Doc Drew.’s The Swish: Volume 13, Episode 1

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Welcome to the first issue of volume thirteen of Swish, a periodical with recaps and photos of Santa Monica Family YMCA youth basketball games, and other pertinent info such as announcements and updates from the program.

This Fall season, the Santa Monica Family YMCA has 5 divisions of youth basketball, with the Copper division having 3 teams, the Bronze and Gold divisions with 4 teams each, and the Silver and Platinum division with 5 teams each.

We are a coed league with players that are ages 5 to 14. Our emphasis is that we are a developmental league, and we want the kids to not only enjoy playing youth sports, but to benefit from the three principles of the YMCA: Youth Development, Social Responsibility, and Healthy Living.

We are partnered with the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation which provides jerseys, grants, and clinics to help develop our youth. We are ever grateful for their support of our program. Many thanks to the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation: Kiesha Nix, Kiley Sensi, Richard Harris, and Jeanie Buss for helping us become the premier youth basketball program on the Westside.

For the theme of this season, we have gone to the dogs, as all our teams are named after dog breeds. If you have interest in adopting a pet, please check out the Santa Monica Animal Shelter.

SAT 10/7/23 Scrimmage Day

All teams had a scrimmage on this day, and new players received their Junior Lakers jersey. Coaches were forced to be referees to not only help their players, but learned to have sympathy for the real referees when it comes to the regular season.

Copper
All three teams did a round robin scrimmage against each other.

The Bichons are led by new coach Jeremy Staton that features his son River on the team.

The Doxies have Randall Oxendine returning with his son Jaxon. Alex Tilahun returns with his son Matthew to coach the Pugs
Bronze Newcomer Andrew Hahn has brought his son Derek along with his friends to coach the Corgies.

The Beagles are led by the championship coach from last season, AJ Kothari, with his talented son Bodhi.

Justin Strock has returned to coach the Frenchies, with his son Corbin ready to play.

Noah Verleun is back with his son Soren, as they tackle the Bronze division, as the coach of the Vizslas.

Silver

Three of the teams did a round robin play, and the two other teams went head to head in the scrimmages.

Jennifer Lynn takes over head coaching duties as she is in charge of the Aussies. Oliver Lynn looks forward to playing for his mom’s team.

Co-coach Arash Yaghoubzadeh will help the Whippets as his two sons Ocean and Leo will support their dad on the court. And co-coach Ali Safavi brings his vast experience with his son Saum to help guide the team.

Elan Mevasse returns to coach again, and his son Kai will assist his dad in coaching the Springers Coach Ben Ketai with his talented son Jonas have been promoted to the Silver division to lead the Collies.

Craig Pariser returns with his daughter Mai Ly to take on the Silver division, as he will coach the Poodles.

Gold

The tandem of Jason Gaines and Kelly Roberts return to try to win the Gold division again with their kids Jason and Kay respectively.

Longtime player Oliver Harris and his dad, coach Pete Harris lead the Boxers into the fight to conquer the Gold division.

The Calupoh features our 2022-23 Coach of the Year, Armando Gonzalez with his son Diego.

Brent Stoll and his son Brayden who is an alum of our program will coach the Malinois.

Platinum

Coach David Cappiccille has consolidated his two sons Logan And Parker in an attempt to repeat as division champions, as he controls the Dobermanns.

Joe Tilley is back for his third season to steer the helm for the Labradors.

Longtime coach Bill Kravitz with his son Dylan playing, will lead the Bernese.

Nicholas Walker returns to the Platinum division as he helps to improve the players on the Shepherds.

Longtime coach and Santa Monica Youth basketball Hall of Famer, Brian Phelan leads the Danes, as his son Jack continues his stellar playing career at the Santa Monica Family YMCA.

Summer awards: Bronze division Hustle Award to Cetine Travnikoff, Silver division
Most Outstanding Player to Auden Travnikoff. Photo by Eugene Travnikoff

SUN 10/8/23 Weekend #1
Bronze

Beagles vs Corgies

This match featured the debut of several new players to our YMCA on the Corgies, up against several players that won the Summer Bronze title, on the Beagles. First quarter ended in a 2-2 tie with a basket each from the Corgies Jasper Kaya and the Beagles Todd Freeman. The Beagles took the lead in the second quarter on a basket from Bodhi Kothari, but the Corgies came roaring back and took the lead on baskets by Rome Ricks and Rodrigo Padron. In the second half, Killian Georgaris got 2 buckets to bring his team closer as Milena Zewde and Nicholas Rivas grabbed rebounds. But the Corgies were determined and played tough down the stretch as Rayden Toteja and Beau Bigler were stealing the ball, and Derek Hahn made a bucket, Jasper Kaya was a perfect 2 for 2 from the charity stripe, and Player of the Game, Rodrigo Padron, continued to score and was the rebound leader for the game to give his team the victory.

