3rd July Live Period (July 23-27)
Our U17 Force Cyclones played in 2 events to close out the July Live Period and give their players the most opportunities they could to be seen by college coaches. The first event was the Elevate Hoops Live in AC event July 23-25 at Richard Stockton College. Their opening game was a Showcase Game against the Middlesex Magic in front of about 40 college coaches on Court 1, they came up short in this one against a very good team. Now into bracket play, they received a first round bye before losing a tight one to LVBR by 3. Now into the consolation bracket, they rattled off 2 nice wins against Team Final Black and the Prestige Patriots before losing to the Philly Ballhawks by 1.
The U17's 2nd event of the 3rd July Live Period was The Hoop Group Buzzer Beater Classic at Hoop Group Headquarters. Again, they received a first round bye, in the 2nd round, they lost at the buzzer to the Wayne PAL by 2. With 2 games left in the last day of the July Evaluation Period, they beat the LI Lightning (Napolitano) and lost to the BC Eagles 47-45.
There were many college coaches who attended our July Live Period games during this evaluation period, but the ones who were there with the most consistency were Maine, FDU, NJIT, St Francis (NY), Canisius, Robert Morris, St Peters, New Hampshire, Holy Cross, and Monmouth.
2nd July Live Period (July 16-20)
Our U17 Force Cyclones played in Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest at the Spooky Nook Facility in Manheim, Pennsylvania during the second July Live Period. They won their first game by 40 against Brandywine Brigade, then lost a tough one to Virginia Elite by 5 in the Round of 32. In their two consolation games, they beat Team Jersey Elite by 28 and lost by 3 to the PA Renegades. They again played all of their games in front of a consistent 10-12 schools -- Maine, Monmouth, St Francis NY, Robert Morris, Canisius, New Hampshire, Rider, FDU, St Peters, Hofstra, and Quinnipiac were the schools most consistent in attendance.
1st July Live Period (July 9-13)
Our U17 Force Cyclones played in the Elevate Hoops Reebok Showdown at Philadelphia University during the first July Live Period. They advanced to the Final 4 of the Showdown Bracket by beating Philly Triple Threat by 14 and TB Elite (NY) by 4 before losing to Team Price (NY). They played all of their games in front of multiple schools from the NEC, MAAC, Ivy, & Patriot League Schools.
U14/8th Grade AAU Nationals (July 9-16)
Our U14/8th Grade team traveled down to Orlando, Florida for the U14 AAU National Tournament at the Disney Wide World of Sports. Despite losing their first game to the Michigan Gators Elite by 7, they came back strong to win their next 2 against the Lexington Future and the Greg Monroe Lousiana Assist Academy to win the pool on a tie breaker. This put them in the Final 56 in the country. They lost thier next 2 games by a combined 8 points to Team MoaM (Austin Rivers' team from Florida) by 6 and to Team Thad (Thaddeus Young's team from Tennessee) by 2 in OT to knock them out of the tournament.