Tournaments/Results

2017 Tournaments and Highlights


Highlights:


Overall Record: 18-11


--Champions: Spring Kickoff

--2nd Place: NAYS-Waukesha

--2nd Place: Jimmy V Classic

NAYS 16U
Center Court
Waukesha, WI

The FLASH sophomores opened their season at the NAYS Tournament at Center Court in Waukesha on 4/9-10 playing in a 10 team bracket at their age level. Game 1 was against WI Playmakers of Milwaukee and with 4 new players and rotating 11 players, FLASH showed very good depth and displayed excellent teamwork as they received contributions from everyone. Despite 1st game nerves, FLASH played a solid 1st half and led 23-16 at halftime in a relatively low scoring opening game.In the 2nd half, FLASH began to look more confortable and built the lead to 11 before going on to win their 1st game of the year, 49-41. Vlado Zrnic led FLASH in both scoring and assists with 21 points and 3 assists. On Sunday morning at 9:00 am, FLASH played game 2 against Gallo of Racine and both teams started rather slowly and FLASH had a 20-19 halftime lead in what was a rather uninspired pace. FLASH came out with full court pressure in the 2nd half and forced Gallo into numerous mistakes on way to a 17-0 FLASH run to open the half as the score ballooned to 37-19 in the 1st 8 minutes.The FLASH press, spearheaded by the play of Tanner Sebastian, had blown open the game as FLASH went on to a 52-28 win. A balanced scoring attack saw two FLASH players in double figures as Zrnic scored 15, Jonah Bzdawka scored 11 and Sebastian just missed double figures with 9 points. Point guard Will Kegel led the team in assists with 4. As a result of their 2-0 record, FLASH played two hours later against East Troy Hoops Club in the Championship Game of the tournament. FLASH played a solid 1st half offensively in the title game but struggled to defend the "3" defensively and held a 25-23 lead at halftime. Again, FLASH opened the 2nd half using full court pressure and forced a couple of turnovers while doing a better job of matching up with shooters on the perimeter and extended their lead. FLASH led by only 2 at 44-42 with just under 2 minutes to play when Oliver Krause hit a clutch "3" and followed with a pair of FT's to help lead FLASH to a 49-42 win and the Championship of the tournament. Zrnic led FLASH with 17 points and Kegel again led in assists with 4.To open the season with a tournament Championship was certainly a great way to start the new season but the success was made possible by excellent teamwork throughout the three games.

Game recaps included:

* W 49-41  WI Playmakers
* W 52-28  Gallo
* W 49-42  East Troy Hoops Club

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



Gym Rats State Tournament
Justagame Fieldhouse
Wisconsin Dells, WI


Following their Championship the previous weekend in Waukesha, the FLASH sophomores played in the Gym Rats State Tournament in Wisconsin Dells on 4/16-17 and got off to a rough start in Game 1 against WI Blizzard of Appleton. FLASH simply could not shoot in the 1st half and scored one "2 point" goal on way to their lowest offensive output of the young season with 11 1st half points as they trailed 21-11 at halftime. In an effort to create any type of offense, FLASH went to full court pressure in the 2nd half and went on a 9-0 run to force a Blizzard timeout 5 minutes into the 2nd half with FLASH now trailing only 21-20. Unfortunately, Blizzard adjusted to the pressure and the FLASH shooting woes continued as they were outscored 23-5 in the final 14 minutes of the game to lose 44-25.Vlado Zrnic led the team in scoring with 10 points while Will Kegel had 4 assists. FLASH needed to bounce back in Game 2 against the Great Lakes Ballers from the Green Bay area. Led by Kegel and Tanner Sebastian, FLASH jumped out to an early lead. Solid team play up and down the roster resulted in a 30-16 halftime lead for FLASH. The Ballers chipped away at the FLASH lead in the 2nd half and eventually cut the lead to 2 at 44-42 with under a minute to play before Nick Kuehn hit a clutch "3" from the baseline to extend the lead to 5. A late score by Zrnic resulted in the 49-42 final score and win for FLASH. Zrnic led a balanced scoring attack for FLASH with 15 points while Kegel had 9 and Sebastian had 8. Kegel led in assists with 4 while Kuehn had 3 to lead FLASH.The final game of the night for FLASH would be against the Caledonia Warriors and again FLASH jumped out to a quick start as a result of great ball movement and solid shooting. The result was a very balanced scoring attack in the 1st half (Zrnic-10 points, Sebastian-7 points and Max Magyar-7 points) and a 38-27 halftime lead for FLASH. The FLASH lead reached 16 points early in the 2nd half before the Warriors went on a "3 point" shooting spree to cut the FLASH lead to 6 with 4 minutes to play. FLASH held off the rally with clutch FT shooting by Kuehn and Sebastian in the final minute to secure the 70-62 FLASH win. FLASH nearly had 3 players in double figures as Zrnic scored 18, Sebastian had 15 and Magyar had 9 points. Kegel led in assists with 5 while Sebastian had 4 to lead FLASH. Their 2-1 record in the tournament made FLASH the top seed in their pool going into the playoff round and they played Flight Basketball, 2nd seed in their pool with a 2-1 record, in the Semifinal. FLASH played solid defense in the 1st half but their shooting woes from the 1st game of the tournament returned from "2 point" range. FLASH did hit 4 "3's" (Sebastian-2, Magyar-1 and Sean Damro-1) in the 1st half to keep themselves in the game but simply could not convert "point blank" shots around the basket and trailed 19-17 at halftime as they had only 1 "2 point goal" in the 1st half and missed at least 6 uncontested shots at the rim--12 points that would be very important as this game went on. Their interior shooting woes continued in the 2nd half but solid defense and three more "3's" (Sebastian, Magyar and Zrnic) kept the game close. However, FLASH trailed by 4 with 34 seconds to play when a Kegel drive to the basket cut the deficit to 2 as FLASH used their final timeout to stop the clock and get their full court pressure set. A steal by Zrnic with 12 seconds gave FLASH one last chance and a miss was rebounded by Kegel and he scored at the buzzer to send the game into a one minute overtime. Unfortunately, Flight won the tip and hit a "3" and following a FLASH miss and foul, finished the game with a FT and a 40-36 loss for FLASH. FLASH, for the 2nd time in the tournament, had at least one aspect of their shooting disappear and it cost them a chance to go the Championship game as FLASH made only 4 "2 point" goals for the entire game. They did hit 7 "3's" to keep them within striking distance but had they been able to score on any of the "point blank" shots that they missed, they would have been moving on with a chance to win the tournament. It was a disappointing end to the tournament but it certainly gives the FLASH sophomores something to work on as they move forward.

