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Tournament/Results


2018 Tournament and Highlights


Highlights


Overall Record: 20-8

-2nd Place: Above the Rim Shootout

-Champions: SEA-Hoops for a Cause

-Champions: Laina Bailey Shootout

-Champions: NAYS-Beloit

-Champions: SEA-Summer Slam

Mother's Day Shootout

Carthage College

Kenosha, WI


The FLASH sophomores, coming off their impressive tournament Championship a week earlier in Stoughton, played in the Mother's Day Shootout at Carthage College on 5/12. Their 1st game was against GSBS Stars, a combination of sophomores and juniors from the Chicago area and FLASH came out flat and struggled early with defensive rebounding and an inability to get into their offense. Down by as many as 11 in the 1st half, FLASH rallied to cut the deficit to 4 before a late "3" by the Stars gave FLASH a 25-18 halftime deficit. Full court pressure by FLASH in the 2nd half forced turnovers and gave FLASH a nice run to open the half but they could not sustain the intensity and lost 50-41. Poor ball movement throughout the game hurt FLASH as they finished with only 6 team assists. Ryan Scholfield scored 12 points and Joey Immekus had 10 to lead FLASH. In Game 2, FLASH played WI Blaze from the Appleton area and got off to a solid start and took an early lead behind very solid "3 point" shooting as Zach Hietpas had 3 "3's", Scholfield had 2 and Chris Lopez had 1 in the 1st half to build an 11 point lead before a late Blaze run cut the FLASH lead to 3 at 28-25 at the half. FLASH built the lead back to double digits in the 2nd half and led by 10 with 3 minutes to play before careless turnovers and poor shot selection allowed the lead to be cut to 1 with 4 seconds to play. FLASH held on for a 46-45 win as Scholfield scored 15 points and Hietpas had 11 to lead FLASH. The ball movement improved slightly as FLASH finished with 9 team assists (Tyler Arthur, Matthew Schultz and Mason Quartana each had 2). The 3rd and final game of the tournament was against WI Hoops Select and FLASH played well early and led 29-26 at the half. Early in the 2nd half, FLASH had a 9-0 run that was highlighted by 3 consecutive "3's" (Lopez, Immekus and Lopez) to give FLASH a 42-30 lead with 10 minutes to play. Unfortunately, an inability to get into their half court offense and a serious lack of ball movement in the 2nd half proved costly as it allowed the opponent to come back and defeat FLASH 61-53. Immekus led FLASH with 18 points and Lopez had 11 while Immekus also led FLASH in assists with 5. After playing such solid team basketball in winning the Championship in Stoughton a week earlier, the Carthage tournament was a disappointment as the ball movement was not nearly what it needs to be and FLASH really did not get into their offense mcu at all over the course of the 3 game tournament. It certainly will give them something to work on before their next tournament.


Game recaps included:


L   50-41    GSBS Stars

W 46-45     WI Blaze

L  61-53     WI Hoops Select


Record: Tournament (1-2)/ Overall (6-3)

Laina Bailey Shootout

Justagame Filedhouse

Wisconsin Dells


The FLASH sophomores, after a disappointing tournament their last time out, bounced back in the Laina Bailey Shootout at Justagame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells on 6/2. FLASH was playing "up" in a 17U bracket for this tournament and in their 1st game against Flight Time, they played very hard but struggled offensively. FLASH simply could not finish around the basket and also missed numerous wide open jump shots. Tremendous effort on defense kept FLASH in the game with the hope that their offensive shooting touch would improve as the game went on. At halftime, despite their offensive woes, FLASH was tied 17-17 in a very low scoring half. Unfortunately, the 2nd half looked very much like the 1st half with FLASH working hard but unable to find themselves offensively. Down 36-35 with 4 seconds to play, FLASH ran an inbound play under their own basket and got the ball to Matthew Schultz whose shot hung on the rim before falling off--telling for this game. However, he was fouled on the play and made one of two FT's to send the game into OT at 36-36. The OT period was only 1 minute in length and FLASH wound up with a 39-36 loss as they did not score in OT. Joey Immekus led FLASH with 13 points and Tyler Arthur scored 10 to lead FLASH. Chris Lopez and Zach Hietpas each notched 3 assists. Frustrated with the offesnive problems in Game 1, FLASH played Game 2 an hour later against WI Shock and bounced back in a big way with an 18-3 run to open the game as Immekus scored 12 of FLASH's 1st 16 points. FLASH led 30-16 at halftime. FLASH picked up their defensive pressure in the 2nd half and with excellent ball movement on offense and the sharp-shooting of Hietpas and Lopez, FLASH blew the game open in the 2nd half. Lopez hit 3 2nd half "3's" and scored 15 2nd half points to help lead FLASH to a 75-41 win. FLASH had 18 team assists led by Immekus with 6 and Lopez and Schultz each dishing out 3. The result was 3 FLASH players scoring in double figures (Hietpas-a season-high 20, Lopez-18 and Immekus-16). As it turned out, FLASH at 1-1 in the tournament still had a chance to win the tournament as the team they had lost to, Flight Time, had lost their next game by 2. FLASH played their final game of the tournament against Family First of Minnesota and FLASH started the game with an 8-0 run. Solid defense kept FLASH in the lead throughout the 1st half as they led 24-18 at halftime. Balanced scoring in the 2nd half (Immekus-9, Lopez-9 and Hietpas-8) led FLASH to a 54-46 win. Lopez led FLASH in scroing with 15 points while Immekus had 11 and Arthur led in assists with 3. With their win and 2-1 record, FLASH wound up tied with WI Shock, who was also 2-1. As a result, FLASH won the Championship of the tournament on the head-to-head tie breaker. After a difficult opening game loss in OT, FLASH bounced back well to win their 2nd tournament of the season.


