NAYS 15U
Waukesha West HS
Waukesha, WI

The FLASH freshmen played their 1st ever tournament together at Waukesha West High School on 4/23-24 and opened their season with one of the host teams--Focus Blue. FLASH began their season with a made "3" by Austin Malkowski and went on to a 9-0 run to open the game. Solid team play, excellent ball movement and very good rebounding by Zach Nytsch, Hudson Hughes and Brian Voight led FLASH to a 28-19 halftime lead. Focus got "hot" in the 2nd half and FLASH temporarily lost its composure as the FLASH lead was cut to 1 at 42-41 with 3 and half minutes to play. A huge "3" by Brandon Wikel and outstanding floor play by point guard Wes Kwapick down the stretch turned the game back in favor of FLASH as they went on to a 59-50 opening game win. Voight and Malkowski both scored 13 points each to lead FLASH while Kwapick had 8 points and also led the team with 5 assists (15 team assists). It was a very good team win with a lot of contributions from numerous players to open the season.Game 2 was played Sunday morning at 9:00 am against Focus White and FLASH took charge right from the start and overwhelmed the Focus team with very good transition basketball. Excellent ball movement and red-hot shooting by Wikel led FLASH to a 29-10 halftime lead. The 2nd half was a virtual repeat of the 1st half as FLASH went on to a 67-22 win. Wikel led all scorers with 18 points (including 4 "3's") while Voight had 9 points and Kwapick had 8 points and 5 assists to lead FLASH. As a team, FLASH recorded 16 team assists.The win gave FLASH a 2-0 record in the tournament and tied them with WI Shooters, also 2-0, but by virtue of margin of victory tiebreaker, Shooters was the #1 seed and and got a bye whereas FLASH was the #2 seed and wound up playing the same Focus White team that they had just dismantled.FLASH played a very solid game again and led 31-14 at halftime. FLASH continued their solid play in the 2nd half on way to a 58-22 win. Kwapick led a very balanced scoring attack with 16 points while also dishing out 4 assists while Wikel had 3 assists to lead FLASH. Their 3-0 record put FLASH in the Championship Game against WI Shooters in what would be a very good Championship Game. FLASH received a Championship performance from point guard Wes Kwapick (24 points and 8 assists with 5 "3's"). The 5 made "3's" ties Wes for 2nd most in a single game in FLASH history. FLASH played great team basketball but trailed 38-33 at halftime. A 2nd half run gave FLASH a 7 point lead midway through the 2nd half but big plays by both teams made this a game that went down to the final possession. Down 68-65, Kwapick had a steal and one last chance to send the game into OT but missed a "3" at the buzzer as FLASH lost and took 2nd Place in the tournament. FLASH had 3 players in double figures (Kwapick-24, Wikel-12 and Malkowski-10) while Kwapick had 8 assists and Wikel added 4 assists to lead FLASH. It was a very good 1st tournament for the FLASH freshmen as team play characterized their effort all weekend and the 2nd Place finish gave them something to build on going forward.

Game recaps included:

* W 59-50   Focus Blue
* W 67-22   Focus White
* W 58-22   Focus White
*  L 68-65   WI Shooters

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

 


Justagame Classic
Justagame Fieldhouse
Wisconsin Dells, WI

 The FLASH freshmen were back in action on Saturday, 4/30 at the Justagame Classic in Wisconsin Dells. Coming off their 2nd Place finish at Waukesha West the previous weekend, FLASH played in the one day Dells tournament where each team plays 3 games and the top team at each division is the Champion. FLASH opened the tournament with WI Flight and got off to a good start with solid play all through the roster. Both starters and reserves played very well in the 1st half to capture a 27-12 halftime lead. The 2nd half was similar to the 1st half as FLASH went on to a 59-37 opening game win with a very balanced scoring attack (Wes Kwapick-11, Joey Kalski-11, Nick Hough-9 and Brandon Wikel-8) as they nearly had 4 players in double figures. Jack Nelson led in assists with 5 while Wikel had 3 to lead FLASH. In Game 2, FLASH played Gogebic Elite who had traveled to the Dells from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Outstanding ball movement led to open shots and solid defense led to transition baskets as FLASH opened with a 13-1 run to start the game and led 32-15 at halftime. In the 2nd half, FLASH picked up the pressure and blew the game open on way to a 69-28 win. Again, a balanced attack with 3 players in double figures (Kalski-13, Kwapick-11 and Zach Zytsch-10) and nearly a fourth (Hough-9 points) led the way for FLASH. FLASH also had a season high 18 assists led by Kwapick with 5. FLASH took their 2-0 record in the tournament into their final game against Central WI Wildcats of Stevens Point and a win would give FLASH the Championship of the tournament. For the 1st time in the tournament, FLASH got off to a rather slow start as did the Wildcats. Midway through the 1st half, FLASH went on an 8-0 run to carry a 25-11 lead into halftime. Behind the play of Kwapick and Brian Voight and excellent passing from Wikel, FLASH took control of the game early in the 2nd half resulting in a 54-33 win and the tournament Championship. Kwapick (14 points) and Voight (10 points) led FLASH in scoring and Wikel had his personal season high 5 assists to lead FLASH. It was a solid effort up and down the roster as everyone had the opportunity to play significant minutes throughout the tournament and helped win the Championship of the tournament.


 

Game recaps included:

 * W 59-37   WI Flight
* W 69-28   Gogebic Elite
* W 54-33   Central WI Wildcats

Record: Tournament (3-0) / Overall (6-1)




NAYS 15U-16U
East Troy HS
East Troy, WI


The FLASH freshmen played in a freshman-sophomore tournament at East Troy on 5/6-7 and opened the tournament on Friday night against WI Reign's 15U team in what appeared would be a good match-up. FLASH struck 1st with a "3" by Wes Kwapick and after a Reign score cut the lead to 3-2, FLASH went on a 12-0 run to take early control of the game. Outsanding ball movement (11 1st half assists) led to a 33-14 halftime lead as FLASH turned up the defensive pressure and got out in transition. Reign scored 6 straight points to cut the lead to 33-20 in the early minutes of the 2nd half but FLASH answered with an 8-0 run on way to an impressive 57-24 win. FLASH had 3 players in double figures (Kwapick-16, including 4 "3's", Joey Kalski-11 and Brian Voight-10)  and the balance carried over to the assist column as well as Kwapick, Brandon Wikel and Austin Malkowski each recorded 4 assists to lead FLASH. FLASH played Game 2 on Saturday against East Troy Hoop's Club's 16U team. Playing "up" against a good team in their own tournament would certainly present a challenge but one that the FLASH freshmen appeared to be ready for. East Troy jumped out to 15-5 lead early and after a timeout, FLASH settled in and had a great 8-0 run that put them right back in the game as they trailed 26-23 at halftime. FLASH took the lead early in the 2nd half and led 47-40 with 9 minutes to play. However, a few costly turnovers and the bigger, stronger East Troy team came back to make the final minutes of the game a real battle. FLASH lost 54-53 but other than a few costly mistakes, played an excellent game against a good team. Kwapick was outstanding throughout as he finished with a game high 27 points (tied for 6th most in a single game in the 12 year history of FLASH) and also hit 6 "3's" (tied for the most in a single game in FLASH history). He, along with Wikel and Malkowski, each notched 3 assists as well to lead FLASH. After a tough loss, FLASH played in the 3rd Place game against WI Hoops Select and bounced back in impressive fashion. Led by Brian Voight's 12 1st half points, FLASH took a 38-28 lead into halftime. FLASH came out with full court pressure to start the 2nd half and forced turnovers and got their transition game going resulting in a 11-0 run to open the 2nd half. Outsanding ball movement resulted in FLASH having a season high 20 team assists (Wikel-6, Kwapick-3 and Malkowski-3) and led to 3 players again in double figures (Voight-14, Kwapick-14 and Wikel-12) as FLASH went on to a 67-52 win. It was an outstanding tournament for the FLASH freshmen and one where they got significant contributions from a number of people.


