WHAT’S NEW IN LIGHTNING AAU 2017!
Put yourself in the Coach’s Shoes.
As a parent, it is your job to do what is best for your child. As coaches, it is our job to do what is best for every child!!! Sometimes, this concept leads to conflicts. Each coach uses his best judgment on teaching, praise, constructive criticism, and most importantly: PLAYING TIME. If you have a legitimate concern, you are welcome to communicate it to a coach. However, we ask that you stop and think about the difficult choices he must make repeatedly in every game situation. Fairness, success, victory…these are subjective terms. Sometimes they are in conflict with each other. This program strives to provide a healthy balance, but we are only human. Please try to keep this in mind and remain supportive. Coaches put in a great deal of time and effort and are very rarely provided with great financial compensation. Before complaining about the little things, ask yourself: “Is my child having a positive experience that will benefit them later in life”.
Thank you, coach and Lightning director Al Morales.
Lightning G5th grade/Ayo Hart:
The 5th grade girls team brought home the division title at the 2017 Best of the East Roundball Classic. They went undefeated – taking down the East Coast Panthers, Boston Showstoppers and the CT Warriors finishing the weekend with a 4-0 record. This wraps up a very successful season for the 5th grade girls who won two earlier tournaments and finished the season with a 14-5 record. They represented the Lightning AAU club with pride, respect and dignity.
Wins the 2017 ZG championship out at Spooky Nook by finishing the weekend 6-0. They are 11-1 over the last 2 weekends. Congratulations to the following: AJ, Kevin, Willy, Lucas, Pat, Kasai, Jared, Justin, Ben, Matt and AC.
Next up is the Basketbull/Hall of Fame tournament.
Lightning B15U/9Th Grade/Foti
Win the 2017 AAU Districts Championship to qualify for Nationals.
Congratulations and GREAT JOB!
Lightning B12U/Miele and Green
Having a great weekend at Districts going 2-1 against some tough competition!
Had a great weekend in the ZG King of NYC Tournament finishing 3-1.
They won against Edge Athletics, CT PHD – Black, Scarsdale Sharks and then fell short to BSNY Metro – Downtown.
Finishes 3-1 and wins the championship in the Zero Gravity King of NYC tournament. Next up is Gym Rats in Albany, NY.
Front Row: Head Coach Al Morales, Jr., Justin Long, Kevin Townes, Legend Dominguez and AJ Morales
Back Row: Wily Samsen, Ben Leff, Kasai Brown and Pat Mahoney.
Missing are: Matt Groll, Jared Cohan and Lucas Joshi.
Lightning G6th grade/Foti, Jr.
Competing in the ZG CT. Spring Slam. Next up will be the Lightning Challenge.
The team played relentless defense all weekend to bring home the gold at the Zero Gravity Spring Slam. Allowing only 40 points over the course of 5 games, teamwork and crisp passes helped the Lightning solidify the win and a perfect 5-0 record on the weekend.
Boys Lightning Elite/Morales:
After a very competitive weekend in Pittsburg, the boys come back and go 4-0 in the ZG CT Spring Slam.They will now head to the Providence Jam Fest this coming weekend.
Boys 9th grade Lightning/Foti wins the 2017 Pittsburg Jam Fest 15U Steel Division
Lightning/Foti providing half time instruction out at the 2017 Pittsburg Jam Fest.
Zero Gravity Big Time Challenge and picked-up first AAU win
We beat Metro Hawks 41-38 come from behind victory in the last 2 minutes of the game.
Have competed in the ZG Spring Opener and the Pittsburg Jam Fest and will now head into the grind of the AAU season.
With Providence, Boston, PA and Vegas coming their way.
Boys 10th grade Lightning/JD After playing in their 3rd Zero Gravity Tournament at the BSC
Lightning 17U (Jonas)
Lightning B14U (Foti) make a great run at the DII Nationals out in Orlando, Fl. They went 3-0 in pool play and are now headed to the Elite 8.
Lightning B14U Foti out in Orlando at Division II Nationals.
