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DocDrew’s Swish Issue 10, Volume 5

Welcome to the tenth issue of volume five of Swish, a weekly periodical with recaps and photos of Santa Monica YMCA youth basketball games, and other pertinent info such as announcements and updates from the program.

This past weekend was the ending of the regular season with tournament finals in all divisions.  League champs were crowned. Congratulations to the following Championship teams:

The Winter season of youth basketball has filled up very quickly;  however, we are still accepting registrations for the waitlist. Registration forms for the Winter season are available at the front desk of the Santa Monica YMCA.

In honor of having the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation partnering with the Santa Monica YMCA youth basketball program, I have a series of articles about the history of the Los Angeles Lakers in the Swish.  I now present part four of the series.

History of the Los Angeles Lakers

1973–1979: Building “Showtime”

During the 1973–74 season, the team was hampered by the loss of West, who played only 31 games before his legs gave out. Goodrich, averaging 25.3 points, helped the team to a late-season surge. Trailing the Golden State Warriors by three games with seven left to play, the Lakers rallied to finish 47–35 and win the Pacific Division. They made the playoffs but managed just one win against Milwaukee in the conference semifinals. Following the season, West retired due to contract disagreements with Cooke, and filed a suit for unpaid back wages.

The Lakers acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975.

After missing the playoffs in the 1974–75 season, the Lakers acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had won three league MVP’s by that time. Abdul-Jabbar wanted out of Milwaukee, demanding a trade to either New York or Los Angeles.  He was traded for Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Junior Bridgeman, and Dave Meyers. Abdul-Jabbar had his fourth MVP season in 1975–76, leading the league in rebounding, blocked shots, and minutes played.  The Lakers struggled in January, going 3–10, and finished out of the playoffs at 40–42.

West and Cooke settled their differences—and the former Laker’s lawsuit—and Cooke hired him to replace Sharman as the team’s coach.  West became upset, however, when Cooke refused to spend the money necessary to acquire forward Julius Erving, who the Nets were selling. Behind another MVP season from Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles won the Pacific Division, finishing the 1976–77 season a league-best 53–29. They defeated the Warriors in a seven-game series to open the postseason before being swept by Portland in the Western Conference Finals.  During the off-season, Los Angeles picked up Jamaal Wilkes from Golden State and signed first-round draft pick Norm Nixon.

In the first two minutes of the first game of the 1977–78 season, Abdul-Jabbar punched Bucks center Kent Benson for an overly aggressive elbow and broke his hand.  Two months later, a healthy Abdul-Jabbar got into an altercation with Houston Rockets center Kevin Kunnert after a rebound. The team’s starting power forward, Kermit Washington, who was averaging 11.5 points and 11.2 rebounds, entered the fight, and when Rudy Tomjanovich ran in from the bench to break up the action, Washington punched him in the face. Tomjanovich nearly died from the punch, suffering a fractured skull and other facial injuries, which prematurely ended his playing career.  Washington, who stated that he assumed Tomjanovich was a combatant, was suspended for two months by the NBA, and released by the Lakers.  The team won 45 games despite being down a starter in Washington and not having Abdul-Jabbar for nearly two months, but lost in the first round of the playoffs to Seattle.  During the 1978–79 season, the team posted a 47–35 record but lost to the SuperSonics in the semifinal round of the playoffs.

1979–1991: “Showtime”

Magic Johnson along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the “Showtime” Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s.

In the 1979 NBA draft, Los Angeles selected 6-foot, 9-inch point guard Magic Johnson from Michigan State with the first overall pick.  It took Johnson’s teammates time to acclimate themselves to his passing ability, as his “no-look” passes often caught them unaware. Once they adjusted, his passing became a key part of Los Angeles’ offense.  The Lakers won 60 games in Johnson’s rookie year, and defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the 1980 NBA Finals. Johnson won the Finals MVP award, after starting at center for the injured Abdul-Jabbar in game six, and tallying 42 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists.  The team fell off in the 1980–81 season, though, as the Lakers lost Johnson for most of the season to a knee injury.  The team turned in a 54–28 record and finished second behind the Phoenix Suns in the Pacific Division.The Rockets, led by Moses Malone, defeated Los Angeles in the first round of the playoffs.