Game recaps included:


L   39-36   Flight Time (OT)

W  75-41   WI Shock

W  54-46   Family First


Record: Tournament (2-1)/ Overall (8-4)


NAYS-Beloit

Beloit Memorial High School

Beloit, WI


The FLASH sophomores entered the NAYS tournament in Beloit on 6/23-24 with numerous conflicts and a limited number of players as a result. Playing in a "high school" bracket with teams at all ages, FLASH played on Saturday with only 6 players--all guards and no posts in their 1st game against the Tarheels. The result was an "up-tempo" game with excellent passing and very good perimeter shooting as FLASH led 35-25 at halftime with 7 made "3's" in the 1st half. In the 2nd half, FLASH was led by 18 2nd half points by Joey Immekus as FLASH went on to a 77-67 opening game win with 5 players in double figures (Immekus-21, Ryan Scholfield-20, Mason Quartana-13, Zach Hietpas-12 and Richard Wauer-11) to tie a FLASH team record. FLASH also has a season-high 22 assists as Hietpas had 6, Wauer had 5 and Immekus had 4 to lead FLASH. FLASH also hit 13 "3's" in the game. In Game 2, FLASH played 12 Deep of Milwaukee and had 6 players again, but this time, including FLASH freshman Noah Ferguson who filled in for a player who had to leave due to a varsity baseball conflict. FLASH trailed 32-26 at the halftime break despite 13 1st half points from Immekus who helped keep FLASH within striking distance. Solid ball movement in the 2nd half led by Scholfield and Quartana and 15 2nd half points by Immekus led to a 66-55 FLASH win. FLASH had 3 players in double figures (Immekus-a career high 28 points, Scholfield-17 and Quartana-10). Scholfield and Quartana both had 5 assists to lead FLASH. After their unconventional line-up and 2-0 start in the tournament on Saturday, FLASH returned a couple of players on Sunday but would have to play without leading scorer Joey Immekus for the 1st 2 games on Sunday so they still had only 7 for their 1st game. Against MTS, FLASH got off to a solid start led by Scholfield's 14 1st half points and led 28-20 at halftime. In the 2nd half, FLASH pounded the ball into the post and got 14 2nd half points from Matthew Schultz and 10 from Chris Lopez as FLASH won 63-49. FLASH again had 3 players in double figures (Scholfield-18, Lopez-17 and Schultz-16) and Wauer led in assists with 4. An hour later, Game 4 would be an unusual scenario as the FLASH sophomores played the FLASH freshmen. It was only the 2nd time in the 14 year history of FLASH that a FLASH team played another FLASH team. Unfortunately, both teams were playing without 2 starters due to conflicts but the sophomores got out to an early double digit lead led by 15 1st half points from Lopez. The freshmen fought hard but the sophomores led 37-26 at halftime. The sophomores led by as many as 19 in the 2nd half and went on to a 67-54 win with 3 players again in double figures (Lopez-19, Scholfield-16 and Quartana-13). The FLASH sophomores hit 10 "3's" and had 15 team assists (led by Wauer with 4). FLASH welcomed back Immekus and took their 4-0 record into the Championship Game against 12 Deep who they had defeated a day earlier, 66-55. FLASH got off to a solid start but turnovers late in the half gave 12 Deep a 28-25 lead at halftime. FLASH got 11 1st half points from both Immekus and Lopez as they accounted for 22 of the 25 FLASH points in the 1st half. FLASH got solid contributions from Scholfield and Hietpas in the 2nd half on way to a 57-50 win and the tournament Championship. FLASH again had 3 players in double figures (Immekus-19, Hietpas-12 and Lopez-11) while Immekus led in assists with 3. Despite the number of players missing due to conflicts and the juggling of rotations, the FLASH sophomores found a way to win the tournament.


Game recaps included:


W   77-67   Tarheels

W   66-55   12 Deep

W   63-49   MTS

W   67-54   FLASH Freshmen

W   57-50   12 Deep


Record: Tournament (5-0)/Overall (13-4)



SEA Summer Slam

Sports Enhancement Academy

Verona, WI


The FLASH sophomores played in the SEA Summer Slam in Verona on 7/7 and knew going in that they would be short-handed with only 6 players for the 1st 3 games and 7 for the Championship Game if they were to get that far. In Game 1, they played NESYB of Madison and after a slow start for the 8:55 am game, FLASH maintained a 4 to 6 point lead for most of the 1st half before Joey Immekus scored 6 points in the final 3 minutes of the half to give FLASH a 36-22 lead at the break. In the 2nd half, FLASH did a great job of utilizing Matthew Schultz in the post and blew the game open as they won 70-50. Schultz had 18 2nd half points and led the scoring with 26 for the game while Immekus had 22 and Ryan Scholfield had 10 for FLASH. Immekus led in assists with 6. In Game 2, FLASH played WI Academy-Armstrong and despite a solid start by FLASH, the game remained close until the final 5 minutes of the half when Mason Quartana hit 2 "3's" and Scholfield added another to give FLASH a 31-18 lead at halftime. Immekus scored 15 2nd half points as FLASH cruised to a 65-52 win with 3 players in double figures for the 7th consecutive game (Immekus-22, Scholfield-16 and Quartana-11). Scholfield and Zach Hietpas each recorded 3 assists to lead FLASH.The 3rd game was against WI Academy-Ballweg and FLASH came out with an offensive outburst in the 1st half led by Immekus with 17 1st half points and Scholfield with 14. Excellent transition offense led to numerous scoring opportunities and a 48-35 lead at the break. The pace slowed a bit in the 2nd half as FLASH began looking tired with only 6 players but still managed a 73-66 win. Again, 3 players scored in double figures for the 8th consecutive game (to tie a FLASH team record set in 2013 and tied 2 weeks earlier by the FLASH freshman team). Immekus scored a career-high 29 points while Scholfield had 19 and Schultz had 10 to lead FLASH. Immekus led in assists with 6 while Hietpas had 5 and Quartana had 4. With their 3-0 record in the tournament, FLASH welcomed back Chris Lopez for the Championship Game as he had to miss the earleier games due to a varsity baseball conflict. As it turned out, FLASH had won their semifinal game against a team from the other bracket and NESYB had won their semifinal game against a team from the other bracket and therefore, FLASH played the same NESYB team that had beaten in the 1st game of the tournament for the Championship. FLASH got off to a 7-0 start but the opponent came back and the game remained close for the 1st 10 minutes of the half. FLASH began to open up their lead with a very balanced attack in the 1st half and led 40-25 at halftime. FLASH blew the game open in the 2nd half behind a 26 point half from Immekus and finished the game with 5 players in double figures (Immekus-a new career high 33 points, Schultz-13, Scholfield-13, Lopez-11 and Hietpas-10) as they blew out NESYB 86-57 to win the Championship. The 86 points was a season-high and it was the 9th consecutive game that FLASH had at least 3 players in double figures which broke the FLASH record. FLASH also had a season-high 24 assists (led by Immekus with 8 and Scholfield and Hietpas with 6 each). On an individual note, Immekus became only the 14th player in FLASH history to score more than 300 points in a season (321) and only the 11th player in FLASH history to score more than 600 points in his FLASH career (608). His stat line for this tournament was an incredible 106 points (26.5/game) and 22 assists (5.5/game) to lead FLASH in both categories.


