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Monday. JAN.21, 2013.

First, let us all take the time to understand why school was out today and why (hopefully) we were off work today. Today is not just another holiday.Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. Dr. King was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA and died April 4, 1968 at St. Joseph's Hospital after being assasinated right here in Memphis, TN.

Today's games began with 5th grade action as Hickory Hill CC Wildcats 10U (5-3) took on the Memphis Wolfpack 10U (0-1). No. 23 Jesse Payne was the top performer for the Wolpack (6 points, 7 steals, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, & 1 assist). But the Wildcats signature "Deny" full-court pressure overwhelmed the Wolfpack as the Hickory Hill came up with 23 steals. HHCC was led by Player of the Game No. 22 Marvarious Scales (10 points, 5 steals, 2 assists, & 2 rebounds)

The second game of the night was more 5th grade action as Tennessee Swag (0-5) went up against Bretheren (0-2). Bretheren's No. 1 Dontae Horne had a great game as always (5 points, 5 rebounds, 6 steals, 2 assists, & 1 block) But Swag had three players that put up big numbers; No. 3 Kavion McClain (8 points, 5 steals, & 1 assist), No. 5 Isaiah Cathey (4 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals, & 4 assists), and No. 34 Ciara Taylor (14 points & 3 rebounds).

The final game of the night was 16&Under action with the crowd-pleasing Ridgeway Freshmen Team (1-0) taking on the FCA Nighthawks-Red Team (2-3). And we're just going to cut to the chase here, Ridgeway's No.3's mother knew exactly what she was doing when she named him "Kobe"! In only his second league game he set the single game all-time league scoring record with a 32 point outburst. No. 3 Shakobe Ingram is looking like the next big thing (32 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 1 steal) No. 33 Paris London Jr. added 14 points & 2 rebounds.

Sunday. JAN. 20, 2013.Sunday's games started with a heated 5th Grade battle between the undefeated, No. 1 ranked Team Penny 10U (6-0) and Tennessee Swag (0-4). Swag had several players with big performances; No. 5 Isaiah Cathey (4 points, 1 assist, 8 steals, & 8 rebounds), No. 3 Kavion McClain (10 points, 2 steals, & 2 rebounds), and No. 21 Douglas Turner (11 points, 1 steal, & 2 rebounds). But Team Penny prevailed, coming from behind after trailing most of the game. Player of the Game, No. 23 Jalen Brown led all scorers (17 points, 2 blocks, 3 steals, & 8 rebounds. No. 44 Eric (4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block, & 5 steals) had a couple key steals down the stretch as Coach Lawson's Team Penny 10U prevailed 41-39.

Team Penny's 12U Team (2-4) took on the Memphis GCT Wareagles (0-5) in the second game of the afternoon. The Wareagles were led by No. 24 Tyland (8 points, 1 block, 1 steal, & 6 rebounds). Team Penny was led by Player of the Game, No. 10 Kenny Lewis (11 points, 5 steals, & 3 rebounds), who was the game's high scorer.

WMBA (Women's Memphis Basketball Association) action was next with Tennessee Swag's 12&Under Girl's squad (0-1) taking on MHEA 10&Under girls squad (0-0) . No. 13 Ciara Taylor was the Player of the Game (8 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals & 1 assist.

WMBA action continued with SAMS 12&Under Girls (1-1) taking on MHEA's 12&Under Girls (1-0). As usual MHEA's No. 23 M. Berry shined (9 points, 6 rebounds, & 1 steal). But SAMS was able to avenge its loss against MHEA from earlier in the season as it overwhelmed the undermanned Eagles who were playing without several key players. SAMS was led by Player of the Game No. 24 Shantel Collins (8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks, & 2 steals) and No. 22 J. Kelley (8 points, 1 block, 1 steal, & 1 assist). The final score was 36-23.

In the final game of the night The Collierville Dragons 14U (1-4) took on the CC Heat (1-3). Of course the Heat's No. 5 DJ Maxwell played great (7 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 assist). Collierville was led by No. 12 Jaylen Jackson (8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, & 1 assist).Saturday. JAN. 19, 2013.

Call them "Giant Killers"! In their debut performance, Coach Jacob Chapman's Ridgeway Freshman Team (0-0) took on the undefeated No. 1 ranked Gaisman CC Magic (8-0). Despite the usual great play of Gaisman's No. 10 Jonathan Frazier (10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, & 2 steals) the Ridgeway Freshmen team had several notable performers; Player of the Game No. 3 Kobe Ingram (14 points, 6 rebounds, & 2 assists), No. 10 Marcus Mitchell (6 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal, & 1 assist), and No. 15 James Burchett with the double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds, & 1 assist). Ridgeway won 48-32.

In the only other game of the evening Shadowlawn JV returned to action against the Memphis GCT Wareagles. No. 42 Taiga Adams was the games leading scorer (8 points, 1 assist, 2 steals, & 3 rebounds).

Friday. JAN 18, 2013.In the first game of the evening Shadowlawn JV (3-3) proved to be too much of a match for the Memphis Wolfpack 6th Grade Team (4-0). Shadowlawn's defense held the Wolfpack's twins to just six points total, coinciding with the fact that the Wolfpack were missing big man Phabian Dale. The Wolfpack were outrebounded (and outscored), despite a shooting clinic put on by 5th grader Jesse Payne (20 points), including a deep NBA range three from the volleyball line. Player of the game, No. 42 Taiga Adams led Shadowlawn with 10 points and No. 55 P. Mullins added 7.

In the second game of the night the OB Ballers (5-1) took on the Memphis Rage-Red (5-2). The Rage-Red got a great game from No. 20 Richard Hunt (11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 block). But the Ballers prevailed behind a big performance from No. 3 Simmie Jones (12 points, 6 rebounds, & 3 steals).

In the final game of the night the only other undefeated team in the Middle School JV Division, the No. 1 ranked Memphis Fire (5-0) took on Bellevue JV (1-3). I can't believe I've been spelling "beast" wrong all these years. It's really spelled F-E-R-R-A. No. 25 Ferra Perkins fills up the stat sheet every game, versus the Fire he had 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals, & 3 blocks. You can't mention Bellevue without mentioning No. 12 Tyson Banks. Banks has such an advanced IQ for the game, versus the fire he had 7 points, 6 assists, 5 steals, & 3 rebounds. But the Fire were firing on all cylinders. They were led by No. 00 Chris "CJ" Garner Jr. (12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, & 2 steals), who came off the bench. No. 32 Kendall Thomas added 8 points and 5 rebounds.

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