We started the Excel Love 4 the Game Classic five years ago as a celebration of the beautiful game we play year round. A celebration of a sport that when played with the passion and love can be the most amazing show. Well Saturday “The Show” was on full blast as almost every division was stacked to capacity with talented teams, coaches, and players.
The first division to finish Saturday was the Red 3rd Grade Boys. The Mo City Ballers of Missouri City outside of Houston came to conquer the first leg of their basketball weekend in San Antonio. Sunday they will take their 4th and 6th grade boys to the Austin site of the same event. Dominant they were in San Antonio Saturday with average victories of 34+ points. A combination of 28 minutes of a steaming press along with a chemistry offensively that only a team that has played together for 3 years can have. In only their 3rd tournament ever, the San Antonio Fire would have the huge task of stopping the Mo City Ballers machine. While the Fire showed how talented they are and how bright the future will be, the day belonged to the Mo City Ballers.
The Blue 5th Grade boys division also was dominated by a familiar name. San Antonio Hardwork’s 5th grade squad ran threw Saturday’s competition with only the San Antonio Gunners giving a challenge in the championship. Hardworks overall length and size makes them a hard team to defend and score on. Look for this young group to make a lot of noise in the Spring and Summer.
The Orange 6th Grade American Boys division was a very competitive division with teams from Laredo, Brownsville, and San Antonio. You could see early that their was a collision course for the championship between a very talented San Antonio All Stars team and the valley power Laredo Evolution. This championship was an instant classic with the lead changing 20+ times not counting the 3 overtimes it would take to have a conclusion. When the dust settled the All Stars survived and kept the Cup in San Antonio.
The Bronze 7th Grade American Boys Division was dominated by a very deep and talented HD Toros. Coach Lou Martinez had his boys firing on all cylinders Saturday afternoon with pool play blow outs and a convincing championship over the runner-up San Antonio Outlaws.
The Purple 7th/8th Grade girls Saturday had talent from all over San Antonio and even Central Texas. The San Antonio Vipers pressing style and outside shooting disrupted the field of teams all day. The Concordia girls used precision on the offensive end to control big chunks of the game. The Copperas Cove Team Clutch while young used supreme athletic ability to win possessions. Throw all of these styles into Saturdays division and you can imagine the battles that took place. At the end of the day the Vipers owned the day.
The Silver American Division boys had several tight games with epic battles between the San Antonio Team Warriors, San Antonio Mustangs 2020, and Alamo City Thunder. The Mustangs 2020 squad showed their experience as a group with over 6 years of chemistry as a unit pulling out close match after close match. The Mustangs continue to show that they are the cream of the crop in 8th grade boys and are ready for a very extensive road schedule this Spring and Summer.
Saturday nights conclusion came in the 9th Grade Amber boys. All four teams in this division not only came in with the reputation as a player in the 9th grade division but also with a chip on their shoulder. 9th graders are no longer middle school boys but high school men. This showed with the brute physicality of the division. Even the younger talented 8th grade unit of the Gervin Academy stepped up their game ti make the division the best of the day. Every game between the Eagle Pass Regulators, San Antonio Tarheels, Gervin Academy, and Bexar County Bandits was a closely possession to possession battle. When the war was over the Regulators would be taking the Cup back to Eagle Pass.
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