Frenchies vs Vizslas
Only one Frenchie, Knute Haglund, showed up, and played very well in the scrimmage. Other outstanding performances were had by the Vizlas Soren Verleun, William Holt, and Player of the Game Theo Edelman.

Silver
Collies vs Springers
First quarter was a tribute to the current World Cup of Rugby, as scrums, mauls, and lineouts occurred, with teams attempting to make tries. But basketball returned in the second quarter as Buck Jacobs and Jonas Ketai got the scoring going for the Collies, and the Springers had a bucket each from Krsna Pathak, Liana Enayati, Leon Muenze, and Myles Shaw. The Springers got a big lead in the third quarter as Krishna Aysola and Decker Amos got into the scoring column, but the Collies were strong in the fourth quarter as Buck Jacobs continued to make more buckets with three makes in the quarter and Liam Lind had 2 made baskets as well, but the Springers held on as Player of the Game, Liana Enayati, had crucial field goals to help her team hang on to the victory.

Aussies vs Whippets
The Whippets were very strong in the first half as Jaxon Silverstein, Leo and Ocean Yaghoubzadeh, Linus Verleun, Saum Safavi, and Oakley Entsminger had baskets. First half scoring from the Aussies came from Harrison Bond and Oliver Lynn. In the second
half, the Aussies had scoring from Griffin Marder, Itamar Yurman, Tomonori Kugawa, and Nicholas Chan. The Whippets were able to have all players score as Alexander Melamed had two buckets in the second half to help his team cruise to victory.

Platinum
Danes(Jr. Lakers) vs Westchester and Culver YMCA(Jr.Clippers)

Photo by Joanna Baker

Lamomdo Greer brought over talented Junior Clipper players from the Culver/Palms YMCA and Westchester YMCA to take on our Danes team coached by Brain Phelan. The full court press by the Danes stymied the Junior Clippers at first, as steals were
made and converted to points, but once the Junior Clippers figured things out, they rallied to get closer, but the lead was too big for them to overcome. The Danes had Jack Phelan as their leading scorer, but followed closely behind by Adonyinas Yonas.
The Danes had Rowan Booher make two treys, along with another “3” by Asher Zaczepinski, as the entire team contributed to the victory.

Bernese vs Labradors
Early lead for the Labradors as Olana Alemayehu and Azariah Gebeyehu hit shots from downtown, and Ryan Nagase had the rare feat of hitting one “3” in each quarter of the game. The Bernese came back to take the halftime lead as Kai Halpert and Gabriel
Chibane dominated the boards to put back rebounds for points, and Isaac Lynn had the outside shot going with a deuce and a triple in the first half. The Bernese extended their lead in the third quarter as Aiden Lin and BJ Hooks made baskets, but the Labradors made a comeback in the fourth frame, as Estevan Padron, Brandon Israels, and Dakota Hoefner helped to bring their team back; however, the Bernese hung on, as Milo Debaveye made two key baskets and Dylan Kravitz sank two free throws to give their team the victory.

SAT 10/14/23 WEEKEND #2
Copper

Bichons vs Pugs

Photo by Carol Chan

The opening game in the Copper division was a dandy, as it came down to a razor thin margin in the end. First half scoring for the Bichons came from River Stanton, Beck Britto, and a perfect two for two from the charity stripe by Sofia Pulusani. The Pugs had the halftime lead on 8 points from Theo Manolelis, and baskets from Luke Sarley and Matthew Alemayehu. In the second half, the Pugs extended their lead on baskets by Louis Liu and Player of the Game, Luke Sarley. The Bichons came roaring back in the second half as Beck Britto and River Stanton each had three field goals, and Zayden Rashid was stealing the ball, but the Pugs held on with tough defense from Esme Chan and Grace Parry to get the one point victory.

Bronze
Corgies vs Frenchies

Photo by Ryan Toteja

The Frenchies had a tough time getting the ball in the cylinder in the first half, but Emma Haot, Landon Schmidt, and Corbin Strock played tough defense. First half scoring for the Corgies came from Derek Hahn and Jasper Kaya, and tough defense from Rome Ricks and Rayden Toteja. The Frenchies outscored the Corgies in the third quarter, as Rex Bulette and Landon Schmidt got into the scoring column, but the Corgies got back on track in the fourth quarter, as Billy Casarella stole the ball and gave it to teammates Derek Hahn and Player of the Game and the birthday boy, Jasper Kaya, as the Corgies pulled away to the victory.

Vizslas vs Beagles
A tale of three quarters versus one quarter, as the Vizslas controlled the first three quarters with 7 points from Theodore Edelman and 3 points from William Holt, along with defensive intensity from Soren Verleun and Aiden Yousefi. The only points that the Beagles had after three quarters, was a basket each from Tyler Enayati and Milena Zewde; however, basketball in our league is four quarters, and the Beagles took control of the fourth quarter. The Beagles played tough defense with the help of Nicholas Rivas, Lior Vaisburd, Todd Freeman, Killian Georgaris, and Sean Murphy each had a basket. As time expired, Player of the Game, Sean Murphy, sank a free throw to give the Beagles an amazing come from behind victory.

