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#WCE25Championship at Open Gym Premier Recap Part 2: The Champions

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#WCE25Championship at Open Gym Premier

The 2014 Championship Teams

WCE25 Division Champions

This year’s event featured 7 WCE25 Divisions from grades 2-8.  These divisions featured some of the Top Ranked teams across the West Coast seeking a final shot at the #1 Ranking.

The San Diego Southbay Show 8u and 2020 West Coast All Stars were able to hold on their ranking by competing against the best the West Coast has to offer in their division.

The Cavs 9u, Oakland Pal 10u, and 2018 OC Vision all made strong statement to be considered as the Top West Coast teams in their division.

The Inland Force Black 11u team, though they did not get a chance to compete against the #1 ranked team in their division during this event, were able to sustain momentum on their way to AAU Nationals.

And last but not least, the 2019 NGA Stars made a strong season ending statement that they will in contention for that top spot come next season.

Congrats to all the teams that competed in this divisions!

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Also, congrats to all the MVPs in each division!  Each MVP in the WCE25 Division earned a full scholarship to attend the upcoming Ballislife Junior All-American Camp at Open Gym Premier on August 2-3 that will feature some of the top 2nd-8th grade talent in the country.

Note that if you did not receive a direct invite from our staff during the event, but feel you deserve a shot to compete against the best, email us at westcoastelite25@gmail.com for information. 

http://opengympremier.com/services/camp/bil-all-american 

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8u WCE25 Division Champions: San Diego South Bay Show

 

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The San Diego Southbay Show went 5-0 at the #WCE25Championship event to solidify the #1WCE25 2nd Grade Ranking for the 2013/14 Season.  Their run at the Championship included victories over #4 West Coast Rebels (Nevada), #5 SGV Blue (SoCal), and #3 Yellow Jackets (Sacramento) in the Championship Game.

Congrats to this young team who will the upcoming season as the #1 team to beat.

 

MVP: JJ Sanchez

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 2nd Place: Sacramento Yellow Jackets

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Although they came up short in the Championship game against top ranked San Diego South Bay Show, the Sacramento Yellow Jackets moved up to the #2 Season Ranking at the #WCE25Championship Event.  Their 4-1 record included victories over #2 Team Dojo (SoCal), #6 ProSkills (SoCal), and #19 Utah Elite (Utah).

Congrats Yellow Jackets on a great season!

 

 

9u WCE25 Division Champions: Cavs (SoCal)

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The SoCal Cavs went 5-0 at the #WCE25Championship event to make it a more difficult task for us to rank our #1WCE25 3rd Grade Team for the 2013/14 Season.  The Cavs cruised through their victories over #6 IEBP (Inland Empire), #7 Oakland Pal Blue, #10 Inland Force (Inland Empire), and #17 Future Ballers (SoCal).

Although it’s hard to tell if the Cavs would have beaten current #1 SF Rebels or #3 ARC teams during this event, we know the Cavs were peaking, came to compete and prove a point, and that may have been enough to earn them a share of the #1 Ranking with the SF Rebels.

Congrats Cavs! Keep that social media thing you got going!

* Kudos to ARC for representing the West Coast at AAU Nationals in Florida during the same weekend.  You guys “Always Compete”. 

 

MVP: Jayce McDonald

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2nd Place: IEBP (Inland Empire)

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IEBP was another team on a mission prior and during this event.  The young squad from the Inland Empire was out to prove their #6 Ranking was no fluke.  They certainly did not disappoint as the team went 4-1 that included victories over #7 Oakland PAL Blue, #10 Inland Force Black, and #20 Utah Select.

Congrats IEBP on your late season run!

 

10u WCE25 Division Champions: Oakland PAL Blue

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The Bay Area was certainly represented by this #22 Ranked Cinderella Oakland Pal Blue Team.  The 4th seeded team in their pool of 4 went 5-0 at the #WCE25Championship event.  Their run at the Championship included victories over #8 Cali Elite (twice), #1 ESP Bobcats, #11 Dominators, and #18 San Diego Seals.  Quite an impressive weekend.