Game recaps included:

* L  44-25  WI Blizzard
* W 49-42  Great Lakes Ballers
* W 70-62  Caledonia Warriors
* L  40-36   Flight Basketball (OT)

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



SEA Hoops 4 a Cause
Sports Enhancement Academy
Stoughton, WI


The FLASH sophomores played in the Hoops 4 a Cause Tournament on 5/8 in Stoughton to help raise money for breast cancer research. FLASH opened the tournament against Central WI Wildcats and with this tournament having only 18 minute halves with a running clock, scores tended to be a bit lower than normal and that was certainly the case in this game as FLASH held a 21-17 halftime lead after playing a pretty good 1st half. In an effort to create an increase in tempo, FLASH went to full court pressure to begin the 2nd half and it did result in a couple of quick baskets early for FLASH. However, the game was tight down the stretch and clutch FT shooting by Will Kegel (4 for 5) and Oliver Krause (2 for 2) in the final 2 minutes secured the 40-32 win. Vlado Zrnic led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points while Sean Damro and Danny Wolff each had 2 assists to lead FLASH. IN Game 2, FLASH played WI Blizzard, the same team that they had lost to by 18 points 2 weeks ago in the Dells. This time around, FLASH came out with much better intensity and ball movement and forced turnovers defensively as they held the Blizzard to 8 1st half points but again with low scoring, FLASH only led 16-8 at halftime. In the 2nd half, excellent shooting by Andrew Sodemannand full court pressure pushed the lead to 15 points early in the 2nd half. FLASH went on to a 36-27 win behind a balanced offesnive attack (Sodemann-11, Zrnic-9, Tanner Sebastian-8) while Kegel dished out 5 assists to lead FLASH. FLASH then had a 3 hour break before their next game against Midwest Wildcats and FLASH struggled dramatically in what could best be described as a very flat performance. They trailed 25-19 at halftime and simply couldn't get recover from a poor start and lost 44-30. Zrnic and Kegel each had 7 points to lead a frustrated FLASH offense while Damro had 4 assists. In their final game of the tournament, FLASH played the 17U team from Justagame of WI Dells and after a poor preformance in their previous game, they bounced back and played a very good 1st half with good ball movement and shooting on offense and opportunistic defense. The result was a 32-18 halftime lead. FLASH pushed the lead to 20 at 42-22 early in the 2nd half but Justagame got hot and FLASH got sloppy and the combination resulted in a close game down the stretch as the FLASH lead was cut to 3 at 42-29 as Justagame went on a 17-0 run. Following their 2nd timeout in the stretch, FLASH went on a 5-0 run of their own to secure the win, 47-39. Zrnic had 11 points while Kegel scored 10 for FLASH and Kegel, Sebastian, Damro and Nick Kuehn each recorded 2 assists to lead FLASH. FLASH finished 3-1 in the tournament and had a chance to get to the Championship game but need to help in the final round due to their one loss. It didn't work out and FLASH's tournament was ended.FLASH point guard Will Kegel, with his 8 assists in the tournament, has notched 120 assists in his FLASH career which pushed him into 7th on the FLASH career list.

Game recaps included:

* W 40-32  Central WI Wildcats
* W 36-27  WI Blizzard
*  L 44-30   Midwest Wildcats
* W 47-39  Justagame 17U

Record: Tournament (3-1) / Overall (8-3)



NAYS 16U
Center Court
Waukesha, WI


The FLASH sophomores were back in action on 5/21-22 at the NAYS Tournament at Center Court in Waukesha and knew going into the tournament that they would be a bit shorthanded without leading scorer Vlado Zrnic due to a conflict. In Game 1, FLASH played East Troy Hoops Club and got off to a great start with a 14-2 run to open the game. However, as East Troy started to regain their composure, FLASH seemingly lost their own on the defensive end in particular and wound up trailing 28-24 at halftime. Although the 2nd half resulted in a better FLASH effort, they were unable to  make any kind of run and went on to a disappointing 55-50 loss. Will Kegel led FLASH with 13 points and 6 assists while Jonah Bzdawka added 11 points. After an ugly loss, FLASH had to "bounce back" in an hour against 12 Deep of Milwaukee. FLASH bounced back in a big way with solid team play and ball movement and opened the game with a 20-0 run led by the play of Bzdawka and the passing of Kegel and Nick Kuehn. The result was a 28-9 halftime lead as FLASH used a half court trap to keep 12 Deep completely off balance throughout the 1st half. The 2nd half was highlighted by the play of Oliver Krause who scored 14 2nd half points as his teammates continued to find him in scoring positions. Kegel and Kuehn took charge of running the team and made sure that there would be no comeback as FLASH went on to a 60-37 win with 3 players (Krause-16, Bzdawka-14 and Max Magyar-11) in double figures while Kegel and Kuehn each notched 4 assists to lead FLASH. The 1 and 1 record put FLASH in the Quarterfinals on Sunday morning against the Gator Cats and FLASH played solid basketball right from the start. Good ball movement against the Gator Cat zone allowed for open shots and a 38-27 halftime lead for FLASH. FLASH continued to move the ball well in the 2nd half and did a great job of pressuring the Cat's star point guard by doubling him and forcing him into mistakes as FLASH went on to a 61-43 win. FLASH was led by an outstanding performance from Nick Kuehn who scored 18 points (including 2 "3's" and 6 for 7 from the FT line) and dished out 4 assists while Magyar (14 points) and Bzdawka (11 points) gave FLASH 3 players in double figures for the 2nd game in a row. Tanner Sebastian and Krause each dished out 3 assists. The win put FLASH in the semifinals against East Troy Hoops Club who they had lost to a day earlier. After a solid FLASH start, ETHC again made a run that put them up 7 with 9 minutes to play in the 1st half. After a timeout, FLASH bounced back behind 18 1st half points from Magyar to lead 37-25 at halftime. In the 2nd half, ETHC came back and FLASH had to hold on as Bzdawka hit a pair of FT's with 2 seconds to play to put FLASH up 50-46 before a 3/4 court bomb by ETHC banged off the glass and went through to result in the 50-49 FLASH win. Magyar led all scorers with 21 points while Kegel added 10 and Sebastian dished out 4 assists to lead FLASH. The win put FLASH in the Championship Game against Great Lakes Ballers (3-0 in the tournament). Sebastian got FLASH off to a good start with back-to-back "3's" on the 1st 2 possessions of the game. He also hit 2 FT's and recorded an assist in the opening minutes to account for the 1st 10 FLASH points. However, the 1st half was close throughout and resulted in a 20-20 halftime score. Kuehn opened the 2nd half with a "3" to put FLASH in front but FLASH was never able to put together a run to pull away from the Ballers and with 1:20 to play, the Ballers took a 34-32 lead. Kuehn hit a clutch "3" with 1:08 to play to put FLASH back in front for good at 35-34. A couple of big FT's down the stretch by Sebastian and Kegel resulted in the final 38-35 score as FLASH won the game and with it, their 2nd tournament Championship of the season. Kuehn, Sebastian and Magyar each scored 9 points as FLASH showed great balance with no one scoring in double figures in the win while Kegel dished out 4 assists (giving him 18 in the tournament and 138 for his FLASH career--good for 6th on the all-time career list). Despite playing shorthanded, FLASH showed great teamwork all weekend with multiple players scoring in double figures and with a different leading scorer (Kegel, Krause, Kuehn and Magyar) in each game leading up to the Championship Game where they again had  great balance with 3 players leading the scoring with identical output. The Championship was a great team effort for the FLASH sophomores.


