The Generation Next Basketball Association made its debut this past weekend to a packed Fieldhouse in Waukegan, Illinois as a number of talented 5th- 8th grade teams hit the courts for Session 1 of Eastern Conference play. Programs from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Arkansas were represented. Here’s a brief recap of what happened in the various grades this past weekend…
GNBA Eastern Conference – Session 1 Recap
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The Arkansas Hawks (AR), Team Ramey (MO), and the ET12 Buckeyes (IL) all got through the first session with unblemished records at 4-0. The Hawks powerful frontline, Ramey’s exceptional backcourt, and a solid 1-2 punch for the ET12 Buckeyes were the catalysts as all three programs were heavily impressive in their opening weekend.
The Illinois Irish (IL), Wisconsin United (WI), and the Future Elite (IL) also had excellent weekends as each chalked up 3-1 records to position themselves nicely heading into the critical Session 4 in May which will determine seeds for the championships in June.
Mac Irvin (IL) and the Wisconsin Playground Warriors (WI) both finished with weekend at 2-2 with Mac Irvin posting both of their wins in critical divisional play and the Warriors splitting there divisional play at 1-1. Both figure to be heavily in the mix and will be major factors during Session 4 in May as well.
Don’t sleep on the Reach Legends (MI) team as they lost a couple of close games and are still firmly in position with a number of talented prospects and a team that could easily run the table during Session 4 if they put all things together.
Everyone from top to bottom is still in the mix with all having a number of critical divisional games coming up during Session 4 in May and each could secure themselves a championship tournament spot if they can post strong efforts during the final session in May.
This grade promises to go right down to the wire as the Chicago Select (IL), Ray Allen Select (WI), and Playground Elite (WI) all posted impressive 4-0 marks on the weekend.
A very talented Future Elite (IL) squad also delivered a 3-1 mark with their only loss coming in their final game of the weekend after losing their talented lead guard to a sprained ankle on Saturday.
Team Ramey (MO) also jumped out of the gate strong posting a 3-1 mark while escaping with a huge victory in their final game in an instant classic showdown with the Scottie Pippen Rising Stars Elite (IL).
Team Sizzle (MN) and Wisconsin United (WI) delivered solid 2-2 marks on the weekend as well with improvement each game. The final session in May will determine the seeds for the championships in June an all teams are still in play with critical divisional matchups coming later this spring.
The two-time defending national champions from Wisconsin United definitely made their presence felt early and often this past weekend with an impressive 4-0 mark during the opening session. Powered by a strong and deep squad, they held serve throughout the weekend. Joining them with an unblemished mark was the Wisconsin Playground Warriors who were impressive game in and game out and showed that they will be a viable championship contender.
Team Sizzle (MN), Wisconsin Shooters (WI), and Ray Allen Select (WI) were also impressive this past weekend with each posting 3-1 marks and firmly positioning themselves heading into May.
A strong and talented Team Ramey (MO) squad lost a couple of tough ones to go 2-2 on the weekend but they also improved each game and will be a legitimate contender as they continue to gel as a team and come together.
With critical divisional matchups on deck for Session 4 in May, the 6th grade division in the Eastern Conference should be fun and exciting to watch as every team can still land a spot in the championship bracket come June with strong showings in May.
The Illinois Rising Stars (IL), Playground Elite (WI), and the Ray Allen Select (WI) jumped out of the box early by posting strong 4-0 marks on the weekend. While no divisional games took place this weekend both squads gave notice that they are taking aim at the championships in June.
At this age it’s all about development and improvement and with all divisional games for the 5th grade taking place during the final session in May, every game therein will be critical and must win affairs for each team as everyone has a chance to secure championship bracket spots in June with strong May performances during the final session on play.
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