Game recaps included:


W   70-50   NESYB

W   65-52   WI Academy-Armstrong

W   73-66   WI Academy-Ballweg

W   86-57   NESYB


Record: Tournament (4-0)/Overall (17-4)


Blizzard Battle

Wrightstown High School

Wrightstown, WI


Having won the tournament in Verona on Saturday, the FLASH sophomores played in the Blizzard Battle the next day, 7/8 with 7 players due to conflicts. In Game 1, FLASH played WI Blizzard and played a solid 1st half. Tied at 24-24, Blizzard hit a 30 foot "3" at the buzzer to go up 27-24 at halftime. Blizzard's "3 point" shooting in the 2nd half was problematic and they extended their lead as FLASH went on to a 54-45 loss. Joey Immekus had 28 points and Zach Hietpas had 11 for FLASH while Immekus led FLASH with 3 assists. It was only the 5th loss all season for the FLASH sophomores and Game 2 was an hour later against Packerland Elite. FLASH got off to a good start behind 20 1st half points from Immekus to lead 33-24 at halftime. Unfortunately, playing with only 6 players after an injury to Scholfield, FLASH looked tired in the 2nd half as the opponent picked up their game and FLASH lost their lead and the game, 57-51. Immekus again led the way with 24 points while Hietpas scored 11 and Lopez led in assists with 4. After a couple hour break, FLASH came back to play WI Storm for their 3rd and final game. Looking very tired, FLASH got off to a slow start but still managed to lead 21-20 at halftime. However, a 14-0 run to open the 2nd half was ignited by Immekus, who scored 32 2nd half points, to lead FLASH to an 80-57 win. Immekus scored every imaginable way and finished with another new career-high, 39 points (the 2nd highest single game point total in FLASH history). Hietpas and Quartana each scored 14 points while Lopez scored 8 points and dished out 7 assists and Richard Wauer had 6 assists. After a rough start in this 2nd tournament in two days, it was a nice bounce-back win for FLASH. On an individual note, Immekus became only the 6th player in FLASH history to score 400+ points (412) in a season as he scored 91 points(30.3/per game) in 3 games giving him a 2 day total of 197 points in 7 games for the weekend. It was an absolutely remarkable performance!!


Game recaps included:


L   54-45   WI Blizzard

L   57-51   Packerland Elite

W  80-57  WI Storm


Record: Tournament (1-2)/Overall (18-6)


Noah's Ark End of Summer Classic

Justagame Fieldhouse

Wisconsin Dells, WI


The FLASH sophomores played their final tournament of the season at the Noah's Ark End of the Summer Classic in Wisconsin Dells 7/28-29 and opened the tournament against the host team, JAG. FLASH got off to a great start in the 8:00 am game with a 12-2 run to open the game. FLASH used an aggressive trapping defense which resulted in transition offense which completely threw the opponent off guard as they struggled dramatically against the FLASH trap. FLASH led 29-4 at the halftime break. The 4 point half was a season-low for a FLASH opponent. Continued pressure on defense in the 2nd half and outstanding ball movement (21 team assists for the game) led FLASH to a 70-22 blowout win to open the tournament. The ball movement resulted in 3 FLASH players in double figures (Joey Immekus-24, Richard Wauer-13 and Tyler Arthur-10) while Mason Quartana led in assists with 5 and Ryan Scholfield had 4. In Game 2, FLASH played PEM Bulldogs of Minnesota and FLASH had a difficult time adjusting to the slower tempo against the Bulldog's zone. A combination of poor shooting and the slower tempo resulted in a 26-22 deficit for FLASH at the break. FLASH fell behind by as many as 10 in the 2nd half before full court pressure by FLASH got them back into the game by forcing a faster tempo.FLASH pulled within 2 points late in the game but couldn't complete the comeback as they lost 45-42. FLASH again had 3 players in double figures (Matthew Schultz-12, Immekus-11 and Scholfield-10) while Immekus led in assists with 4. FLASH needed to bounce back and get a win in their 3rd game to stay in the Championship bracket of the tournament. FLASH played Ho-Chunk and started off very slowly as Ho Chunk had  a 7-0 run to start the game to force an early FLASH timeout only 2 and half minutes into the game.Coming out of the timeout, FLASH picked up its intensity and got right back into the game with a very balanced scoring attack in the 1st half as FLASH led 35-29 at the break. FLASH ran off a 5-0 run to open the 2nd half to build their lead to 40-29 to force a timeout for the opponent. The Ho-Chunk team quickly came back and tied the game at 44-44  with 9 minutes to play forcing another FLASH timeout. Coming out of the timeout, FLASH got a tough drive from Quartana and a Quartana "3" on the next possession to go up 5 at 49-44.Big plays on both ends of the floor by Immekus and Chris Lopez kept FLASH in front but they were not able to build their lead. A made "3" by the opponent with 15 seconds to play gave Ho-Chunk a 67-66 lead forcing a final timeout by FLASH. FLASH got the ball in the hands of Immekus who looked to drive but the defense gave him an open perimeter look and he took it knocking down a dramatic "3" with 7 seconds to play to give FLASH a 69-67 lead. A steal on the inbound by Zach Hietpas capped off the win. Immekus finished with 23 points and Lopez had 17 to lead FLASH  in scoring while FLASH combined for 18 team assists (led by 3 each from Scholfield, Schultz, Hietpas and Lopez). In their semifinal game on Sunday morning, FLASH played Young Legends (3-0 in the tournament). FLASH led 3-2 on a made "3" by Hietpas and from there, the game got very strange as the officials made a point of really controlling the game as they called things very tightly with numerous fouls called and multiple players from each team in foul trouble in the 1st half. The 3-2 FLASH lead stood for the next 5 minutes  and with all of the official's calls, the game had absolutely no flow in the 1st half and the opponent led 15-12 at halftime. FLASH fell behind by 10 early in the 2nd half but continued to work hard to comeback. Behind 10 2nd half points from both Immekus and Schultz, FLASH pulled within 2 with under a minute to play. Unfortunately, they couldn't pull out the win and lost 48-44 to end their season. Immekus had 15 points and Schultz had 10 to lead the scoring and Immekus and Scholfield each had 3 assists. Although a disappointing exit from their final tournament, this group showed dramatic improvement from last season to this season and from the start of this season to the end. Last season, the team finished with a 15-15 record whereas this season, they improved to 20-8 and played very solid basketball the 2nd half of the season. Last season, perimeter shooting was a bit of a weakness as FLASH had only 103 made "3's" in 2017 (about 40 "3's" under what has been a FLASH team average over the years). With improved perimeter shooting from returning players (Immekus-53 "3's", Scholfield-37 "3's" and Quartana (25 "3's") and the addition of  Zach Hietpas (30 "3's") and Chris Lopez (27 "3's"), FLASH improved their 3 point shooting and hit 194 "3's" in 2018. With a smaller line-up, it was important that FLASH be able to stretch the defense and they did just that all season. On an individual note, for the 2nd consecutive season, Joey Immekus led the team in every statistical category that we keep track of--points (485--3rd on the FLASH single season scoring list), scoring average (18.7--highest in a single season in FLASH history), made "3's" (53--only the 5th player in FLASH history with 50+ in a season), double-figure scoring games (22--5th highest in FLASH history), 81 assists and 3.1 assists per game, made FT's with 63 and FT % with 82% (3rd highest in FLASH history). Ryan Scholfield hit 81% from the FT line (4th highest) and Chris Lopez hit 76% (9th highest).  From a career perspective, Immekus moved into 5th place on the all-time FLASH scoring list with 772 points (and a season left to play next year). He also moved into the top 10 in made "3's" (85), double figure scoring games (36), assists (167), FT% (78%--3rd highest career mark) and made FT's (104). This team has an excellent nucleus going forward and should continue to show improvement as a group next season.