Game recaps included:

* L  55-50   East Troy Hoops Club
* W 60-37  12 Deep
* W 61-43  Gator Cats
* W 50-49  East Troy Hoops Club
* W 38-35  Great Lakes Ballers

Record: Tournament (4-1) / Overall (12-4)



JUNE JAM
Sports Enhancement Academy
Verona, WI

The FLASH sophomores entered the June Jam in Verona on 6/11-12 knowing that they would need to scramble with a shorthanded roster due to a number of conflicts. In fact for Saturday's 2 games, FLASH had only 5 sophomores available and brought "up" 3 of the FLASH freshmen to help out. To the credit of both the freshmen (Austin Malkowski, Joey Kalski and Zach Nytsch) and the sophomores, the blended team effort was seamless as everyone contributed and played very well together. The 1st game was against Minnesota Heat and FLASH came out aggressively on both ends of the floor with a trapping defense led by Max Magyar and back-to-back "3's" by Magyar and Nick Kuehn to open the game. The result was a 21-2 run to open the 1st half as FLASH took control of the game right from the outset. FLASH led 34-12 at halftime and continued to keep the Heat off-balance with their trapping defense. FLASH went on to a 64-38 win by playing great team basketball--seamlessly incorporating the freshmen. FLASH had 3 players in double figures (Vlado Zrnic-22, Magyar-19 and Tanner Sebastian-10) while Magyar and Kuehn each dished out 4 assists as FLASH tied a season high 16 assists in the opening game blowout. In Game 2, FLASH played WI Focus and struggled to get untracked early and the tempo of the 1st half was played at a very slow pace. As a result, FLASH trailed 21-19 at the half. FLASH went to full court pressure in the 2nd half to pick up the pace and create the tempo that they wanted to play at. They went on an 11-0 run to open the half and took control of the game. FLASH went on to a 57-42 win as again 3 players scored in double figures (Sebastian-15, Zrnic-12 and Magyar-10). Sebastian also led in assists with 4. With their 2-0 record, FLASH went into the semifinals as one of the top seeds in the bracket. However, as would be the theme of this tournament, FLASH would be without their top 2 scorers on Sunday but would get back the players who missed Saturday's games. On Sunday morning, FLASH played WI Crusaders and got off to a slow start in what was a pretty low scoring 1st half with FLASH trailing 19-18 at halftime. FLASH fought hard in the 2nd half and the lead changed hands several times for FLASH, down by 1 with 20 seconds to play, had 1 last possession and a couple of good shot opportunities. Unfortunately, they could not convert and lost 38-37. Magyar led FLASH in scoring with 15 points and Will Kegel had 5 assists to lead FLASH. After a tough loss, FLASH had to bounce back an hour later to play for 3rd place in the tournament against WI Storm (also 2-1 in the tournament). FLASH jumped out to a quick start with a swarming trap on defense and solid ball movement on offense. Excellent rebounding by Andrew Sodemann prevented the Storm from getting any 2nd shots when they did miss. The result was an 18 point halftime lead at 24-6 as FLASH allowed the fewest points defensively in a half this season. FLASH played well in the 2nd half and although the Storm eventually started to knock down shots, the game was already decided as FLASH went on to a 52-35 win. For the 3rd time in 4 games, FLASH had 3 players in double figures (Magyar-12, Sean Damro-11 and Sodemann-10) while Jonah Bzdawka led in assists with 5. Despite playing with very different line-ups from one day to the next due to conflicts, FLASH played well and came within 1 point of potentially winning the tournament.


Game recaps included:

* W 64-38  Minnesota Heat
* W 57-42  WI Focus
*  L 38-37  WI Crusaders
* W 52-35  WI Storm

Record: Tournament (3-1) / Overall (15-5)