Silver
Poodles vs Collies

Photo by Carol Chan

The Collies had first half scoring from Alex Blondheim, Charlie Hackett, Jack Haot, and Jonas Ketai. First half scoring from the Poodles came from Faizan Khan, Alice Roberts, and Declan Wong to have both teams close to even at halftime. In the third quarter, the Poodles Mariella Belew made a bucket, and the Collies got a basket each from Buck Jacobs and Mateo Chan. The Poodles played tough with Nora Neff, Olivia Wu, and Mai Ly Pariser anchoring the defense, but the Collies found a way to get through, as Player of the Game, Oscar Valles, hit a crucial shot towards the end of the game to give his team the victory.

Gold
Goldens vs Boxers

Photo by Rachael Ruiz

Intense from start to finish, as both these teams brought their “A” game. The Boxers jumped out to the early lead as Austin Bernier hit a basket, and Michael Li made a “3”. The Goldens struck back as Jason Gaines and Olivia Ruiz both made baskets, and as the second quarter progressed, teammates Dylan Geary and Dominic Drew made running jumpers, and the Boxers came right back on a basket from Kaya Dahukey and a last second make by Ming Zhu in order to keep the game even at the half. Oliver Harris helped the Boxers take a third quarter lead with two baskets, but the Goldens were tough on defense with Silver division sub Alice Roberts grabbing rebounds, and Jason Gaines and Dominic Drew continuing to score points. The Boxers had key baskets in the fourth quarter to stay close, as Liam Katz and Rohham Taherian drove the lane to put the ball into the hoop. In the end, with time winding down, the Goldens Olivia Ruiz made the go ahead free throw to win the game for her team in a close fought battle.

Player of the Game, the Goldens Olivia Ruiz with the game winning free throw. Photos by Rachael Ruiz

Calupoh vs Malinois
In honor of the World Cup of Rugby, these two teams decided to have scrums, lineouts, and mauls which resulted in a low scoring but entertaining play. The Malinois had steals from Constantine Avramopoulos Orlandos and Siddhant Khanna, and the
Calupoh had gritty play from brothers Ross and Spencer Nelson in which nobody was invited into their lane and blocked at the entrance, access denied! But there was some scoring as the game continued on, and the Malinois got points from Liam Adams and Sam Affleck, off of assists from Ryan Yousefi and Rohan Peddi. But the Calupoh were too strong with full court pressure from Sean Dobbs and Redeat Gebeyehu that lead to points from Kayhler Tomlinson, Jarec Garibay, Diego Gonzalez, Ezra Mooney, and
Player of the Game Liam Desante to lead their pack to victory.

Most Valuable Player of the Summer 2023 Silver division, Rohan Peddi. Photo by
Parvin Peddi

Platinum
Danes vs Dobermanns
The Danes took advantage of their full court press to get an early lead from baskets by AJ Evans, Jack Phelan, and Leo Mooney. The Dobermanns kept pace as Parker Cappiccille was as we say, being Parker, and leading his team in scoring and rebounds, throughout the first half and into the second half. Even though the Dobermanns had the halftime lead, the Danes put on a surge in the third, as Amir Enayati converted the “And1” and Adoniyas Yonas and Asher Zaczepinski had big quarters to narrow the lead
of their opponent. As the fourth quarter continued, AJ Evans hit two big “3”s to draw the Danes even closer, but the Dobermanns would prevail as key points were made by Max Baracy, Hunter Esposito-Doi, Matthew Scholze, and Player of the Game Radin Taherian to pull away in the end.

Shepherds vs Bernese
The Shepherds had an immediate impact, and took the early lead on baskets from Joshua Edwards and Sam Segal. The Bernese came back as Player of the Game, Isaac Lynn, was hot from the floor in the first half with 12 points including a pair of treys
from Downtown Way, and teammate BJ Hooks drove down the same street to ride the Party Trey train. The Bernese had a big first half from Gabriel Chibane and Kai Halpert as they had rebounds and points to give their team a comfortable lead at halftime; but not so fast, because the second half would start with a bang, as pressure from the four girls of the Shepherds created turnovers leading to quick points as Iwa Hashim and Mia Kondratyeva stole the ball to give it to Ryan Chambers for easy scores, and Kay Roberts and Reagan Saumers made a “3” each. And before you knew it, the game was almost tied! Ryan Chambers continued to score and Kenzo Lowrey grabbed the boards for the Shepherds, but the Bernese started to get scoring from Milo Debaveye and strong defense from Abdullah Jooma and Aiden Lin to eventually pull away to get the victory, but in the end, it was nice to see how the Shepherds were starting to get team play going and look to be a force to reckon with, as the season progresses.

