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Winter 2013-14 Season Wrap Up

Winter 2013-14 Season Wrap Up

by BFS Coaches
BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL
Our Boys Varsity team finished the 2013-14 season with a 7-16 record.  This team was the youngest team since 2006 which included a freshman and a sophomore in the starting lineup.  
The Panthers were led by senior Nathan J., and sophomore Quran D. Nathan led the team in points (14.9) and rebounds (8.6).  While Quran was the 2nd in points with 13.3 points and led the Panthers in 3 pointers made.  Another senior that chipped in was Adam G., with 6.1 points per game and a junior Adam W., averaged 4.7 points while being 2nd on the team in rebounds with 6.6 per game.
This season has had quite a few highlights and memorable moments. Our student-athletes played hard every game which led to impressive victories from beating Packer at Packer for the first time in over 10 years to freshmen Brendan G.’s, game winning buzzer beating shot against St. Ann’s at home.  Junior Jumoke M., freshmen Brendan G., and freshmen Phil C., all helped and played a valuable role this season for the Panthers.  Next year, we expect them to play an even greater role.  Jumoke’s lockdown defense, with Brendan’s improving offensive game, and Phil’s intangibles and increasing offensive game is vital to the program’s future success. 
A special thanks to goes out to our two seniors Nathan and Adam for all their hard work and dedication to the BFS basketball program over the years. You will be missed.
BOYS JV VARSITY BASKETBALL

The Brooklyn Friends Boys JV Basketball team had a great season in the term of growth. A lot of guys who are playing at the JV level for the first time together showed both coaches that next season other teams will have to fear the roar of the panthers.
  
An overall record of 4-16 may just show that they won 4 games and lost 16 games, but that does not tell the whole story how the blue pride panthers fought through the whole season.  With the majority of the roster coming from last years middle school basketball team, these players excelled higher than most expected.  No matter what the score was teams could not keep the panthers from roaring and making their mark.  The panthers would win their first game in their gym against local opponent Mary McDowell.  Point guard Charlie S. scorched the net scoring a season and career high 36 points.  The next team on the panthers plate was their first league game on the road against St. Ann’s.  The home crowd was rough against the panthers but for three quarters the panthers stayed poised and played under control.  The fourth quarter just seemed like the panthers lost that shooting touch they had in the previous quarters.  The panthers ended up coming up just short, falling 51-55.

After those two early success’ injuries began to take over and plagued this young team, as the team would have a different starting lineup mostly every game, and on certain occasions suiting up only five or six players, but that never stopped the team from playing their hearts out.  Freshman Charlie S.’s leadership, play making ability, and scoring versatility were key this season.  Sophomore Tyler V. was a real leader on and off the court for this team, as well as the teams sharp shooter.  Sophomore Henry J., one of the teams best on the ball defenders led the team in steals and always guarded the other teams best offensive player.
The panthers next wins wouldn’t come till the month of January where freshman big man Maalik D. made is presence known.  In the month of January Maalik played both ends of the floor averaging 11.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks a game.  Maalik’s first double double came in the panthers second win against Leman Prep.  Maalik had 17 points and 12 rebounds, he also shot 50 percent from the free throw line.
  
Even with the struggling season the panthers still managed to capture the 7th seed in the playoffs, where they squared off with the number two seed Dwight.  The panthers would fall to Dwight in the playoffs.  Next season will be a season to look out for with Ben F. and Sam F. ability to rebound and push the break.  Maalik D. and Issac Handy aggressive rebounding and shot blocking. Henry Jacobs lockdown defense and basketball IQ. Charlie H. and Sammy H.’s team defense and pesky on ball defense will make the panthers next year a team to be reckoned with. Blue Pride will once again take over next season.

MS BOYS  BASKETBALL 

The 2013/14 MS Boys basketball team finished the season with an 8-5 record.  The team which worked extremely hard found itself undersized against most opponents.  However, what the boys lacked in height they made up for with effort, skill, and perseverance.

The team was led by seventh grade point guard Miles B. who averaged 22.3 points per game and led the team in scoring in every game this season.  Some of the other standouts were fellow seventh grader Chris K. Chris played power forward and center for us this season and was usually matched up against the biggest players on the opposing team. Eighth grader Peter H. was our starting shooting guard and back-up point guard. Peter brought knowledge of the system and a calm to the court.  The starting small forward was seventh grader Cailean M. Cailean brought a deadly accuracy to the court from three point range and his defense improved immeasurably throughout the season. The final piece of the starting puzzle was eighth grader Matthew R.  Matthew played center and power forward, and earned his way into the starting lineup by working so hard. Early in the season Matt was a reserve and through effort in rebounding, passing, and defending he made himself invaluable to the team.

