Posted by Cal Sparks Tourney on May 30, 2017 at 08:26:44:
In Reply to: Re: Sparks Tournament posted by Baller allert on May 28, 2017 at 21:33:12:
: : : : : : : : : : : : : : This weekend, all 4 nike teams are playing in the sparks tournament. We should be able to see who has improved since the Boo Williams tournament back in April. Hopefully, there will be good semi finals and final games on Sunday. Happy Memorial Day (& B-B-Q) to everyone.
: : : : : : : : : : : : : Well, WCP Black and Taurasi have won a game each against each other so this weekend could be a tie breaker.
: : : : : : : : : : : : : Their Nationals could also end up facing each other on Sunday with the younger Storm squad winning their first meeting last month.
: : : : : : : : : : : : Heard that both of Swish's big girls are out. One of them still hasn't played all season. Supposedly both back by the time Nike season resumes but resting this weekend. Don't know if their coach is back or not.
: : : : : : : : : : : Swish sucks regardless
: : : : : : : : : : :Swish top team won't get passed WCP National so forget about playing in the same division as WCP Black, you will be exposed!
: : : : : : : : : WCP just got it handed to them. Looked a lot worse than Swish.
: : : : : : : : :Swish lost their second game by 2. Looks like it is Taurasi's to lose. Swish and Sparks play on Sunday with the winner getting to play WCP Black in the 4th place tournament. WOW.
: : : : : : : I notice Swish head coach was not there second game and team looked much worse. They gave it away at the end....tho still had a wide open 3 to win. Big girl was in street clothes. Without big don't think they can handle WCP size.
: : : : : : WCP lost to a Cal Stars team that lost to Storm's second team last week. So they don't even get to play Swish. They will be in 6th place game I think.
: : : : : Wcp in the bottom three. Wow.
: : : : Cal Stars did not lose to storm 2nd team. Cal Stars Select there 2nd team did. Cal Stars top team lost to WCP Nationals last weekend. Get you facts straight.
: : : What is happening to the Nike group?
: : : Time to go to three teams to increase quality.
: : : 2018 class is one of the weakest I have ever seen..
: Team Taurasi went undefeated this weekend besting Arizona Select and Cali Select today. Neither team could stay in the game even with Taurasi's second and third string playing most of the game. I definitely see improvement with the Storm Taurasi team since April.
: WCP National also went undefeated, including a convincing win over Storm National. If you recall, Storm National beat WCP National during the first viewing tournament of the season. Not surprised that WCP got it together and have been pretty damn dominant in their division.
: A few teams were struggling since they had key players missing for the USA basketball trials.
This was a good tourney that was really about getting girls some good reps against good teams.
Teams were missing players due to USA, injuries, school events.
Cal Sparks split their EYBL team and mixed in some 15U. Swish was missing their two best players due to injury.
Cal Stars Valley beat WCP Black, but lost to WCP 15U last week. Cali Select lost to Taurasi in the finals, but got blown out by 805 a couple weeks ago. Crazy stuff.
AZ Select rolled through pool play - including Cal Stars Valley - then got smoked by Taurasi.
Lesson - don't read too much into these things. It's about playing good teams and getting better.
When it's all said and done, Taurasi, WCP Black, and Sparks Gold will be top teams in So Cal.
The next tier will be Swish Black, Wiggins Waves, Cal Stars Valley, 805, OC Rythym Black. Maybe Cali Select Black and EBO.
And that doesn't count the 15U's - where WCP 15U National and Storm Natinal just dominate.
In the end, here's hoping all the girls do well and achieve their goals - whether it is a scholarship (at any level) or just to be better for high school. And that they have some fun doing it.
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