Winner of the Platinum division Hustle award for Summer 2023 season, Mia Kondratyeva. Photo by Scott Halpert

SUN 10/15/23
Copper

Pugs vs Doxies
The Pugs came shorthanded, but they made the best of their team as they only had four players that played the entire game. The Doxies had a lot of shots in the first quarter, but the rim was acting naughty, and kept kicking the ball out, but eventually they got points in the first half from Hugo Casarella and Greysen Lovett. The Pugs had first half scoring from Louis Liu and Grace Parry. In the second half, the Doxies put pressure on defense from Jaxson Oxendine, Jackie Pittman, and Alexander Wolf to force turnovers, and Hugo Casarella continued his hot shooting with a couple more buckets. The Pugs countered with defense from Issa Ally, and multiple assists from Matthew Alemayehu who helped Louis Liu and Player of the Game, Grace Parry, to score points to lead the Pugs to victory.

Silver
Springers vs Aussies
The first half belonged to the Springers as Leon Muenze controlled the boards and put back the ball in the hoop for points in the first quarter. The Aussies came back to narrow the lead on baskets from Nicholas Chan, Griffin Marder, Tomonori Kugawa, and
Beau Zaczepinski. As the third quarter started, the Aussies continued their scoring to tie it up at the end of the third, thanks to tenacious defense by Levi Cogan and Oliver Lynn. The Springers countered with baskets by Decker Amos, Jett Shung. Krishna
Pathak, and Logan Christenson. The Aussies came back to tie on baskets by Beau Zaczepinski and Harrison Bond; but, as time was running down, the Springers had a go ahead bucket from Player of the Game, Leon Muenze, to eke out the victory.

Whippets vs Poodles
The Poodles had first quarter baskets from Declan Wong and Olivia Wu to take an early lead, but the Whippets got the lead on baskets from Alexander Melamed, Ocean Yaghoubzadeh, Pablo Gonzalez, and Player of the Game Jaxon Silverstein who was
dishing dimes to his teammates. In the second half the Poodles got Beau Ellis-Farr, Lucas Alemayehu, and Nora Neff into the scoring column, and tough defense from Mai Ly Pariser and Mariella Belew. However, the Whippets were too tough on defense as
Leo Yaghoubzadeh and Saum Safavi held down the scoring of their opponent to get the narrow victory.

Gold
Malinois vs Goldens
The Malinois jumped out to an early lead on a basket from Andrey Sterlyagov and an “And1” from Sam Affleck. The Goldens got the lead at the end of the first half on field goals from Mariella Belew, Jason Gaines, Dominic Drew, and Player of the Game
Ibrahim Ally who had a double-double in rebounds and points in the first half alone. The Malinois had strong performances in the second half from Rohan Peddi with 12 points for the game, and Constantine Avramopoulos Orlandos who had a 3-2-1 thus being a trey, a deuce, and a free throw, and Sam Affleck had two 3-pointers. The Goldens eventually pulled away as Brendan Still got rebounds, Olivia Ruiz and Chloe Scofield scored, Ibrahim Ally continued his monster performance of rebounds with putbacks for
points, and several steals to earn Player of the Week honors for his total dominance in the game, and leading his team to victory.

Platinum
Dobermanns vs Shepherds
The Shepherds had a productive first quarter from Joshua Edwards who was 4 for 4 from the charity stripe, Ryan Chambers with a “3”, and baskets from MIa Kondratyeva and Reagan Saumers. The Dobermanns took a halftime lead thanks in part to the great
play of Grayson Klein with a couple of downtown shots and points from Max Baracy, Matthew Scholze, and Hunter Esposito-Doi. But just as you thought the Dobermanns would run away with it, the second half saw the Shepherds fight back with tough defense from Kenzo Lowrey and Ethan Kondratyev, and basket from Kay Roberts and Reagan Saumers, and 18 points from Ryan Chambers to bring the game closer in the final minutes, as he made drives to the lane to put floaters in with nothing but net. The Dobermanns hung on as Logan Cappiccille and Grayson Klein made key baskets to hang on for dear life to get the victory.

Most Outstanding Player for the Summer 2023 Gold Division, Logan Cappiccille. Photo by Thea Cappiccille

Labradors vs Danes
The Labradors got the early bite by getting a big lead and shutting out the Danes as Dakota Hoefner, Estevan Padron, and Brandon Israels made baskets, and teammates Ryan Nagase and Olana Alemayehu each had two “3”s in the first half. But the Danes didn’t give up, and kept clawing back as Adonyinas Yonas, Jack Phelan, and Louis Meehan-Smith made scores to tie it up at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Labradors got the lead again on a “3” each from James Cook and Estevan Padron. However, the Danes Amir Enayati and Player of the Game, Asher Zaczepinski, were not allowing the opponent to get to the hoop in the final minutes and creating steals to convert to points that allowed their team to come from behind and take the victory away from the jaws of defeat.