Game recaps included:

* W 57-24   WI Reign 15U
* L  54-53   East Troy Hoops Club 16U
* W 67-52   WI Hoops Select 15U


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



NAYS 15U
Center Court
Waukesha, WI

The FLASH freshmen played in the NAYS freshman tournament at Center Court in Waukesha on 5/14-15 and opened the tournament against Winnebago Warriors. FLASH jumped out to a quick 15-5 lead with excellent passing and solid "3 point" shooting by Austin Malkowski (3 "3's" in the 1st 6 minutes of the game) leading to a 32-22 halftime lead. The Warriors cut the lead to 6 early in the 2nd half but a "3" by Brandon Wikel and a Wikel assist to Brian Voight bumped the lead back up to double digits and Joey Kalski caught "fire" in the 2nd half as FLASH never looked back and went on to a 62-43 opening game win. FLASH had 3 players in double figures (Kalski-17, Wikel-15 and Malkowski-14) and Wes Kwapick dished out 5 assists in the win. In game 2, FLASH played Gallo Elite of Racine and for the 2nd game in a row, jumped out to a quick double digit lead at 17-7 behind outstanding passing and balanced scoring. FLASH finished the half with a 10-3 run to lead 27-10 at halftime. The ball movement and balance continued in the 2nd half on way to a 61-33 blowout win. Wikel led FLASH in scoring with 12 points while Kwapick led in assists with 4. FLASH took their 2-0 record into the playoff round on Saturday against 12 Deep of Milwaukee. Due to baseball conflicts, FLASH would be without starting point guard Wes Kwapick for this game and would also be missing starting guard Austin Malkowski for at least half of the game. As a result, FLASH would need to adjust their line-up accordingly. Wikel moved from "2" guard to point, Voight moved from the post to the perimeter and Kalski and Hudson Hughes moved into the starting line-up. The result was an outstanding 1st half performance as Wikel handled the point guard responsibilities flawlessly and Voight's move to the perimeter was also a success. Kalski and Hughes moving into the starting line-up was seemless. Excellent ball movement and team play led to numerous wide open shots and the bigger line-up with Voight, Hughes and Zach Nytsch resulted in excellent defensive rebounding as 12 Deep had almost no 2nd shots in the 1st half as well as FLASH forcing numerous turnovers. FLASH, with all of the changes, led 34-9 at halftime against a team that had just gone wire-to-wire in their previous game--a win.The 12 Deep team made a little run early in the 2nd half but FLASH again answered and went on to a 55-30 win. Voight (16 points) and Nytsch (15 points) led FLASH in scoring while Wikel dished out a team high 3 assists. The win put FLASH in the Championship game with WI Swish. With it's entire roster in tact again, FLASH jumped out to an early 11-2 lead behind good passing and quick scores. However, Swish was also 3-0 in the tournament and came back to cut the FLASH lead to 21-18 at halftime. The 2nd half was closely contested the rest of the way before a Swish run led to a 42-36 Swish lead with 2 minutes to play.However, FLASH struck back with a 6-0 run of their own capped by an acrobatic drive by Wikel in the final seconds to tie the game at 42-42 to force OT. Tied at 44-44, the game was forced to a 2nd OT before Swish held on for a 48-47 win resulting in a 2nd place finish for FLASH. FLASH again had a very balanced scoring attack as Kwapick led with 11 points while Malkowski had 9 and Voight had 8 for FLASH. Wikel led in assists with 3. It was a disappointing loss but a great Championship game and another very solid tournament for the FLASH freshmen.


Game recaps included:

* W 62-43   Winnebago Warriors
* W 61-33   Gallo Elite
* W 55-30   12 Deep
*  L 48-47    WI Swish (2 OT's)

Record: Tournament (3-1) / Overall (11-3)






NAYS High School Bracket 
Center Court Waukesha, WI 

The FLASH freshmen, who went through the spring portion of their schedule with an impressive 11-3 record, opened the summer portion of their schedule in the NAYS tournament at Center Court on 6/18-19 with the knowledge that this tournament would be a challenge due to the number of player availabiltity conflicts they would face. For example, in Game 1 against WI Hoops Select, FLASH had only 6 players available and were missing 4 starters due to conflicts. Despite the short roster, FLASH played a solid 1st half and led by double digits early before turnovers late in the half trimmed the FLASH lead to 33-29 at halftime. The 2nd half was a bit sloppy for both teams but trailing 50-47 with 15 seconds to play, Joey Kalski drove to the basket and scored while also drawing a foul. His FT tied the game at 50-50 and forced an un-timed "sudden death" OT where the 1st team to score would win. FLASH won the opening tap but turned the ball over without getting a shot and committed a foul on the defensive end which resulted in a made FT by the opponent and a 51-50 loss. Despite playing without their 4 leading scorers going into the game, FLASH had 3 players (Kalski-11, Zach Nytsch-10 and Hudson Hughes-10) score in double figures while Nick Hough had a very good floor game with 7 points and 4 assists. In Game 2, FLASH would return two key starters, Wes Kwapick and Brandon Wikel, from a baseball conflict but got off to slow start and trailed 4-0 forcing an immediate timeout. Improved play after the timeout led to a 29-24 halftime lead. Kalski had an outstanding game for FLASH with 20 points and 3 assists in leading FLASH to a 62-54 win. Kwapick scored 17 points and dished out 6 assists while Wikel had a solid game with 9 points and 4 assists. Nytsch also scored 9 points as FLASH nearly had 4 players in double figures. In Game 3, FLASH played Tosa Hoops and struggled right from the start as Tosa Hoops ran off a 6-0 run to open the game forcing a FLASH timeout. After the timeout, back-to-back "3's" by Kwapick tied the game and the 1st half remained close as FLASH trailed 21-20 at halftime. However, for the 1st time all season, the 2nd half was a disaster as FLASH went ice cold from the floor and was outscored 36-13 in the 2nd half and lost 57-33. FLASH did hit 8 "3's" against the Tosa zone but scored only 3 "2 point" baskets for the entire game and had a season low 8 assists. Kwapick had 12 points and 5 assists to lead FLASH but they would need to bounce back on Sunday morning following their worst defeat of the season. On Sunday, FLASH played the Madison Patriots at 9:00 am but played well early and led 25-19 at halftime behind solid ball movement and shooting on offense against the Patriot's zone. FLASH built the lead to double digits in the early 2nd half before the Patriots came back to tie the game midway through the half. However, FLASH got a huge lift from Nick Hough off the bench in the 2nd half as he hit 2 "3's" ( three for the game) and played very good basketball while providing excellent team spirit to help FLASH to a 55-41 win. FLASH again had 3 players (Kwapick-14, Hough-13 and Kalski-12) in double figures while Kwapick had a season high 9 assists to lead FLASH. The 5th and final game of the tournament marked the return of Austin Malkowski also as FLASH played the 17's team for 12 Deep. FLASH took an early lead as a result of good ball movement on offense and an aggressive trapping defense. FLASH also got an outstanding rebounding effort from Zach Nytsch and Hudson Hughes throughout the game as 12 Deep got very few 2nd shots as FLASH led 29-25 at halftime (against a team that had scored 78 points in their previous game). FLASH played a very good 2nd half as teamwork and balance were the highlights of this game on way to a 56-47 win. FLASH got 11 points from both Kwapick and Nytsch while Wikel scored 9, Brad Greish had 8 and Malkowski had 7 to lead FLASH. The balance carried over to the assist column as well as Kwapick, Kalski and Nytsch all had 3 assists each. Considering the fact that FLASH came into the tournament knowing they would be missing key players in each game, they knew they had an opportunity for others to step up and that is exactly what they did throughout the tournament and the final game, against a high-scoring 17's team, was a great way to end the tournament on a real "TEAM note".