Early in the 1981–82 season, Johnson complained to the media about head coach Paul Westhead and demanded a trade.  Westhead was fired shortly after Johnson’s criticisms, and although the Lakers’ owner Jerry Buss stated that Johnson’s comments did not factor into the decision, Johnson was vilified by the national media and booed both on the road and at home. Buss promoted assistant coach Pat Riley to “co-head coach” with Jerry West (although West considered himself Riley’s assistant) on November 19 and the team won 17 of its next 20 games.  Nicknamed “Showtime” due to the team’s new Johnson-led fast break-offense, the Lakers won the Pacific Division title and swept both the Suns and Spurs in the 1982 playoffs.  Los Angeles stretched its postseason winning streak to nine games by taking the first contest of the NBA Finals from the 76ers. The team won the Finals 4–2 to finish a 12–2 playoff run. On draft night in 1982, the Lakers had the first overall pick (the result of a trade with Cleveland midway through the 1979–80 season, when the Lakers had sent Don Ford and a 1980 first-round pick to the Cavaliers for Butch Lee and their 1982 selection) and selected James Worthy from North Carolina. The Lakers won the Pacific Division at 58–24, but Worthy suffered a leg injury in the last week of the season and missed the rest of the season. Nevertheless, they advanced to play Philadelphia in the 1983 NBA Finals after defeating Portland and San Antonio. The Sixers, however, won the series and the championship in four games.  After the season West replaced Sharman as the team’s GM.

In the 1983–84 season, Los Angeles went 54–28, and played Boston in the Finals for the first time since 1969.  The Lakers won two of the first three games. However, Kevin McHale‘s hard clothesline foul of Lakers forward Kurt Rambis on a fast break is credited as a turning point of the series. Boston won three of the next four to win the title and send Los Angeles’s record to 0–8 in Finals series against the Celtics. 

Using the past year’s Finals defeat as motivation, the team won the Pacific Division for the fourth straight year and lost just two games in the Western Conference playoffs. In the NBA Finals, the Celtics were again the Lakers’ final hurdle. Los Angeles lost game one of the NBA Finals by a score of 148–114, in what is remembered as the “Memorial Day Massacre”.[111] The Lakers, behind 38-year-old Finals MVP Abdul-Jabbar, recovered to defeat the Celtics in six games.[112] The team won the title in the Boston Garden, becoming the only visiting team to ever win an NBA championship there. 

Los Angeles drafted James Worthy first overall in 1982. “Big Game James” recorded his only career triple double in the Lakers game seven victory over the Pistons in the 1988 NBA Finals.

In the 1985–86 season, the Lakers started 24–3 and went on to win 62 games and their fifth straight division title. The Rockets, however, defeated the Lakers in five games in the Western Conference Finals. Houston won the series when Ralph Sampson hit a 20-foot jumper as time expired in game five at The Forum. 

Prior to the 1986–87 season, the Lakers moved A. C. Green into the starting lineup, and acquired Mychal Thompson from the Spurs.  Johnson won his first career MVP Award while leading the Lakers to a 65–17 record, and Michael Cooper was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year.  Before the season, Riley had made the decision to shift the focus of the offense to Johnson over the 40-year-old Abdul-Jabbar. The Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals by sweeping the Nuggets, defeating the Warriors in five games, and sweeping the SuperSonics in the Western Conference Finals. The Lakers defeated Boston in the first two games of the Finals, and the teams split the next four games, giving Los Angeles their second championship in three seasons. The series was highlighted by Johnson’s running “baby hook” shot to win game four at Boston Garden with two seconds remaining. Johnson was named the NBA Finals MVP, in addition to regular season MVP.  At the Lakers’ championship celebration in Los Angeles, coach Riley brashly declared that Los Angeles would repeat as NBA champions, which no team had done since the 1968–69 Boston Celtics.

Looking to make good on Riley’s promise in the 1987–88 season, the Lakers took their seventh consecutive Pacific Division title with a 62–20 record. They swept the Spurs in the first round of the Western Conference Finals before pulling out a tough seven-game series win over the Utah Jazz led by youngsters Karl Malone and John Stockton. A seven-game Western Conference finals win over the Dallas Mavericks propelled the Lakers to the NBA Finals once again. In their seventh trip to the Finals in nine years, they met the Detroit Pistons. Los Angeles would take the series in seven games, and James Worthy’s game seven triple-double earned him a Finals MVP award. The win marked their fifth title in nine years, but would also mark their last title until 2000.

