Lightning take home two titles

The Newport Lightning Basketball Club (NLBC) continued its strong fall season by taking home two championships at the BCS "Back To School Bash" in Garden Grove and Anaheim.

The NLBC Boys 11U team went undefeated and took home the trophy beating RC Bulls, Open Gym, PD and BCS over the Sept. 20-21 weekend. The boys played excellent team ball with timely passing and stifling defense and they hit key shots throughout the weekend.

Sam Barela, Adam Flood, Will Hanna, Luke Chelf, Jack Garza, Peter Larsen, DJ Rodman, Cameron Kayl, Mason Melcer, Matt Olson, Tyler Hollander and Bryce Motal all played key minutes, while Chelf, Barela and Olson led the team in scoring and Flood, Rodman and Larsen led the team in rebounding. The 11U team is coached by Scott Stucki.

The NLBC boys' 12U Elite team also won another championship adding to its stellar play over the last six months. The 12U team was keyed by the strong play of Jordan Alvarado, Dylan Thoerner, Preston Hartsell, Ben Coffman and Kevin White. David Atencio, Ryan Palacio, Kevin Kobrine, Jake Bashore and Jake Griffin played excellent throughout the weekend and were praised by Coach Nick Flamson for their defensive intensity. The NLBC 12U Elite team has won four of the last six tournaments it has played in.

The NLBC Boys 13U team also played well during the weekend garnering a second-place trophy after going 3-1 and winning some great games.

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