Everyone on the team contributed and learned the game while gaining valuable playing time.  We will look to continue the growth next season. Overall the team was consisted of mostly 7th graders, including three starters. I look forward to next year where we will have the opportunity to watch these young boys grow and become a force to be reckoned with.  Blue Pride!!  Go Panthers!!

GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL
The
Brooklyn Friends Girls Varsity basketball team had another very good season.  In a rebuilding mode the team which returned only three players from the previous season had to make numerous changes and adjustments moving forward.  They did have the services of five players who came up from the junior varsity squad, along with three newcomers and one sophomore player who did not play last year.  After putting everything together the team did its very best and come up basically a basket short of making the playoffs.
The
Panthers started their 2013-14 campaign off with a thrilling double overtime 41-39 victory over non-league opponent UNIS.  The energy and excitement from the home opener and indicated the potential for a solid season may lie ahead.  The seniors were expected to anchor the team as captains Julia G. and Chloe B. brought along much needed experience along with fellow seniors Sarah M. and Aria C. who provided a solid base.  Also returning junior Julia B. expected to be a big plus for the team and a presence on both ends of the court. 
After a few early close road losses, BFS which lost to local rival St. Ann’s 34-28, new league opponent FASNY 34-30 (which BFS made a fierce comeback attempt) and Mary McDowell 32-28, the team went on a five game winning streak to let
the league know that we were back at competing at a high level and a team to be reckoned with.  BFS was able to defeat league opponents Steiner, Garden, Churchill, BWL, and BRP.  Going into the winter break which completed the first half of our season BFS found itself with an overall record of 6-3 record (5-1 in league play).  The team was still making numerous adjustments as it was getting to know its young squad as well as dealing with multiple issues including injuries and players availability, etc.

Coming
off the winter break with little practice time, BFS took on the
first place team York Prep at St. Francis College. BFS hung in early despite playing poorly.  They were only down 6-2 after one quarter of play as they gave up an easy basket at the end of the quarter.  BFS could not get things going on offense as they found themselves down 16-2 at the half.  Still in the game due to York’s own struggles BFS was hoping for a better second half.  That never happened and BFS found themselves back on the losing end.  BFS girls continued to beat the teams it should beat
without surrendering a win to a weaker team, BFS maintaining hope for a playoff spot.  The team experienced problems late in the season due to weather, school functions such dance group or field trips, as well as illness that broke us down in close losses to
competitive teams.  BFS had close losses to three out of the four top league teams Churchill, FASNY, and LREI
that eventually cost BFS a playoff spot by basically one basket.  Missing out on playoff spot due to weather and rescheduling of games.  FASNY was unable to
provide a full squad to play Churchill in the final game of the season, which Churchill eventually won by a basket
causing a wonderful season to come to and end for BFS.  The BFS Girls showed a
lot of grit battling throughout the  long season (according to them). Their love, friendship and
support for each other showed in each game and each practice.  It was once again a real special team and a truly enjoyable experience to be a part of for all involved.  BFS loses
some fine student athletes to graduation this year.  We had the pleasure
to nurture their athletic talents this year and to see them grow both on and off the court.  We hope they can use their
newly learned and enhanced skills in their future collegiate environment.

The team
finished with a winning record, 11-9 overall and 9-7 in league play.  Congrats to all
our players, especially seniors Julia G., Chloe B.,  Aria C, and Sarah
M., we have truly enjoyed coaching you girls over the years.  Thanks to our juniors Julia B. Julia C., and Maret S-M.,  our sophomores Sierra V. and Abbie B., and our newcomers Monet M., Nathacha A., and Lvy L.  Thanks also goes out to our team managers.  See you back on
the court next season.  Blue Pride Runs Deep, Friends Forever, Blue Pride!!

MS GIRLS  BASKETBALL


The Middle Schools girls basketball had a fun and successful season.  The young team, filled with many girls who had never played basketball before made a lot of great improvement during the season.  The team was known around the league for its tenacious defense and great hustle.  Many of our games came down to the last one or two minutes and were filled with thrilling moments and awesome displays of sportsmanship and hustle.