Game recaps Included:


W    70-22     JAG

L     45-42     PEM Bulldogs

W    69-67    Ho-Chunk

L     48-44    Young Legends


Record: Tournament (2-2)/ Overall (20-8)



Tournaments/Results


2017 Tournament and Highlights


Highlights


Overall Record: 15-15

-Champions: SEA-June Jam-Stoughton, WI

-Semifinalist: Jimmy V Classic



Spring Kickoff

North Chicago High School

North Chicago, IL


The FLASH freshmen played in their 1st ever tournament together on 4/8, the Spring Kickoff at North Chicago High School and opened the tournament against Kessel-National of IL. Their 1st score of the season was an open "3" by Joey Immekus from the left wing that gave FLASH a 3-0 score to open the season. FLASH played a solid 1st half but with several lead changes, FLASH trailed 25-24 at halftime. To open the 2nd half, FLASH went to full court trapping pressure and after back-to-back turnovers by Kessel, FLASH took the lead. Point guard Ryan Scholfield did an excellent job of pushing the ball and keeping the defense on its heels through most of the game. However, Kessel hung tough and with 3 minutes to play had cut the FLASH lead to 2. However, a huge "3" by Miles Ellingson put FLASH up 5 and FLASH held on for the 54-47 opening game win. Scholfield and Immekus had very nice games for FLASH as they both scored in double figures with 18 points and 17 points respectively. Scholfield also led FLASH in assists with 3. It was a good opening game win for their 1st time playing together. After about an hour break, FLASH came back against Kessel-Association and FLASH struggled right from the start against a very talented team. Kessel shot the ball incredibly well and put FLASH in an early hole. Lack of ball movement on offense and an inability to match-up on red-hot shooters was not a good combination and FLASH trailed 33-16 at halftime. In the 2nd half, FLASH came out with more intensity, led by the play of Immekus, and cut the Kessel lead to 8 within the first 6 minutes of the 2nd half. Unfortunately, they were unable to get any closer and went on to their 1st loss of the season--55-40. Immekus led FLASH with 16 points and 3 assists in a very solid individual performance.With their 1-1 record in the tournament, FLASH played their final game against Chicago Transformers and after struggling in Game 2, FLASH came out and played with much more intensity at the start and took a 19-10 halftime lead as their defense smothered the Transformers. The FLASH half court trap kept the Transformers off guard and FLASH did a good job of getting the ball inside against the opponent's zone. Attacking in the lane, FLASH went on to a 39-33 win with Noah Melka leading the scoring with 14 points and Ellingson leading in assists with 3. Despite the tough loss in Game 2, FLASH bounced back well in their final game of the tournament with something to build on going forward.


Game recaps included:


W   54-47   Kessel-National

L    55-40   Kessel-Association

W   39-33   Chicago Transformers


Record: Tournament (2-1)/ Overall (2-1)



NAYS-West Allis

West Allis Central HS

West Allis, WI


The FLASH freshmen played their 2nd tournament of the season on 4/22-23 at the NAYS Tournament at West Allis Central High School and went into the tournament knowing that they would be a bit short-handed on the opening day with the three players out due to conflicts. In Game 1, FLASH played WI Ballers and opened the game with a 6-0 run but played a close, hard-fought 1st half and led 20-17 at halftime. A 5-0 run by the Ballers to open the 2nd half put FLASH behind 22-20 before back-to-back drives by Matthew Schultz put FLASH back in front. Solid floor play by point guard Ryan Scholfield and defensive rebounding by Schultz, Noah Melka and Isaac Freichels helped lead FLASH to an opening game win, 41-33. Melka and Scholfield both scored in double figures with 13 and 12 points respectively and Schultz added 8 to lead FLASH offensively. Miles Ellingson led in assists with 3. After an hour break, FLASH came back to play Fame Gang, an athletic sophomore team who would go on to win the tournament against freshmen competiton without ever being challenged. This game was no different as FLASH looked intimidated right from the start and trailed 14-1 to open the game. From there, it only got worse as FLASH simply couldn't get anything going on either end of the floor and trailed 36-7 at halftime in a rather embarrassing 1st half performance. After the break, things did not get any better and FLASH went on to a humiliating 80-36 loss with no one scoring in double figures for FLASH (Schultz led with 9 points and Scholfield and Ellingson each recorded 2 assists). After their "beatdown" on Saturday, FLASH had it's entire team back and available for Sunday morning's game against the WI Ballers again in the 1st round of playoff brackets. Unfortunately, FLASH inexplicably came out flat and a lack of ball movement on offense and a complete inability to match-up on the Baller's best shooter led to a 36-20 halftime deficit as the Baller's best player had 23 points at halftime. The effort improved in the 2nd half but the hole was too big to climb out of as FLASH lost 51-39 to be eliminated from the tournament. Scholfield had 12 points and Schultz had 11 while Joey Immekus led in assists with 4. Unfortunately, it clearly was not enough in this very disappointing tournament and FLASH will have alot of work to do before their next tournament.


