A Corona del Mar Today Reader Submission
The Newport Lightning Basketball Club’s 13u/7th Grade Black team won the MayFest California State Games Qualifying Tournament last weekend at the MAPS in Garden Grove. The NLBC showed a tremendous defensive presence, holding teams to 31 points per game and winning the championship game by 19 while averaging 44 points per game on the offensive end.
The NLBC was led by the inside/outside scoring duo of Danny Hatch and John Humphreys while Ethan Garbers, Shane Premer and Cade Overfelt connected for 15 three-pointers in the tournament. Justin Lin, Troy Smith and Charlie Levis led the team in rebounding, while Nic Ayala provided key defense off the bench for the team.
With this tournament win, the NLBC qualifies for the California State Games July 17 to 19 in San Diego.
Photo courtesy of Angelique Garbers. Shown in top row, from left, are Coach Scott Stucki, Justin Lin, Charlie Levis, John Humphreys, Ethan Garbers, Danny Hatch, Cade Overfelt and Shane Premer. In the bottom row is Troy Smith. Nic Ayala is not pictured.