It was a very successful Summer Slam tournament for SD Venom this past weekend. Venom had 6 teams playing during the 5 day tourney.
12u Red boys completed an undefeated Championship run going 4-0 in the Blue division to claim the title including impressive wins over Showtime Hoopers 44-22 the Mitchel Kernels 39-31 and Team Brandon 44-28 in the opener. The boys dominated and played extremely well all weekend en route to their title.
12u Grey played extremely well in the Orange division going 1-3, but had a chance to easily be 3-1 as they were in every game playing against some very competitive teams. Their win came in over the Barn Burner Academy 37-30. They had a heart breaking 28-31 loss to Next Level Academy, a game where they had a shot at the end to tie that just didn’t fall. This group has made some huge strides during the tourney!
13u finished 2-2 in the Blue division. They started 2-0 and made it to the Final 4. This group of boys had wins over Showtime Hoopers Black 53-50 and ND Tropics 49-45 to get to the final 4. They lost a tough one to Pentagon Walker 46-60 in the semis and then came out on the short end of a 27-49 loss to Next Level Academy. It was a great showing for the guys playing in the top division of the 13u’s.
14u Regional went 3-1 on the tourney. Dominating win over Team Brandon in the opening round 43-17 and a 50-46 win over JCC Lions propelled the boys into the Final 4 of the Orange division. The 14’s took care of business in the semis posting a 46-31 win over Barn Burner Academy to advance to the Championship game. In the title game they faced a very good MN Select team, but came up just a little short losing 49-53 in a very entertaining game.
Friday afternoon the 15u-17u took to the courts for their summer slam and the 15u’s playing in the top Blue division came out with a impressive win over a huge MN Knights team 58-50 in opening round play. A 12-2 run to start the second half propelled them to the victory. the 15s would finish the tourney 2-3 and a runner finish in the Silver bracket. They beat Sarpy Shock in the semis of the Silver bracket 73-70 making it to the Championship game. They run up against a very good SW Minnesota Stars, losing 36-62. It was a great weekend for these guys playing against some of the best competition in the region.
The 17u boys had a great run at Summer Slam. Playing in the Top 17u division and against some of the top ranked teams in South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. the boys finished 3-2 and in 3rd place of the Gold Bracket. An opening round win over Sacred Hoops 94-85 was the game of the tourney. Then a win over WI Academy 74-70 put the boys at 2-0 in their pool. Next was a 66-61 loss to UVA Stan that put 3 teams at 2-1. Venom missed making the Platinum division final 4 on point differential (-8). This setup a game against the Pentagon Schoolers in the semis of the Gold bracket. The boys were flat, got behind early and eventually lost 72-52. the boys bounced back with an impressive win over a top 10 Minnesota Fury Kaupa team in the 3rd place game 68-62. It was a great recruiting weekend for the 17s as well. Playing in front of many College recruiters; 6’7 F Solomon Bach (Watertown) pick up an offer from Mount Marty following the Sacred Hoops win.
Great showing by all of our teams! Venom finished the weekend 15-11 and claimed 1 Championship; 2 Runner up finishes and a 3rd place finish.
Scott Stearns / Executive Director