Game recaps included:

* L  51-50    WI Hoops Select (OT)
* W 62-54    WI Reign
* L  51-33    Tosa Hoops
* W 55-41    Madison Patriots
* W 56-47   12 Deep (17's)

Record: Tournament (3-2) / Overall (14-5)




SEA Summer Slam, 
Sports Ehancement Academy,

Verona, WI 

The FLASH freshmen had a very busy weekend with a one day tournament, the Summer Slam in Verona on 7/9 and the Blizzard Battle in Appleton, a one day tournament on 7/10. In Game 1 on Saturday, FLASH played WI Tritons and started the game with an 11-0 run with back-to-back "3's" by Wes Kwapick and a swarming defense that created turnovers and transition offense. The result was a 36-14 lead at halftime as both Kwapick and Brandon Wikel each scored 10 1st half points. A 12-2 run to open the 2nd half pretty much put the game away as FLASH pulled away for a 78-24 blowout win. FLASH had 4 players (Kwapick-17, Joey Kalski-15, Wikel-14 and Brian Voight-10) in double figures as a result of outstanding ball movement and team play. Kwapick and Jack Nelson each had 4 assists to lead FLASH. In Game 2, FLASH played the 1st of 3 WI Academy teams (the host of the tournament) as they played WI Academy-Taylor. FLASH struggled offensively in the 1st half as shots that normally fall simply weren't but as a result of solid defense, they didn't allow the opponent to get anything going either as the score was tied at 16-16 at halftime. FLASH used full court pressure to open the 2nd half to try to create a faster tempo and ran off a 14-2 run to start the half. They outscored their opponent 30-10 in the 2nd half and cruised to a 46-26 win. Austin Malkowski led the scoring for FLASH with 12 points while Kwapick had 11 to go along with his team leading 4 assists. Game 3 was played 4 hours later against WI Academy-Jones and despite the long lay-off, FLASH played a solid 1st half but an inability to finish around the basket kept the game close as FLASH led 25-13 at halftime. FLASH turned up the intensity in the 2nd half and started with a 12-0 run to open up their lead on way to 69-31 blowout win. Kwapick had 19 points while Wikel had 11 and Hudson Hughes nearly joined them in double figures with 8. Kwapick again led in assists with 4. FLASH took their 3-0 tournament record into the Championship Game against WI Academy-Leverson (also 3-0 in the tournament) immediately after the semi-final win with no rest between the games. FLASH opened the game with a 10-1 run to take the early lead but WI Academy fought back to take the lead and were ahead 29-20 before Kwapick hit a long "3" at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 6 at 29-23 at halftime. FLASH used Kwapick's "3" as momentum and full court pressure to begin the 2nd half helped FLASH erase the deficit and take the lead. However, some careless turnovers and highly questionable calls by officials in the final minutes resulted in FLASH losing 59-54 to finish 2nd in the tournament. FLASH got outstanding performances from Kwapick, who had 15 points (5 "3's") and 5 assists while Wikel had 15 points and 6 assists. 


Game recaps included:

* W  78-24  WI Tritons
* W  46-26  WI Academy-Taylor
* W  69-31  WI Academy-Jones
*  L  59-54  WI Academy-Leverson

Record: Tournament (3-1) / Overall (17-6)




Blizzard Battle,

Appleton, WI


The FLASH freshmen followed up their 3-1 record on Saturday in Verona with the Blizzard Battle in Appleton on Sunday, 7/10 with another early morning game. FLASH opened the tournament with the host team, WI Blizzard and after 4 games on Saturday, looked a little flat to open the game. Trailing in the 1st half, FLASH received an enormous lift from Nick Hough off the bench as he came in and ignited the team with his energy as well as his 10 1st half points to give FLASH a 33-30 lead at the break. FLASH played a better 2nd half as they settled in and built the lead to double digits and then pretty much maintained it for the rest of the game as they won 57-49. Wes Kwapick had 17 points to go along with Hough's 10 to lead FLASH while Brandon Wikel had 4 assists. In Game 2, FLASH ran into a very good Fox Valley Select team and fell behind early as the opponent physically took it right to FLASH. The result was a 45-33 deficit at halftime despite 15 1st half points from Austin Malkowski who did all he could to keep FLASH in the game. The 2nd half was better but FLASH simply couldn't recover from the rough 1st half start and lost 63-58. Malkowski finished with 19 points and Kwapick had 10 for FLASH while Kwapick and Wikel each dished out 4 assists to lead FLASH. Kwapick hit 2 "3's" in the game which gave him a total of 59 made "3's" on the season to break the all-time FLASH single season record of 57 set in 2013. The final game of the tournament for FLASH was played against HLC and after a tough loss,they were certainly looking for a bounce back game. They did just that as FLASH took early command of the game with some outstanding passing by Wikel and the scoring of Kwapick, who scored 8 of the 1st 10 points for FLASH. As a result, FLASH led 33-18 at halftime. In the 2nd half, FLASH got the ball out in transition and also pounded the ball inside in their half court sets as Brian Voight and Brad Greish each scored in double figures as FLASH won 56-31. FLASH had 3 players (Kwapick-12, Voight-12 and Greish-11) in double figures and Wikel had his season high--8 assists to lead FLASH. Despite a loss in each tournament on the weekend, FLASH had played a lot of very solid team basketball all season and took 2nd place in Verona and 3rd place in Appleton.

Game recaps included:


* W  57-49  WI Blizzard
*  L  63-58   Fox Valley Select
* W  56-31  HLC

Record: Tournament (2-1) / Overall (19-7)



