This year BFS Blackout traveled to many places to test their skills against the best travel basketball clubs in the United States. The BFS Blackout 8th grade Elite started off their season bye opening up play in Sacramento against some of the Sacramento areas stronger teams. The 8th grade competition was not quite the challenge as it was the year before we thought as BFS Blackout had their way with all the teams in the Sac area beating most by an average of 20 or more points.
Bumfrog Sport began to host their own tournaments in late November to bring in stronger completion because BFS Blackout had played in so many tournament venues in 2010 teams were now willing to come to Stockton.
BFS Blackout 8th Grade Elite and BFS Blackout 6th & 7th teams went to Los Angles to play in a SoCal premier venue in December to gage where our teams stood in grand arena of California Elite Basketball teams. BFS Blackout Elite started off in the Platinum division for the first 2 games with a decent showing but out matched. It was a totally different situation because the other teams had 15 and 16 year old 8th graders and we were 13 and 14 so the physical body makeup was different. Moreover BFS Blackout Elite found themselves placed in the Gold Division the next morning. This is how most Division 1 and Elite tournaments are structured. This was an eye opener and a curtain call for BFS Blackout Elite and they stepped up to the challenge and beat every team they played to show every team that despite their gangly and thin framed appearance they are a force to be recon with. BFS Blackout Elite won the tournament in the Gold division beating elite teams from Nevada. This really set the stage on what we had to work on and become by the month of May to qualify for the American Amateur Union (AAU) National Championship in Orlando Florida in July.
BFS Blackout played in 6 Bumfrog Sports AAU & USSSA sanitation tournaments and finished in 1st Place in all but 1. BFS Blackout Elite also played up in the 9th grade division in the USSSA Stop & Pop Frenzy Regional Qualifier and won 1st Place. BFS Blackout Elite continue to improve and play well through the spring. They entered into Bumfrog Sports USSSA inaugural Spring League which featured 12 teams from different areas stretching up into the mountains of Amador County to the out lying areas of Tracy. BFS Blackout won 9 out of the 10 league games including the bracket play championship. BFS Blackout Elite had comprised so many wins and 1st finishes that USSSA had them ranked number 2 in the National power ranking for a period of 4 months. BFS Blackout Elite was starting to draw statewide attention and National attention receiving invitations to play in Elite Tournaments in different states. BFS accepted the invitation to play in Palm Springs against some Arizona and Southern California teams. BFS Blackout Elite won 4 out of 5 games losing in the semi final game. This tournament was a turning point for the team because they travel by vans and had a long time to think about the mistakes they made and coming home empty handed was not what they were accustomed to. Although the statement of empty handed is not technically correct because they did come home with the 3rd place hardware but they didn’t come home with the 1st Title. BFS Blackout Elite Played in some Bay Area Elite tournaments against older teams as well to better prepare and see and experience the game at a faster pace. BFS Blackout then went to their first Adidas Sponsored tournament back in Southern California. This was an event that BFS Blackout Elite were fired up for from start to finish. BFS Blackout Elite had an average margin of victory by over 30 points. BFS Blackout was defiantly making a statement that once again has the basketball public attention. The month of May was now upon us and the AAU Regional Qualifier was set. BFS Blackout Elite had played in this qualifying event for the past 2 years. This year 2011 was to be different because BFS Blackout had not lost a game in over month played very strong oppositions. BFS Blackout dismantled every team they face by 20 + points and won the Title Pacific Regional Champion. That gave BFS Blackout their entry ticket into the 8th Grade National Championships held at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando Florida. Pacific Champions coupled with a 70 win season prompted AAU to invite BFS Blackout Elite to the 8th Grade Super Showcase which is a NCAA sanction event; which runs concurrent after Nationals; it is college view and televised on ESPN 3.