NAYS 16U
Racine Park HS 
Racine, WI

The FLASH sophomores played in the NAYS tournament at Racine Park High School on 6/25-26 with an opportunity to defend their Championship at the same tournament from 2015 as freshmen. They opened the tournament against the LWCC All-Stars of Indianapolis, IN and played one of their best games of the season. Excellent ball movement in the 1st half allowed FLASH to get easy baskets cutting through the lane and resulted in a 34-18 halftime lead. In the 2nd half, the opponent came out and pressured FLASH full court to try and get back in the game but behind the passing of Will Kegel and Max Magyar, FLASH attacked the press to build their lead on way to a 69-39 opening game win. FLASH had a very balanced scoring attack with 3 players (Vlado Zrnic-16, Tanner Sebastian-13 and Jonah Bzdawka-10) in double figures while Magyar had 9 points and Oliver Krause had 8 as they nearly had 5 players in double figures. FLASH also had a season high 18 assists led by Kegel's 5 and Magyar's 4. Game 2 was against WI Legacy of Milwaukee and back-to-back "3's" by Magyar helped FLASH get out to a 11-2 start. However, Legacy came back to tie the game at 13-13 forcing a FLASH timeout. The rest of the half was closely played and a baseline fall-away jumper by Kegel at the buzzer gave FLASH a 33-30 lead at the half. Improved passing in the 2nd half led to a double digit lead and ultimately a 66-57 FLASH win. Again, FLASH had 3 players (Zrnic-14, Magyar-11 and Andrew Sodemann-10) in double figures while Kegel had 9 points for FLASH. Zrnic led in assists with 4. FLASH took their 2-0 record into Game 3 against 12 Deep of MIlwaukee and had a rather slow start as a result of turnovers and a lack of focus. However, a 6-0 run at the end of the half gave FLASH a 27-16 halftime lead. The 2nd half was all FLASH as they got re-focused at the break and came out and blew away the opponent outscoring them 42-14 in the half to win 69-30.FLASH again had great scoring balance as Zrnic had 15 points, Krause had 12 and Sodemann and Bzdawka each scored 9 to lead FLASH. For the 2nd time in the tournament, FLASH had a season high 18 assists led by Kegel with 5 and Magyar with 4. On Sunday, FLASH took their 3-0 record in the tournament up against Gallo of Racine (also 3-0 in the tournament) and FLASH got off to a great start with a 12-0 run to open the game. However, Gallo came back with a run of their own to tie the game and FLASH led 20-17 in a very low scoring 1st half as the game became rather sloppy after the opening minutes. FLASH maintained the lead throughout the 2nd half but could never get the lead above single digits and in the end, had to hang on for a 43-41 win. Zrnic led FLASH in scoring with 19 points while Kegel led in assists with 4. At 4-0, FLASH got a pass to the Championship Game whereas Gallo had to play-in to get there. As it turned out, the two teams met again in the title game and like the previous match-up, FLASH again jumped out to a quick lead with a 10-2 run to open the game but this time did not give up a big run by Gallo and continued to play a solid 1st half to lead 35-26 at halftime as they came within 8 points of equaling their point total for the entire previous game. Zrnic had 14 1st half points to help lead the way and FLASH continued to play solid basketball in the 2nd half. Every time, Gallo tried to make a run, FLASH seemed to have an answer as a result of great ball movement and 5 2nd half "3's" by Kegel, Magyar, Sebastian and Sean Damro. FLASH hit 9 "3's" for the game and went 9 of 10 from the FT line to win 64-50 to take their 3rd tournament Championship in 6 tournaments to date. FLASH again had 3 players (Zrnic-22, Kegel-12 on 4 "3's" and Magyar-10) in double figures while Magyar, who had an outstanding floor game, also led in assists with 5. The Championship was a result of excellent team play all weekend.


Game recaps included:

* W 69-39  LWCC
* W 66-57  WI Legacy
* W 69-30  12 Deep
* W 43-41  Gallo
* W 64-50  Gallo

 Record: Tournament (5-0) / Overall (20-5)



Blizzard Battle
Appleton, WI


The FLASH sophomores played in the Blizzard Battle in Appleton on 7/10 and opened the tournament against one of the host teams, WI Blizzard-Schnell. Despite a slow start, good ball movement and solid defense led to a 28-15 FLASH lead at halftime. FLASH played well in the 2nd half but was unable to pull away as the Blizzard hung around. Late in the game, 3 consecutive missed FT opportunities on the front end of bonus situations prevented FLASH from putting the game away and allowed Blizzard to make a run at the end as FLASH hung on for a 45-42 win. It wasn't pretty but it was a win. FLASH had only one player score in double figures in the low scoring game as Vlado Zrnic had 10. Andrew Sodemann had a solid game with 9 while Zrnic also led the team in assists with 4. In Game 2, FLASH played HLC and this time, behind excellent ball movement and trapping defense, FLASH jumped out to a 32-17 halftime lead with a very balanced scoring attack. Max Magyar opened the 2nd half with back-to-back "3's" as FLASH blew the game open on way to a 70-41 win. FLASH had 3 players (Magyar-15, Tanner Sebastian-13 and Zrnic-12) in double figures and nearly had 6 as Sodemann, Nick Kuehn and Sean Damro each scored 8 points for FLASH. Sebastian just missed a point/assist "double-double" as he led FLASH with a career high 9 assists. FLASH had a season high 23 assists as a team. With their 2-0 record, FLASH went to the Championship Game against a very good WI Blizzard-Hawley team. Both teams were 2-0 in the tournament and FLASH started slowly due to turnovers (5 in the 1st 3 minutes) and trailed by 10 early in the game forcing a FLASH timeout. Once they settled down, FLASH played a solid 1st half but trailed 26-25 at halftime. Improved ball movement in the 2nd half led to a 2 minute run where Sebastian, Magyar and Zrnic all knocked down "3's" to help build a 10 point lead midway through the 2nd half. FLASH went on to win 55-42 to win the game and the tournament Championship. Zrnic led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points while Will Kegel dished out 7 assists to lead FLASH. It was a great team effort all day long and the 4th tournament Championship in their 7 tournaments to date this season
Game recaps included:

* W  45-42  WI Blizzard-Schnell
* W  70-41  HLC
* W  55-42  WI Blizzard-Hawley

Record: Tournament (3-0) / Overall (23-5)