Jimmy V Classic,

Justagame Fieldhouse
WI Dells, WI 


The FLASH freshmen played their final tournament of the season in the highly regarded Jimmy V Classic in WI Dells 7/15-17 with 30 teams in their age bracket. FLASH would unfortunately not be at full strength as starting point guard and their leader in both scoring and assists, Wes Kwapick, had to miss the opening day of the tournament due to a varsity baseball conflict. As a result, everyone would need to step up in his absence and they did just that in the opening game against WI-Playmakers. FLASH got off to a great start behind a swarming defense and transition game fueled by the passing of Brandon Wikel, who had moved over from his normal "2 guard" position to the point in Kwapick's absence. Wikel found Austin Malkowski for 2 of his 3 1st half "3's" and FLASH did a great job of moving the ball to build a 30-11 lead at halftime. FLASH maintained their lead throughout the 2nd half on way to a 50-29 opening game win. Malkowski finished with a game high 13 points while Wikel scored 10 points and dished out a game high 7 assists. Brian Voight and Nick Hough each had 8 points in the balanced attack. In Game 2, FLASH played the always tough WI Swing of the Madison area and both teams played solid defense but also struggled to score when they did get good looks at the basket as FLASH trailed 21-19 at halftime. FLASH got an enormous lift from Hough off the bench in the 2nd half with his typical energy as well as 12 2nd half points. However, each time FLASH took a lead, Swing found a way to come back and tie the game. A drive by Wikel along the baseline with just over 4 minutes left gave FLASH it's biggest lead of the game--5 points at 37-32. However, Swing came back to cut the lead to 1 with a minute to play. A drive by Hough gave FLASH a 3 point lead with about 30 seconds to play and two huge FT's by Hough with 9 seconds left gave FLASH a 5 point lead again at 42-37 before Swing hit a "3" at the end the game as FLASH won 42-40. Hough led the scoring with 16 points while Wikel dished out 5 assists to lead FLASH. With their 2-0 record in the tournament, FLASH welcomed Kwapick back on Saturday for their next game against WI Focus-White in their final pool game. FLASH had blown out this opponent in their 1st tournament back in April and FLASH took control right from the start and demoralized the opponent with relentless defensive pressure and transition offense. The result was a 24-0 run to open the game and a 39-4 halftime lead for FLASH. The 2nd half continued to become more of the same as FLASH went on to a 65-12 win for the lowest point total by a FLASH opponent in the 12 year (17 season history of FLASH). FLASH had 3 players (Kwapick-16, Malkowski-13 and Hudson Hughes-10) in double figures while Wikel dished out a game high 7 assists. At 3-0, FLASH entered the playoff round as a "1 seed" against Bluebird Basketball of Middleton (2-1 and a "2 seed"). FLASH was in trouble right from the start as both Kwapick and Wikel were whistled for early fouls forcing them to play a more cautious game. Kwapick had never been in foul trouble all season and Wikel hadn't been either until the Swing game 2 games earlier--both games had the same official and both players had 3 fouls in the 1st half completely changing the way they could play in this "win or end the season" game. The Bluebirds were in the double bonus with 6 minutes to play in the 1st half and were in the bonus about midway through the 2nd half. As it turned out, FLASH shot 2 FT's for the entire game. As a result, FLASH really struggled and trailed 25-15 at halftime. In the 2nd half, they simply couldn't get untracked and lost 45-25, by far, their lowest offensive output of the season.Kwapick led FLASH in scoring with 8 points while Wikel and Voight each dished out 2 assists to lead FLASH. The loss ended the FLASH run in the tournament and also ended their season and although this was certainly not the way anyone wanted to or expected to end the season, it doesn't take anything away from what this team accomplished all season long. As a team, they ended the season at 22-8 ( tied for the 3rd highest win total for a single season of any team in FLASH history) while also breaking FLASH team records for defensive by allowing an average of only 39.9 points per game (the old record was set in 2009 at 41.5) and offensive for dishing out an average of 13.9 assists per game (the old record was 13.4 in 2010). They did it with great chemistry and teamwork all season and have a great deal to build on for next season. The season also marked only the 2nd time in 17 seasons of FLASH Basketball that two teammates each recorded 100+ assists in a single season as Wes Kwapick dished out 104 assists while Brandon Wikel had 101 assists. In Wikel's case, he becomes the 1st player in FLASH history to record 100 assists in a season while not being the team's primary ballhandling point guard. Kwapick also moved himself into the top 10 in single season scoring in FLASH history with 352 points on the season while breaking the record for made "3's" in a season with 62 (the old record was 57 set in 2013). Joey Kalski also moved into the 2nd position in FT percentage in a season with 83% from the FT line. The FLASH freshmen had an excellent season due to hard work and talent but also in large part, due to excellent team chemistry in their 1st year together. They will use their experiences from this season to come back even better next season.

Game recaps included:

* W  50-29   WI- Playmakers
* W  42-40   WI-Swing
* W  65-12   WI-Focus
*  L  45-25    Bluebirds

Record:Tournament (3-1) / Overall (22-8)













 















Midwest Spring Challenge

North Chicago High School

North Chicago, IL


The FLASH sophomores opened their season at the Midwest Spring Challenge on 3/26 at North Chicago High School and played their opening game of the season against Chi-Town Warriors of Chicago. Being the 1st game of the season, both teams started a bit slowly but FLASH moved the ball well as was their trademark last season when they broke the FLASH single season record for assists/game (13.9) and they went on to a 26-22 halftime lead. After the Warriors cut the FLASH lead to one, an early 2nd half run was ignited by the shooting of point guard Wes Kwapick as his teammates continually found him for open "3's" as he hit 4 "3's" in the first 6 minutes of the 2nd half to open up an 11 point lead at 36-25. FLASH went on to a 63-56 opening game win as Kwapick finished with 17 points (including 5 "3's" which is tied for the 2nd most in a game in FLASH history). Zach Nytsch also scored in double figures with 11 and as a team, FLASH dished out 19 assists as Brandon Wikel and Zach Lewkowski each led with 4 assists. It was a good way to start the new season. In Game 2, FLASH played WinCity of the Chicago area and found themselves in a close game with numerous lead changes in the 1st half and a halftime score of 24-24. FLASH went to full court pressure to open the 2nd half which resulted in back-to-back steals and conversions by Kwapick and Lewkowski to lead FLASH to a double digit lead which they maintained for most of the 2nd half and a 49-42 win. Kwapick led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points while he, Wikel and Lewkowski each recorded 3 assists. This brought FLASH to their final game of the tournament against Young Legends with a chance to win the tournament. FLASH got off to a great start behind the red-hot shooting of Zach Lewkowski as he hit three deep "3's" in the opening minutes of the game and forced the defense to open up which FLASH took advantage of as they held a 35-24 halftime lead with 10 team assists in the 1st half. FLASH had a run to open the 2nd half and built their lead to 20 within the first 6 minutes before the Legends began to slowly regain their composure and mount a comeback, eventually cutting the FLASH lead to 1 with 5 minutes to play. FLASH regained their own composure after a timeout and put the game away on way to a 65-56 win and the Tournament Championship. Kwapick finished with 22 points, including 4 "3's" and Lewkowski finished with 11 points, including 3 "3's" to lead FLASH. FLASH also recorded 20 assists as a team with Kwapick and Wikel each dishing out 4 assists and Lewkowski recording 3. FLASH hit 25 "3's" in the 3 games (including 13 by Kwapick which moved him into the top 5 on the FLASH career list with 75 "3's". FLASH also dished out 53 assists (17.7/game), far above their record pace from last season. Winning the Championship was a great way to open the season but FLASH also found things they can work on to clean up as the season continues.


Game recaps included:


W   63-56   Chi-Town Warriors

W   49-42   WinCity

W   65-56   Young Legends


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



"Swish N' Dish"

NY2LA

Milwaukee, WI


The FLASH sophomores,  coming off their Championship last weekend in The Midwest Spring Challenge in North Chicago, played in the always tough NY2LA "Swish N' Dish" Tournament 3/31-4/2. FLASH opened the tournament on Friday night against WI RAP and got off to a rough start as they trailed 8-0 within the first 1:30 of the game. A 3 point play by Brian Voight and a "3" by Zach Lewkowski got FLASH right back in the game quickly. However, turnovers and defensive rebounding cost FLASH in the 1st half as they trailed by as many as 12 points before a late run, culminated by a steal and break away lay-up by Lewkowski, cut the RAP lead to one with a 29-28 halftime score. As the 2nd half got started, FLASH, behind the sharp-shooting duo of Lewkowski and Wes Kwapick, took the lead as each hit three "3's" in the 1st 6 minutes of the 2nd half and the rebounding improved led by Zach Nytsch, Hudson Hughes and Brian Voight. RAP took the lead back briefly before a big "3" by Austin Malkowski took the lead back for good as FLASH held on for a dramatic 66-63 win. FLASH continued to move the ball well as they recorded 16 team assists led by Brandon Wikel with 5 and Lewkowski and Kwapick with 3 each. FLASH also hit a season-high 11 "3's" as Kwapick scored 27 points (including 5 "3's") and Lewkowski added 14 points (including 4 "3's"). It was a great team effort in the opening game of a tough tournament. FLASH played Game 2 of the tournament on Saturday against Kessel Heat of IL and got off to a solid start before the turnover and rebounding issues returned. As a result, FLASH trailed 24-20 at halftime. The 2nd half was a continuation of the struggles of the 1st half but FLASH remained within striking distance despite being down by as many as 8 in the 2nd half. Each time they fell behind, FLASH found a way to make up the ground to remain close. With 8 seconds to play and FLASH down by 3, they ran a set play to perfection and reversed the ball back to Kwapick who hit a wide open "3" off of a double screen to tie the game at 50-50. The FLASH defense held on the final possession of regulation to force OT for the 1st time this season. Each team had a possession in the two minute OT but failed to score before Lewkowski found Nytsch for an open shot on a baseline inbound play with 9 seconds left to play. FLASH again held on defense for the 52-50 win. Kwapick had 19 points and 4 assists to lead FLASH while Lewkowski had 3 assists. After a 5 hour break, FLASH played Playground Elite, one of the top teams in the tournament, and FLASH struggled against the bigger, more athletic opponent and had a tough time getting anything going. After starting the tournament with 2 tough hard-fought wins, FLASH fell behind early and trailed 42-22 at halftime. FLASH cut the lead to 13 early in the 2nd half but could get no closer and went on to a 65-35 loss--their 1st of the season after a 5-0 start. Kwapick again led the scoring with 17 points and Wikel led in assists with 3. Although the loss was difficult, FLASH did win two games in a very tough tournament and it did show FLASH what it will need to work on going forward.