In the 1988–89 season, Los Angeles won 57 games and their eighth consecutive Pacific Division crown. They swept through the playoffs defeating Portland, Seattle, and Phoenix. In eighth trip to the NBA Finals in 10 years, they once again faced the Detroit Pistons.  Hampered by injuries to Byron Scott and Johnson, the Lakers were swept by Detroit. 

Following the 1989 Finals, on June 28, 1989, after 20 professional seasons, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar announced his retirement. The Lakers still cruised through the Pacific Division, winning their ninth consecutive division crown with a 63–19 record. However, after beating the Rockets in the first round, they lost four games to one in the second round of the playoffs to the Suns. Riley announced he was stepping down after the season citing burnout, and was replaced by Mike Dunleavy. Riley’s departure received a mixed reaction from the players. They respected his contributions, but some, such as Worthy and Scott, had grown tired of his intense practices and felt he tried to take too much credit for the team’s successes. Following the season, 1987 Defensive Player of the Year winner Michael Cooper decided to play in Europe and was waived at his request. 

The 1990–91 Lakers failed to win the Pacific Division for the first time in 10 years, but still finished with a 58–24 record. After cruising through the Western Conference playoffs, the Lakers found themselves in the NBA Finals once again, their ninth trip to the Finals in 12 years. The 1991 Finals represented a changing of the guard as the Lakers were defeated in five games by the Chicago Bulls, led by superstar Michael Jordan. 

1991–1996: Post-“Showtime” dry spell

On November 7, 1991, Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for HIV and would retire immediately. 

In their first season without Johnson, the team won 43 games to earn the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The Lakers were defeated in the first round by Portland. Following the season, head coach Mike Dunleavy was fired.

The Lakers would lose 43 games in 1992–93 under Randy Pfund, their first losing season since 1976. The Lakers would still make the playoffs, and would become the first eighth seed to win the opening two games on the road against a number one seed when they took a 2–0 lead against Phoenix. They lost the next two games at home however, then game five in Phoenix in overtime. During the 1993–94 season, Pfund was fired during the season that would result in the Lakers failing to make the playoffs for the first time since 1976. Magic Johnson, would coach the final 16 games of the season with former teammate Michael Cooper as his lead assistant. Johnson decided not to take the job permanently due to what he felt was a lack of commitment from certain players, and Los Angeles ended the season with a 10-game losing streak to finish 33–49. 

Under new coach Del Harris, Los Angeles made the playoffs each of the next two seasons, but was eliminated in the second and first rounds respectively. The team was led by young guards Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones. Johnson came out of retirement to return as a player in the 1995–96 season to lead the then 24–18 Lakers to a 29–11 finish. After some run-ins with Van Exel, displeasure with Harris’s strategies, and a first round loss to the Rockets, Johnson decided to retire for the final time after the season. 

Rookies

Yardbirds celebrate with the Rookie Tournament Championship game, and the Overall League title.  Photo by Breda Carroll
Rookie Championship final between the Yardbirds and Bluesbreakers 

YARDBIRDS ARE ROOKIE LEAGUE CHAMPS & TOURNAMENT WINNERS — December 8th. In the 3rd rematch against the Blues, the only team that had beaten the Yardbirds–Not once, but twice–we proved why it’s so hard to keep the same team down again and again. These kids would not be denied on defense, and as a result only one player on the Blues, Stellan Haberli (that kid is awesome!) scored the whole game. Our Player of the Game, August Richane carried us to the promised land with 8 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block and 1 assist. Richard Haro had 2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 block. Jake Silvera was another standout with 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 assist. Arya Nawathe had 2 points 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist. That’s a lot of assists for a bunch of 6-year-olds. In fact, many after the game remarked to me how well they shared the ball and played together. I think it’s because they liked each other, and what the Yardbirds were trying to accomplish. In that way, as we said in practice again and again, we saved the best for last. Final Score: 12-6.  Submitted by Coach Pete Harris

Game Summary – Bluesbreakers vs Yardbirds.  The Bluesbreakers Stellan Haberli controlling the dribble while being guarded by the Yardbirds Richard Haro.  Photo by Breda Carroll

For the third time this season, it was Blue versus Gold as the Bluesbreakers took on the Yardbirds in the Rookie League Championship Game.

