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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Newport Lightning Basketball Club’s Fourth-Grade Black team won the prestigious West Coast ACES Coca-Cola Tournament Gold Division championship last month in Orange County.
The NLBC beat the San Diego Rebels and SV Stars in pool play to move into the semifinals, where they faced Bay Area Transition and BFT beating both in very competitive games.
In the finale NLBC beat a tough PSA Vikings team to capture its first championship of the summer season.
The Newport Lightning Basketball Club’s 9-and-under/third-grade team recently won the championship of the SoCal Ultimate Showcase at the Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grove.
The NLBC 9U team beat Rockfish, Baby Flyers and WC Dream in pool play to get into the championship game to face Baby Flyers.
Down five at halftime, NLBC came back to win the game, 26-22, and claim the title.
Sanjay Patel, Michael Gurka, Dylan Li and Tyler Li led the team in scoring while Connor Kelly, Jordan Stucki, Carter Healy, Brendan Jennings and Ayden Ziegler led the team in rebounding and defense throughout the weekend.
The Newport Lightning Basketball Club captured another championship this summer, winning “the World Championships” tournament at the Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grove July 27-28 in the fourth-grade division.
The Lightning 10-and-under/fourth-grade boys’ team played all four games with only six players all weekend.
The “Iron Six” beat Triple Threat and lost to North County Select on Saturday, putting them in a must-win against a much bigger YHWH team from Texas, that had won the first two pool-play games by 17.
The game was an intense battle with the Lightning down all of the first half and most of the second before mounting a huge comeback and winning, 45-43. That win set up the championship game against North County Select from San Diego, which had beaten the Lightning in pool play the day before.
The Lightning played their best game of the season against North County, scoring a 39-33 win for the championship.
The “Iron Six” consisted of Mikey Wein, Vanis Buckholz, Adam Garza, Hunter Schimmelpfennig, Levi Darrow and Tyler Li and was coached by Joe Schimmelpfennig.
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Sage Hill School Gymnasium
20402 Newport Coast Drive
Newport Coast, CA 92657