Game recaps included:


W   66-63   WI RAP

W   52-50   Kessel Heat (OT)

L    65-35   Playground Elite



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


NAYS-East Troy

East Troy High School

East Troy, WI


The FLASH sophomores were back in action on 4/30 at the NAYS-East Troy Tournament and right from the start, things were made interesting as the Friday-Saturday tournament was jammed into one day on Sunday with numerous long breaks between games. FLASH opened the tournament at 9:00 am against the host team, East Troy Hoops Club and jumped out to a great start and a 14-1 run to open the game. Ball movement and "3 point" shooting led to a solid 1st half but turnovers kept ETHC in the game despite the fact that FLASH had 10 1st half assists and got 15 1st half points from Zach Lewkowski. FLASH led 39-33 in a high scoring half. FLASH adjusted at halftime and came out with more intensity and quick back-to-back drives by Brandon Wikel and a "3" by Wes Kwapick, along with 4 "3's" by Lewkowski in the 1st 8 minutes of the 2nd half helped to blow the game wide open as FLASH took a 20 point lead on way to an 87-50 win. Lewkowski, after a very good 15 point 1st half, was "on fire" in the 2nd half (21 points and 5 made "3's") to finish with 36 points (tied for 2nd most ever in a single game by a FLASH player) and hit a FLASH record 8 "3's". As a team, FLASH hit 14 "3's" to tie the FLASH record set in 2009. Kwapick and Wikel both scored in double figures as well with 13 and 10 points respectively. As a team, FLASH tied a season high with 20 assists as Kwapick led with 5 and Lewkowski had 4 to lead FLASH. It was a great start to the tournament but now FLASH would have to wait 4 hours before their 2nd game of the tournament against East Troy Hoops Club-2. FLASH again played well to start the game and got an early lead but allowed the opponent to hang around and thanks to a huge lift from Nick Hough (8 1st half points) led 36-26 at halftime. The 2nd half was all FLASH early as they built their lead but again, they allowed the opponent to hang around by not matching up on  "3 point" shooters. Thankfully, FLASH made up for their defensive deficiencies in this game with great ball movement and incredible "3 point" shooting of their own as 7 FLASH players hit at least one "3" as they broke the FLASH record for made "3's" in a game with 15 (Lewkowski-4, Kwapick-4, Wikel-3, Hough-1, Austin Malkowski-1, Brian Voight-1 and Zach Nytsch-1). FLASH had three players in double figures again--Lewkowski-18, Kwapick-16 and Wikel-11 and recorded a season high 21 assists led by Lewkowski's 10 assists and Kwapick's 5 assists. With his 18 points and 10 assists, Lewkowski became only the 6th player in FLASH history to record a point/assist "double-double" and became the 1st ever "non-point guard" to accomplish this very difficult achievement as FLASH won 75-69. The win put FLASH in the Championship Game 4 hours later at 7:00 pm against WI Playmakers of Milwaukee. With yet another lengthy break, the game was a bit ragged to start but FLASH led 29-27 at halftime. There was little flow to the game as FLASH at times got caught up in the "run and gun" style of the opponent and matters got worse when Lewkowski picked up his 4th foul only 4 minutes into the 2nd half and was forced to sit as he did for most of the 1st half with foul trouble. FLASH trailed by as many as 7 before full court pressure for a handful of possessions allowed FLASH to regain the lead. Lead changes in the final minutes of the game kept things tense as FLASH trailed 49-47 with 17 seconds to play. FLASH ran a designed inbound play under their own basket where Kwapick hit Lewkowski who drained what turned out to be the game winning "3" and a 50-49 lead. FLASH would have to hold on defense for two possessions which they did to win the Championship by that same 50-49 score. Wikel led a very balanced scoring attack with 10 points and Kwapick dished out a game high 7 assists to lead FLASH. Lewkowski had quite a day statistically as he scored 60 points, dished out 15 assists and hit 14 "3's" in the 3 games while scoring the 2nd highest single game point total in FLASH history, breaking the FLASH record for made "3's" in a game, recording the 1st ever point/assist "double-double" as a "non-point guard" and hitting the game-winning "3" in the Championship Game. As a team, FLASH hit an amazing 37 "3's" in the 3 games while dishing out 53 assists. Kwapick also hit nine more "3's" in the tournament to give him 98 for his FLASH career--tied for 1st on the all-time career list. Despite the long, long day, FLASH played great team basketball and came away with the Tournament Championship.


Game recaps included:


W   87-50  East Troy Hoops Club

W   75-69  East Troy Hoops Club 2

W   50-49  WI Playmakers


Record: Tournament (3-0) / Overall (8-1)



Hoops For a Cause

Sports Enhancement Academy

Stoughton, WI


The FLASH sophomores took their 8-1 record and 2 tournament Championships so far this season into the SEA Hoops for a Cause tournament in Stoughton, WI on 5/7 and unfortunately did not have one of their better days. For a team that had played so well through the 1st three tournaments of the season, this was not to be their day. FLASH, without two key players due to conflict, was a bit shorthanded but could not have imagined the way they would struggle right from the start against Northern Michigan Drive  and throughout the day. In their 9:00 am game against the Drive, they simply could not shoot in the 1st half at all and for a team that had been averaging 9 made "3's", 15 assists and over 60 points per game--all on pace to be FLASH team records--this was unchartered territory as FLASH trailed 15-9 at halftime (lowest offensive output of the season for a half). Unfortunately, the 2nd half didn't get much better on way to a 46-26 loss. With no one in double figures, FLASH recorded a season low 3 assists as a team while scoring almost 40 points below their season average. Zach Lewkowski led in both points (8) and assists (2). After a complete disaster in Game 1, FLASH came back an hour later to play the host team, WI-Academy and the struggles continued offensively as FLASH continued to be frustrated by poor shooting and a lack of ball movement--two characteristics of their early season success. FLASH trailed 27-18 at the half and although they cut into the lead to start the 2nd half, they could not put it together and lost 48-36. Wes Kwapick scored 11 points while Lewkowski chipped in 9 and both recorded 3 assists each. With a surprising and frustrating 0-2 start in the tournament, FLASH tried to bounce back against WI-Blizzard in their final game of the tournament and the 1st half looked more like the way FLASH has played all season as the ball movement was improved and the shooting looked much better as well and FLASH led 29-20 at the half. FLASH extended their lead to 12 points early in the 2nd half  before careless turnovers, poor shot selection and overall sloppy play allowed the Blizzard right back in the game. Ultimately, the game was forced into OT at 49-49 and each team scored 2 points in the 2 minute OT sending the game to a sudden-death 2nd OT at 51-51. The 1st team to score would win and FLASH won the opening tip but turned the ball over. Their defense held and FLASH was given a 2nd opportunity to win the game but once again, turned the ball over. Blizzard missed a shot on their end but tipped the ball in to win the game 53-51. FLASH had wasted statistical performances that would normally result in victory as they had 3 players in double figures (Lewkowski-17, Zach Nytsch-11 and Kwapick-10), dished out 12 assists (led by Lewkowski's 5) and hit 12 "3's" (led by Lewkowski's 5--tied for 3rd most in a game in FLASH history). However, the positive statistics don't account for careless turnovers and overall sloppy play when the game is on the line. FLASH had given up their lead in the 2nd half and had two chances to still win the game in the 2nd OT but turned the ball over on both possessions without even getting off a shot. The loss meant the FLASH had lost all 3 games in the tournament which was shocking for a team that had been playing as well as this team had been playing through the 1st three tournaments. It will give them alot to think about and work on before their next tournament in June. On a individual note, Wes Kwapick became the 1st player in FLASH history to hit 100+ "3's" in his FLASH career as he finished the tournament with 104 career "3's" with FLASH.