SAT 10/21/23 WEEKEND #3
Copper

Doxies vs Bichons
It was a First quarter of nothing but net as everybody scored swish shots, including River Stanton of the Bichons, and the Doxies Hugo Casarella, having three baskets along with his teammate Jaxson Oxendine who made one basket, where the ball never
hit the rim on all their the shots. The second quarter became more of a defensive struggle, but the Bichons Galiel Sarfati played tough defense, and the Doxies got rebounds from Jackie Pittman and Greysen Lovett. The third quarter belonged to the Bichons as Player of the Game, Sofia Pulusani, got three baskets to tie the game up. Then the Bichons continued scoring in the fourth quarter as River Stanton, Zayden Rashid, and Sophia Stanton all scored to give their team the come from behind victory.

Bronze
Frenchies vs Beagles
First half scoring for the Beagles came from baskets by Todd Freeman, Killian Georgaris, Bodhi Kothari, Sean Murphy, and Milena Zewde. The Frenchies did get a free throw made by Killian Georgaris as he played both sides to help out the shorthanded Frenchies. The Frenchies fared much better in the second half as Rex Bulette had 8 points and Emily Cruz had a basket, along with 8 fourth quarter points from Sean Murphy who went over to the Frenchies to help them out. The Frechies had good defense from Landon Schmidt and Jonathan West. The Beagles stayed strong as Lior Vaisburd and Tyler Enayati got rebounds, and Killian Georgairs returned to his proper side to put on spin moves with floaters for makes to earn Player of the Game in the Beagles victory.

Aussies vs Poodles
The Poodles jumped out to the early lead as Faizan Khan, Ray Song, and Olivia Wu scored. The Aussies clawed back in the second quarter as Oliver Lynn got hot and hit multiple shots to eventually be the leading scorer for the game with double digit scoring. The third quarter went back and forth and was all tied up at the end of the quarter, as the Poodles had points from Lucas Alemayehu and Declan Wong, and the Aussies got a basket each from Levi Cogan, Elliot Israels, and Tomonori Kugawa. The Poodles were able to pull ahead again late in the fourth quarter, as Beau Ellis-Farr, Mai Ly Pariser and Alice Roberts made key baskets, but the difference maker for the Poodles was Nora Neff who kept getting steals and rebounds in crucial moments to preserve the Poodle victory, and earn Player of the Game honors.

Whippets vs Collies

Photo by Carol Chan

First half scoring for the Collies came from Jonas Ketai, Jack Haot, and Oliver Valles; however, the Whippets took the halftime lead on Ocean Yaghoubzadeh converting the “And1”, Linus Verleun with a basket, and multiple points from Jaxon Silverstein including a “3” from downtown. The Collies showed good defensive pressure in the second half as Hunter Calhoun-Rocha and Rocco Tomas made steals, but the Whippets got additional scoring from Alexander Melamed and Pablo Gonzalez to obtain the victory.

Gold
Goldens vs Calupoh
In one of the more exciting games this season, these two teams duked it out throughout the entire game with multiple lead changes. There were lucky sevens for the tied score at the end of the first quarter with the Calupoh getting buckets from Kayhler Tomlinson, Ezra Mooney, and Ross Nelson; the Goldens had points from Adrik Wadia, Kay Roberts, and Jason Gaines. The second quarter went back and forth with Eugene Edouarzin and Jason Gaines scoring for the Goldens, and Diego Gonzalez doing all the
scoring for the Calupoh. The end of first quarter score was multiplied by four at the end of the third quarter, as both teams had 28 points apiece. The third quarter had Liam Desante and Jaden Arellano with a basket each for the Calupoh, and teammates Ezra Mooney and Kayhler Tomlinson had multiple baskets; the Goldens had multiple players get into the scoring column with Dominic Drew, Brendan Still, Ibrahim Ally, and Chloe Scofield with key baskets. The intensity increased in the fourth frame, as both teams went back and forth. The Calupoh got big buckets from Diego Gonzalez, Kayhler Tomlinson, and Ezra Mooney. But down the stretch, the Goldens got bigger buckets from Kay Roberts, Olivia Ruiz, Adrik Wadia, and Player of the Game Chloe Scofield in order to hang on to the narrow victory. Great game from both sides.

Gold MVP for Summer 2023, Kay Roberts of the Supremes. Photo by Rachael Ruiz

Boxers vs Malinois
First half scoring for the Malinois came from Sam Affleck and Rohan Peddi; for the Boxers: Liam Katz, Oliver Harris, Rohham Taherian, and Michael Li made the scoring column. In the second half, Ryan Yousefi, Dylan Zindel, Liam Adams, and Constantine
Avramopoulos Orlandos grabbed rebounds and created steals to get the Malinois back in the match, and Siddhant Khanna got into the scoring column to bring the Malinois closer; however, the Boxers continued to play strong as Ming Zhu did all his scoring in the second half, and Jagger Wrobel and Kaya Dahukey got key blocks and rebounds to lead their team to victory.

