Archive for April, 2013

A Tale of Two Games for 13U Team!!

On April 13-14, 2013 The 13U Defenders team played in the Garden State Spring Showcase at Montclair University.

Day one Game one: The girls started off sluggish and appeared to have some nervous jitters.  The game was close until the last 4 minutes of the second half when the girls seem to be out hustled and out worked. It was the girls first game as a team and it showed. But there were some bright spots. Flashes of greatness on offense and defense. At times you would see the girls run fast breaks that were fluent and flawless. The team was lead by Monrenike Akinrefon 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists  Defensively their pressure caused turnovers left and right. The team played a good game but just came up a hair short.

Day one Game two: What a difference a game makes! I guess the girls didn’t like how a loss taste! The girls came out fighting, full of fire and never trailed. The offense was in sync every pass every play. And the defense was true lock down, hustle “D”. The girls look like they had been playing together for years. The offense was a team effort, with Deonna Henry scoring 15 points, Patricia Harding 11 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds and Isimemem Enahoro scoring 10 points and 5 assists. I guess that earlier lost didn’t sit well with these young ladies and they came out with something to prove.

Day two Game one: It’s looks like Deja vu. The girls came out once again looking sluggish and out of sync playing versus Freedom. As a team the Defenders had 12 turnovers and 14 fouls. The girls were not playing with the same discipline and confidence that they showed in there last game. This game our players were faster and more athletic but  it didn’t show on the court. Despite playing relax defense and an out of sync offense it was a 7 point loss 34-27. Monrenike Akinrefon was team high scorer with 6points and 6 rebounds and Isimemem Enahoro had 4 points 4 rebounds 2 assists 1 block and 5 steals.

Day two Game two: Game two versus NJ Knights was the second game of  back to back games for the 13U Defenders.  Surprisingly they came out running, with no signs of fatigue. They once again came out with vengeance after a loss. They were playing with great energy and focus. They were able to breeze past the Knights 33-21 with Monrennike Akinrefon leading the team scoring with11 points and 3 rebounds, Patricia Harding 4 points 8 rebounds 2 assists and Kennedy Selby 4 points 3 rebounds and 5 assists. The defense is still a work in progress, at times a little lack luster and not enough hustle. The offense was showing signs of individual talent and not team work at times. But over all the girls had a good weekend, as this was there first tournament as a team. They have showed progress from the first day of practice until now, with hard work and dedication sky’s the limit for the 13U defenders  team. Congratulations girls!!


04 2013

Defenders 16U Crash the Party at Blue Chip PreSeason Challenge – Richmond, Va.

1st game on Friday

FBC Defenders braved hours  long traffic jams, and the scheduling cruelty of  three out of five early morning games, to leave their defensive signature stamped on this all important Preseason Challenge.  Anchored by program mainstays, and energized by several sophomore newcomers, the Defenders returned home with an impressive 4-1 record overall.

Defenders endured the business traveler’s red eye equivalent in the 8am tip off on Friday morning, against the hometown team Virginia Explosion.  Defenders struck first with an 8-1 run fueled by Jackie Rodriguez, aka J-Rod. However the next minute and 4 seconds belonged to the Explosion’s 7-0 run to knot the score up at 8-8.  Defenders responded with 2, 3 point field goals from Kadijah Mathews & Morgan Mitchell but, their lead would be brief.  Both teams battled through several lead changes throughout the first half, and the Defenders trailed by one point at the half, 29-28.  The second half saw more of the same with the Defenders ending up on the wrong side of several lead changes, to fall in the red-eye 51-46.  Jackie Rodriguez led all Defenders with 15 points, while Kadijah Mathews and Kyra Fox both finished with 8 points.

2nd game on Friday..

Defenders faced The Blackhawks of Lebanon, Pennsylvania.  Defenders jumped out to an early lead, 17-12.  In a gutsy move, Coach Stone replaced the starting five with the more energetic, sophomore dominated line-up of reserves, who unleashed their own scoring assault on the Blackhawks led by Morgan Mitchell, Camille Duncan & Brianna Carr.  Defenders led by ten, 33-23 at the half.  In the second half, the Blackhawks began to force the issue with their own offensive assault but, the Defenders responded with timely baskets from Kadijah Mathews, Alyssa McDonough, & Kyra Fox before Jackie “J-Rod” Rodriguez erupted for 12 points in 4 minutes, with 4 consecutive, crowd astounding, 3 pointers!  Rodriguez led all Defenders with 17, Alyssa McDonough scored 14, Kadijah Mathews finished with 6, while Brianna Carr and Kyra Fox each finished with 5 points.  Defenders win big, 61-47.If

 3rd game of the tournament.. 9:10am on Saturday

Defenders faced the equally athletic, but bigger opponent in the Maryland Lady Tigers of Baltimore.  Coach Stone sat the more experienced starters most of the game, in favor of the more energetic sensational sophomores, Morgan Mitchell, Camille Duncan, Brianna Carr, Sydney Bray, and Ashley Opitz, who appeared to shock the bigger, Lady Tigers with their relentless energy, and tenacious defense.  The Lady Tigers tried to respond to the smaller, scrappier sophomore laden line up with brute force, but were surprisingly turned back, with equal aggression.  Led by the feisty, energetic guard play of Morgan Mitchell, and Sydney Bray the Defenders battled the Lady Tigers throughout the second half, until the final moments when Coach Stone pegged the veteran leadership of Alyssa McDonough to pace the Defenders, and control the offense in the final moments to hold on to defeat the Lady Tigers.  Alyssa McDonough finished with 11, Morgan Mitchell scored 6, while Camille Duncan rounded out the scoring with 5 points.  Defenders win a thriller, 38-34.