Game recaps included:


L  46-26   Northern Michigan Drive

L  48-36   WI Academy

L  53-51   WI Blizzard (2 OT's)


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


NAYS-Racine

Racine Park HS

Racine, WI


The FLASH sophomores, after 6 weeks off due to scheduling around baseball schedules, were finally back in action at the NAYS Tournament at Racine Park HS 6/24-25. FLASH opened their pool play against NESYB of Madison and looked a bit out of sync like a team that hadn't played together in 6 weeks. The passing was a little off, the shooting was a little off and frankly, the chemistry was a little off. Despite the struggles to get reacclimated, FLASH led 24-19 at halftime. In the 2nd half, FLASH started to show signs of playing more like themselves and behind the scoring of Wes Kwapick and Zach Lewkowski went on to a 48-41 opening game win. Kwapick and Lewkowski each scored 14 points and Kwapick and Zach Nytsch each had 4 assists and Lewkowski had 3 to lead FLASH. In Game 2, FLASH, now playing without 2 starters due to baseball conflicts, played LWCC All-Stars of Indianapolis, Indiana and got off to a rough start against the very aggressive defense of the opponent. Despite their offensive struggles, FLASH trailed by only one at halftime, 20-19. Unfortunately, FLASH just could not get untracked offensively in this game and midway through the 2nd half, LWCC had a 7-0 run that FLASH was never able to completely recover from as they lost 53-38. FLASH, a sign of the struggles offensively, had no one in double figures as Austin Malkowski, Brian Voight and Hudson Hughes each scored 7 points to lead FLASH in the low-scoring attack. Kwapick and Malkowski each had 2 assists to lead FLASH in the disappointing result. The 3rd game was played an hour later against Gallo Sports Center of Racine and FLASH again started to show some flashes of their brand of basketball. Behind three 1st half "3's" and 11 points from Lewkowski, FLASH led 28-22 as Gallo played for the final shot of the half. However, a big steal and break away lay-up by Malkowski gave FLASH a 30-22 lead at the break. Two quick "3's" by Malkowski and one each by Kwapick and Lewkowski got FLASH energized as they built a 17 point lead on way to a 58-47 win. FLASH looked more like themselves with 3 players in double figures (Lewkowski-19 with 4 "3's", Malkowski-15 with 3 "3's" and Hughes-10 with 2 "3's" as FLASH hit 10 "3's" as a team. Kwapick had 4 assists and Lewkowski had 3 to lead FLASH. On Sunday morning, FLASH had the whole roster back in tact to play their final pool game against the New Berlin Nets and got off to a solid start behind 12 1st half points (4 "3's") from Nick Hough off the bench and 10 points from Lewkowski to lead 38-24 at halftime. FLASH picked up their defensive intensity to start the 2nd half and quickly blew the game wide open. Defensive pressure, solid ball movement and outstanding "3 point" shooting led to 5 players scoring in double figures for only the 7th time in the 13 year (20 season) history of FLASH. Lewkowski led the scoring with 15 points, while Hough, Voight and Brandon Wikel each had 12 and Hughes had 10 points for FLASH. FLASH hit 13 "3's" as a team while dishing out 20 team assists led by Wikel with 6, Kwapick with 5 and Lewkowski with 3 in the 79-38 win. The win put FLASH in the Championship Game against Gallo Sports Center. FLASH got off to a slow start and trailed 14-7 early before calling a timeout. After the timeout, FLASH seemed to get back on track behind 2 "3's" by Lewkowski and a "3" by Wikel and played a close game the rest of the half as the score was tied 32-32 at halftime as Lewkowski had 13 1st half points. The 2nd half was close throughout and good ball movement and timely shooting kept FLASH in a position to win the game. However, with 29 seconds to play, FLASH was down by 2 points and set up in full court pressure. Kwapick tipped the ball away from the ballhandler and Wikel dove on the floor to secure the possession as FLASH tried to call timeout. For some reason, the official would not grant the timeout and the ball was knocked loose and wound up as a lay-up for Gallo to give them a 4 point lead. FLASH quickly advanced the ball and again scored to cut the deficit to 2 with 11 seconds left and called a quick timeout to stop the clock. FLASH came out in full court pressure and tried to immediately foul to put the opponenet on the FT line with the clock stopped. The official wouldn't call two FLASH fouls and allowed Gallo to covert a basket on the other end to end the game with a 65-61 FLASH loss. It was a very frustrating end of the game scenario as FLASH did everything they should have to give themsleves a chance to win but were not granted the timeout with about 20 seconds to play or given the foul to stop the clock with about 9 seconds to play. It was a tough loss but a solid effort. Lewkowski had 15 points (3 "3's"), while Kwapick had 10 (2 "3's") and Wikel had 9 (3 "3's"). Kwapick led FLASH in assists with 7 giving him 165 for his FLASH career to date and moving him into 6th on the career list. FLASH, as a team, dished out 68 assists and hit 40 "3's" in the 5 games in Racine.


Game recaps included:


W   48-41   NESYB

L    53-38   LWCC All-Stars

W   58-47  Gallo Sports Center

W   79-38  New Berlin Nets

L    65-61  Gallo Sports Center


Record: Tournament (3-2)/ Overall (11-6)


Blizzard Battle

Kimberly HS

Kimberly, WI


The FLASH sophomores played in the Blizzard Battle at Kimberly High School on 7/9 and knew going in that they would be rather short-handed with three starters (Zach Lewkowski, Brandon Wikel and Zach Nytsch) out for at least the 1st two games and possibly all of the three game tournament due to conflicts. In Game 1, FLASH played the host team, WI Blizzard and FLASH came out strong with their reduced roster and played a very solid 1st half and were tied 26-26 at halftime. However, FLASH went ice-cold in the 2nd half and without the point production of the players that were out on top of it, they scored only 14 2nd half points and lost 54-40. Wes Kwapick had 16 points and 3 assists to lead FLASH while Brian Voight chipped in 9 points. In Game 2, FLASH would have to bounce back against Playground Elite and FLASH played a very good 1st half and led 29-19 at the break. FLASH did a good job of getting out in transition in the 2nd half and led by 19 points early on behind Kwapick (13 2nd half points) and Brad Greish (11 2nd half points) on way to a 67-53 win. FLASH had 3 players (Greish-19, Kwapick-15 and Joey Kalski-10) in double figures and also had 19 team assists led by Kwapick with 10 as he recorded his 1st career point/assist "double-double" with his 15 points and 10 assists. Kwapick became only the 7th player in FLASH history to reach this accomplisment and with Zach Lewkowski's "double-double" in April, the duo became the 1st set of teammates to reach this accomplishment in a single season ever for FLASH. The final game of the tournament was against WI Jets and marked the return of both Wikel and Nytsch who were forced to miss the 1st two games due to baseball conflicts and both were able to get to Kimberly for the 3rd game (Wikel had traveled over 7 hours from Indiana to get to the game). Unfortunately, FLASH really struggled right from the start and trailed 11-0 to start the game. Following a timeout, FLASH began to settle down and worked themselves back into the game behind the red-hot shooting of Kwapick (17 1st half points and 5 1st half "3's") as FLASH reduced the deficit to 4 at 28-24 at halftime. FLASH looked like a very tired team in the 2nd half and despite taking a lead briefly, they just couldn't fully recover and lost 62-49. Kwapick finished with 17 points and Kalski had 10 while Wikel dished out 6 assists to lead FLASH. It was a frustrating end to the tournament and FLASH fought but simply ran out of gas.


