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Winter 2012-13 Season Wrap-Up

Winter 2012-13 Season Wrap Up

BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL

The boys’ varsity team completed a season filled with highs and lows. After starting the season 3-1, the Panthers finished the season with a 5-14 record. Despite the disappointing overall record, the team’s impressive victories included beating Leman Prep Twice, as well as Winston Prep and Churchill.

During the first four games of the season, Junior Nathan J. averaged 24.7 points and seven rebounds per game. Nathan continued his strong play throughout the season, finishing with averages of 16.3 points and six rebounds per game. Senior center Jared L. has made a big impact for the team this season. There was a stretch during the season that Jared averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds, and six blocks in a two week span. He finished with averages of 17 points, 12 rebounds, and an astounding five blocks per game.

The senior backcourt of Avery M. and Olabanji S. was solid on both ends of the court. Avery averaged a team high 4.4 assists per game to go along with 2.8 steals. Olabanji pitched in with 3.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. Sebastian J. was the team’s third leading rebounder with 3.9 rebounds per game.

The junior tandem of Adam G. and Sayeed J. were very important to the team’s play. Adam averaged five points per game and was second on the team in three pointers made. Sayeed added extra energy off the bench and showed his ability to create his own shot as well.

The team headed into the playoffs as the 7th seed, facing off against Friends Seminary in the first round. Despite Jared putting in a team high 23 points, BFS lost a tough game by the score of 53-38. Overrall, the Panthers played very competitively and made strides throughout the season which will be built upon for next year.

BOYS JV VARSITY BASKETBALL

There are two words to describe the Boys Junior Varsity 2013 season, beginning and growth. The team consisted of 12 athletes, 5 of which were freshman. There were no Juniors on the team this season. The 2 freshman on the team that started were Quran D. and Anthony B. Both lead the team in scoring and in assists.

The season started enthusiastically with sight on it being Brooklyn Friends best JV season in years. Right from the beginning of the season, the young men came ready and eager to play. The season started off diligently with 3 scrimmages followed by our first league match against St. Anns. so the practice time that we had the first week was vital to reaching our goals for the season. We focused solely on man to man defense, teaching the young players  proper defensive positioning on and off the ball. Of the 12 athletes, 2 of the players were returning starters. It took dedication and devotion by all of the guys in order to come together and think as one. By the end of the second half of the season, it was as if the guys had been playing together as a team for all of their basketball careers. The longest winning streak was 5 games. As the season progressed, the guys became stronger mentally, physically, and developed a strong bond both on and off the court.

The team had numerous triumphs throughout the winter season. One of our biggest came when we defeated Berkley Carroll in an overtime game at their house. It was one of the most intense matches of the season and it required us to play as a team. Quran D. hit a 3 to take us to overtime and friends just ran the table on them during the extra minutes.

Our league record  was 10 wins and 4 losses going into the playoffs.  With this record, we were able to enter the playoffs as the 4th seed.There are two words to describe the Boys Junior Varsity 2013 season, beginning and growth. The team consisted of 12 athletes, 5 of which were freshman. There were no Juniors on the team this season. The 2 freshman on the team that started were Quran D. and Anthony B. Both lead the team in scoring and in assists.

The season started enthusiastically with sight on it being Brooklyn Friends best JV season in years. Right from
the beginning of the season, the young men came ready and eager to play. The season started off diligently with 3 scrimmages followed by our first league match against St. Anns. so the practice time that we had the first week was vital to reaching our goals for the season. We focused solely on man to man defense, teaching the young players  proper defensive positioning on and off the ball. Of the 12 athletes, 2 of the players were returning starters. It took dedication and devotion by all of the guys in order to come together and think as one. By the end of the second half of the season, it was as if the guys had been playing together as a team for all of their basketball careers. The longest winning streak was 5 games. As the season progressed, the guys became stronger mentally, physically, and developed a strong bond both on and off the court.

The team had numerous triumphs throughout the winter season. One of our biggest came when we defeated Berkley Carroll in an overtime game at their house. It was one of the most intense matches of the season and it required us to play as a team. Quran D. hit a 3 to take us to overtime and friends just ran the table on them during the extra minutes.

Our league record  was 10 wins and 4 losses going into the playoffs.  With this record, we were able to enter the playoffs as the 4th seed. Unfortunately we lost in the first round to SIA by 1. During this game, the guys fought long and hard. They played some of the best basketball offensively that they had played all year in the closing minutes. Communication and defense was great through most of the game. The guys were listening to their teammates and playing as one. For the 2013 Basketball Season, Adam W. got most improved, Quran D. and Thomas C. won 110% and Anthony B. received the Leadership award.

