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Some big games await on final weekend of youth basketball season

February 22, 2019

A few tantalizing games are on the menu for the final Saturday to the city’s youth basketball season.

In the 10-and-under B Division boys campaign, one of the season finales at Fairmont Junior High features a showdown between two unbeaten clubs.

The 6-0 Blue Devils take on the 7-0 Bucket Squad at 3:15 p.m. The Blue Devils could win the game but they wouldn’t be able to celebrate just yet. One of the teams with two contests this weekend, the Blue Devils oppose the Fireballs at 4:15.

Of course, the Bucket Squad could wrap things up with a win in the 3:15 contest, allowing the team to run the table in the large nine-team division.

The final division action gets going at 1:15 with the Supersonics meeting the Rockets on the Vikings floor. The Supersonics return at 2:15 to play the Warriors. Also at 2:15 but at Deer Park Junior High will be the Trojans opposing the Fireballs. Then at 3:15, the Sonics close out their season with a game against the Bucks.

In the 8-and-under B boys division, the top two teams meet at Bonnette Junior High in a 2:15 p.m. contest. The 4-2 Suns oppose the 6-1 Thunder. The Suns start their day at 12:15 by meeting the 2-5 Lakers, who will be trying to play spoiler.

Bottom line, there could be a tie for first place when the dust settles Saturday afternoon. Or, the Thunder could be all alone in first. The division’s remaining game has the Little Ballerz meeting the Tune Squad at 1:15 at Bonnette.

Action in the 10-and-under girls division will see the day begin with the 7-0 Rockets meeting the 6-1 Longhorns at 8:15 a.m. at Deer Park Junior High.

Way back on Jan. 19, the Rockets defeated the Longhorns 14-6.

The 12-and-under girls division has the Intensity in the driver’s seat at 5-1. Coach Casteel’s girls play twice so one slip-up could be costly. The 5-2 Lakers will be scoreboard watching since they’re the final game at 1:15 at Deer Park Junior High.

The 7-0 Ball Hawgs, in the 8-and-under boys division, can put the title in their backpocket when they meet the Celtics at 9:15 a.m. at Bonnette.

The second-place Clippers, at 5-1, will play a doubleheader at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m., hoping to share first place by day’s end.

Those cuddly Koala Bears, with their ability to win the close games this winter, captured the 12-and-under A boys division championship last Saturday with a tense 24-22 triumph over the winless Crush at Deepwater Junior High.

The 7-0 Koala Bears oppose the second-place Golden Gophers at 8:15 at Deepwater. The 4-2 Golden Gophers have the 4-3 Elite and 4-3 Gamblers breathing down their collective necks so they need a win more than the Koala Bears do.

The Gophers play again at 9:15 versus the Supersonics, meaning there is a very real chance that there could be a logjam for second place at 5-3 when the sun sets on Saturday.

In the 12-and-under B boys division, the Warhawks and Harlem Buckets are poised to share first place. Both are 6-1, but the Harlem Buckets stopped the Warhawks 34-23 last weekend, avenging a 25-21 Warhawks win a month ago.

The 10-and-under A boys division has the Warriors needing one more win to sew up that division. At a clean 7-0, they finish against the 2-5 Hot Shots at 8:15 a.m. at Fairmont Junior High.

The 5-1 Red Rowdies will be trying to finish as one of the elite teams in the division when they play at 9:15 and 10:15 also at Fairmont. The 9:15 game pits them against the second-place Hurricanes and their dazzling 6-1 record.

For all the youngsters, who love their basketball but hate to see the final weekend arrive, don’t fret. Registration begins for the 2020 season in just seven months.

ravery@hcnonline.com