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Raptors Dominate at California State Games Qualifiers
10U and 11U went undefeated and were crowned champions despite playing against older competition
12U Took Home 3rd
All teams will be in San Diego this Summer for the California State Games!
BURBANK RAPTORS 5th/6th SCMAF Team Captures Both the Regional and Open Division Championships for 2013!
The Raptors 5/6 Black and Red teams joined forces after their success in the Burbank League to compete against other cities All-Star teams for the SCMAF Regional and Open Championships.
After 2 weekends of games the Raptors went 7-0 with a Regional Championship win over Pasadena and an Open Championship vs. Inglewood
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Thank you to Emmanuel Church in Burbank
They have opened their doors to our teams development and training
We will represent you well
Burbank Raptors 3/4 - 5/6 and 7/8 Teams Sweep Local League
The Burbank Raptors will be sending 3 teams to this years Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation Tournament (SCMAF)
3rd/4th Grade, 5th/6th Black and 7th/8th all finished the season undefeated.
5th/6th Red also finished as Runner-Up.
The SCMAF Regional Tournament will be held from March 23rd-30th
2 Runner-Up Finishes in Ventura County for the Raptors
January 12th-13th 2013
Your Burbank Raptors 10U and 12U-Black team finished as Runner-Up this past weekend in the Conejo Quakes Winter Classic
It was their only losses of the weekend which happened to occur in Championship Games that got us our result.
10U defeated Ventura Heat, Baseline 2 Baseline and Legion before losing in the Championship to Baseline to Baseline.
12U defeated Ventura Celtics and Ventura Heat before falling to the Kings Basketball Academy. We've beaten them before, but they shot the lights out on this day.
There was some great competition over the weekend which also saw our 11U (Just 1 loss, but in Pool Play) and our 14U also competing (Took Kings Basketball Academy to Overtime).
Going to a tournament and leaving with a winning record is one thing - Next time we will try and walk away Champions!
RAPTORS INVADE STAPLES CENTER!
November 28 2012
Red vs. Black Scrimmage 2012 - A Great Success! Who won? RAPTORS DID
12U-Black wins ARC FALL LEAGUE - Undefeated Champions!
The 12U completed the Fall League Double for our 12U Age Group!
The 12U-Black began their playoffs as the #1 overall seed after a win vs. the other unbeaten California Cobras the last weekend of the regular season. We met the #8 seed ARC Vikings and came out with a 20 point victory onto the semi-finals and Championship weekend.
The following Saturday was our semi-final vs the NGA Stars - a team that is arguably among the most athletic we've faced. Early on the baskets got traded, but a tweak to the defense and extending our pressure helped open up a nice lead at halftime. The Raptors are very comfortable playing from ahead, and we did a great job of controlling the lead in a 2nd half full of execution and great ball control. A spot in the Championship had been earned!
Sunday November 18th the matchup was Raptors vs LA Rockets. A team tall in size, and well coached.
The implications of the game had some of our players bring their best stuff to the table. We were blessed with an amazing game from Dennis on both ends of the floor and timely scoring from our other guards. Tyrese and JJ were very tough for the Rockets guards to stay in front of and helped give us our lead by leading the fast breaks all game long. Timely scoring by Jules and spot minutes of great ball handling and important baskets were given by Miles and Dylan. Our bigs Carlos and Caleb really made it difficult for the size of the Rockets to do what they normally do. This was a team effort, and a great display of why they had the success they did this season. The tournaments mixed in with ARC League play really prepared them for the task at hand and are directly contributed to how they were able to win this championship!
12U-Red Wins RBS-League Championship!
After finishing the regular season with a 5-1 Record, the Red team found itself in its 3rd Championship of the Fall Season. Not wanting things to 'come in 3s' the boys were determined to get the job done this time!
The regular season we had seen a lot of different strategies and faced different styles of defense and teams quick or tall. Our team had gotten into the style of out hustling teams and beating them back down the floor and forcing them to execute in the half-court. That is arguably what won us a Championship over the West Valley Warriors!
The game went back and forth from start to finish. We just had to make a slight adjustment to their halfcourt style. Once we realized what worked, we took advantage of our quicker size inside, and our sharp shooting. Carlos and Jules were a part of our Red team this season and displayed styles on the floor that were often hard to stop. Carlos' relentless effort working down low was often unmatched, and Jules scoring along with our other playmaker Bryce really were tough for defenses to stop. Whether it was the ball handling and smart play of Mike, shots from Justin and Jack, hustle and intensity that Tanner brings, or the 2 man game of our twins, the 12U-Red's hard work to become a team this season was rewarded with this championship!
