Dear Bronco Youth Basketball,
This past weekend Coach Tyler Walsh took a select few boys from his 6th grade and 8th grade teams outside the county to compete in a tournament called the "Main Event." This tournament was put on by the Avac Hoyas. Over 250 teams competed in this tournament at the "Next Level Complex" in Garden Grove California. The families that went really had some great team bonding time to bring the guys closer as a family. The boys got some great experience along with learning how to compete at a higher level.
The 6th Grade team started off the tournament by playing a team called JW Hoops. The Broncos had an eye-opener quick falling behind early 12-22 at halftime. The more physical and experienced JW Hoops ended up finishing the job 14-40. After the game Coach Walsh had the boys refocused for their next game. The Broncos then faced PD Basketball. The Broncos actually outplayed PD Basketball but could not hold off a late flurry of shots made by PD Basketball eventually loosing the game by 2 point 32-34. The Broncos played great in a bounce back loss. Next they would play Impact on Sunday morning to see who moves on into the playoffs. Impact was up at halftime 12-22. Down by 10 the Broncos showed heart scoring 30 in the second half and held Impact to 12 eventually winning 42-34. The 6th grade boys made the playoffs and would play a local San Diego team called PCH Hoops. To Sum it up both teams had a pair of free throws with .07 left on the clock in a tie ball game. PCH hit theirs and the Broncos missed, the Broncos went home 1-3. What a fantastic tournament for Charlie Gehler, Michael Brashear, Aiden Grabowski, Evan Hopp, Garett Savage, Harrison Pierce, Gunnar Bartalome, and David Mendenhall. These boys should be proud of themselves for an outstanding first showing away from home.
The Broncos 8th grade team was poised for a good run with players from the Blue team that just lost in their winter league Championship and players from the white team that just won their winter league Championship the weekend before. The Broncos first game was against the Southest Warriors. This game was a thriller and came down to the last shot at the buzzer for the Warriors. The Broncos held on for the win 40-41. Next up the Broncos played the Glendale panthers. The Broncos played great team ball against a very slow but very BIG and physical panthers team. The boys held the lead most of the game and won by a score of 21-28. After that win that put the 2-0 Broncos in 1st place in their pool. Sunday afternoon the boys played LA Select in a single elimination playoff game, the boys fought hard but eventually lost 32-36 to LA select. The Glendale panthers won the Championship. The Broncos were the only team to beat the Panthers in the tournament. It was a great showing for the 8th grade boys and the Bronco Ball Program. Outstanding play by the whole team Jared Brown, Jonny Tanner, Domenic Moore, Matt Brashear, Sean O' Connor, Griffin Kalmen, Jack Alexander & Carlos Seefoo. It is nice to see these guys have a winning mentality and play for each other.
Everyone had a great time and it was great experience and exposure for both grade levels 6th and 8th. Coach Walsh was very pleased at how hard his teams played and how well they played against AAU teams that travel to these kinds of tournaments all the time. The main goal is to get these boys ready for high school and they are on the right track. The 6th grade and 8th grade boys will be competing in the "Kyree Brown Memorial" on April 11th and 12th to get another crack at some outside competition. Remember We bleed Bronco Blue.
On Behalf of the Bronco Youth Basketball Club,