Game recaps included:


W   41-33   WI Ballers

L    80-36   Fame Gang

L    51-39   WI Ballers


Record: Tournament (1-2) / Overall (3-3)


NAYS-Elmhurst

Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, IL


The FLASH freshmen played in the NAYS tournament in Elmhurst, IL on 5/6 and opened the tournament with 2 sophomore teams from the Chicago area. The 1st opponent was the Chi-Town Warriors of Chicago who were bigger, stronger and more athletic but FLASH started off well and competed with the older team. After a solid start, FLASH simply had too many unforced turnovers that led to a 30-16 haftime deficit as FLASH went the final 6 minutes of the half scoreless. A good start in the 2nd half resulted in FLASH cutting the Warrior lead to 6 before turnovers again hurt FLASH. Good effort and good ball movement was hampered by too many turnovers and FLASH lost 62-46. Mason Quartana had 11 points (including 3 made "3's") and Joey Immekus led in assists with 4. In game 2, FLASH played another sophomore team, IL Legacy, and again competed with the older team and cut down on the number of turnovers that they had in the 1st game but had turnovers hit at inopportune times as FLASH trailed 23-14 at halftime. In the 2nd half, FLASH kept the game within striking distance but each time they started to make a run, a costly turnover would halt the momentum. FLASH lost 50-37 as Noah Melka led with 9 points and Ryan Scholfield and Stefan Zrnic each recorded 2 assists. In their final game of the tournament, FLASH played a freshman team, Ronnie Fields Elite of Chicago, and played a solid 1st half with a great lift from Isaac Freichels and Miles Ellingson off the bench and led 20-18 at halftime. FLASH began to build their lead in the 2nd half with solid ball movement and good defense. Up 3 with 5 minutes to play, Matthew Schultz took over the game and scored 10 of the last 12 FLASH points on way to a 52-38 FLASH win. Schultz finished with a game-high 19 points while Immekus led in assists with 3. It was a nice way to finish the tournament.


Game recaps included:


L   62-46  Chi-Town Warriors

L   50-37  IL Legacy

W  52-38  Ronnie Fields Elite


Record: Tournament (1-2) / Overall (4-5)


Sports Invitational

NY2LA

Milwaukee, WI


The FLASH freshmen played in the always challenging NY2LA Sports Invitational from 5/19-21 and opened the tournament against LaCrosse Elevate. FLASH struggled from the start as they had a difficult time shooting the ball and getting into their offense. Too many turnovers were a problem as well and the result was a 21-7 deficit with 3 minutes to play in the 1st half. A "3" by Joey Immekus and a basket by Matthew Schultz cut the deficit to 21-12 at the half. FLASH played much better in the 2nd half behind three "3's" by Immekus and got back into the game. Down 5 with 3 minutes to play, Immekus made the play of the game when he came out of nowhere to block a shot on defense and then managed to come down with the ball and all in one motion, spun and through a blind outlet pass up the floor to Schultz who hit Noah Melka cutting to the basket to cut the lead to 3. FLASH cut the deficit to 1 but couldn't get over the top and lost 43-39. Immekus led FLASH with 12 points (4 made "3's) and also in assists with 3. In Game 2, FLASH played Sconnie Crush of Illinois and again struggled early and trailed 18-7. FLASH got a huge lift off the bench from Isaac Freichels, Nick Maier and Stefan Zrnic to cut the Crush lead to 26-21 at halftime. FLASH played better in the 2nd half but crucial turnovers continued to be a problem. Up 43-40 with 40 seconds to play, FLASH had the ball with a chance to extend their lead while running off time on the clock. Instead they turned the ball over again and this time for a lay-up to cut their lead to one and then on the ensuing possession missed the front end of a bonus situation. The Crush hit a contested baseline jumper at the buzzer to beat FLASH 44-43. FLASH had 17 turnovers in the game and the result was the 2nd consecutive tough loss. FLASH had no one in double figures as Freichels and Maier led with 8 points each and Freichels also led in assists with 4. FLASH played their final game of the tournament against WI-Swing and after 2 tough, close losses, their final game was a struggle early on and FLASH trailed 30-20 at halftime as FLASH turned the ball over 10 times in the 1st half. FLASH made a run to start the 2nd half to cut the lead to 5 but back-to-back turnovers resulted in two "3's" for Swing and FLASH never recovered as they lost 55-35. Immekus had 11 points and 2 assists to lead FLASH while Freichels also had 2 assists. The story of the tournament for FLASH was the fact that they turned the ball over 43 times in 3 games and that will need to improve going forward.


Game recaps included:


L   43-39   LaCrosse Elevate

L   44-43   Sconnie Crush

L   55-35   WI Swing


Record: Tournament (0-3) / Overall (4-8)