The Yardbirds got on the scoreboard first with some nice ball movement to set up a good look at the basket.  A very active 2-1-2 defense made it tough for Bluesbreakers to get any momentum in the early stages of the game.  Joaquin Jimenez and Aryan Abjani were active on defense in the first half, combining for 3 blocks, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals.  After falling behind 6-0, the Bluesbreakers finally got into the scoring column with 2 free throws by Stellan Haberli at the halftime break.  

In the second half, both teams went back and forth.  Adrian Yen got in the mix with a couple of steals and a rebound.  Zeke Sarr added 2 rebounds against the strong Yardbirds frontcourt players.  Siddanth Khanna was impactful with 3 rebounds and a steal to help keep the game close.  With a four-point lead, the Yardbirds broke the game open with a 6 point run late in the 3rd quarter and into the 4th.  Stellan Haberli was able to squeak through the defense in 4th Quarter to drop in 2 more baskets to make the score 12-6.

In the end, the Yardbirds prevailed and earned the title of Rookie League Champion.  

Final Score  Yardbirds: 12  – Bluesbreakers: 6.  Submitted by Coach Charles Ellinwood

Parents vs Rookies

Bantams

The Revolution faced the Cars in the final game of the Bantam A flight tournament to decide not just the tournament winner but the overall season winner. It was a hard-fought defensive contest throughout ending regulation in a 12-12 tie (no overtime) and both teams as co-tournament champs. With both teams ending up on the same number of points on the season tying for first, the Cars ended up as overall season champs due to a 1-0-1 head-to-head record, congratulations to the Cars!

Revolution played trademark tough defensive throughout, with Elliot Ma and Wiley Scheflen combining to lock down Cars star Wally Levitt to two points. Elliot also chipped in three rebounds, a block, and an assist, with Wiley contributing four points and six rebounds. Alex Ma had a great all-around game with four points, four rebounds, and two steals. Benjamin Saunders was again a monster on the boards pulling down six. Alden Wong hit a key two-point bucket and also grabbed three rebounds, with Brooks Stuber doing the same. Rhys Scheflen had four rebounds and a steal, and Axel Trussler (block and a steal), Teddy Chang and Jonathan Watson all put in strong defensive shifts.  Submitted by Coach Sarah Scheflen 

Santa Monica YMCA vs Culver/Palms YMCA U10.  Photos by Apolonia Drew

It was the only inter-YMCA match of Saturday featuring the 8-9 year old Culver/Palms YMCA versus the Santa Monica YMCA.  It was my brief return to coaching, taking a break from my directorship duties at the SaMo YMCA. Fortunately, I was not alone in coaching, and the great Bill Kravitz was co-coaching.  Santa Monica had a team of talented 7, 8, and 9 year olds from different divisions of our YMCA basketball program.

It was a tight contest throughout the first half with the lead going back and forth.  Baskets by Dominic Drew, Jacopo Stabilini, Dylan Kravitz and Victoria McNary kept the game close.  Rookie players Mariama Belew, Adrian Yen, and Richard Haro provided tough defense in their first game against an upper division opponent.  Luis Zambrano provided key defensive stops and rebounds to help the team stay in the game. Rayan Etemadnia was the player of the game with his scoring and all around defensive prowess to help get transition points.  

In the second half, we got reserves David Casparian, Tristan Hayes, and Theo Richards to come and give the team an added boost of energy as we fell behind in the third quarter, but we made our comeback in the fourth quarter.

With the score tied with a minute and a half left in the game.  We called a timeout to not only give our players a chance to catch their breath, but to set up our offense and defense for the remainder of the game which now had a full court press implemented. 

As throughout the game, Coach Bill had been calling masterful plays that were working.  And we were able to beat their full court press, score a basket, then get a turnover, and set it up for a final shot from Theo Richards in which he used a shooter’s best friend, the backboard, to nail the shot, and help ensure the victory.  Great team effort and sportsmanship by both sides.

Want to thank co-coach Bill Kravitz for getting the team focused and ready to play.  And thanks to all the players and parents that came to these games at Culver Middle school throughout the entire season.

Special thanks to Lamondo Greer of the Culver/Palms YMCA for inviting teams from our YMCA to play these fun games.  Hope to do more of these in the future. Submitted by Coach DocDrew

Pretenders vs Bosses.  Photos by Casper Casparian 

Bosses end great season with a victory.  When the season started, our Bosses looked like a one-win team.  We lacked shooters and experience, but we did have 10 great kids who were all willing to work hard, listen well, and play team ball.  By the end of the season, I felt we were as good as any team in the league. We ended the season with a string of wins and we gave the champion Cars one of their two losses.