We know they are lock for the Top 3, but the question that we now have to ask ourselves, was this good enough to earn the #1WCE25 Ranking?

Oakland Pal Blue, congrats on a great year and weekend!

MVP: Co-MVPS: Ron Jones & Ahmaree McCullough

 

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 2nd Place: Cali Elite (Inland Empire)

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The #8 Ranked Cali Elite team went 3-2 in the event with their only losses coming at the hands of Oakland PAL Blue.  With victories over #13 Team Dojo, #11 Dominators and #18 San Diego Seals, the Cali Elite team may have done enough to end the season in the Top 5.

Congrats Cali Elite on a great run this season!

 

11u WCE25 Division Champions: Inland Force Black (Inland Empire)

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The #4 Ranked Inland Force Black team came in as the Top Ranked team in the event and made sure they left that way or better on their way to AAU Nationals in Florida.  The team went an impressive 6-0 over a field that included 6 of the Top 10 WCE25 Ranked teams.

Congrats to these young men!  We wish you guys much success on your quest for a National title in Florida this coming week.

 

 2nd Place: West Coast All Stars (AZ/CA)

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The #5 Ranked West Coast All Stars just about did what the Inland Force Black team did at this event.  They went 5-0 before losing to Inland Force Black in the Championship game.  The West Coast All Stars are another team on a quest for a National title in Florida that we will keep a close eye throughout the week.

Congrats guys!  Best of luck at Nationals!

 

12 WCE25 Division Champions: West Coast All Stars (AZ/CA)

 

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The #1 Nationally Ranked West Coast All Stars did not disappoint in their quest to be the first Back-to-Back WCE25 Championship team. The West Coast All Stars cruised through the competition until the Championship game against another National team in Julius V Elite.

Congrats guys!  Best of luck at AAU Nationals!

 

 2nd Place: Julius V Elite

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This National Squad may have its detractors, but am not sure why.  For one, they have a talented squad that simply ups the level of competition. And two, they have a true national squad that allows local teams to play against top players from other part of the country such as Texas, Georgia, and Maryland.  Quite simply, Julius V Elite brings the competition to your backyard – just ask San Diego Select Coach Steve Wade how much his team enjoys playing national level teams on the West Coast.

2020 Championship Game Recap between West Coast All-Stars and Julius V Elite was covered California Preps / Rivals.com writer Dave Keefer.  Please scroll down to bottom for full recap. 

13u WCE25 Division Champions: NGA Stars (West LA)

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The NGA Stars came in ranked #18, but will leave the #WCE25Championship event as a Top 4 team after their impressive run at the Championship.  Their perfect 6-0 record included victories over Riverside Matrix (twice), Utah Basketball Club and #5 RC Bulls Elite in the Championship game.  This team has been making its run since early April at our Phx is Rising WCE25 event in Arizona and now appear to be in contention for the Top WCE25 ranking in 2014/15.

Congrats to one of the more improve club teams on the circuit!

 

MVP: JJ Sanchez

 

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 2nd Place: RC Bulls (Inland Empire)

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The RC Bulls Elite closed out the WCE25 season as Runner-Ups, but will still manage to hold on to a Top 5 ranking this season after their 5-1 record at the #WCE25Championship event.

Congrats RC Bulls Elite on a great season. You guys “Always Compete!”

 

14u WCE25 Division Champions: OC Vision (SoCal)

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The #9 Ranked OC Vision team has managed to be part of the conversation when discussing the #1 Ranked 2018 West Coast teams. With teams such as I10 Celtics and Earl Watson Elite competing at the HS level during this time of year, it makes it difficult to sort out a true #1.  However, OC Vision has also been competing at the HS level and winning. Therefore, we know they are a Top 4 team and may improve their ranking depending on how they finish out in Florida for AAU Nationals.

Congrats to OC Vision!  Best of Luck in Florida this week and wish all your squad the best as they move on to High School.