SEA-June Jam

Sports Enhancement Academy

Stoughton, WI


The FLASH freshmen played in the SEA-June Jam in Stoughton, WI on 6/10-11 and opened the tournament against the Predators. FLASH played a very aggressive 1st half and were very active on defense as they jumped out to a 27-18 halftime lead. FLASH continued to play well in the 2nd half as they maintained a near double-digit lead for most of the half behind a swarming defense that never allowed the opponent to get comfortable. FLASH won 51-38 with a very balanced scoring attack led by Ryan Scholfield with 12 points and Joey Immekus with 10. Matthew Schultz and Isaac Freichels each scored 9 as FLASH nearly had 4 players in double figures. Immekus and Freichels each recorded 3 assists to lead FLASH in the win. In Game 2, FLASH played WI Academy-Braucht and got off to a good start and led 36-24 at halftime behind 16 1st half points from Schultz and 10 from Freichels. However, the 12 point lead evaporated quickly in the 2nd half as FLASH got sloppy offensively with turnovers turning into transition points for the opponent. The result was a 19 point swing from up 12 at halftime to down 9 midway through the 2nd half. Still down by 8 with 2 minutes to play, FLASH went to full court pressure after a made basket and with back-to-back steals and conversions by Immekus and a steal and 3 point play by Freichels, FLASH had completed a 9-0 run and with 13 seconds to play, held their 1st lead since early in the 2nd half. One defensive stop would give FLASH a hard fought victory but unfortunately, their defense forced the opponent into a difficult miss but FLASH didn't secure the defensive rebound and WI Academy got an offensive rebound and basket to win the game 63-62 at the buzzer. FLASH had 3 players in double figures--Schultz-19, Freichels, 14 and Immekus-12--and Scholfield led in assists with 3. After an hour break, FLASH regrouped to play WI Storm in their final pool game and played their best half of basketball of the season as they jumped out to 45-23 halftime lead behind great team basketball and an outstanding half on both ends of the floor from Joey Immekus who scored 16 1st half points but also did a great job of creating pressure on defense resulting in numerous steals and transition baskets. FLASH continued their solid play in the 2nd half and recorded a season-high 16 team assists (led by Immekus with 5 and Scholfield with 4). The ball movement resulted in 4 players in double figures as Immekus had a season-high 26 points and Schultz, Freichels and Miles Ellingson each scored 10 points in an impressive 72-43 win. At 2-1 in the tournament, FLASH was a "one seed" in the playoff bracket and in the semifinal game played WI Academy-Collins, a "two seed" from the other bracket. FLASH continued to move the ball well and play solid defense and led 34-21 at halftime behind 13 points from Schultz and despite an ankle injury to Immekus who sat for most of the half. FLASH played an excellent 2nd half and went on to a 63-41 win to put themselves in the Championship Game. FLASH again had 3 players in double figures--Schultz-19, Freichels-12 and Immekus-10-- and got 3 assists each from both Scholfield and Mason Quartana. For the 1st time this year, the FLASH freshmen had a chance to play for a tournament Championship and played a very good WI Sonics team (4-0 in the tournament). FLASH fell behind early with a 10-2 Sonic run to start the game. However, each time the Sonics pulled further ahead, FLASH seemed to have an answer to keep the game close. Down by 12 in the 1st half, FLASH made a run of their own to cut the deficit to 24-21 at halftime behind oustanding play from Isaac Freichels and a very "gutty" performance from Immekus, who played on a very sore sprained ankle. FLASH again fell behind in the 2nd half and trailed by 7 midway through the half but once again, fought back and ultimately tied the game at 49-49 on a basket by Schultz in the lane. With the game still tied, Scholfield hit a "runner" in the lane to take a 51-49 lead with 15 seconds to play. On their final possession, the Sonics tried to force the ball inside but the pass was stolen by Freichels who threw it ahead to Noah Melka for a layup and the 53-49 win and the first tournament Championship of the season. Freichels had 15 points and Schultz scored 11 while Immekus led in assists with 5. It was great team effort all weekend!!


Game recaps included:


W   51-38   Predators

L    63-62   WI Academy-Braucht

W   72-43   WI Storm

W   63-41   WI Academy-Collins

W   53-49   WI Sonics


Record: Tournament (4-1)/ Overall (8-9)


NAYS-Waukesha

Center Court

Waukesha, WI


The FLASH freshmen played in the NAYS Tournament at Center Court in Waukesha from 6/17-18 and played in a 6 team bracket where 4 of the 6 teams were sophomore teams. In Game 1, FLASH played WI Ballers sophomores and struggled defensively againt a hot shooting opponent but despite their struggles, they only trailed by 5 at 33-28 at halftime. The inside game of Isaac Freichels and "3 point" shooting of Joey Immekus kept FLASH within striking distance after trailing by as many as 10 points in the 2nd half. With under a minute to play, FLASH cut the defict to 2 but couldn't pull out the win and lost 62-58. Freichels finished with 17 points while Immekus had 13 (with 4 "3's"). Immekus and Matthew Schultz each recorded 3 assists to lead FLASH. FLASH played WI Focus-Blue (the other freshman team in the bracket) in Game 2 and the game started out as a real offensive struggle for both teams in the 1st half and as a result, the score was tied at halftime, 14-14. It didn't get much better early in the 2nd half until FLASH finally made a bit of a run midway through the 2nd half on way to a 30-19 win as FLASH held Focus to 5 2nd half points. No one scored in double figures in the low-scoring game as Schultz led with 8 points and Schultz and Immekus each recorded 3 assists for FLASH. Game 3 was played on Sunday morning at 8:00 am against a very talented Fox Valley Select sophomore team. Fox Valley Select was clearly the best team in the tournament and FLASH looked intimidated against the older, bigger and more talented team and struggled dramatically right from the start as Fox Valley Select opened the game with an 18-2 run. FLASH simply couldn't get anything going and just didn't compete in the 1st half and as a result, trailed 30-6 at halftime. After the break, FLASH came out with a different mindset and played with much greater intensity and drive and ran off a 12-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to 12 at 30-18. FLASH was able to cut the lead to 10 and actually outscored the opponent 33-25 in the 2nd half but couldn't make up for the poor 1st half and lost 55-39. Ryan Scholfield had 13 points and Joey Immekus had 12 points and 3 assists for FLASH. FLASH had an hour off before playing their 4th game against another sophomore team, WI-Focus. After playing a very solid 2nd half in the previous game, FLASH continued to play well in the 1st half of this game and went right at the older team with good ball movement and a swarming defense to lead 24-21 at halftime. FLASH really increased the intensity in the 2nd half with solid contributions from everyone on both ends of the floor. Very good team defense led to offensive opportunities as FLASH cruised to a 67-38 win with three players in double figures--Mason Quartana-17 points (5 "3's"), Schultz-12 points, Freichels-10 points-- and nearly had 5 in double figures as Noah Melka had 9 points while Immekus had 8. FLASH had 17 team assists led by Quartana with 4. FLASH played their last game of the tournament against the Tosa Gators sophomore team and FLASH continued to play well in the 1st half as they got three "3's" each from both Scholfield and Quartana and took a 33-26 lead at the half while playing very solid team defense against the older Gators. The Gators opened the 2nd half with full court pressure and it rattled the FLASH freshmen as they turned the ball over three consecutive times and saw their lead evaporate. FLASH regained their composure but had a battle on their hands for the rest of the game and with 6 seconds remaining, trailed 54-51. FLASH called a timeout to run a set play and got a wide open "3" in an attempt to tie the game but missed at the buzzer to lose 54-51 in a very hard-fought game. FLASH absolutely competed in the final 2 and half games against all sophomore teams. Scholfield had 14 points and Quartana had 13 for FLASH against the Gators. Although the losses were difficult, FLASH should have learned alot by competing with the older teams.