In winning the ‘B’ Championship, our last game was further proof of how far we had come.  We beat a good Pretenders team with excellent offense and defense. Aaron Dyner, Davis Forkner, Vitalina Moncher, and Ryan Lim all scored and filled the stat sheet with some great teamwork.  Kai Badat, Mason Alvarez, and Evelia Brea all played solid games and grabbed key rebounds and steals that helped us to an 18-13 win. Everyone was making screens to open teammates and passing to the open player.  Lauren Bryan, Grace Samy, and Terry Gunderson didn’t make this game, but were key contributors to our team and all showed improvement throughout the season. Submitted by ​Coach Rick Moncher

Minors

Drifters celebrating their “A” tournament championship.  Photo by Pamela Cohen
The Drifters TJ Turner scores a bucket over the Clovers defense.  Photo by Pamela Cohen

Message from Drifters coach Elan Mevasse to his team:  

The kids played an incredible game on Sunday. There is nothing like a come from behind victory.

We won the -A- tournament as we were the only undefeated team in that tournament. We are tournament champions.

However – the league champions are the Clovers team because they won more games over the course of the season.

Still – we had a great season and beat the undefeated team!

“A” tournament 3rd place game between the Impressions and the Whispers
Tournament action between the Coasters and Platters
In one of the most exciting games of the Fall season.  The Clovers and Drifters battled it out for the “A” tournament championship.  Photos by Apolonia Drew

Majors 

Spinners Coach Brent Stoll prepares his lineup for the “A” championship final.  Photo by Priyanka Dhar

Having coached many seasons at the YMCA, the true gift is a full team, 1 through 10, which is coachable and willing to buy into the team concept.

The Spinners are one of those rare teams and it came through in spades during this past championship weekend.  All 10 players were huge parts of a team effort in the final game of the season.     

Significantly undersized and out-talented, each Spinner bought into being a true “all-star” in their own roll.  They were all accountable to each other and all sacrificed a part of their game for the team to succeed. In the end, it resulted in a win against the favored Commodores…a team the Spinners lost to 45-25 earlier in the year.   And from the beginning, they believed they were going to win. It was so fun to watch their belief grow.

At the end of the first half, the Spinners found themselves down 14-8, but their game plan was working.  The Spinners defense was on full tilt, led by Keean Stoll and Eric Papazian’s tremendous ball pressure. They were backed up with key front-line defensive support from Pierce Malayil, Miles Agulia, Amber Havel and Clark Elliot. Keean also kept the team in the game offensively in the first half.  A 3-pointer in the first quarter and his slashing style was able to loosen up the Commodore’s defense. The Spinners shots weren’t falling, but the team started the second half feeling good. Keean ended the game with 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and a significant number of forced turnovers. 

Early in the 3rd quarter, Brayden Stoll hit a 3-pointer from the wing, which started the Spinners rally.  This score ignited a building confidence which only strengthen upon seeing each other teammate’s success. The Spinners size disadvantage didn’t stop their constant attack on the boards.  Missed shots were followed up. Defensive stops started turning into easier layups, fueling the Spinners charge. Amber Havel’s 5 points were integral to the 2nd half.  She also ended the game with 5 big rebounds.  When the team needed a steady hand, Luke Khosla provided it throughout.  He lead the team with 8 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist. The Spinners found their first lead of the game 21-20 and when Brayden drove the lane and found Amber for a layup (making the score 23-20), the rally reached a crescendo.   

Baseline shots from Trevor Havel and Miles were a big part of extending the Spinner’s lead.  Lorezo Stabilini’s size and anticipation on defense really helped anchor the second half defense.  He also threw in a couple slashing baskets and ended the game with 5 points and 3 rebounds. Additionally Trevor often found himself with an 18” height deficiency on the back line in the second half, but his resiliency to battle kept the Commodores off balance.   

In the 4th, the Spinners put the game away with 2 huge steals and layups from Pierce.  As the Commodores full court pressure ramped up toward the end of the game, Clark, Eric and Lorezo’s sound ball handling solidified one the Spinner’s biggest weakness all year long and the Commodores weren’t able to gain much ground.  After free throws, Spinners found themselves on top 36-28, the result of an incredible team effort. Submitted by Coach Brent Stoll

The Spinners are number one!  Photo by Colleen Stoll
“A” tournament championship action between the Commodores and the Spinners.  Photos by Priyanka Dhar
‘B” Championship, Parliaments vs Temptations.  Photos by Louis Yansen

This Week’s Profile

Each week, Swish has a profile of a coach, player, or someone in the program who inspires all of us involved in Santa Monica YMCA basketball.  