B14U Foti starts the day off with a victory against NJ Connection
Lightning Green/ Miele 11U
The 11U Lighting Green/Miele team Traveled to Trumbull Ct to compete in the summer hoops shootout basketball tournament! They went 3-0, beating a couple of CT elite teams and finished first in their pool and won the championship! This is the first championship for this team!
Lightning Green/ Miele 11U
They went 3 and 0 and made it to the finals of the Bronze bracket 11U. We lost to the Greenwich Stars in the championship. We beat CT-PHD in the first game in overtime 36-33. In the second game we beat NR Athletics 27-9 and in the third game we beat Greenwich Stars 43-31.
Lightning B14U (Foti, Sr.)
Brewster Sports Center-based Lightning Basketball will play the Riverside Hawks for the AAU NY Metropolitan District DII Championship on May 30. By advancing to the Championship game, the team has qualified for a berth in the AAU National Championship tournament that will be played in Orlando, Florida July 24-30.
Earlier this month the same Lightning squad advanced to the AAU NY Metropolitan Eighth-Grade Championship game also to be played on May 30 versus Middletown’s Finest. This also qualifies the team to play in the 8th Grade-based National Championship to be played July 2-9 in Greensboro, NC.
In the past month the team has won the American Division Championship in the Zero Gravity NY Basketball Championships and the Elite Sports Connecticut Hoops Madness Tournament. In the next several weeks the team will compete in the AAU NY Metropolitan 9th Grade D III Championships, the Albany Gym Ratz Tournament, and the Zero Gravity National Championship tournament in Boston.
The squad currently posts a 26-4 record at the half-way point of the season. “The focus is on improving team play, and continued individual development, according to Associate Coach Bill Harrington. “The caliber of competition goes to another level in the next few weeks, and in reality, the season starts now. To reach our team goals, and continue to be competitive, we must improve as players, as a team, and as coaches…”
B13U (James Loughran)
Great effort In the Empire State Classic as they went 1-2.
B14U (James Loughran)
Went 0-3 in the Empire State Classic but played extremely hard.
B9th Grade (Rob Loughran)
Went 0-3 in the Empire State Classic with a down to the wire loss by 1pt. in game two.
B11U Lightning (Foti, Jr.):
The boys had a GREAT weekend and won the Mother’s Day classic championship at the BSC by going 3-0. Congratulations!!!
B17U Lightning (Morales)
Make a great presence out at the 2016 Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest in Providence, RI where they went 3-1. Overall AAU record thus far is 18-6.
Lightning B12U (Barrett):
Won the Elite Sports/UA Hoops Madness Tournament in Trumbull this weekend by going 4-0. Wins over CT Elite Green, Alley-Oop, Newburgh Zion Lions and Magic Time in the Chip.
Lightning B1U (McPartland)
Working hard and having some fun in the ZG Tournament.
Lightning B17U (Morales):
At the 2016 Hoop Group Jam Fest at the Civic Center in Pittsburg, PA where they encountered great competition and a great tournament with over 150 college coaches during the live period.
Lightning B11U Coach Green/Miele
Lightning B10th Grade Halper/Millard: Tournament: ZG Border Wars
Defeated “Highland Hoyas”: 47-41, Lost to “Fair Game” in Overtime: 57-53, Defeated “Greenwich Stars”: 65-61 Won championship game against Undefeated “Fair Game”: 55-45, Final record was 3-1 for tournament.
Lighting B14U (Foti, Sr.)
Off to a great AAU start with 3 ZG AAU tournaments under their belt…
Lightning B11th grade (Morales):
Went 2-0 in the ZG opener at the BSC on March 26th.
Went 4-0 this past weekend at ZG Trinity College tournament in Hartford, CT with a thriller championship win against the CT Knights. Next up is the House of New England championship at Assumption College (live period).
Boys Lightning 14U (Lydon):
Opens up their 2016 AAU season with a chip by winning against the CT Hawks, CT Stampede, Elite Hoops and CT Titans in the finals