Game recaps included:


L   62-58   WI Ballers

W  30-19   WI Focus-Blue

L   55-39    Fox Valley Select

W  67-38   WI Focus

L   54-51   Tosa Gators


Record: Tournament (2-3)/ Overall (10-12)


Blizzard Battle

Kimberly HS

Kimberly, WI


The FLASH freshmen played in the Blizzard Battle on 7/9 and opened the tournament against a very good WI Shooters team and struggled right from the start. Down 8-0 to start the game, FLASH called a timeout to regroup but a 14-1 run by the Shooters forced another timeout with the score at 22-1. FLASH simply turned the ball over at an alarming rate and fell behind quickly. They trailed 23-7 at halftime. The 2nd half started out with FLASH making a run and behind the scoring of Noah Melka, cut the deficit to 9. Unfortunately, they could get no closer and lost 43-30 as FLASH actually outscored the Shooters in the 2nd half by a 23-20 margin. They simply couldn't recover from a disasterous start. Melka had 11 points and Joey Immekus led with 3 assists. In Game 2, FLASH played WI Swing and again, struggled offensively in the 1st half and trailed 25-13 at the break. Behind 10 2nd half points from Matthew Schultz and solid play from Immekus and Isaac Freichels, FLASH cut the deficit to 3 with 2.8 seconds left. At a timeout, FLASH set up a full court play to try and tie the game at the buzzer. Unfortunately, it didn't happen and FLASH lost 51-48. Freichels scored 14 points and Schultz finished with 13 points while Immekus dished out 4 assists for FLASH. In their final game, FLASH played Dynasty with the hope of getting a win in the tournament after two consecutive ugly 1st halves in the 1st two games. This time, FLASH got off to a much better start offensively and led 22-14 at halftime. Dynasty struggled against the half court trap of FLASH and FLASH went on to a 45-35 win behind a balanced scoring attack led by Schultz (11 points) while Immekus dished out 5 assists. Despite a rought start in the 1st two games, FLASH showed perseverance and bounced back in their final game of the tournament.


Game recaps included:


L   43-30   WI Shooters

L   51-48   WI Swing

W  45-35   Dynasty


Record: Tournament (1-2)/Overall (11-14)


Jimmy V Classic

Justagame Fieldhouse

Wisconsin Dells, WI


The FLASH freshmen played their final tournament of the season at the highly regarded Jimmy V Classic in the Wisconsin Dells 7/14-16. They opened their 1st game against BC THunder and showed patience against the Thunder zone and FLASH led 23-21 at halftime. The Thunder went to man defense in the 2nd half and had difficulty defending Isaac Freichels in the post. The game remained close throughout and FLASH trailed by 5 with 2 minutes to play before a score by Freichels cut the deficit to three with 24 seconds to play. FLASH, after a timeout, went to full court pressure and a steal by Joey Immekus gave FLASH one last chance to tie the game. Immekus hit a clutch, contested "3" with 6 seconds left to force OT. The Thunder took a two point lead early in the 2 minute OT but a basket by Freichels and a technical foul by the Thunder gave FLASH, in effect a 4 point play and a 56-54 lead. FLASH held on defense for the final seconds for the 56-54 win. Freichels led FLASH with 19 points while Immekus dished out 5 assists to lead FLASH to the exciting opening game win. Unfortunately, due to leg problems, Freichels would have to miss the rest of the tournament. In Game 2, FLASH played IL Ballers and started off in rough fashion against the Ballers' quickness in full court pressure as they turned the ball over on each of their 1st 5 possessions. However, they settled in from there and began to play solid basketball and moved the ball extremely well against the quicker Ballers' trapping defense. FLASH did a great job of taking what the defense was giving them and got the ball inside when it was open and took good perimeter shots when they presented themselves. Ryan Scholfield did a great job of directing the offense and Matthew Schultz was relentless on the boards on both ends of the floor. As a team, FLASH swarmed to the ball on defense and did an excellent job of helping one another and completely frustrated the Ballers with their own half court trap. The Ballers had won their previous game by 35 points with a wide open "run and gun" transition style but was unable to get out and run against FLASH as FLASH held them to 11 1st half points in a very low scoring 16-11 game at the break. In the 2nd half, FLASH played outstanding team basketball with contributions from everyone. Immekus had a team-high 13 2nd half points and forced numerous Baller turnovers on defense as FLASH went on to win 48-27. Immekus led the scoring with 18 points while Schultz had 10 points for FLASH. Immekus also led in assists with 3. In Game 3, FLASH played Iowa Ambush in their final pool game as FLASH was 2-0 and the Ambush was 1-1 with the winner gaining the top seed in the pool. FLASH got off to great start in the 1st half with excellent ball movement on offense (a season-high 12 1st half assists) against the Ambush zone and a swarming man defense that resulted in a 37-22 halftime lead for FLASH. FLASH hit 6 1st half "3's"(Noah Melka-3, Immekus-1, Scholfield-1 and Mason Quartana-1) against the Ambush zone and forced the opponent to change to man defense. FLASH ran their half court offense to perfection in the 2nd half to get uncontested layups on way to a 61-46 win. FLASH nearly had 4 players in double figures as Immekus led the way with 15 points while Schultz scored 13 and Melka had 9 and Stefan Zrnic had 8 points to lead FLASH. FLASH also tied a season-high with 18 team assists (Scholfield and Quartana each had 4 and Immekus and Schultz each had 3). With the top seed in their pool, FLASH opened the playoff round on Sunday morning with a Quarterfinal Game against the Hammond Hurricane of Indiana and FLASH got off to a solid start against the full court pressure of the Hurricane but struggled to rebound on the defensive end of the floor and trailed 13-12 before the Hurricane went on a 13-0 run to go up 26-12 with 5 minutes to play in the 1st half. FLASH began to attack the full court pressure as Immekus pushed the ball hard at the defense to either get layups himself or to draw the defense and kick to open shooters. Immekus scored on 2 consecutive drives and kicked a pass to the corner to Quartana for an open "3" as FLASH ran off a 12-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to 26-24 at the break. FLASH continued to attack the press to open the 2nd half and behind 2 "3's" from Quartana and one from Immekus and solid post play from Schultz, FLASH took a 10 point lead within the 1st 5 minutes of the half. FLASH handled the Hurricane pressure down the stretch to win 51-43 and advance to the semifinals. Immekus had 15 points while Melka had 10 and Immekus dished out 6 of the 15 FLASH assists. In the semifinal, FLASH played a very good WI Crusaders team and FLASH played well early. However, the Crusaders got hot from "3 point" range and took a 12 point lead in the 1st half. However, FLASH fought back to cut the deficit to 25-21 at the break. The Crusaders opened the 2nd half in a half court trap and FLASH struggled with early turnovers which led to a double digit deficit. FLASH fought hard but could not recover and wound up on the wrong end of a 67-46 score to end their tournament run and their season. Immekus led FLASH with 19 points and 5 assists. The FLASH freshmen had nothing to be ashamed of in that they played their best basketball at the end of their season in the biggest tournament and simply ran into a "red-hot" team in the semifinal game. They ended their season with a 15-15 record but when you consider that 9 of those games were against sophomore teams, FLASH had played "up" in nearly a third of their games. They showed tremendous improvement both as individuals and as a team as their season ended and we look toward next season.