Congratulations to our Red Team!
12U-Red Runner-Up and 10U 3rd at Glendale Friendship Games
Both teams had impressive runs at the annual Friendship Games in our neighboring city, Glendale. Saturday each team found itself 2-0! 10U had victories over the Homentmen Pasadena Panthers and the Mustangs. 12U had a morning win over the San Pedro Knights 11/12U and returned in the evening to play a fun opponent the Pressure Basketball Club. Great way to make the 6 hour break between games worth it with a comeback win over them!
Sunday morning was a Semi-Final early start. Our 10U came up just short, as was its roster all weekend, coming up just short. 12U-Red played as the top seed and got a convincing victory to have them face Aftershock in the afternoon. This is our 2nd championship appearance for the 12U-Red, so the loss has gotten them extremely hungry for a victory!
12U-BLACK Win 1st Tournament of Season in Style
September 29-30 2012
The 12U-Black took the floor at Washington High School in Los Angeles as part of the West Coast Elite 25 and Liftoff Basketball LA Hoop Showdown.
Saturday in game 1 we played Game Time Elite to a 44-27 win. Great outside shooting by DL, Dennis & Miles.
Great start to the game and we never looked back.
Game 2 of the day was vs. Showtime LA. With great ball handling a pushing of the ball by Tyrese and our deep core of guards, we created easy opportunities and placed the other team in foul trouble both halves. Great scoring from Justin, Caleb and Jules to pace us, 51-35!
Sunday morning we had our final 2 games vs. the Westchester Ball Hogs where we enjoyed our largest margin with a final score of 50-27. Our full court pressure gave us countless fastbreaks and lots of sharing of the ball.
The fourth and final game of the weekend was against a Santa Clarita team, the SCV Playmakers. We saved our best defensive effort for the game and treated it like the Championship that is was. Great contributions of scoring and hustle by JJ and Dylan helped us hold them to their lowest point total all weekend. 41-19!
With a 4-0 Record the Burbank Raptors swept the weekend and were crowned Tournament Champions.
Thank you to West Coast Elite for making the stuff more fun for the kids.
10U & 12U-Red in Championships to start 2012-2013!
September 8-9 2012
The 10U and 12U-Red Raptors were the 1st to get a crack at a tournament championship for the Fall 2012 Season.
The 12U-Red came out strong sweeping their pool en route to a place in the Championship Sunday! These boys took advantage of opportunities to knock down clutch outside shots and never give up defensively winning two games from behind in the final minutes!
10U also came out ready and earned their way to a place in the Championship with a dominant Semi-Final performance early Sunday morning!
10U faced a team who played an almost full 11U roster. An unfortunate road block we had to deal with early in our season. To only lose by 10 to full-court 11U pressure was arguably more impressive than any win we had all weekend.
12U-Red looked like the team to beat all weekend, but came across a hot shooting team in the Championship. Like all their pool play games we again found ourselves playing catch-up from behind. The comeback was just short and both teams took Runner-Up on week 1 of the NFL season.
9U - 10U - 11U end 2011-2012 Season Ranked!
To End the 2011-2012 Season there was recognition for our Burbank Raptors!
A new website that targets West Coast basketball for the youth from 2nd - 8th Grade has recognized the Burbank Raptors 9U 10U and 11U teams on it's final season rankings!
The 9U finished the season ranked 16th - Having started the season only in the new year 2012, that is quite an accomplishment and shows their potential. Had they started training in the summer and gotten the opportunity to play all Fall and Winter long, they could have made much more noise. They gained experience by making their 1st entered tournament's Championship Game, as well as their participation in the ACES Coca-Cola Nationals and over the summer with a visit to Las Vegas.
The 10U had a long season that started with a Fall League Championship in the Impact League. Mixed in between that schedule the Raptors also made it to the Glendale Friendship Games Championship where they took 2nd to a team that happend to be using older players. Always a growing and humbling experience. In the Winter they hosted and won the 1st Annual Christmas Clash @ our very own Powerhouse Gym. It prompted a more strenuous tournament schedule moving forward to challenge the kids. They moved onto tournament play where they spent many weekends at the Next Level Sports Complex gathering experiences along the way. They capped that off with a had a Spring visit to Las Vegas where they lost to eventual champion Vegas Elite, but gave them their toughest game of the weekend. A rivalry ensued with Moore Game Elite in the Spring that included some great battles in Championship Games. After a qualifier tournament for the California State Games, the Raptors won their hosted tournament in early July. Having played in the Valleys, Orange County and in LA of California... the Raptors went to San Diego for the State Games of California. The 3 day long tournament saw the Raptors enter Sunday undefeated. The 10U finished the season the 4th place finisher at the California State Games and it was a memorable experience for the team that grew the most of any in our program in 2011-12!
