Monday, October 28, 2013

ABR Live at a Glance

The NBA season just began.  Georgia's high school teams just finished tryouts.  And our GAIS Eagles homeschool basketball teams are in Missouri for the NCHBC Tip-Off Tournament.  The beginning of hoops season caused me to reflect on some of the memorable moments and topics from ABR Live's coverage of last season's high school games.  Before we get the 2013-2014 season fully underway, let's take a look at last season...

We didn't get to see as much of these teams as we would have liked in the 2012-2013 season. But the Bulldogs and the Golden Hawks are always worth watching. And with Felton Hatcher and Malik Gibbons returning for Thomson and AJ Gray entering his junior season at WACO, we look forward to catching up with these teams in the 2013-2014 campaign.

The Evans Knights went 9-0 in sub region play in the 2012-2013 season. Coach Kenny's squad established itself early as a team that would be tough to beat... especially at home. Early home wins versus area powers Aquinas (shown here) and North Augusta set the tone for a crowd pleasing 2013 run to the state tournament.

Glenn Hills may have been our area's best team in the 2012-2013 season. The Spartans began the season 16-0 (or something like that!). Coach Travis Mcrae sure drew up a great play for his son Aubrey on this play to defeat Laney in OT right after the Christmas break!

Austin Crown and Matt Miller were two players from our area on a very short list: 2013 graduates who received full basketball scholarships. See why in these highlights as the dynamic backcourt mates combined for 61 points in a loss to one of the south's best post graduate teams: Gray Military of Columbia, SC.

Before the season, Will Avery picked this game as the one most likely to be the area's most entertaining contest. He was right!

Our area's best player is so good in so many ways. See some of his highlights here.

Butler's Dontae Coleman may have had more huge nights than anyone in our area last season. But his 39 point outburst versus rival Laney (featured here) may have been our favorite.

Westside's Frank Booker (Oklahoma Sooners) may have had his most impressive game versus Laney in the final regular season home game of his senior year. The win over its cross town rival clinched Westside's regular season sub region first place finish. Booker is shown in these highlights torching the Wildcats from all angles.

250+ players competed in the first ABR Live Showcase in March, 2013. Frank Booker (Oklahoma); Marcus Stroman (South Carolina); Kyle Doyle (Georgia Southern); Austin Crown (Wingate); and Matt Miller (Merchant Marines Academy) were among the top seniors. And a host of impressive underclassmen participated. Virtually every basketball player in our area competed.

In 2013, four years after the team's first season, the GAIS Eagles finished as one of the nation's ten best homeschool teams. Highlights from the team's run at the national championship tournament in Missouri are shown here.

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