Another great weekend for the Premier Hoops Program.
8-Swaller played some of the best teams in the state this past weekend in Hartford, CT. On Saturday they started by going 2-0 beating the CT Defenders and CT Elite. On Sunday they were back up in Hartford early in the morning to take on Stamford Peace. The Peace started the game shooting the lights out and did not stop the rest of the game. PHD lost by 18 after the Peace connected on 14 threes in this match-up. With this loss PHD moved into the Losers Bracket. They won their next two games which landed them into the Loser Bracket finals taking on the New Haven Heat. The Heat’s length and athleticism was a little too much for PHD to handle on their fourth game of the day. They came up short but finished the Tournament in 3rd Place out of 18 teams. This finish sealed another bid to Nationals, their second of the season.
Coach Cappello’s 5th Grade Team was the highlight of the weekend. This team played a tough first game against the CT Defenders which they won by 10 points. They had great play from the entire squad with a well-rounded effort. In the winners bracket semi-final they faced the Stamford Peace in which they had a hard time covering a tough 1-3-1 half court zone losing by 18. After battling their way back through the losers bracket they had a rematch with the Stamford Peace. This time around they were hitting big shots, but the effort came up 4 points short. With the Second Place finish Coach Cappello’s Team earned a bid to Nationals.
Other teams that competed were 7th Grade Carothers (5th Place), 5th Grade Black (4th Place), 6th Grade Gill, 6th Grade Corkery, 7th Grade Wielk, 8th Grade Lindwall, 9th Grade Landin.