The 11U team has been a part of the Raptors since the kids were 8U eligible. That season of playing 9U (the only competition around) has always benefited them as they are regulars in tournament Semi-Finals and Championship games annually. The Raptors also won the Impact League Fall Season and did so in dominating fashion. During that Fall season the 11U traveled to Glendale, its neighbor city to defend their title at the Friendship Games. They did so in dramatic fashion after a struggle in the Championship games 1st half, they overwhelmed the Aftershock whom had build a 1st half lead to win and defend their title from the year before! Shortly after that wrapped up the Raptors sought out the top Winter tournament in the Valley the Cavs Winter Classic. It was a great run with wins against SGV Blue and AVAC Hoyas before facing Vegas Elite in the Championship. The Raptors came up just short but that was a great stage to see where we stood against some of the top programs around! The following weekend the 11U also won the 1st Annual Christmas Clash @ Powerhouse as the host Raptors won the 10U, 11U and took 2nd in the 12U division! The next Championship for the Raptors came in early March at the March Madness in Pasadena, CA. The Raptors swept the competition and continued to stay hungry and in the gym for what was next. Many of the 11U players take the challenge of playing up with their 12U and even 13U teammates. It has made this 11U group very tough to beat when they all take the floor together. Our season and summer was capped off when the 11U traveled to Vegas and made it all the way to the Championship of the ARC West Coast National Championships. What was great about the experience was that all teams were from out of state so it was all 1st time competition. After beating teams from Texas, Arizona and Nevada we again faced Vegas Elite. A 2nd place finish capped off the season and brings us to where we are for 2012-2013.. hungry for more!
"While I am not a huge fan of "RANKINGS" and don't want stuff like this to affect our approach to our kids, it is nice to be recognized and I realize that it is fun and something our kids can now look forward to" - Coach Andrew RIfe
10U Black Compete in California State Games
Story and Photos Coming soon...
9U, 11U Red & Black Visit Las Vegas
11U-Black reached Championship, Finish 2nd
9U finished 3rd place
11U-Red's first out of state tournament experience
Great Job Raptors Family!
10U Raptors Players Host and Win their own tournament!
June 30th-July 1st 2012
The Raptors 10U Black and Red teams invited other programs out for a weekend of great basketball. The Burbank Raptors Summer Showcase was setup to held send the teams to their upcoming tournaments to San Diego and Las Vegas as well as Palm Springs in the Fall! The talent was undeniable and saw many close games as well as an OT which lead to a shift in the seedings leading into Sunday. The Raptors 10U Red was actually participating in their 1st tournament, so the experience alone was going to be great for them. They had 2 tough results Saturday vs. teams that made it to the semi-finals and 3 of their games over the course of the weekend ended it narrow single digit losses. They competed very well for not having played many games together!
The 10U Black came out strong in their 1st game but did not shoot very well winning 37-30 against Glendale Aftershock. The teams were then asked to play each other again in the afternoon and the game was much more competitive, and the tournaments lone OT game of the weekend. The Aftershock got their revenge and earned the #1 seed in their pool.
Sunday was a new day, and the 10U Black kids came out with a much more focused defensive game which lead to confident offense, topping 50 points in all 3 of their Sunday games! In the Quarter final they faced Crown City and used full court pressure to blow the game open and win by just over 30points. In the Semi-Final it was more of the same on offense, but All City West could really play and had won both their Saturday games in blow-out fashion. It was back and forth in the 1st half after ACW took an early lead, the score got tied up before the Raptors held a small lead before the half. There was a fast up and down pace to the game as both groups were well coached in breaking full court pressure and the basket seemed to widen. The final score in a shoot-out ended up Raptors 52-50. Easily the most exciting game of the tournament.
Onto the finals, the Raptors were facing a familiar foe who they have met in the Impact League finals twice (1-1) and in several tournaments. The Panthers, who defeated Aftershock were trying to play spoiler as the Raptors now had a chance to win their own tournament! Lots of offense early say the score tied at 11 before the Raptors took a 16-11 lead and forced a timeout. After 2 great plays the Panthers tied it at 16, but the rest of the half belonged to Burbank. Scoring 13 straight points the Raptors held a 29-16 halftime lead and were looking to run away with the championship!
