This year’s third/fourth grade boys spent the season focusing on basketball fundamentals and the importance of teamwork.
“All season long, Coach Bryan [Karsner] and I told the boys, ‘If you work as a team, success will follow,’” said coach Jim Zapf. “They never backed down from any challenge. Their hard work paid off with winning the championship. We couldn’t be prouder of the grit they showed in every game. But more importantly, they had fun all season long.”
Coaches Zapf and Karsner had an explosive lineup of Tighe O’Brien, Jack Zapf, Jack Somerset, Ben Karsner, Jake Hunter, Henry Hines, Jackson Stern, Carter Arnwine, Jack Bueter and James Corona. They put all aspects of teamwork and sportsmanship to work throughout the playoffs. They focused on defense to pull off an upset in the final seconds of the semifinals against the undefeated Knicks.
The scrappy Nets held nothing back in the championship game against the Cavaliers. The lead went back and forth the whole game. The Nets pulled off a 14-10 championship win.
“The boys played with heart and left everything on the court during the championship game,” Zapf said.
The coaches said the boys grew all season. Somerset emerged as a top-notch point guard. Jack Zapf and Ben Karsner were outstanding in the low post. O’Brien, Hines and Hunter brought toughness to the offense. Stern, Bueter, Arnwine and Corona had key rebounds and defensive plays in the playoffs.
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