Platinum
Danes vs Shepherds
The Danes full court press gave them the early lead, as Louis Meehan-Smith and Ethan Schwartz drove the lane for scores, and Rowan Booher and Cam Pariser rode the Trey train with deep shots. The Shepherds got their scoring going in the second quarter as Ryan Chambers made baskets from the inside and the outside, and Mia Kondratyeva banked in a couple of shots. In the third quarter, the Danes Asher Zaczepinski was a perfect 4 for 4 from the charity stripe, and Jack Phalen got aboard the Trey train with a deep “3”. The Shepherds had a good fourth quarter as Dagmawi Ayele had 5 points, and good hustle was shown by Joshua Edwards and Rayan Chibane with steals, Kenzo Lowrey with rebounds, and Ethan Kondratyeva blocked several shots. The Danes
continued scoring with putbacks off rebounds from Adonyinas Yonas and Ethan Schwartz, and one more Trey from Player of the Game, Rowan Booher, to lead his team to victory.

Dobermanns vs Bernese
First half scoring for the Dobermanns came from Parker Cappiccille, Matthew Scholze, and Hunter Esposito-Doi who had 11 points in the second quarter. The Bernese had first half scoring from Gabriel Chibane, Luca Ghermezian, and Dylan Kravitz. In the
second half, the Bernese had Isaac Lynn score with a “3” and a perfect 2 for 2 from the charity stripe by Alden Wong to join the scorecard, along with a strong 4th quarter by Kai Halpert, Abullah Jooma, and Gabriel Chibane to keep the Bernese close; but in the end, the Dobermanns were too strong as Antonio Rodriguez made a couple baskets, Rayan Etemadnia controlled the guard play, Nicholas Mirich grabbed rebounds, and Player of the Game Hunter Esposito-Doi continued to drive to the hoop and hit the “3” from downtown to seal the deal for the Dobermanns.

SUN 10/22/23
Copper

Pugs vs Bichons

Photo by Carol Chan

Sunday mornings with the youngest players is always fun, and yours truly was the referee. The Bichons got all their scoring from River Stanton, but had good defense from Quentin Dijols, Zayden Rashid, Brooks Carey, and Sophia Stanton. The Pugs had
scoring from Luke Sarley, Grace Parry, and Player of the Game Bodhi Ren Chopra. The game was tied at the end of the third quarter, but strong defense by Matthew Alemayehu, Esme Chan, and Louis Liu helped the Pugs eke out the narrow victory.

Bronze
Vizslas vs Corgies
Having to saddle up for a second game in a row to referee, I now had the next division up. First half scoring was all Corgies as Jasper Kaya, Derek Hahn, and Rome Ricks found the hoop, and Billy Casarella and Beau Bigler wouldn’t allow the Vizslas to
penetrate to the basket. But the second half saw the Vizslas get their scoring going as Theo Edelman made several free throws, and buckets were made by William Holt and Soren Verleun. As the fourth quarter started, the Vizslas applied pressure from Aiden
Yousefi, Sora Nomoto, and Tyler Keliddari to create turnovers to draw closer; but the Corgies created turnovers from Rayden Toteja and Phoenix Volken stealing the ball, and Alison Lyons made a free throw, and Player of the Game, Derek Hahn, took over
with 9 second half points to give the Corgies the victory.

Silver
Springers vs Whippets
First half, defense reigned supreme, as the Whippets got steals from Pablo Gonzalez and Leo Yaghoubzadeh; the Springers got rebounds from Krisna Aysola and Julia Enayati. The only first half points came from the Whippets Alexander Melamed and
Ocean Yaghoubzadeh; with the Springers getting free throws made from Decker Amos and Liana Enayti. The second half saw the Springers get a basket from Krsna Pathak, and strong defensive performances from Niam Pahwa and Leon Muenze. The
Whippets had multiple players get into the act of scoring, as Oakely Entsminger, Teo Escalante, Linus Verleun, and Player of the Game, Saum Safavi, had their ball reach\ the bottom of the cylinder, as they cruised in the second half to the victory.

Collies vs Aussies

Photo by Carol Chan

First quarter belonged to the Aussies as Oliver Lynn, Giffin Marder, and Beau Zaczepinski each made a basket; but, the Collies kept pace with 2 buckets by Jonas Ketai, and got rolling in the second quarter as Alex Blondheim, Mateo Chan, and Buck
Jacobs each made scores to tie the match at a dozen apiece at halftime. In the third quarter, the Aussies got Harrison Bond with two free throws, and Tomonori Kugawa with a bucket to give them a slight edge; however, the Collies took the lead on the strength of defense by Jack Haot and Oliver Valles stealing the ball and having Buck Jacobs score 5 points to take a one point lead to start the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Collies applied pressure defense from Charlie Hackett, and Buck Jacobs and Jonas Ketai each had a basket; the Aussies took the lead in the final minutes with points from Nicholas Chan, Elliot Israels, and Player of the Game Oliver Lynn, and were able to stop the Collies on blocks by Levi Cogan and steals from Sebastian Joyce and Orion Mane to help their team get their first victory of the season.