 2nd Place: NM Force (New Mexico)

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NM Force (New Mexico) came in ranked #66, but will end up leaving California as a Top 15 or better team.  With a great win over Top 5 Maeko (Oregon), the New Mexico team is likely to end the season as the highest ranked New Mexico team on WCE25.

Congrats to a great group of young men!

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Parts 3-5 of the #WCE25Championship at Open Gym Premier Recap will be available later this week. Parts 3-5 will include HS, Gold, Silver and Bronze Division Champions.

 

 

12u Platinum Championship:
West Coast All-Stars 37, Julius V. Elite 34

By Dave Keefer

In a tough defensive battle, West Coast All-Stars managed to build a double-digit lead in the second half but had to withstand a fast and furious rally by Julius V. Elite before prevailing, 37-34, to win their second consecutive WCE25 Championship at Open Gym Premier held on July 5-6 in Anaheim. We’ll have more from this & other events soon.

Because of excellent defensive intensity, both teams had trouble scoring, especially in the first half. Shots were heavily contested and there were some fierce battles for rebounds. As a result there were few fast breaks and even fewer easy shots.

The game was tight the whole first half, with WCA clinging onto a 13-11 lead as the clock wound down to halftime. JVE had the ball for a chance for a last shot but turned it over and WCA scored just ahead of the horn to lead 15-11 at the break.

Then WCA seemed to take control in the second half.

They led 30-19 well past the midpoint of the half and JVE had trouble converting on offense. It was one shot and out for JVE, as WCA’s bigs, Jason Harris and Nicolas Valencia, were controlling the boards. WCA was clearly outplaying JVE at this point, with only a few minutes left in the game.

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But suddenly the momentum changed. JVE ramped up the pressure and now WCA couldn’t buy a basket. JVE got their running game going and finally got some transition baskets.

After Kyree Walker hit a baseline jumper, it was 30-26 and JVE was feeling it with 3:30 to go in the game. Then Dwon Odom got a putback with 3:05 on the clock and it was a one-possession game at 30-28.

Walker completed an 11-0 run for JVE with two free throws, as his team had come all the way back to tie the game at 30-30 with 2 minutes left in regulation. Montez McNeil rebounded a missed shot by WCA and now JVE had a chance to take the lead.

McNeil turned it over at the 1:50 mark, but made up for it with a block at the other end on a shot by Harris underneath. Harris ended up with a tough putback to put WCA back in the lead, 32-30, with 1:35 to go.

JVE quickly tied it again but WCA responded by taking the lead again on two free throws from William McClendon to make it 34-32 with 1:08 on the clock. Walker came back to tie it again for JVE with a nice drive down the lane to make it 34-34 with 35 seconds left.

Then Valencia came through with what would end up being the game winner when he completed a drive along the baseline for a score with 19.2 seconds left to make it 36-34. On the ensuing inbounds play for JVE, a crucial turnover occurred when the inbounder stepped over the line while inbounding the ball.

But the outcome was still in doubt. JVE had to foul to stop the clock and Paris Dawson went to the line with 11.8 seconds on the clock. He made one of two to make it 37-34. JVE got a potential game-tying three-pointer launched with 4 seconds left but Harris fly swatted it out of bounds.

That left enough time for another chance for JVE, but a three-pointer by Ty Ty Washington bounced off the rim and WCA grabbed the rebound as time ran out.

Congratulations to both teams on a clean hard fought game between two talented teams. Here are the rosters:

West Coast All-Stars:

Dwon Odom
19-Paris Dawson
7-Jalen Clark
3-Ty Ty Washington
2-William McClendon
8-Jason Harris
23-Quincy Taylor
6-Tahj Morris
32-Nicolas Valencia

Julius V. Elite

10-Jordan Toles
32-Kyree Walker
4-Fredric Burton
45-Isaiah LeBlanc
2-Keith Dinwiddie
3-Dwon Odom
31-Montez McNeil
15-Jalen Reyes
27-Jack Rottler

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