NAYS NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Bolingbrook, IL


The FLASH sophomores played their final tournament of the season in the NAYS National Tournament at Bolingbrook, Illinois from 7/22-24 and opened the tournament with IL Stampede of Chicago. FLASH got off to a good start with great ball movement and solid shooting as Vlado Zrnic scored the 1st 11 points for FLASH as part of a 14-2 run to start the game. Zrnic scored 19 1st half points off great passing from Will Kegel, Tanner Sebastian, Max Magyar and Nick Kuehn as they continually found their teammate for open looks. The Stampede tried to use a full court trap early against FLASH but the outstanding passing chased the opponent out of the press quickly as FLASH ripped through the press for lay-ups and led 37-22 at halftime. However, FLASH didn't put Stampede away in the 2nd half and the lead was cut to 7 at 60-53 with 1:40 to play forcing a FLASH timeout. Out of the timeout, Sebastian hit a "3" and Kegel found Zrnic for a quick score to bump up the lead to 65-53 which ended the game. Zrnic finished with a season high 27 points while Kegel led in assists with 7 and Kuehn had 4. Sebastian, Magyar, and Zrnic each recorded 3 assists as FLASH had a season high 22 assists as a team. In Game 2, FLASH played the Chi-Town Warriors, also of Chicago, and got off to a much more ragged start with turnovers and missed scoring opportunities and trailed early. FLASH cut the deficit to 1 at 20-19 at halftime and came out with full court pressure to open the 2nd half in an effort to pick up the tempo. Back-to-back "3's" by Magyar to open the half got FLASH jump-started but they simply could not put the Warriors away and had to hold on for a 56-52 win. FLASH had 3 players (Zrnic-20, Magyar-10 and Sodemann-10) in double figures while Sebastian led in assists with 6. It was the 11th straight win for FLASH, which tied the FLASH record for consecutive wins in a season. In Game 3, their last game of the 1st day of the tournament, FLASH played a more familiar opponent, East Troy Hoops Club-1. FLASH again got off to a rather slow start but a 7-0 run at the end of the half gave FLASH a 35-23 halftime lead. An Increase in defensive intensity blew the game open in the 1st 6 minutes of the 2nd half as FLASH went on a 8-0 run to build their lead to 43-23 on way to a 77-49 win. FLASH had a season high 11 made "3's" as Jonah Bzdawka led the scoring with 19 points while Sebastian had 13 and Magyar had 9 to lead FLASH. Kegel had 5 assists to lead 17 team assists for FLASH as they broke the record for consecutive wins with their 12 straight. On Saturday morning, FLASH played at 8:00 am against UP Power of Michigan and struggled to get to loose balls and was out-rebounded. Magyar kept FLASH in the game with 12 1st half points as FLASH trailed 22-21 at halftime. The 2nd half didn't start off well as the deficit reached 8 at 29-21. After a timeout, a Sebastian "3" got FLASH going but Power continued to play well and with 15 seconds to play in the game, FLASH trailed 53-50 when Kegel hit his 4th "3" of the game to tie the score at 53-53 with 4 seconds left. On the ensuing inbound pass, Magyar read the passing lane and stole the inbound pass and hit Zrnic for a lay-up at the buzzer to pull out an incredibly dramatic 55-53 win. FLASH again had 3 players (Kegel-19, Magyar-12 and Zrnic-10) in double figures while Kegel had 4 assists to lead FLASH putting his assist total for the season at 102 to become only the 8th player in FLASH history to record 100 assists in a season. The win was also the 27th of the season to tie the all-time FLASH record for wins in a season that was set in 2013. FLASH took their 4-0 record in the tournament into their next game against the Shockers of West Virginia. This time FLASH got off to a very solid start with an 8-0 run to open the game. However, the Shockers' "3 point" shooting brought them back as they took a short-lived lead at 17-16 before FLASH tightened their defense and forced turnovers to ignite their transition game. FLASH led 40-31 at halftime. FLASH came out in the 2nd half and played some of their best basketball of the season as they passed the ball with an incredible precision to blow the game open on way to a 77-52 win, their 28th of the season to break the FLASH record. FLASH again had 3 players (Zrnic-24, Oliver Krause-18 and Magyar-14) in double figures and nearly had a 4th as Sebastian scored 9 to lead FLASH. FLASH also had a season high 23 assists led by Zrnic with 6 while Kegel, Sebastian and Kuehn each recorded 4. At 5-0, FLASH played their final pool game of the tournament on Saturday afternoon against East Troy Hoops Club-2 and came out very aggressive right from the start as Magyar opened the game with a "3". Excellent passing and 12 1st half points from Magyar helped give FLASH a 33-19 lead at halftime. FLASH ran East Troy off the floor to open the 2nd half with a 20-4 run as the lead ballooned to 30 at 53-23. FLASH went on to win 68-39 for their 29th win and 15th consecutive win of the season.Magyar had 16 points and 4 assists to lead FLASH while Zrnic had 14 points and Sean Damro scored 9. Kegel led FLASH in assists with 5 as the team notched 20 assists--the 3rd time in 6 tournament games with at least 20 assists.On an individual note, Zrnic, with his 14 points, also became only the 4th player in FLASH history to score 400 points in a season. On Sunday morning, FLASH, at 6-0 in the tournament, played HDX of Chicago in their 1st playoff game. HDX was a freshman team playing up in the tournament and had won their opening playoff game. Despite FLASH struggling a bit with playing a younger team, they built a 39-26 lead at halftime behind a very balanced scoring attack. FLASH went on to win 67-52 for their 30th win and 16th consecutive win of the season with 4 players (Kuehn-12, Zrnic-11, Kegel-10 and Andrew Sodemann-10) in double figures while Sebastian had 5 assists and Kegel had 4 to lead FLASH. The win put FLASH into the quarterfinals at 7-0 against 6-1 GT United of Indiana. FLASH got off to great start with an 11-4 run to open the game but the opponent came back to take the lead and led 38-30 at halftime. The deficit increased to 15 within the 1st 5 minutes of the 2nd half before a FLASH comeback cut the deficit to 3 midway through the 2nd half. However, FLASH was unable to get any closer and lost 60-55 as they were eliminated from the tournament ending their season. Zrnic had 23 points and Kegel had 12 while Sebastian had 5 assists to lead FLASH. Clearly, a very disappointing loss, it took nothing away from all that this team accomplished throughout the season. Playing with great chemistry all season long, they broke the record for wins in a season with 30 (a record which had been set at 27 in 2013) and also broke the record for consecutive wins with 16 (a record which had been set at 11 in 2009) They also made 197 "3's this season which broke the record of 188 set in 2008. Individually, Vlado Zrnic became only the 4th player in FLASH history to score 400 or more points and his 438 points this season place him 3rd on the single season scoring list. His 15.1 point per game average is also 3rd on that list. Max Magyar's 49 "3's" moved him into a 3rd place tie on the all-time made "3's" list for a season and his 85 "3's over these past 2 seasons place him 3rd on the career list. Will Kegel's 117 assists make him only the 8th player in FLASH history to record 100+ assists in a season and his 205 assists over the past 2 seasons place him 4th on the career list. It was a great season with a great group and a sign of what can be accomplished with great team work and also a sign of even better things to come in 2017.
Game caps included:

*  W  65-53  IL Stampede
*  W  56-52  Chi-Town Warriors
*  W  77-49  East Troy Hoops Club-1
*  W  53-50  UP Power
*  W  77-52  Shockers
*  W  68-39  East Troy Hoops Club-2
*  W  67-52  HDX
*   L  60-55  GT United

Record: Tournament (7-1) / Overall (30-6)





Tournaments / Results
2016 Tournaments and Highlights

Highlights:
 
Overall Record: 30-6

-- Champions: NAYS Waukesha
-- Champions: NAYS Waukesha
-- Champions: NAYS Racine
-- Champions: Blizzard Battle Appleton 
-- 3rd Place June Jam Verona

Spring Kickoff

North Chicago High School

North Chicago, IL


The FLASH juniors opened their season on 4/9 in the Spring Kickoff at North Chicago High School and come into the season with a little different roster as they will play this season with 7 returning players from last year and one new addition, Brett Greish, who is starting the season sidelined with a fractured thumb. The rest of the cast is a familiar group that have played together for the past two years. They opened the season against Brew City and got off to a great start with a 12-2 run to open the game. After allowing the opponent to get back into the game, FLASH called a timeout and came back with a higher level of intensity and went into halftime up 32-17. FLASH played with aggression in the 2nd half but also did a great job of moving the ball offensively as they went on to a 70-46 win with 4 players in double figures (Max Magyar-17, Oliver Krause-12, Andrew Sodemann-12 and Will Kegel-11). FLASH nearly had 6 in double figures as both Nick Kuehn and Sean Damro scored 8 each. Kegel opened the season with his 2nd career point/assist "double-double" as he had 10 assists to go along with his 11 points. In the hundreds of FLASH games for multiple teams since 2005, this is only the 16th point/assist "double-double" in FLASH history and the 1st since 2015. FLASH had to play back-to-back games and played Golden Touch in Game 2. FLASH again jumped off to a good start and took an early 10 point lead. Good ball movement and a trapping defense kept the opponent off guard and gave FLASH a 23-8 lead at the half. The trapping defense, combined with a very patient opponent on offense, slowed the game down whereas the trap normally speeds the game up. FLASH went on to a 41-27 win with a balanced scoring attack in which no one scored in double figures as Kuehn had 8 points while Kegel, Magyar and Sodemann each scored 7 to lead FLASH. Kegel again led in assists with 4. In their final game of the tournament, FLASH played Great Lakes Ballers with a chance to win the tournament. FLASH again played well early and built a 12 point 1st half lead as a result of good ball movement and balanced scoring. The Ballers cut the lead to 8 going into halftime before Magyar hit a half-court "3" at the buzzer to give FLASH a 24-14 lead at the break. FLASH took control in the 2nd half as they went on to win 57-42 to win the Championship. FLASH had 3 players in double figures (Magyar-16, Kegel-10 and Damro-10) while Kegel led in assists with 6 giving him 225 assists for his FLASH career (4th in FLASH history currently). Magyar had 5 "3's" in Game 3 (tied for 2nd most in a game in FLASH history) and ended the tournament with 94 made "3's" for his career (currently 2nd in FLASH history).


Game recaps included:


W   70-46   Brew City

W   41-27   Golden Touch

W   57-42   Great Lakes Ballers


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


NAYS-Elmhurst

Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, IL


The FLASH juniors played their 2nd tournament of the season on 5/6 at the NAYS tournament in Elmhurst, IL and opened the tournament with The Place of Chicago. FLASH, due to conflicts had only 6 players for their 1st game and after a close 1st half, FLASH led 21-17 at the halftime break. Very good ball movement and solid defense in the 2nd half allowed FLASH to extend their lead as they went on to a 53-36 win. Oliver Krause (16 points), Max Magyar (15 points) and Andrew Sodemann (10 points) all scored in double figures and Will Kegel dished out 4 assists to lead FLASH. In Game 2, FLASH played Ronnie Fields Elite, also of Chicago, and FLASH struggled in a big way right from the start as they opened the game with an 18-3 deficit. FLASH scored a season-low 11 1st half points and trailed 25-11 at halftime. The 2nd half didn't get any better as FLASH lost its 1st game of the season, 38-28 for their lowest output of the young season. FLASH had no one in double figures as Kegel, Nick Kuehn and Sean Damro each scored 6 points to lead FLASH. Kegel and Magyar each dished out 2 assists. FLASH took their 1-1 record in the tournament into their final game against the IL Warriors and FLASH bounced back in another low scoring game and led 23-18 at halftime. The game remained close in the 2nd half but FLASH was able to pull out a 38-32 win. Magyar scored 14 points and Magyar and Kegel each recorded 2 assists to lead FLASH.


Game recaps included:


W  53-36  The Place

L   38-28  Ronnie Fields Elite

W  38-32  IL Wariors


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



SEA-June Jam

Sports Enhancement Academy

Stoughton, WI


The FLASH juniors returned to action in the SEA June Jam in Stoughton, WI 6/10-11 knowing they would have some personnel conflicts for this tournament due to multiple issues and would need to play short-handed. In Game 1, FLASH played Minnesota Heat-Menco and FLASH blew the game open right from the start. With only 7 players, FLASH would have to play smart in conserving their energy and great ball movement and pressure defense resulted in a 40-24 FLASH lead at halftime. In the 2nd half, FLASH completely frustrated and overwhelmed the Heat by holding them to 4 2nd half points while putting up 32 of their own in the 72-28 win. For only the 6th time in FLASH history, FLASH had 5 players in double figures--Jonah Bzdawka-15, Max Magyar-13, Oliver Krause-13, Nick Kuehn-12 and Andrew Sodemann-11 while Will Kegel led in assists with 6. In Game 2, FLASH played WI Drive and got off to a good start and a 9-2 lead to open the game. However, FLASH was never really able to pull away from the Drive and led 25-16 at halftime. FLASH played very well in the 2nd half behind great ball movement led by Will Kegel who had 8 assists to go along with a game-high 21 points. Magyar had 15, Bzdawaka had 15 and Sodemann had 12 to give FLASH 4 players in double figures in the 66-55 win. FLASH played WI Shock in Game 3 and with 2 perimeter players out for Sunday's games, FLASH was down to having only 1 guard and needed to adjust. The Shock played almost exclusively zone traps but FLASH didn't have the same type of perimeter shooting that they would normally have and the game was tied at 29-29 at halftime. FLASH went to full court pressure to start the 2nd half and it resulted in a couple of quick Shock tunrovers. FLASH did what they needed to do offensively as they went on to a 60-53 win and a 3-0 start in the tournament as they headed into the playoff round. FLASH again had 4 players in double figures--Krause-14, Kegel-13, Bzdawka-13 abd Sodemann-11 while Kegel dished out 7 assists. In the semifinal playoff game, FLASH played Minnesota Heat-Burnham and being short-handed started to catch-up to the FLASH juniors as they looked tired and struggled offensively. Despite the stuggles, they only trailed by 3 at halftime, 26-23. However, the Heat put together a run midway through the 2nd half that FLASH never really recovered from as FLASH went on to a 57-47 loss. Bzdawka (13), Sean Damro (11) and Kegel (10) alll scored in double figires but FLASH had a season low 5 team assists with Kegel leading with only 2.