BFS Blackout Elite Started out as a number 1 seed from the Pacific in our opening pool , 2 seed was Maryland, 3 seed North Carolina, 4 seed Pennsylvania. BFS Blackout had live updates via the internet during the tournament and Stockton fans and families were able to share the moment when BFS Blackout Elite beat Pennsylvania by 26 points in their opening game. The team played with so much energy and excitement it was a joy to watch. BFS Blackout did not come out with as much energy against North Carolina and subsequently lost by 7. BFS Really back against Maryland and beat them by 9. Although the rule is that the top two teams in each pool qualify to Platinum Elite bracket we had to wait 1 hour after the game to see where BFS Blackout officially placed because North Carolina had the same record as us. The results came out and BFS Blackout Elite remained in the number 1 seed, noting the point differential being the deciding factor. BFS Blackout Elite played Rhoad Island and beat them by 15. The Next match up was against Indiana in which BFS Blackout Elite suffered their worst defeat. The next match up was against Long Island New York in which BFS Blackout was defeated and thus ending their quest for the 8th Grade National Championship. The emotions were high as reality set in that BFS Blackout Elite fell short of the goal.
BFS Blackout Elite now was headed to the Super Showcase as a number 2 seed; Houston was the number 1 seed, Tampa Florida number 3 seed and South Carolina the number 4 seed rounding off the pool. BFS Blackout Elite Won against South Carolina and Lost to Tampa by 7 in a close game, they then lost again to Houston which played them in the Bronze Bracket in Single elimination. BFS Blackout then lost their final 8th season game against Staten Island by 7. It was one of the best times of BFS Elite players’ lives to be able to travel all over the United States to follow their dreams and goals. To be able to know in your mind that young of an age that success is measured relatively. Therefore holding true to what all great athletes and competitors should be in success in not measured in wins and losses but how instead how you play the game, whatever the game my be.
In case I have failed to mention all these BFS Blackout Elite player reside in Stockton & Lodi.
Thank you to all the players and families for all of your hard work and dedication throughout the season and truly enjoyed the opportunity to train, develop and prepare your sons for the next level of basketball.
You can now follow BFS Blackout on facebook. Congratulations, to the Blackout Elite 8th team for Winning Pacific District Qualifier Tournament on April 30 –May 1, 2011, earning the Number Seed in the Pacific District. BFS Blackout 8th Grade Elite also Won the Bumfrog “Sports Spring League”. The 8th grade team was clearly stronger than their opponents and came out to a fast start and put themselves up by 20 points early in the first half of most of their games. BFS held true to form when they picked up their intensity level and applied their pressure defense and ran the score up easily. BFS Blackout Elite came out and really established their press defense against SV Stars in the Championship game. The 7th grade BFS Blackout team showed that they are well on their way to obtaining the Elite title by play excellent basketball and making it the championship game. They had a first round by and then came out and played a tough game and won by single digits. They came out in the semi final game flat and found themselves down 16-1. They called two timeouts to regain their composer. This game made them have to believe in themselves as players and as a good team. They dug down and applied their pressure defense and ran off 8 unanswered points, bringing the score to 16-9.They then ran one of their signature presses and were able to outscore their opponents and take the have time led by 6. The game stayed close until the end with BFS Blackout winning by 11. That is a 26 point turnaround, way to go Blackout. The Championship game was close the whole way as well with the deciding shot coming with 6 seconds left. BFS Blackout lost by 1 point but Won the Second Seed in the Pacific District Qualifier.The 6th grade BFS Blackout team showed just how prepared they were to play. They beat each team they faced by a minimum of 15 points. There pressure defense was so intense that mercy rules had to be enforced. They are clearly a top rated team. They advanced to the Championship game and lost but Won the Second Seed in Pacific District Qualifier.As an organization Bumfrog Sports made huge statement with their teams performances. They are and will continue to be recognized for the knowledge and fundamental that they teach. The 8th grade Lady Blackout team had the week off but will be in San Jose on May 15-16, 2011. Thank you for support Go Blackout!! It the Effort!!