This week’s profile is of the Haro family.  Gilbert and Letty have been very supportive parents of our program and their two sons, James and Richard, have participated in the youth basketball program for several seasons.  Every season, the boys are vastly improving their skills and having a great time playing basketball. This season, Richard and James were a major part of helping their Rookie team, the Yardbirds, win the league championship.  

DocDrew:  What do you enjoy most about playing basketball at the YMCA?

Richard: I like to run and to win games.

James: I enjoy shooting and making baskets. I like the snacks after the game.

DocDrew:  What are your most memorable or favorite moments in your basketball career at the YMCA?

Richard: Making my first shot last season. 

James: Winning my first game

DocDrew: Who are your favorite players and why?

Richard: I don’t have a favorite player but I like the Clippers

James: LeBron James because his name has James. :

DocDrew:  What do enjoy most about having your boys play basketball at the Santa Monica YMCA?

Letty and Gilbert: Great coaches and the family friendly environment makes every game fun and exciting. 

The Haro Family:  Letty, Gilbert, James, and Richard

I’m often asked what I enjoy most about my position of youth sports coordinator at the Santa Monica YMCA.  One of my answers: having great families come to participate and support the program. The Haro family is one of these great families, and we are so happy that they are part of our youth basketball program, and our thanks to them.

SCORES

SAT 12/7/19

Bantams

Beat 13, Heartbreakers 8

A 3RD PLACE GAME 6-4-2 POINTS

Minors

Coasters 13, Delfonics 40

B 3RD PLACE GAME

Impressions 37, Whispers 17

A 3RD PLACE GAME 6-4-2 POINTS

Majors

Collins/Katz 46, Godfathers 38

B 3RD PLACE GAME

Wonders 39, Miracles 34

A 3RD PLACE GAME 6-4-2 POINTS

SUN    12/8/19    CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

Rookies

Bluesbreakers 6, Yardbirds 12

ROOKIE FINAL 7-5-3 POINTS

Bantams

Pretenders 13, Bosses 18

B FINAL 6-4-2 POINTS

Cars 12, Revolution 12

A FINAL 7-5-3 POINTS

Minors

Platters 22, Express 30

B FINAL 6-4-2 POINTS

Clovers 24, Drifters 28

A FINAL 7-5-3 POINTS

Majors

Parliaments 45, Temptations 54 

B FINAL 6-4-2 POINTS

Commodores 28, Spinners 36

A FINAL 7-5-3 POINTS

TUES    12/10/19

Rookies

PLAYERS 40, PARENTS 20

Bantams

PLAYERS 28,    PARENTS 27

Culver Middle School(Culver-Palms YMCA Fall League)

SAT    12/7/19

Culver/Palms YMCA 8-9 division 13, Santa Monica YMCA 17

Standings:  

Teams are awarded 5 points for a win, 3 points for a tie, 1 point for a loss, 0 points for a forfeit.  Tournament games have greater point value. Teams are listed in their place in the standings with W-L-T and team points.

Rookies:  

Yardbirds 7-2-0, 40 points *League Champions*

Bluesbreakers 6-3-0, 36 points

Animals 5-4-0, 31 points

Turtles 5-4-0, 29 points 

Zombies 3-6-0, 21 points

Rascals 1-8-0, 15 points 

Bantams:                         
Cars 5-2-2, 36 points *League Champions*  #Cars had 1-0-1 record against Revolution

Revolution 5-2-2, 36 points

Beat 5-3-1, 32 points (-1 for UTF) 

Bosses 5-4-0, 30 points *Identical head to head record vs Pretenders

Pretenders 5-4-0, 30 points *Identical head to head record vs Bosses

Heartbreakers 3-4-2, 27 points

Police 3-6-0, 21 points 

Runaways 1-7-1, 15 points

Minors:                         
Clovers 8-1-0, 44 points *League Champions*

Impressions 7-2-0, 40 points

Drifters 6-3-0, 36 points 

Whispers 4-5-0, 27 points

Express 3-6-0, 22 points *Express 2-0-0 versus Platters

Platters 3-6-0, 22 points

Coasters 3-6-0, 21 points

Delfonics 2-7-0, 17 points 

Majors:  