To start the 2nd half the Raptors came right down and hit a 3-pointer to double up the score 32-16 but 7 straight points from the Panthers kept it interesting for a brief time. But it was too much fast tempo from Burbank and the outside shots kept falling. In the Championship Game the Raptors were lead by 22 points from Xavier Davis, 13 from Ben Burnham, 12 from Bryce Whitaker and 8 from Alex Carlson. Great defensive effort from the whole team lead by our anchor Janelle Martinez. Final Score 55-37
12U Raptors place 2nd at All City West Invitational
June 16-17 2012
The 12U Raptors started off their summer by traveling down to Downtown Los Angeles for the All City West Summer Invitational. The boys play a very good 1st game vs a tough opponent who applied constant pressure, Westchester Hogs. In the end we battled off their late hot shooting when Khair Jackson hit a huge 3-pointer of his own. We were getting great play from players 1-8 all weekend long including newcomers in their 1st tournament in Jacob and Carlos! Saturdays 2nd game as a Finals preview as we came across tourney host ACW. We did not get off to a good start and never recovered from the early score we trailed by. It set us up for a early Sunday game to try and make it to a Semi-Final and then hopefully get a rematch against them!
The morning game was forfeited so we met up against a team we have seem in past leagues the Wolverines. They are well coached and are much bigger than all of our positions on the floor so defense was the key. We got beat early on rebounds and the size was a factor, but we kept pushing the ball and using our speed and quickness to give us a chance.
Lead by hot shooting from the outside by all of our guards the team banded together for a great man to man defensive display down the stretch to earn a spot in the championship! ACW vs Raptors the 2nd time around was a LOT closer than Saturdays game and we came out the gate on fire shooting, building a lead we would take all the way into halftime and the 2nd half. ACWs adjustment was to find their bigs and we did not have an answer once they put 2 of them in the game.
We had a much better showing and based on how well we played in all the other games and that championship the boys were much deserving of their 2nd place finish!!
Original 11U team, 10U as well as 9U all recognized as a Top Caliber opponent.
The hard work of the Raptors has been well received. Our 11U boys, our 10U group as well as our newest 9U team were all honored in the West Coast Elite's Top 25.
All 3 are in the Top 21 in fact!
9U - 12th
10U - 19th
11U - 21st
I am not in huge favor of rankings and think it brings an added pressure to a kid knowing of this, as well as affects how coaches handle their rosters, but it is great to see our kids get recognized the way they have! Hard work pays off!
CONGRATULATIONS! Now let's keep working!
9U Travel to the 2012 version of the ACES Coca Cola Nationals
Not one, but two 1-point losses on a single day were huge learning lessons to the 9U Raptors. Playing 3 games in 1 day you could call it a basketball marathon. Proud of the kids and the way they competed against a loaded field!
California State Games Qualifier: 10U Bounces back from Memorial Tournament to go 3-1 and qualify for the State Games held in July in San Diego!
*The 10U swept their pool play and in doing so qualified for the CSG 2012 - They will be ready to go make some noise later this summer!
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TOURNAMENT: 11U Red Gains Tournament Experience @ Next Level Sports Complex - 10U Learns a lesson - 9U Again takes 2nd!
* 11U Red faced stellar competition all weekend against programs like Jr Hoops and SBYS. The boys will learn from the experience as it took those teams best punch to put them away.
*10U entered Sunday bracket play ready to make a run at a Championship, but looked ahead and blew a double dight 2nd half lead. A learning Experience
*9U in just their 2nd Tournament again reach Championship. The 9s who beat all opponents Saturday lost their Sunday rematch the was unfortunatley the Championship Game. Hopefully soon will field a full roster for a tournament and see what they're really made of!
9U Competes in 1st Tournament - Takes Runner-Up!
*The 9s 1st Tournament had competitive games vs. Corona Lakers, Irvine Lakers as well as Las Vegas Elite. In the Championship the Raptors came up just short vs. a team we will see again and again down the road, LV Elite.
10U Travels to Las Vegas for the Vegas Elite Invitational
*Took 2nd in their division...held Champion LV Elite to it's lowest margin of victory. The 10U had a decent showing in their 1st out of state tournament! They showed they belong and will undoubtedly be back at next years event to try and win it all!
11s sweep Tournament, 12s take 2nd
March 4th, 2012
The Raptors traveled locally to Pasadena, CA for an event @ Muir, Blair & La Salle High Schools.
The result for the 11U was a 4-0 weekend in which we performed quite well on defense. It was not the smoothest of weekends on Offense but that is why you play D. Great job by all of the boys who came out! Our 12U lost the Championship by point differential, teaching them in the future to put away opponents, and to remember to maintain your lead!