Platinum
Bernese vs Danes
First half scoring for the Danes came from multiple players as Amir Enayati, Leo Mooney, Jack Phelan, Ryhan Schwartz, and Asher Zaczepinski made baskets; the Bernese had first half scoring from Luca Ghermazian, Gabriel Chibane, and Kai Halpert.
The second half featured more of the long ball shots as players from both sides hit from way outside. The Bernese had “3”s from Dylan Kravitz and Isaac Lynn, with a deuce from Abdullah Jooma; but the Danes had Louis Meehan-Smith and Rowan Booher
make triples, and it was deuces wild for Christian Ferew, Cam Pariser, and Adonyinas Yonas. In the end, the Danes had more “3”s and “2”s and outlasted the Bernese.

Labradors vs Dobermanns

Photo by Mollie Esposito

Cohesion of the Dobermanns got them the early first quarter lead as Parker Cappiccille, Matthew Scholze, Radin Taherian, and Rayan Etemadnia each made points off of full court trap turnovers. The Labradors got going in the second quarter with a “3” from
Ryan Nagase, and points from Dakota Hoefner. The Labradors carried that momentum into the second half to draw closer as Olana Alemayehu, Azariah Gebeyehu, and Keen Nikkel all made “3”s, and teammate Estevan Padron made steals to convert to points. In the end, the Dobermanns pulled away on the strength of Hunter Esposito-Doi driving the lane to get an “And1” and hitting shots from the perimeter, along with teammate Nicholas Mirich with a couple of key buckets to give their team the victory.

SAT 10/28/23 WEEKEND #4
Bronze

Vizslas vs Frenchies
The first quarter was all Vizslas as Theodore Edelman, William Holt, and Soren Verleun all scored. The Frenchies got on the scoreboard in the second quarter as Rex Bulette started the scoring with multiple baskets, as teammates Knute Haglund and Landon Schmidt grabbed rebounds. The Vizslas held the Frenchies to limited scoring with their tough defense from Seher Khan, Tyler Keliddari, and Auggie Friedman. The second half saw the Frenchies get steals from Corbin Strock, Emma Haot, and Max Lind, along with a basket from Emily Cruz. The Vizslas stayed strong as Player of the Game, William Holt, continued his scoring including a “3” to lead his team to victory.

Copper
Doxies vs Pugs

Photo by Carol Chan

The Doxies got the early lead on a basket from Jaxon Oxendine and two made free throws from Jackie Pittman. The Pugs took the halftime lead on scores from Louis Liu, Luke Sarley, and Player of the Game Matthew Alemayehu. The second half had the
Doxies get rebounds from Greysen Lovett and Bruce Hua, while Grayson Wells got a couple of steals. In the end, the Pugs pulled away as Esme Chan stole the ball to give to Grace Parry who made a couple baskets to lead their team to victory.

Silver
Whippets vs Aussies
Whippets took the first quarter lead on baskets from Oakley Entsminger, Saum Safavi, Linus Verleun, and brothers Leo and Ocean Yaghoubzadeh. First half scoring from the Aussies came from Levi Cogan and Tomonori Kugawa. In the second half, the Aussies got strong defense from Elliot Israels and Griffin Marder as they blocked shots and got rebounds to allow Oliver Lynn and Nicholas Chan to score. The Whippets were able to get Teo Escalante, Alexander Melamed, and Player of the Game Oakley Entsminger to keep the scoring going and to move on to the victory.

Springers vs Collies

Photo by Carol Chan

First half scoring for the Springers came from Decker Amos, Krisna Aysola, Logan Christenson, and Myles Shaw. The Collies got a bucket from Jonas Ketai in the second quarter, but he got hot in the second half making six field goals more, and teammate
Buck Jacobs made a couple of deuces, along with steals from Mateo Chan, and rebounds from Alex Blondheim. The Springers got more players involved with the scoring in the second half as Liana Enayati scored 6 points in the third quarter thanks to
assists from Niam Pahwa. The Springers pulled ahead for good in the fourth quarter as Krsna Pathak made a bucket, and Player of the Game, Leon Muenze, controlled the boards and put back offensive rebounds for points to lead the Springers to the win.