Commodores 7-2-0, 40 points *Co-Champions* Identical head to head record vs Spinners 

Spinners 7-2-0, 40 points * Co-Champions* Identical head to head record vs Commodores

Wonders 5-3-0, 29 points 

Miracles 4-4-0, 25 points 

Parliaments 4-4-0, 24 points 

Temptations 4-4-0, 23 points (-1 for UTF)

Godfathers 2-6-0, 16 points

Supremes 0-6-0, 6 points

Upcoming schedule
All games are played in the gymnasium of the Santa Monica YMCA
R=Rookies, B=Bantams, MN=Minors, MJ=Majors

TUES    12/10/19

158    5:00 PM    R    PLAYERS        PARENTS

159    6:15 PM    B    PLAYERS        PARENTS

SAT    12/14/19    ALL STAR SATURDAY

160    10:30 AM    ROOKIE B *        ROOKIE B *

161    11:40 AM    BANTAM C *        ROOKIE A *

162    12:50 PM    BANTAM B *        BANTAM B *

163    2:00 PM    MINOR C *        BANTAM A *

164    3:10 PM    MINOR B*        MINOR B *

165    4:20 PM    MAJOR C *        MINOR A *

166    5:30 PM    MAJOR B*        MAJOR B *

167    6:40 PM    MAJOR A*        MAJOR A *

SUN    12/15/19

11:00 AM    ROOKIE AWARDS BANQUET

1:00 PM    BANTAM AWARDS BANQUET

3:15 PM    MINOR AWARDS BANQUET

5:30 PM    MAJOR AWARDS BANQUET

MON    12/16/19

4:00 PM    Skills Evaluations Ages 5-6

6:00 PM    Skills Evaluations Ages 7-8

TUES    12/17/19

4:30 PM    Skills Evaluations Ages 9-10

6:00 PM    Skills Evaluations Ages 11-14

WED    12/18/19

5:00 PM    Make-up Evaluations All Ages

THUR    12/19/19

6:00 PM    Mandatory New Parents Meeting

MON    1/6/19

Winter teams begin practices

SAT    1/11/19

Scrimmage Day for all teams in Winter basketball program

SUN    1/12/19

Opening day for Regular season games for Winter season 

Thank you very much, 

Dr. Paul Drew, youth basketball coordinator at the Santa Monica YMCA,  editor and publisher of Swish

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Fort Wayne grand jury indicts Eric Prescott Kay on drug distribution and drug conspiracy charges By Sam Catanzaro A federal...

Outgoing Santa Monica Police Chief Set to Receive Nearly $100K of Severance Pay

October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

Santa Monica City Council approves retirement agreement for outgoing chief Cynthia Renaud By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica’s outgoing police chief...

Santa Monica’s Police Chief Retiring

October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

SMPD Cynthia Renaud announces retirement, to be replaced by former Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica has announced...

Santa Monica Spa Owner Admits Price Gouging in Sale of Scarce N95 Masks

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

Niki Schwarz, owner of Tikkun Holistic Spa, pleads guilty to federal charges A Santa Monica day spa owner was charged...

French Restaurant Reopens in Santa Monica After a Decade

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

Le Petit Chez Mimi now open on Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica By Kerry Slater A restaurant that was located...

Heat Advisory in Effect for Santa Monica

October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

Heat advisory in effect until 5 p.m. Friday By Sam Catanzaro The National Weather Service (NWS) has declared a heat...

Venice Family Clinic Collecting School Supplies, Hygiene Products

October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

Clinic celebrating 50 year anniversary by asking the community to participate in volunteer opportunities By Kerry Slater As part of...

Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Car Crossing Pico Boulevard

October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

Fatal traffic collision occurs Tuesday morning By Sam Catanzaro A woman was fatally struck by a vehicle while crossing Pico...

Santa Monica Zip Code Among Neighborhoods Donating Most to Joe Biden

October 12, 2020

October 12, 2020

Survey breaks down donations to Biden campaign by zip code By Sam Catanzaro Residents of a Santa Monica neighborhood have...

Santa Monica Pier Stabbing Leaves 3 Wounded

October 11, 2020

October 11, 2020

Saturday night stabbing leaves three wounded By Sam Catanzaro A stabbing on the Santa Monica Pier Saturday night left three...