Game recaps included:


L   54-40  WI Blizzard

W  67-53  Playground Elite

L   62-49  WI Jets


Record: Tournament (1-2)/ Overall (12-8)


NAYS-National Tournament

Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Center

Bolingbrook, IL


The FLASH sophomores played in the NAYS National Tournament 7/21-23 in Bolingbrook, Illinois and started the tournament against IL Stampede's freshman team who was playing up in the tournament. In a very strange start to the game, FLASH led 15-12 as both teams combined for 9 consecutive possessions with made "3's". FLASH continued to play well offensively as a result of great ball movement and very good shooting against the Stampede zone. However, they began to "dig in" on defense to lead 47-24 at halftime behind 14 1st half points by Austin Malkowski (4 "3's") and 8 1st half assists by Wes Kwapick. FLASH went on to an 80-52 win with 4 players in double figures (Malkowski-19 with 5 "3's", Joey Kalski-18, Brad Greish-11 and Kwapick-10). FLASH nearly had 6 players in double figures as Zach Lewkowski and Zach Nytsch each scored 9 points.FLASH had 19 team assists led by Kwapick's 11 as he recorded his 2nd point-assist "double-double" of the season with 10 points and 11 assists. In Game 2, FLASH played Gallo Sports Center of Racine and played solid early and built a 1st half lead behind a balanced scoring attack to led 37-30 at the break. In the 2nd half, every time FLASH appeared to be preparing to open up their lead, a costly turnover would lead to an easy Gallo basket and these errors kept the game close. In the end, FLASH came through and won 66-56. FLASH again had 4 players in double figures as their ball movement continued to be outstanding. Malkowski had 13 points, Kwapick had 12, Nytsch had 11 and Lewkowski had 10 to lead FLASH. Kwapick had 6 assists and Lewkowski had 3 assists in the win. Their final game on Friday was against CBC Conquerors of New Jersey and FLASH attacked the opponent's zone early but also got transition baskets as a result of Lewkowski and Kwapick doing a great job of looking up the floor. Lewkowski had 10 points and 7 assists in the 1st half and Malkowski also had 10 1st half points to lead FLASH to a 32-23 halftime lead. FLASH blew the game open in the 2nd half with excellent passing as both Lewkowski and Kwapick each finished with 10 assists and FLASH had a season high 24 team assists. It was only the 2nd time in FLASH history that two teammates each recorded double figures in assists in the same game. Lewkowski finished with 25 points (5 "3's") and 10 assists and Malkowski had 23 points (5 "3's"). It was the 2nd point-assist "double-double" of the season for Lewkowski as FLASH won 76-48. FLASH continued "pool play" at 8:00 am on Saturday against IL Stampede's sophomore team and FLASH looked sharp right from the start. The Stampede opened the game with full court trapping pressure and FLASH shredded it with excellent passing to lead 46-25 at halftime. Lewkowski had 13 points and 5 assists in the 1st half to lead FLASH. They cruised in the 2nd half to an 86-53 win with 22 team assists as Lewkowski finished with 7 assists while Kwapick had 4 . The 86 points was the 2nd highest offensive output of the season.The ball movement again resulted in 4 players in double figures (Lewkowski-18, Kwapick-18, Malkowski-11 and Nick Hough-11). After an hour break, FLASH played Calumet Park Jaguars, a very athletic team that puts tremendous defensive pressure on the offense with an aggressive trapping defense. For the 1st 15 minutes of the game, FLASH played smart, team basketball and ripped the Jaguar defense to lead by 16 points at 36-20 with 5 minutes to play in the half. Unfortunately, FLASH got careless and sloppy in the final 5 minutes to allow their lead to slip to 4 at 38-34 as they were outscored 14-2 in the final 5 minutes of the half. In the 2nd half, FLASH completely lost its composure and the game, 69-56. Malkowski had 18 points, Lewkowski had 11 and Nytsch had 11 to lead FLASH in scoring while Lewkowski had 5 assists and Kwapick had 4. In their final pool game on Saturday, the opponent didn't show up and FLASH wound up playing a shortened game against IL Jammers. Instead of the normal 20 minute halves, this game would only have 12 minute halves but it was important to FLASH as they got back to the type of smart ball movement which they had displayed in their 1st 4 and a half games of the tournament. FLASH had 18 team assists in the shortened game as they opened the game with an 18-0 run and led 25-5 at halftime. They went on to a 48-10 win as Lewkowski had 12 points and Kwapick had 8 assists to lead FLASH. With their 5-1 record, FLASH opened the playoff round against IL Jammers again and because the opponent was late for the game, the 1st half was reduced to 8 minutes (instead of 20) and they would play a normal 20 minute 2nd half. As a result, FLASH had to start quickly and behind 11 1st half points from Malkowski, FLASH led 18-5 at the break. FLASH moved the ball very well in the 2nd half and hit 7 2nd half "3's" (10 for the game). Lewkowski hit 4 "3's", Malkowski had 3, Kwapick had 2 and Nytsch had 1 as FLASH cruised to a 56-24 win. Malkowski had 14 points while Lewkowski had 12 and Brian Voight had 10 to lead FLASH. Lewkowski led in assists with 6 while Kwapick had 5.The win put FLASH into the Quarterfinal Game against Bolingbrook Magic and FLASH jumped out to an early 7-0 run against the Magic. However, the opponent quickly tied the game and FLASH got careless with the ball as the Magic took the lead 35-29 at the half. Voight's 9 1st half points kept FLASH close despite a less than stellar 1st half as a team. FLASH trailed by as many as 10 in the 2nd half but fought back and trailing 50-47 with under a minute to play, Lewkowski hit a clutch "3" to tie the game. After a defensive stop, Lewkowski hit Nytsch in the post where he was fouled on the shot. Nytsch calmly stepped to the line and hit both FT's with 15 seconds to play to give FLASH their 1st lead since early in the game. Another defensive stop and a rebound by Lewkowski put him on the FT line as he was fouled. He hit one FT to give FLASH a 3 point lead and FLASH got one final defensive stop. Nytsch got the rebound and quickly threw an outlet pass up the floor to Malkowski who was fouled. He hit one FT to give FLASH a 54-50 win and a trip to the Final Four. Lewkowski had 15 points and 5 assists to lead FLASH in both categories. In their Semifinal Game, FLASH played the Jaguars again who had given FLASH their only loss in the tournament. After the dramatic win in the Quarterfinal Game and considering that FLASH wanted very badly to get payback against the Jaguars, FLASH appeared very tight to start the game and trailed 8-0 before FLASH called a timeout. Unfortunately, things got worse before they could get better as FLASH trailed 20-2 before they started to slowly come back. FLASH cut the deficit to 8 at 30-22 at halftime but again struggled early in the 2nd half. They worked to come back again and behind the "3 point" shooting of Kwapick and Lewkowski, the deficit was cut to 6 at 66-60 with 2 minutes to play. However, the energy expended trying to recover from the poor start in this game wound up being too much and FLASH lost 68-60 to end their tournament run. Kwapick finished with 19 points (5 "3's"), Lewkowski had 18 points (3 "3's") and Malkowski had 8 points (2 "3's"). FLASH went 7-2 and made it to the Final Four. They played some outstanding team basketball in a National Tournament and despite the loss, FLASH had a very good weekend. For the season, FLASH shattered the team "3 point" record that was set last year at 197 "3's" as they ended the weekend with 243 made "3's" with one tournament left to play. The "3 point shot" has been a huge weapon all season for FLASH but it was made even more obvious in this tournament as Lewkowski finished the 9 game run with 130 points and 25 made "3's" as well as 44 assists. Malkowski had his best tournament of the season with 119 points and 24 made "3's" while Kwapick had 77 points ,16 made "3's" and a team-high 56 assists. These statistical numbers are very impressive as are the team numbers as FLASH had 148 assists (16.4 per game average) and 76 "3's" (8.4 per game) in 9 games and got solid post play from Nytsch, Voight and Hudson Hughes throughout the weekend.