Game recaps included:


W   72-28   MN Heat-Menco

W   66-55   WI Drive

W   60-53   WI Shock

L    57-47   MN Heat-Burnham


Record: Tournament (3-1)/ Overall (8-2)


NAYS-Waukesha

Center Court

Waukesha, WI


The FLASH juniors played at the NAYS Tournament at Center Court in Waukesha 6/17-18. They opened the tournament against Golden Touch BB Academy and had a solid 1st half offensively but struggled defensively and trailed 29-28 at the halftime break. FLASH took the lead in the 2nd half but went ice cold in the final 5 minutes of the game and lost 63-51. FLASH had 3 players in double figures--Max Magyar-15, Jonah Bzdawka-12 and Andrew Sodemann-12 and Will Kegel led in assists with 3. In Game 2, FLASH played Snipers and led by 12 early in the game but allowed the Snipers to hang around and they fought back to tie the game at 38-38 at halftime. FLASH went to full court pressure to open the 2nd half and got a quick 6-0 run and took control of the game from there on way to a 77-61 win. Great ball movement led to 4 FLASH players in double figures (Kegel-22, Bzdawka-17, Magyar-11 and Brett Greish-10) while Kegel had 8 assists to lead FLASH. In Game 3, FLASH played WI Ballers and got off to a very rough start as FLASH trailed 15-6 to start the game. However, the half court trap that FLASH used defensively produced big results as FLASH went off on a 24-0 run to close out the 1st half and led 30-15 at halftime.They maintained their double-digit lead for most of the 2nd half and played solid basketball to win 50-39. Sodemann had 15 points and Kegel had 3 assists to lead FLASH. In their final pool game, FLASH played 12 Deep and with solid ball movement on offense and good team work on defense, FLASH led 28-16 at the half. The opponent made runs in the 2nd half but FLASH always had an answer on way to a 53-41 FLASH win. Magyar had 16 points and Kegel had 11 to lead FLASH while Kegel dished out 6 assists in the win. With their 3-1 record, FLASH played WI Ballers again in the semifinal game. The winner would play for the Championship against Golden Touch BB Academy who was undefeated in the tournament. The semifinal game against the Ballers was an offensive explosion and with very good ball movement and excellent shooting, FLASH led 44-37 at halftime. FLASH got into the bonus midway through the 2nd half and went 20-23 from the FT line for the game while scoring a season-high 87 points in an 87-80 win. FLASH had 4 players in double figures (Kegel-24, Magyar-21, Sodemann-15 and Sean Damro-11) while Kegel had a game-high 6 assists. The win put FLASH into the Championship Game against the only team they had lost to in the tournament--Golden Touch BB Academy. Playing with 7 players all weekend seemed to catch-up with FLASH as they struggled early and trailed 34-21 at halftime. Magyar went off in the 2nd half to keep FLASH in the game by scoring 25 2nd half points but FLASH lost 65-58. Magyar had 27 points while Bzdawka had 14 for FLASH. Kegel had 5 assists in the loss.


Game recaps included:


L   63-51   Golden Touch BB Academy

W  77-61   Snipers

W  50-39   WI Ballers

W  53-41   12 Deep

W  87-80   WI Ballers

L   65-58    Golden Touch BB Academy


Record: Tournament (4-2)/ Overall (12-4)


NAYS-Racine

Racine Park HS

Racine, WI


The FLASH juniors played in the NAYS Tournament at Racine Park 6/24-25 and knew going in that they would be shorthanded with 2 starters out for their pool games on Saturday. In Game 1, FLASH played a very talented LWCC All-Star team from Indianapolis, Indiana. With only 6 players, FLASH had a tall task but played well in the 1st half with the game tied at 26-26 at halftime. However, an 8-0 run by the opponent midway through the 2nd half left FLASH trailing by 12. However, FLASH fought back but came up just short in the 54-50 loss. Will Kegel had 16 points and Sean Damro had 10 points and 2 assists to lead FLASH. In Game 2, FLASH played Panther Pals of Racine Park and behind the scoring of Nick Kuehn (10 points) and Andrew Sodemann (8 points), FLASH led 29-28 at halftime. FLASH got a tremendous lift from Kuehn in the 2nd half (14 points and 4 "3's") but it wasn't enough as FLASH lost 63-57 in a hard fought game. Kuehn finished with 24 points and his 6 made "3's" is tied for 2nd on the FLASH single game list. Sodemann had 14 points and Kegel had 11 points and 6 assists to lead FLASH. The final game of the day was against 12 Deep of Milwaukee and after 2 tough losses, FLASH went right at the opponent to open the game as FLASH took a 25-9 lead at the break. FLASH continued to play well in the 2nd half on way to a 54-29 win with three players in double figures (Kegel-15, Kuehn-14 and Damro-13) while Kuehn led in assists with 4 and Kegel had 3 for FLASH. On Sunday morning, in their final pool game, FLASH played Racine BB Club and had to fight for everything they could get to lead 26-23 at halftime. Nick Kuehn again propelled FLASH in the 2nd half with 4 made "3's" (5 for the game) and led 3 players in double figures again as he finished with 18 points while Sodemann had 12 and Oliver Krause had 10 for FLASH. Kegel led in assists with 4 as FLASH won 60-46. The win put FLASH in the semifinal against LWCC All-Stars right away with no time off. Playing back-to-back games with only 7 players would be difficult but having the game be very "loosely officiated" made matters worse. The game was allowed to be extremely physical with bodies being bounced around on a regular basis. This was not to the advantage of FLASH against the bigger more physical and athletic opponent. FLASH trailed by as many as 14 in the 1st half before cutting the deficit to 36-27 at halftime. Early in the 2nd half, FLASH cut the deficit to 4 but could get no closer and lost 64-55. Kegel had 18 points and Max Magyar had 12 points for FLASH while Sodemann dished out 3 assists to lead FLASH.