I am very proud of the young men and their accomplishments this season. They always strived to reach their goals, were willing to put in extra time if it was needed, and came to practice and games ready to work. With all of our accomplishments, this group has a bright future. I look forward to coaching them next year.

I am very proud of the young men and their accomplishments this season. They always strived to reach their goals, were willing to put in extra time if it was needed, and came to practice and games ready to work. With all of our accomplishments, this group has a bright future. I look forward to coaching them next year.

Unfortunately we lost in the first round to SIA by 1. During this game, the guys fought long and hard. They played some of the best basketball offensively that they had played all year in the closing minutes. Communication and defense was great through most of the game. The guys were listening to their teammates and playing as one. For the 2013 Basketball Season, Adam W. got most improved, Quran D. and Thomas C. won 110% and Anthony B. received the Leadership award.

MS BOYS  BASKETBALL 

The boys MS Basketball team finished the season with an 8-5 record. They played tenacious defense for the entire season and held opponents to 21 points or less six times. The Panthers competed in nearly every game as four of their five losses came by six points or less and at one point had a season high six-game winning streak. As proud as I am of the results, it was the work, effort and determination of the 2012/2013 MS Panthers that will stick with me the most.

The team was built on a great mix of eighth grade leadership and enthusiastic seventh graders. The team was lead in scoring by Philip C. and Charlie S. After struggling early in the season Rocco B. came on late as Noah R.and Isaac H. played outstanding defense. One of the biggest surprises of the season was the outstanding progress of Julien S.B. who made improvements every day and became a crucial part of the team’s success. He was particularly effective shooting from the corners.

I look forward to having this group of seventh graders back as eighth graders next season to continue the progress they made this year.

GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL

The Brooklyn Friends Girls Varsity basketball team had an excellent season.  With all of the girls back from the previous season, the team was ready to compete for an ISAL League Championship.

The Panthers starting off with two early convincing non-league victories. Then the senior sensation Janna J. went down hard early in the second quarter of the first league game of the season. Janna did not return to the game and, while the team hung in there, BFS came up a little short. BFS picked up two more victories in their next two games to improve their league record to 2-1. Then they went down at home to a very strong non-league opponent, but they did show some good fight during a second half comeback. BFS picked up two more league game victories before winter break to improve their league record to 4-1.

Coming off the break with little practice time, BFS played the first place team York Prep at St. Francis College. Once gain, the girls hung in for most of the game but couldn’t topple the best team and the best player in the league. The team bounced back, finding its groove in a non-league contest that same week. Then they won five straight league games, including some close victories they had to grind out, to improve to 9-2 in the league. They added a non-league game against a very tough opponent who beat them a couple years earlier in a playoff game. The girls played a tremendous game and found themselves up much of the game until the very end were they couldn’t hold on as their opponent caught fire for the one point victory. There are such things as good losses and this was one of them, showing the girls that they could hang with anyone.

After that non-league loss they picked up two more league wins to give them a very impressive 12-2 league record. They found themselves in a battle for first place in the league during the final week of the regular season. First they played LREI on the road for second place.  It was a great game and BFS was able to hold on for the 38-34 victory which secured home court advantage in the playoffs. With that victory and their 13-2 record the Panthers still had a shot a first place if they could pull of the upset on the road at York Prep. Unfortunately, BFS didn’t come to play that game and lost by fifteen points. BFS now had to play a very tough LREI Team at home in a ISAL Semifinal matchup. BFS came out roaring and took a 20-4 first quarter lead. The girls didn’t look back as they hung on for the very impressive 47-29 victory in front of a great home crowd.

There was no time to enjoy the victory, or even relax, as the next day BFS found themselves in the ISAL Championship against first place York Prep. BFS had lost to them twice already this season. BFS was ready for the challenge as their seniors wanted to finish their basketball careers on a high note. BFS came out incredibly strong on both the defensive and offensive side of the ball. They were up 17-3 half way through the second quarter. York Prep made a few adjustments and BFS could not find the bottom of the net. The momentum had shifted and BFS could not seem to retrieve it.

The Panthers were still up 17-10 at the half, but you could see that things weren’t right. The team could not score in the third. They managed only two free throws and now found themselves down 20-19 at the end of the third. The one point lead for York Prep became a nine point lead with just over three minutes to play in the game. BFS was down 29-20 and things looked bleak. But then there was a slight shift, finally, as Janna awoke, stole the ball and went the length of the college court made the lay up and got fouled. Janna made her free throw to finish off the three-point play. BFS now had a little life. Down 29-23 they started to believe again. The Panthers cut the lead to four, and then to two. A couple of awkward possessions and then a foul gave York Prep a three point lead at 30-27. With 10.7 seconds remaining in their season and with a chance to be ISAL Champions, BFS called timeout and ran a play to perfection to set up their best three pointer shooter for her shot at the top of the key. She got a great look and time froze as the ball traveled through the air. While the shot looked good, it hit the back rim and bounced out. Yet, the game was not over, as BFS was able to force a jump ball with 2.3 seconds left. The possession arrow favored the Panthers and they had one last chance to tie the game. BFS ran a good play to get the ball to Janna, but her shot was blocked by York’s best player. Janna somehow got the ball back one last time and took another shot and appeared to be fouled, but no foul was called and the game was over. BFS would have to settle for second place.

