Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tarwheel's players are looking strong with season opener -

After making the 11 hour trek South, November 14th Tarwheels played in their first tournament of the season in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The Tarwheels typically start the season in early September so the players have been chomping at the bit to get some competition other than fellow Tarwheel players at practice! We did go down with a skeleton crew of 6 players. Sadly, one of which suffered a shoulder dislocation transferring before the games even got started. Considering we had 5 players and no subs. We are extremely proud of how the Tarwheels competed.

First on the schedule is Tampa Strong Dogs, Tampa has been a rival in the past due to them matching up well with the skill level of the Carolina Tarwheels. Over the past years the Tampa Strong Dogs and the Carolina Tarwheels have taken turns knocking each other out of the bracket for the race for National Champion. On this Day the Carolina Tarwheel's pulled ahead winning the game 51-36. Tarwheel's had three players with double digit points; #22 Lister leading with 18 pts, #24 Morgan with 13 pts and #44 Langford with 12 pts.

Next up was Sunrise Suns, they appear to more of a developmental team which is what this league is all about. Their outside game was weak, the Tarwheels took advantage of this by playing zone defense and letting their players shoot. Tarwheels were able to snag the rebounds and head down to run plays and score. Ending score 81-23, leading scorers #24 Morgan wit
h 32 pts #22 Lister with 26 pts #10 Travis with 16 pts.

Tarwheels ended the day playing the Ft. Lauderdale Sharks. The Sharks are a strong team, newer in the league but have a developed line up. Their coach said their first season was 2014 and they watched the Tarwheels play at their top level winning the National Championship and were looking forward to playing us and seeing how we matched up. Unfortunately for the Tarwheels, missing our big guy ( still out recovering from shoulder surgery) we didn't have anyone that could shut down the Sharks center. Though, it was a close game Sharks came out ahead of the Tarwheels by 10,  51-61 final score.

Tournament ended on Sunday November 15th, Tarwheels last game was against the Orlando Rollin' Magic. The Tarwheels hands and bodies were feeling the pain of having not played any games yet this season that morning. But after a few minutes into play their muscles seemed to loosen back up and forget about their blistered hands. Tarwheels took their third win of the weekend over the Orlando Magic with a 64- 51 lead. #44 Langford leads the scoring with 29 pts, and #24 Morgan with 13 pts.

The Tarwheels went 3-1 for the weekend. We feel it is a great start, lets us know where we are at currently. We are looking forward to getting more of our players healthy and ready to play for our next games.

Next on the schedule is a Division 3/ Championship Division Tournament the weekend of December 4th-6th.

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