Game recaps included:


L   54-50   LWCC All-Stars

L   63-57   Panther Pals

W  54-29  12 Deep

W  60-46  Racine BB Club

L   64-55  LWCC All-Stars


Record:  Tournament (2-3)/ Overall (14-7)


Summer Slam

SEA

Stoughton, WI


The FLASH juniors played in the SEA Summer Slam in Stoughton on 7/8 and had only 5 players due to conflicts and had Miles Ellingson from the FLASH freshman team join them to at least have a one person rotation off the bench. With 3 starters out, FLASH struggled in Game 1 against Central WI Wildcats. Careless turnovers on offense and an inability to match up on shooters defensively led to a 32-20 halftime deficit. The 2nd half got worse instead of better and FLASH lost 59-39. Will Kegel had 12 points and 5 assists while Andrew Sodemann had 10 points for FLASH. Game 2 was played against WI Swing and FLASH played much better with better ball movement as a group and trailed by only 4 at 30-26 at the break. Swing got off to a good start to start the 2nd half and FLASH trailed by double digits quickly. FLASH was able to cut the deifict to 6 late in the game but could get no closer as they lost 54-42. Kegel had 13 points and 3 assists and Sean Damro had 10 points to lead FLASH. In their final game of the tournament, FLASH played HLC and with playing their 3rd game with only 6 playrs, they were clearly tired. However, they stepped up behind the play of Kegel to lead 29-24 at the half. Kegel had 15 1st half points to lead FLASH. Despite the tired legs of the 6 players, FLASH wnet to full court pressure to open the 2nd half which threw off the opponent and allowed FLASH to get some easy opportunities at a faster paced tempo. FLASH buitl a double digit lead and wnet on to win 62-41. Kegel had an outstanding game and a career high 27 points while Sodemann had 13 points and Brett Greish had 12 points for FLASH. Max Magyar led in assists with 4. After a tough day, it was a nice way to end the tournament.


Game recaps included:


L   59-39  Central WI Wildcats

L   54-42  WI Swing

W  62-41  HLC


Record: Tournament (1-2)/Overall (15-9)


Jimmy V Classic

Justagame Fieldhouse

Wisconisn Dells, WI


The FLASH juniors played their final tournament of the season and of their FLASH career at the Jimmy V Classic in the Wisconsin Dells 7/14-16 and knew from the start that they would be short-handed as their 2nd leading scorer, Max Magyar, would have to miss the tournament due to a baseball conflict. With only 7 players, FLASH opened the tournament against WI City and FLASH got off to a very slow start and thanks to 11 1st half points from point guard Will Kegel, they stayed closed but trailed 22-18 at halftime. A much more balanced scoring attack in the 2nd half led to numerous scoring opportunities as FLASH went on to a 50-43 opening game win. Kegel finished with 14 points and 5 assists to lead FLASH. An hour later, FLASH played Game 2 against Brew City and behind excellent ball movement and balanced scoring. mostly in transition, FLASH led 32-21 at halftime. In the 2nd half, FLASH began to open up their lead by pushing the ball at the defense and went on to a 67-46 win. FLASH had three players in double figures (Jonah Bzdawka-15, Andrew Sodemann-13 and Sean Damro-11) while Kegel and Nick Kuehn each dished out 5 assists for FLASH. Unfortunately, Bzdawka rolled his ankle late in the game and would have to miss the rest of the tournament which meant the FLASH would have to play the rest of the way with only 6 players. In Game 3, FLASH played Iowa Ambush and ran into a hot-shooting team to open the game. FLASH, after falling behind by double digits early, worked to cut the deficit to six at 36-30 at the halftime break. FLASH struggled for stretches of the 2nd half but again, came back. Unfortunately, FLASH could never fully recover from the roght start to the game and although worked hard to compete and come back, they lost 65-57. FLASH again had 3 players in double figures as Nick Kuehn had 20 points while Damro had 15 points and Kegel had 10 points, along with 4 assists. His 4 assists moved Will into 2nd place on the all-time FLASH career assist list. FLASH took their 2-1 record into the semifinal game against WI Swing and again, fell behind early. They continued to battle back but trailed 28-22 at the break. In the 2nd half, FLASH picked up the intensity and moved the ball very well on way to a 51-49 win and spot in the Championship Game. FLASH again had 3 players in double figures (Sodemann-14, Kegel-13 and Oliver Krause-11) while Kegel led in assists with 4. In the Championship Game, FLASH played Iowa Ambush. FLASH withstood a very good shooting half by the opponent but still trailed 36-31 at halftime. FLASH stayed close behind 17 1st half points from Kegel but in the 2nd half, the Ambush extended their lead and unfortunately, playing most of the tournament with 6 players, FLASH struggled to knock down opn shots and simply ran out of gas and lost 69-61.Again, FLASH had 3 players in double figures (Kegel -22, Krause-16 and Damro-12) while Kegel dished out 3 assists. With the loss, FLASH took 2nd Place in the tournament and ended their season and FLASH career. This season was a bit different as FLASH lost 2 starters from a team that went 30-6 a year ago but the decision was made to go with only 8 players this season to increase playing time and experience for everyone. Unfortunately, due to conflicts, FLASH never played a game with all 8 players available. Despite, that fact, they went 18-11 and continued to move the ball in impressive fashion as they had 18 games with at least 3 players scoring in double figures. On an individual note, point guard Will Kegel had an outstanding season (365 points and 129 assists) as he became the 5th leading career scorer in FLASH history with 726 points (only the 5th player in FLASH history to score more than 700 points) and also reached the number 2 spot on the career assist list with 334 assists. It was a great 3 years with a great group.


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