The team finished with an impressive 17-6 overall record, 14-4 in league play. Congrats to all our players, especially seniors Danielle E., Herron H., Sidney A., Hanyang K., Rayvin T., and Janna J., who finished with 1,016 career points. I truly enjoyed coaching you over the years. Thanks to our two juniors Julia G. and Chloe B., and our sophomore Julia B. See you back on the court next season. Blue Pride!!

GIRLS JV BASKETBALL

Due to lack of numbers this year the girls JV basketball team had to struggle.  However veteran players such as Julia C. really stepped up. Our new team members’ willingness to learn was an important part of our season. Hannah who has never played basketball before had an excellent season and became one of the team leaders with her excellent rebounding skills. Giovanna also stepped up this year because of her leadership, commitment, and great improvement throughout the season. Sierra also improved her skill tremendously by paying close attention to the coaches instructions. When the team needed a quick steal Maret S.M. used her aggressiveness to get BFS the ball back. We hoped to have great success next year with the experience of our returning players.

MS GIRLS  BASKETBALL

The beginning of the season for the MS girls basketball team started off a lot different to where the season ended. Unsure if the team would have enough players to compete until the day before our first scheduled game, the team started off the year with their only bad loss of the season. Knowing that loss was only a result of limited time together, the MS girls put together a four-game win streak and a three-game win streak throughout the season to result in a 7-3 season record. The BEST RECORD in MS girls basketball history at BFS. The team was led offensively by top scorers Halima M. and Issa R. The defense as a team was one of the toughest to score on because of the tough low post presence of Hannah B. and top perimeter defense of Jesse I. and Amanda R. either getting a hand on the ball or stealing the it away. It was going to take a tremendous effort from their opponent to out work this menacing defense which lead to many turnovers.

The team was split with five seventh graders and five eighth graders so the next year for both the JV and MS look to be bright. We enjoyed coaching these Lady Panthers very much and looking forward to their game to get better and expanding. Great season ladies, keep practicing and working hard. Thanks for all your time and effort!!

US INDOOR BOYS & GIRLS TRACK

The intrepid indoor track team traveled uptown to the storied 168 Armory for their last meet of
the season. The team fared well and impressed with some strong end of the year performances.
Nicolas E. entered his first season of track looking to explore his capabilities in the 300M. His first race earlier in the year showed him the 300M is farther than he thought. Six weeks of practice and the acquaintance to his overlooked speed prepared Nic for his final race. Nic made a two second improvement and ran a strong 45.86 for his race. It was a nice end to Nic’s season.

Jose U. caught the acting bug and was MIA from a number of practices in January. His return to the oval was full of grit and desire to make up for missed training. We brought Jose along slowly but his heart and determination made it certain he would be prepared for his last indoor meet of his career at BFS. Sure enough, Jose ran a nice 42.88 for his 300M race which was close to a second improvement from his previous best. Jose is a clear example of the power of hard work and resolve.

Elinor H. also spent a little time away from the track to engage in additional extracurricular
activities. Her trajectory for the season ran the same line as Jose’s as Elinor impressed with two fine races to end her junior year of indoor track. Her 2:05.78 in the 600M and 51.59 for the 300M has her well positioned for the upcoming outdoor races this Spring.

MS BOYS & GIRLS INDOOR TRACK 

The Middle School track team continued their progress this indoor season. The team made two weekly treks to the Park Slope Armory to train on the class facility open to only a handful of schools in the area. The students took full advantage of the opportunity. They made numerous workouts and trained hard. It was a pleasure to see the athletes appreciate their good fortune.

Milo H., Emmitt S., Miles N. and Mali A. ran a couple races in the Armory this season. These meets were open to the entire New York Metropolitan Area. The competition was top notch. The Brooklyn Friends athletes were undaunted by the challenges they face. In fact, Miles N. took home two bronze medals in the 200M & 400M in his second race of the season. Miles showed great maturity and spirit in his races. This energy propelled him to the podium and bodes well for his future in the sport.

Mali A. also posted strong performances in her races this winter. She even placed fourth in a meet against high school competition. This is representative of the strong performances of the middle school team. The athletes were interested in exploring their boundaries and not afraid to meet the challenges their talents led them.