Newport Lightning Basketball Club Enters It’s 8th Season in Orange County AAU/Club Hoops!

The Newport Lightning Basketball Club (NLBC) is entering it’s 8th highly successful season in Orange County AAU/Club hoops.  We are always looking for dedicated basketball players at the 9u-14u level who would like to compete within a structured, highly-competitive and fun basketball environment.  Our goal is to prepare your son to play high school basketball.

Please see below for further details or email us at

Our club feeds to all high schools in the area, not just one high school (which normally means one coach, one system, one voice).  Players from our club have played at Corona Del Mar, Orange Lutheran, Servite, Mater Dei, Edison, Estancia, Costa Mesa, Newport Harbor, Irvine, University, Sage Hill, St. Margaret’s, Villa Park, Fountain Valley, Laguna Beach, TVT, Calvary Chapel, Laguna Beach and many many more.  We have over 90+ years of high school and club coaching experience in the program!

Come be a part of our great family of basketball players and professional coaches!  We are entering our 8th season in Orange County and have established ourselves as a top AAU Basketball Club winning over 150 tournaments and sending our players on to compete in high school and college basketball.  Our basketball program will prepare your son to compete at the highest level by working hard within a challenging, yet positive environment.  We are a fundamentals-first program and understand if you don’t work hard, success will not happen.  Our players are learn to become future high school students and athletes.

Newport Lightning Basketball Club Boys Champions Row!

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NLBC 11u Black Fall OctoberFest Champions!

Newport Lightning 12u Black Wins Focus March Madness Tournament!

The Newport Lightning Basketball Club’s 12u Black team continued it’s strong showing in the Winter by winning the Focus March Madness Tournament last weekend at Gahr High School.  The NLBC beat ACES in the championship game 43-30 behind strong offensive games by Jack McKenna, Cade Overfelt, John Humphreys and Luke Bashore.  Jack Rettig was a force on both the offensive and defensive ends scoring and dishing out assists throughout the game while Clay Liolios, Haig Mavusi, Luke Hatfield and Nic Ayala provided key defensive stops and some great team play throughout the game.  The 12u Black team finished the Winter session going 11-0 in the final eleven games.NLBC12uBlackFocusMarchHoopsChamps2014

NLBC Teams Dominate 2014 Focus MLK Tournament!

The NLBC continued it’s strong start to the 2014 season by dominating the competition at the FOCUS MLK Tournament last weekend.  The NLBC 13u Black team won the Gold Division Championship by defeating OC Premier, while the 14u Green team picked-up their 1st tournament championship beating South Bay Basketball in the finals.  The NLBC 13u Green team went 2-1 and lost a close semi-final game while the NLBC 12u Black team went undefeated in the Sunday shootout.  The 11u Black team continued it’s recent success by rolling the competition in the 5th grade division and losing a tough game in the championship against Pacific Elite.  Overall, the NLBC went 15-2 on the weekend and picked up two more championships!  congrats to all of the teams and coaches!

NLBC 11u Black Team Continues Dominance!

The Newport Lightning Basketball Club continued its dominance in big tournaments this fall by winning the SGV Aloha Classic Gold Division last weekend in Anaheim.

The NLBC 11U/Fifth-grade team beat Impact, SNU Showtime and Baseline To Baseline in pool play to advance into the semifinals where it beat a game Jr. Hoops team to get back into the finals.

Once again the NLBC boys faced SNU Showtime, who played a great game against the NLBC, but the Lightning prevailed with a 38-26 victory, capping a great weekend of hoops.

This tournament championship marked the sixth championship in the last seven tournaments for the NLBC 11U Black team. The Lightning won the prestigious ACES Coca Cola Classic, SPAAU DIII Nationals, Swoosh Extravaganza, Focus World Championships and Jr. Hoops Season Opener and placed second in the Open Gym/WCE Elite 25 Tournament.

The team features: Vanis Buckholz, Asher Hamilton, Adam Garza, Luke Barnes, Tommy Griffin, Hunter Schimmelpfennig, Levi Darrow, Austin Clark and Tyler Li. The team is coached by Jeff Hamilton and Joe Schimmelpfennig.

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NLBC 11u Black Wins Jr Hoops Season Kick-Off Classic!

The Newport Lightning Basketball Club’s 11u Black team continued it’s hot streak last weekend winning the Gold Division Championships of the Jr Hoops Season Kick-Off Classic beating Rebels, Dominators, Prodigy and MOC Magic in the Championship Game to take home the gold!

Photo: Check out Coach Hamilton's NLBC 11u Black winning the Gold Division of the Jr Hoops Season Opener Tournament this weekend at the MAP.  Way to go boys!


NLBC 13u Green Wins Focus Fall Invitational!

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NLBC 11u Black Runner-Up At Open Gym/WCE 25 Fall Hoopfest!

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The 11u Elite Division featured 8 teams (Rising Stars of America, NLBC, Open Gym, San Diego Sabers, LA Bobcats, Slam N Jam, ESP Stars, and RSM Titans).  Four teams stood out from the pack: Runner-Up NLBC (3-1), San Diego Sabers (2-1), ESP Stars (2-1) and Champion LA Bobcats (4-0).  Runner-Up NLBC continued their recent hot streak and are showing well for Orange County, CA.  San Diego Sabers proved to be a strong contender out of San Diego and will be a team to look-out for when we we release the San Diego rankings.  ESP Stars and LA Bobcats demonstrated their LA toughness and appear to be Top 10 West Coast contenders this coming season.

NLBC 10u Black Runner-Up At Focus Fall Invitational!

The Newport Lightning Basketball Club’s 10U/Fourth-Grade Boys’ Team placed second in last weekend’s Focus Fall Invitational Showcase at the MAP Facility in Garden Grove.

The NLBC went 2-1 in pool play before facing a solid team from Chatsworth, Dune Citi.

The NLBC lost by five in the finals, showing great determination coming back from a 19-point deficit in the final six minutes of play.

The NLBC were led by Sanjay Tewari, Travis O’Neil, Michael Gurka, Aden Stein and Ayden Ziegler in scoring, while Conor Kelly, Jordan Stucki, Carter Healy, Brendan Jennings, Dylan Li and Anthony Marinelli led the team in rebounding and steals.