Game recaps included:

W   80-52  IL Stampede 9

W   66-56  Gallo Sports Center

W   76-48  CBC Conquerors

W   86-53  IL Stampede 10

L    69-56  Calumet Park Jaguars

W  48-10   IL Jammers

W  56-24   IL Jammers

W  54-50   Bolingbrook Magic

L   68-60   Calumet Park Jaguars


Record: Tournament (7-2)/Overall (19-10)


National Summer Classic

Waukegan Fieldhouse

Waukegan, IL


The FLASH sophomores played their final tournament of the season in the highly respected National Summer Classic in Waukegan, Illinois 8/4-6 and knew before the tournament started that they would be without 4 key players due to an assortment of conflicts and called up two freshmen, Ryan Scholfield and Matthew Schultz,to help give FLASH some depth in that they would have to play at least 6 games in 3 days. With 3 starters out, FLASH opened the tournament against B&B Elite of Waukegan and it took a while to get adjusted to playing without key players. FLASH trailed early and fell behind by 12 points at 21-9 but after a timeout, started to regain their composure and behind 13 1st half points from Zach Lewkowski, FLASH cut the deficit to 27-21 at halftime. FLASH opened the 2nd half with much greater intensity in their half court trap and forced turnovers that resulted in transition offense. FLASH took the lead midway through the half and maintained a single digit lead through the rest of the game. Up by 2 with 1:30 to play, Lewkowski through a lob to Hudson Hughes that resulted in a dramatic 3 point play and gave FLASH a 5 point lead. FLASH held on for a 66-60 opening game win. FLASH had 4 players in double figures (Lewkowski-25, Joey Kalski-15, Zach Nytsch-12 and Hughes-10) as a result of excellent passing and ball movement as FLASH had 16 team assists led by Lewkowski with 5 and Brandon Wikel with 4. After the Game 1 win on Friday night, FLASH would have to play 4 games on Saturday with their shortened roster and Game 2 was against WI Streak Select. FLASH played well offensively but was not sharp defensively. Scoring was not a problem for FLASH in the 1st half as they put up 41 1st half points led by Lewkowski with 13 and Nytsch with 11. The problem was the fact that they gave up 35 1st half points for 41-35 score at the break. FLASH built their lead to 12 at the start of the 2nd half but then completely lost their composure against the opponent's full court pressure as the Streak tied the game midway through the 2nd half. FLASH regained their composure and went on to a 67-58 win with 3 players in double figures (Lewkowski-19, Nytsch-16 and Wikel-12) while Kalski and Hughes each scored 9. FLASH again had 16 team assists led by Lewkowski and Wikel who each had 5 to lead the way. After an hour break, FLASH played World Class of Basketball of Illinois and behind the red-hot shooting of Lewkowski, got off to a great start. FLASH hit 6 "3's" in the 1st 5 minutes of the game as Lewkowski hit 4 and Wikel and Hughes each hit one. The result was an early 16 point FLASH lead. The opponent cut the lead to 8 at 36-28 at halftime. However, FLASH picked it up again in the 2nd half on way to a 66-46 win. FLASH again had 3 players in double figures as Lewkowski had 22 (including 6 "3's"--tied for the 2nd most in a game in FLASH history),while Hughes had 13 and Wikel had 11 for FLASH. Wikel had 5 assists and Lewkowski had 4 as FLASH continued to move the ball well. With his 22 points, Lewkowski went over 400 points for the season becoming only the 5th player in FLASH history to do so. After another break, FLASH came back to play Toronto NuStep Ballers who had made the trek from Canada to play in the tournament. FLASH jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but then struggled a bit offensively to keep the game close. However, a 6-0 run by FLASH at the end of the half gave them a 30-18 lead at the break. In the 2nd half, FLASH went to all man defense to pick up their intensity and close off some holes in their trapping defense. FLASH won 56-45 as Hughes led the way with 16 points and Wikel had 12 for FLASH. Lewkowski led in assists with 4. FLASH had another hour break before their 4th game of the day against Sauk Valley Magic of Illinois and FLASH looked like a tired squad. They struggled early offensively and had trouble moving their feet defensively. However, FLASH managed to squeak out a 24-21 lead at the break. Despite playing their 4th game of the day with a reduced roster, FLASH found a way to pick up their defensive intensity and outscored the Magic 36-12 in the 2nd half to cruise to a 60-33 win. FLASH had 4 players in double figures (Lewkowski-14, Wikel-11, Hughes-10 and freshman Matthew Schultz-10) while Wikel and Nytsch each recorded 3 assists to lead FLASH. At 5-0 in the tournament, FLASH advanced to the Quarterfinal Game against Ultimate Basketball Academy of Toronto and FLASH got off to a rough start against the opponent's zone. Usually, teams that play zone against this FLASH team pay for it because there are just too many good shooters in this FLASH group. However, in this game, they simply weren't able to get their shots to fall. The ball movement resulted in open shots but FLASH simply couldn't connect. Frustration set in and between turnovers and missed scoring opportunities, FLASH trailed 36-25 at halftime. The deficit reached 14 points in the 2nd half but FLASH continued to work to comeback. They never gave up and despite not having their normal offensive shooting touch, they cut the deficit to 2 at 44-42 with 2 minutes to play. Unfortunately, they just couldn't get "over the hump" and lost 53-50 to be eliminated from the tournament, ending their season. Lewkowski had 11 points and 3 assists and Schultz also notched 3 assists for FLASH but the loss was frustrating as one of the best weapons this team had all year was it's ability to shoot the ball and it just wasn't there in this game. They fought but just couldn't pull it out. FLASH did a great job of adjusting in this tournament to being without key teammates due to conflict and certainly has much to be proud of as they look back at their season. Their 24 wins are the 3rd most in FLASH history and they broke several team records along the way. The ball movement all season resulted in 507 assists, becoming the 1st FLASH team ever to reach the 500 mark. Their 14.5 assists per game broke their own record that they had set as freshmen while they hit an almost unbelievable 283 "3's" to completely destroy the record of 197 that had been set in 2016 (prior to that, the record had been 188 back in 2008). As a team, FLASH averaged 8.1 "3's" per game to break the record that had stood since 2008. Individually, there had only been two players in the 13 year/20 season history of FLASH who had hit 50 or more "3's" in a season as the record was set at 57 in 2013 and broken by Wes Kwapick at 62 last season. This year, Lewkowski hit an incredible 88 "3's", Kwapick hit 76 and Austin Malkowski hit 48 and would surely have hit more than 50 had he not missed the final tournament due to surgery. Lewkowski and Kwapick each recorded two point/assist "double-doubles" during the season becoming the 1st set of FLASH teammates to ever record even one and Lewkowski became only the 5th FLASH player ever to score more than 400 points in a season but became the 1st of those players to also record over 100 assists. This team played with great chemistry all season and did an oustanding job of moving and sharing the ball which resulted in their success. They have a great deal of promise as they move into next season as juniors.


Game recaps included:


W   66-60   B&B Elite

W   67-58  WI Streak Select

W   66-46  World Class of Basketball

W   56-45  Toronto NuStep Ballers

W   60-33  Sauk Valley Magic

L    53-50  Ultimate BB Academy


Record: Tournament (5-1)/ Overall (24-11)









































































Tournaments/Results

2017 Tournaments and Highlights


Highlights:


Overall Record:24-11


--Champions: Midwest Spring Challenge-North Chicago, Illinois

--Champions: NAYS-East Troy, WI

--2nd Place: NAYS-Racine

--Final Four: NAYS-National Tournament

Highlights:

Overall Record: 22-8

--Champions:Justagame Classic-Wisconsin Dells
--2nd Place: NAYS Waukesha West
--2nd Place: NAYS Center Court
--2nd Place: SEA Summer Slam-Verona
--3rd Place: NAYS-East Troy
--3rd Place: Blizzard Battle-Appleton





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