The club basketball season always comes with a few unknowns, but there’s something the 17u CBC Adidas Elite squad out of Highlands Ranch, Co., will almost always display.
Without hesitation and regardless of the score, CBC ran its offense with a relentless drive on Sunday, wrapping up the 17u Elite title at the Colorado’s Finest Basketball Exhibition with a 67-48 victory over Clutch-Red (Oregon) at the Metro State University fieldhouse in Denver.
CBC had a 20-point lead at halftime, authoring the finals blows in thee fourth quarter as Jana Van Gytenbeek hit a couple of 3-points and added a layup off a steal. Mikayla Hemingway also was a handful to guard, getting a lot of good looks inside and out, nailing multiple 3-pointers along the way.
Not every shot went in, but the sheer volume of good looks allowed CBC to control matters from the start.
“When we get up, we just have to keep our composure and play as a team and not get down on each other,” said Hemingway, who is a junior at Cherokee Trail High School. “The goals right now are to play as a team, play hard every game and if we win, we win. It’s all about playing as a team – we love playing fast, push the ball, because most teams can’t keep up with us.”
“We’re trying to come together as a team, get some games under our belt. We played a viewing tournament last weekend, so it was nice to get out there and play again and prepare for the next one in May,” said CBC coach Tammy Neuhaus. “They’re doing a nice job of finding each other right now. Our rebounding starts our transition, so if we don’t do that we can’t transition. The rebounding is the most important thing.”
CBC beat Rocky Mountain Fever in the semis, 64-34, and started Sunday with a 56-34 victory over Rockies Blue Star.
CBC Gauntlet Boost won the 17 Prime championship, 49-47 over PSB UA Rise. The 14u championship was claimed by New Mexico Select, 55-29, over CBC U14 Prime; the 16u Prime champion was the Spokane Legacy White, which topped New Mexico Select, 63-41.