4th game – Saturday evening.

On Saturday evening, the Defenders returned to the Richmond Convention Center to face NYC Heat at 7pm.  After a series of private team meetings behind closed doors, throughout the day, to settle chemistry issues the Defenders showed off their newly acquired chemistry and camaraderie to defeat the pesky NYC Heat who battled back from several leads throughout the contest.  The Sayreville High School teammates, and life long friends, Jackie Rodriguez and Alyssa McDonough combined for 37 points to boost the Defenders record to 3-1, for the tournament.  McDonough led all scorers with 22 points, while Rodriguez poured in 15, with another 4, 3 point field goals performance.  Ariel Donza, and Kadijah Mathews each contributed 6 points.  Defenders roll, 57-47.

Final game on Sunday morning.

FBC Defenders face off against the Connecticut Starters.  Defenders woke to another early morning game against another feisty opponent in the Starters. In the beginning moments, McDonough’s drive to the basket, and Rodriguez’ 3 point field goal set the tone, as the Defenders fought off the Starters in a contentious battle that featured two lead changes, and frantic defense that resulted in several turnovers benefiting the Defenders.  Defenders led at the half, 27-19.

In the second half, the Starters came out swinging, and closed the gap 29-24, before Coach Stone sent his starting line up back into the game.   Alyssa McDonough asserted herself as the literal driving force as several layups led to trips to the foul line.  The Starters continued to fight back, and answered every Defenders score, with one of their own.  With the Defenders leading 33-30, with roughly ten minutes remaining in the contest, Kyra Fox sinks a 3 pointer, from the right wing.  Still the Starters fought on.  With less than six minutes remaining, the Starters tied the game at 38,  Kadijah Mathews scores on a drive to the basket, and McDonough scored to give the Defenders the lead 42-38.   The Defenders never looked back.  Relying upon their signature, tenacious defense, the Defenders came up with 2 stops, and 2 turnovers, and used McDonough to close with several drives to the basket, resulting in consecutive trips to the line.  McDonough leads all scorers with 18, followed by Rodriguez with 12, and Mathews with 7 points, and Ashley Opitz contributed 5 points.  Defenders win, 52-47.  Finishing the tournament with a 4-1 record.  Now, it’s on the next one..!






04 2013

Defending & Hooping at the Rose Classic – April 2013

“We are defense! All you have to do is look at the name of this program, if you want to know who we are. We are defense! That’s who we are, and that’s what we do…!”, bellowed Coach Stone, to his team, during the first timeout huddle of Sunday morning’s contest in Brooklyn. The Defenders took their tenacious style of basketball to Brooklyn’s iconic Rose Classic tournament this weekend, and escaped with 2 wins in 3 attempts. Early season jitters, and new team chemistry issues didn’t seem to plague the lady ballers of Somerset, New Jersey, as they managed to finish the weekend with more wins than losses.

In the first game on Saturday, the Defenders went head to head with “Queens Finest”, and benefitted from High School teammates, Jackie Rodriguez, and Alyssa McDonough who scored 18, and 17 points respectively. Kyra Fox added 6 points, Ashley Opitz 4 points and Kadijah Matthews added 5 points and 3 blocked shots to help the Defenders fight off Queen’s Finest, who fell short in the final moments of what was an electrifying, see – saw battle. The Defenders prevailed, 51-47.

In the second game on Saturday, CAS Douglas took advantage of a fatigued Defenders squad, who managed to have only one scorer in double figures. Jackie Rodriguez led all Defenders with 10 points. The Defenders fell to CAS Douglas in a forgettable performance 51-22.

On early Sunday morning, the Defenders faced off against the Long Island Renegades. However the early morning tip-off proved to be a worthy opponent, also as the Defenders struggled early to find their legs. Eventually the Defenders found their way behind the reliable shooting of Jackie Rodriguez who led all Defenders with 12 points. Alyssa McDonough provided much needed leadership and poise, as the Renegades applied full court pressure. The Defenders also benefitted from timely scoring by Camille Duncan, and a stoic defensive effort from Morgan Mitchell who also contributed 6 points, as the Defenders held on to beat the Renegades 36-34.


04 2013

Thanks to all who supported the FBC Defenders Basket & non-Perishable Food Drive!


Lenore Elfand from the 11U team was our lucky winner of our wonderful FBC Defenders clothing basket raffle last night. Congrats Lenore!!! And Thank You to Everyone who had participated in our raffle and in supporting our Club!!! Your continued support to our organization is greatly appreciated !!!!!


A great Big Thank You to all our Players and Parents helping donate to our non-perishable food drive. It was A great success, we had collected 4 boxes of foods to be donated to our local Middlesex County food pantry’s which I am sure will go to a very good cause in helping some of the families in Middlesex County that had lost so much in Hurricane Sandy.

Thank You Again In Supporting our Club!!!
The FBC Defenders Staff


04 2013