and the Tar Heels had WAY less drama and honestly we (the refs, staff, parents and myself) were so grateful! But the Magic outplayed the Tarheels and won 42-10.

Only good drama for the rest of the day – the Bulls and Knicks were both looking for a win and were actually pretty evenly matched for the first half. Right before the end of the first quarter, Nathaniel Soto of the Bulls nails a half-court buzzer beater and even though he looked as shocked as the rest of us the crowd went wild! But the Bulls can’t hang on- the Knicks won 24-12.

The Celtics proved too much for the Heat and won 40-12. The Tar Heels proved too much for the Cougars as well and won 42-18.

So we’ve spent the past seven weeks or so battling each other but going into tournament week it’s different. Last year when the Spurs made it to the fourth round I was moved to see Blue Devils, Tar Heels, Celtics, other teams, rec staff, parents, friends and teachers in the stands cheering the Spurs on! I’d like to be able to do that again but it’s up to us as coaches, parents and players to let each other know how we’re doing.

During the week I’ll be posting updates as I get them as comments to this blog and if you play for, coach for or know about another Lake Rim or EE Miller team and how their game went LET US KNOW!

Post a comment – it only takes a minute to say “9-10 year old Spurs won first round, next game is Thursday at Cliffdale at 7” for example. As our teams play – win or not win- we want to be there to support your team. Unfortunately in the first round we have several teams that play in several different places at the exact same time but if we all attempt to keep each other updated we can support the Lake Rim and/or EE Miller team that makes it the farthest !

See you courtside!

Enjoy the pictures!

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7 Responses to “Lake Rim basketball update”

  1. Ali Watts Says:

    Caught the end of 9-10 Tarheels…they lost unfortunately. Caught only the beginning of the 9-10 Celtics and they looked good – post a comment if you know how they faired. 9-10 Spurs move on to second round – Wednesday at Stoney Point at 7! Go Lake Rim/EE Miller!!!!!

  2. jackie Says:

    we won 35-21

  3. Coach Martez Kirkland Says:

    To all, the LR Blue Devils won their first round game 21-9 against the EEMiller Pirates. We play are next game at Cliffdale Rec Wed at 6:00pm against the Cliffdale Tarheels. The Blue Devils played a solid game. It look as everthing they have learn all season started to come together. They had a good bounce back game compare to how Saturdays game was against the EE Miller Celtics. I want comment on that game. My mother always told me, “never to live in the past the future is what you look forward to. So I prepare for days ahead learn from the past and not dwell on the negative. A humble man is a wise one. Go Blue Devils

  4. Ali Watts Says:

    So I caught a couple of games tonight as well. I witnessed the Bulls loss, unfortunately. The Cougars picked up a win by forfeit. I talked to a Tarheel and he said they’d won, but I don’t know any scores. I also caught a Hurricane coming out of the EE Miller gym and he said they’d won but the Heat had lost. I’m hoping the 11-12 brackets will be posted as quickly as the 9-10 were! Go Lake Rim/EE Miller!

  5. Coach Martez Kirkland Says:

    Hello everyone! Well you wasn’t their then you should have been, LR Blue Devils played in a overtime thriller. It was a hard fought game. The Blue Devils got off to a slow start by going down 11-4 by the second Qtr. Towards the end of the half the Blue Devils made a run to close the lead to six. The begininng of the second half start with the blue devils having a couple of defensive stops, but they just could not put the ball in the basket. There was a lot of good shot opportunities but the Blue Devils could not capitalize on them. Once the 4th Qtr came the game was tied 12-12 both teams were fighting to the end like cats and dogs with 45 seconds left the Cliffdale Tarheels took the lead by 2 15-13. The blue devils then begin to press and came up with a couple steal but could not put the ball in the basket once again. So with 8 seconds left it was the Tarheels ball the Blue Devils were still fighting, with a steal on the Devils side of the court Kenneth Thomas stole the ball and scored the basket for the tie with 1 second left. Oh it was as if they had won it all the crowd and the players were so excited. But it wasn’t over we had to go into overtime where again it was a hard fought battle but with ablut 1:30 left the Blue Devils took an commanding lead a sealed the game to advance to the next round to face the Cliffdale Blue Devils. Go Blue Devils!!!!

  6. Ali Watts Says:

    My apologies for not posting last night – was EXHAUSTED! But as you may have seen already the Spurs, Celtics and Blue Devils pulled off another win. It wasn’t nearly as exciting as the Blue Devils game – it was a rough start for us as well though! Tonight I watched the 11-12 Celtics win convincingly but in the second game our Cougars lost. They still get the Going Down Swingin’ award as they closed a 14 point gap in the last 6 minutes of the game and lost by only 5! On the way out the Tarheels coach says they won too – so LAKE RIM and EE MILLER will be PLAYING THEIR HEARTS OUT ON SATURDAY! WAY TO REPRESENT! I will be rooting for all of us!!! If you get done early stay and root your friends on!

  7. Ali Watts Says:

    Caught all the 9-10 games today – Unfortunately the Celtics and the Blue Devils lost in the third round. I also had a chat with a 11-12 Tarheels player who said they took a loss as well. The Lake Rim Spurs, however, have advanced to the semi-finals, beating both the Stoney Point Tarheels in round three and the Cliffdale Blue Devils in the fourth round. Next game is at 6 at Kiwanis on Monday, March 15 against the Westover Heat. Not sure how our other 11-12 teams faired but good luck to everyone!

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