10U into IMPACT League Championship
For the 2nd straight Season, our 10s are in the Impact Title Game! It is a rematch from last season and our team is looking forward to defending their title! Stay tuned!
11AM @ Golden Valley - March 11th
Raptors program takes 2 local titles
February 15th 2012
The Burbank Raptors local resident players once again were a part of the City's Park & Recreation League for the 2011-2012 Season. This year we fielded teams 3 teams in 2 different divisions (24 players in all).
The 3rd/4th Grade Division team finished their season undefeated as well as our 5th/6th Grade Divison Raptors "Black". Black's 3rd consecutive season doing so. Black will defend it's SCMAF Title's from 2011 (Regional & State). The 3rd/4th will look to follow in their footsteps. Also noted our 5th/6th Grade team also took 3rd in league play.
The Raptors have gone to SCMAF the last 4 seasons, sending 2 teams for the 1st time this year!
Great job to all of our players who participated this season! But it's not over yet!
Raptors 13U Group Win Viewpoint School Tourney
After a 3-0 Weekend in Calabasas CA @ Viewpoint High School the Raptors and Climate Storm programs realize that hard work pays off. Coming together was a seamless transition as the group looked solid, yet the coaches always consider it a work in progress and are never satisfied!
With victories over Private School programs, Viewpoint Patriots, Campbell Hall Vikings and Crepsi Celts these kids got the attention of many!
Great work by Arman 2X, Justin, DL, Isaac, Tyrese, Rocky, Leo, Jawan and Trent!
11U Finish 2nd @ Cavs Holiday Classic
WOODLAND HILLS, CA
December 4th 2011
As the Raptors entered the weekend there were plenty of deserving teams and programs that could win this Tournament.
Right off the bat we faced an SGV team who had traveled to AAU Nationals the year before. A back and forth game had a bad call down the stretch which forced us into overtime and a sudden death situation despite our late lead in regulation. It ended on a buzzer beater in regulation and a "next team to score wins" layup by DL Banks which gave us the win!
Through the rest of the tournament the Raptors played GREAT basketball and ended up in the Championship of the Tournament vs Las Vegas Elite. It was a great game to watch and to be a part of but eventually we fell by 8 points to one of the top rated teams for 11U.
It was a great showing by our boys and really grabbed a lot of deserved attention for the team.
Also occuring in the CAVS Holiday classic, our 10U took the Consolation Championship after a tough set of Saturday games.
Impact Fall League Champions
SANTA CLARITA, CA
November 20th 2011
After a 2 month regular season and a weekend of Semi-Final games, the Burbank Raptors earned their way to the Championship Game of the 10U and 11U Divisions.
Facing their stiffest competition from the regular season, the Raptors came in looking to remaining undefeated at 10U and to avenge their only loss at 11U.
The games were bright and early on Sunday November 20th and the morning cold and rain affected the 10U early falling behind 4-0 to the Panthers in their 9am start time. But before halftime the continued attack of fast breaks, timely shooting and pressure defense helped build a 7 point lead.
The 2nd half was completely controlled by our constant pressure full-court defense and added focus on rebounding and pushing the tempo. We forced many jump shots that helped us run and get most of our scoring at the rim on fast break attacks. The 10U build a lead as high as 14 points before holding onto a 38-26 victory! The 10U finished with a 9-0 undefeated record!
Next at 10am was the 11U Championship. The Raptors were facing the only team to beat them during the regular season, Impact Sc.
Knowing a better defensive approach was needed, we picked up man to man and came out the more agressive team. We jumped out the gates to an early 5 point lead forcing Impact into a timeout.
After the timeout it was time to attack the basket and look to run on any missed shots. Our boxing out and players getting to the rim on offense helped get us into the bonus and get 2 key players into foul trouble for Impact. Continuing to be aggressive we built a lead as high as 14 points, finishing the half with the score 24-12.
We started the 2nd half facing a 2-3 zone, but had to remain aggressive on offense as that is one of our strengths. A series of on ball screens, good spacing and knocking down open shots helped build our lead up to 20 points before the opponent could adjust.
Looking to close out the game our team had to learn how to play with a lead, and how to manage a clock while playing against full court pressure. We fell victim to rushing our tempo and not remaining patient and allowed the game to creep back into single digits late.
The 11U hung on for a 45-38 victory and finished their season 8-1 and Champions of the Impact Fall League!
11U - Impact Fall League 2011 Champions
10U - 38-26 WIN - Undefeated! (9-0)
11U - 45-38 WIN (8-1)
12U - Finished season with a Semi-Final appearance! (7-2)