Eighth graders Maddie W. and Fiona B. used their height and athleticism to take control of the lane on offense and defense.  They collected many rebounds each game and did a great job organizing the defense from the middle position.

Seventh grader Devon O. ran the point and brought great leadership and basketball experience to the team.  Devon did a terrific job bringing the ball up the court and running our teams offense.  Most importantly, Devon showed amazing hustle and athleticism on defense. She led the team in steals and was often seen cruising from coast to coast to sink a layup after a great defense play.  Her energy was tremendous.

Seventh grader Dania L. was also a powerful force on defense.  A highlight of the season was when Dania was assigned to cover St. Ann’s best player in a new defense implemented at halftime.  Dania’s stellar defense and incredible hustle shut St. Ann’s and their best player down and helped BFS make a huge second half comeback!

Seventh graders Anna P., Janine S. and Isabelle J. also made many important contributions to the team.These versatile players could sink outside shots, snag rebounds, and play all over the court on defense. Hardworking and committed to improving, these girls made enormous progress during the season and will be great leaders on next year’s team.

We were also thrilled to welcome first-time players Milla S. and Violet G. to our team.  Milla and Violet brought great enthusiasm and work ethic to the team and impressed everyone with their ability to pick up new skills and basketball concepts so quickly.  Milla and Violet weren’t afraid to mix it up with much bigger and experienced girls and led the team in intimidating cheers.  Their defense and hustle made a big difference in several of our wins.

Coaches Randall and Kristen were very impressed by how much progress the girls made during the season.  At the beginning of the season many of the girls had never played in an organized basketball game; by the end of the season, however, they were shutting down teams with a fantastic full court press!  The coaches had a great time working with this feisty, funny and hardworking team!  Blue Pride Runs Deep!!

US INDOOR BOYS & GIRLS TRACK

This year, our indoor track team grew in numbers each week throughout the winter.  Our team comprised of many of the cross country runners from the fall and a number of new runners who caught wind of how great the fall season was that they were interested in coming out to our practices.  
This season we saw amazing improvement from US runners: Lucas M., Maya K., Sophia, and Elinor H. With consistency, these runners saw results from what can happen with some hard work and persistence.
The intrepid indoor track team had one of our dual sports athletes, Miles, head uptown to the storied 168 Armory for the Ivy League’s 2nd meet where he showed his speed and strength he had gained from cross country, posting a 40.95 300m and 1:38:20 in the 600m.  Miles has improved on closing speed and confidence in race approach.
Many runners had other commitments to other after school activities, but we were truly impressed with the grit and desire of runners Giovanna M. and Jacob I. for returning to the track and grinding out hard workout sessions.  We look to have these runners lead our team this spring.  We look forward to a growing outdoor track team interest.  With 2 running seasons under our belt,  there is no doubt our outdoor track team will come away with outstanding performances.

MS BOYS & GIRLS INDOOR TRACK 

This season we saw amazing improvement from MS runners: Amina W., Helen L., Emmanuel B. With consistency, these runners saw results from what can happen with some hard work and persistence.
The team fared well and impressed the coaches with meets they ran at Park Slope’s Brooklyn Armory with some strong  performances.  Kali H. represented the Girl’s MS team running a shorter distance than she normally would in the 400m race in a time of 1:16:62, a time that showed Kali she had some speed in her, which she will look to capitalize on in her races this coming spring in the 800m.
Not new to running, but entering his first season of MS track looking to explore his capabilities in the shorter distances, Emmanuel B. competed in the 400m (1:17:69), 1500m (6:33:53), and 1600m (6:18:16).  Emmanuel B. is alumni to the BFS Friendly Flyers, where he trained for longer distance races.  Finn S. and Sebastian B. also alumni from the Friendly Flyers posted amazing results for first timers at the Armory.  Finn S. ran 6:16:31 in the 1600m, while Sebastian B. ran 6:33:53 in the 1500m race.  Coby W. was also a great addition to practices as he is our top Friendly Flyers runner looking to make a statement this Fall when he joins the MS team, but for now he continues to win awards and rock NYRR races at distances ranging from one mile to 4 miles.  Running experience from the Friendly Flyers truly showed in their performances on the indoor track as they ran with confidence.  The partnership between the MS/US track team and the Friendly Flyers has been truly amazing.