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2017 Tournament and 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)


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


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)


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)

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