Game recaps included:


W   56-54  BC Thunder (OT)

W   48-27  IL Ballers

W   61-46  Iowa Ambush

W   51-43  Hammond Hurricane

L    67-46  WI Crusaders


Record: Tournament (4-1)/Overall (15-15)




Above the Rim Shootout

Waukegan Fieldhouse

Waukegan, IL


The FLASH sophomores opened their season at the Above the Rim Shootout in Waukegan, Illinois on 3/24 and begin the season with 4 new players on the 2018 roster. In Game 1 against BB Elite, FLASH got off to a good start but midway through the 1st half, they hit a rough stretch with too many turnovers on offense and too many 2nd chance opportunities for the opponent on defense. As a result, FLASH found themselves trailing 31-22 with 2 minutes left in the half. FLASH picked up their defensive intensity and ran off an 11-0 run to go into the halftime break up 33-31. With the momentum on their side, FLASH played very well in the 2nd half and did a great job of sharing the ball and looking up the floor for transition baskets as they finished the game with 20 team assists as well as 13 made "3's" and a 71-57 opening game win. Chris Lopez led the scoring with 19 points (including 5 "3's" which is tied for 3rd most in a single game in FLASH history) while Joey Immekus scored 15 points. Lopez and Richard Wauer each had 4 assists to lead the team while Immekus had 3. The 2nd game was played against the Chi-Town Warriors of Chicago who played a very aggressive man defense resulting in FLASH turnovers and rebounding issues for the 2nd consecutive game early on. Down 7 with 3 minutes to play in the 1st half, FLASH again had a 9-1 run to tie the game at 19-19 going into the half. The game remained close throughout the 2nd half but FLASH came up with a handful of big plays down the stretch to pull out a 38-35 win. Matthew Schultz led FLASH in scoring with 12 points while Tyler Arthur led in assists with 2 in the low scoring game. The final game of the tournament was a Championship Game matchup against WI Surge with both teams being 2-0. FLASH struggled with turnovers early which resulted in transition baskets for the opponent and FLASH trailed 26-17 at halftime. More under control in the 2nd half, FLASH got back into the game and made it a very tight game the rest of the way. Down by 4 with under 30 seconds to play, a drive by Zach Hietpas cut the deficit to 2 at 49-47 with 12 seconds to play. A near strip out of the press on the ensuing inbound was called a foul and the opponent made both FTs for the 51-47 FLASH loss. Despite the tough loss, FLASH had a very solid tournament in their 1st outing and got solid contributions across the board as they incorporated 4 new teammates.


Game recaps included:


W   71-57    BB Elite

W   38-35    Chi-Town Warriors

L    51-47    WI Surge


Record: Tournament (2-1)/ Overall (2-1)

SEA-Hoops for a Cause

SEA-Stoughton

Stoughton, WI


The FLASH sophomores finally had an opportunity to play again after being off since their 2nd place finish in Waukegan, IL in late March. FLASH played in the Hoops for a Cause, a breast cancer fundraiser, on 5/6 at Stoughton and opened the tournament against the host team, WI Academy. FLASH got off to a good start with a 7-0 run to open the game using outstanding trapping pressure on defense to create turnovers and transition opportunities on offense and led 27-13 at halftime. The opponent never really did figure out the FLASH trap and FLASH went on to an easy 54-33 win. Ryan Scholfield led FLASH in scoring with 17 points while Joey Immekus led in assists with 5.  In Game 2, FLASH played WI Blizzard and again had an early 12-4 run to open the game. The FLASH lead grew to 12 before Blizzard made a run of their own off FLASH turnovers and "3 point shooting" to take a 5 point lead with 2 minutes to play in the half. A 7-0 FLASH run gave FLASH a 35-33 lead at the half as FLASH got 15 1st half points from Immekus and 12 from Scholfield. FLASH played a very solid 2nd half on both ends of the floor on way to a 54-39 win and a chance to play for the Tournament Championship. Immekus led FLASH in scoring with 17 points while Scholfield had 14 points and 3 assists to lead FLASH. Unfortunately, FLASH would have to play for the title without Scholfield due to injury and starting post Matthew Schultz due to conflict. In the Championship Game, FLASH (2-0) played WI Raiders (2-0) and despite playing shorthanded, FLASH got off to a good start playing with a smaller than normal line-up. The Raiders battled to a 27-23 halftime lead. However, FLASH played with great chemistry and excellent intensity all game long and took the lead midway through the 2nd half behind great ball movement and 12 2nd half points from Immekus and 8 from Tyler Arthur. FLASH pulled away late to win 53-41 to win their 1st Tournament Championship of the season.Immekus led the way with 17 points and 3 assists while Arthur scored 11 points and Chris Lopez dished out 3 assists. It was a great team win and an impressive tournament Championship for the shorthanded sophomores. From a personal standpoint, Joey Immekus went over 100 career assists in only the 2nd tournament of his 2nd season as a non-point guard for FLASH.


Game recaps included:

 

W   54-33   WI Academy

W   54-39   WI Blizzard

W   53-41   WI Raiders


Record: Tournament (3-0)/ Overall (5-1)

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