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Kingsbury captures league basketball title

Paul Andrew

The 2005 Kingsbury Middle School sixth- and seventh-grade boys’ basketball team claimed their first league championship in three years.

The championship game, played at KMS against rival Incline, was a back-and-forth contest that needed an overtime period to decide the victor. Showing patience, teamwork and hustle, the KMS squad won 34-31 to finish an undefeated season.

A tough preseason helped prepare the team for their league championship. Playing against schools four times their size, the team held their own. The Knights used a tough full-court press and unselfish ball movement to beat South Tahoe and Pau-Wa-Lu middle schools.

This strategy almost worked against a superb Carson City team. KMS and Carson battled into overtime before a last-second shot downed the Knights. From those experiences, the team was ready to start the league and went on a seven-game winning streak to capture the league title.

“The Carson game was where the team jelled,” said coach Roger Cramer. “It was a loss, but the team learned patience and developed the confidence in themselves and teammates for league play.”

Opposing defenses weren’t able to focus on one or two players.

“I always felt the boys bought into the team concept,” added Cramer, “Statistically, we had scoring from all positions of the court. This is a special group with a bright future.”

8th-grade team strong, too

The eighth-grade boys’ team from Kingsbury Middle School also produced a successful season, finishing 9-5 overall, and 5-2 in league. Their only two losses in league play were to an outstanding Incline team.

The season was highlighted by several wins against several larger division schools. Their win against Pau-Wa-Lu, which won the large-school championship, was the highlight of the season. There were also wins against South Tahoe and two wins against Alder Creek.

“This was a very hard-working and dedicated group of young men,” commented coach Kevin Huff. “Someone different seemed to come up with a big game many times throughout the season.”

“This will be a fun group to watch in the future,” Huff said. “It was a pleasure to work with all of them.”

The team consisted of Chris Ballesteros, Steffan Bourne, Dino Elias, Philip Gielow, Yamato Kashima, Adam Kingman, Michael Koskin, Allen McLeod, Jordan Morgan, Cody Nelson, Alex Szendrey, Tommy Niyomkoun and Nick Warner.


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