Platinum
Shepherds vs Labradors
The Labradors were shorthanded, but they made the best of it, and they started out strong, especially with the three ball, as Ryan Negase and Patrick Linsky each made multiple “3”s for all the scoring damage by their team in the first half. The Shepherds
took the halftime lead on baskets by Joshua Edwards, deep deuces and made free throws by Reagan Saumers and putback offensive rebounds from Ethan Kondratyev. The second half saw the Labradors get Brandon Israels and Keen Nikkel into the
scoring column, and Ryan Nagase continued to make the treys, deuces, and free throws to be the team’s leading scorer. The Shepherds got a basket from Kenzo Lowrey, and four buckets from MIa Kondratyeva. The star of the game was the Shepherds Ryan Chamber who had 31 points for the game, along with 15 rebounds, and five assists to not only lead his team to victory, but earn Player of the Game honors.

Gold
Calupoh vs Boxers
Strong first half by the Calupoh as Diego Gonzalez, Kayhler Tomlinson, Maryck Booher, and Ezra Mooney made multiple baskets. The Boxers got first half scoring from Ming Zhu, Rohham Taherian, Liam Katz, and Kaya Dahukey. The Boxers outscored the
Calupoh in the second half as Austin Bernier, Oliver Harris, and Michael Li who hit a “3”, all got into the scoring column. However, free throws made by brothers Nelson, Ross and Spencer, and scoring from Liam Desante along with his rebounds gave the Calupoh the victory.

SUN 10/29/23
Bronze

Corgies vs Beagles
Defensive struggle in the first half; however, the Beagles were able to get a basket from Todd Freeman, and a free throw made by Melina Zewde, along with good defense from Sean Murphy, Marcel Jimenez, and Nicholas Rivas to take a narrow halftime lead, and expanded on their lead in the beginning of the third quarter as Killian Georgaris and Bodhi Kothari each had a basket. The Corgies got it going towards the end of the third frame, as Jasper Kaya, Billy Casarella, and Rome Ricks all scored to tie the game at the end of three quarters. The Beagles took the early lead in the fourth quarter as Todd Freeman made a basket, but the Corgies caught up and pulled away on baskets by Derek Hahn, Jasper Kaya, Rome Ricks, and Player of the Game Alison Lyons who stole the ball and drove down the lane to put the floater in for the go ahead bucket to give her team the come from behind victory.

Copper
Bichons vs Doxies
The Doxies were looking for their first victory of the season. Would today be the day? It went back and forth in the first half as Hugo Casarella did all the scoring for the Doxies in the first half, and River Stanton and Beck Brito each had a basket for the Bichons. The second half picked up the pace as the Bichons had Quentin Dijols and Galiel Sarfati steal the ball, and Zayden Rashid grab rebounds. The Doxies locked down the defense with Grayson Wells and Bruce Hua guarding the perimeter, and Brayden Rodriguez and Alexander Wolf guarding down low to create turnovers that allowed Jackie Pittman to make assists by passing to Player of the Game Hugo Casarella who scored three big baskets in the fourth quarter to give the Doxies their first victory of the season.

Silver
Poodles vs Springers
Not much scoring in the first half but a lot of good defensive play. The Springers got steals from Qiao Ren and Krsna Pathak, along with rebounds from Leon Muenze and Logan Christenson. The Poodles got first half scoring from Ray Song and Faizan Khan
off of steals from Olivia Wu and Mariella Belew. The second half saw Decker Amos, Krishna Aysola, and Liana Enayati score for the Springers, and Julia Enayati made a couple of assists. The Poodles had a diversified scoring in the second half with Lucas
Alemayehu, Nora Neff, and Mai Ly Pariser making baskets, and Player of the Game Ray Song took over in the fourth quarter as she continued her scoring to lead her team to victory.

Player of the Game, the Poodles Ray Song. Photo by Lisa Song

Gold
Malinois vs Calupoh
The Malinois won the first quarter on baskets by Rohan Peddi and Sam Affleck, and continued in the second quarter with scoring from Maximiliano Flores. The Calupoh were able to steal a one point lead at halftime as Diego Gonzalez, Maryck Booher, and Ezra Mooney made driving layups. In the third quarter, the Malinois got Liam Adams into the scoring column and steals from Ryan Yousefi. The Calupoh defense played tough as Liam Desante got rebounds, Kayhler Tomlinson blocked shots, and Ross and Spencer Nelson prevented drives to the basket, thus allowing other Calupoh players to continue to score including Player of the Game, Maryck Booher, to have a big fourth quarter to pull ahead for good.

Platinum
Labradors vs Bernese
Tight first quarter as the two teams exchanged baskets as James Cook gave the Labradors the early lead off a couple of runners, and Patrick Linskey added a ‘3”, and Alex Providas added a bucket; but, the Bernese took the lead at the end of the quarter
and were able to extend the lead going into halftime as Gabriel Chibane and Dylan Kravitz made baskets, and Aiden Lin and Alden Wong each had a deep Trey. The second half saw the Labradors get closer as Azariah Gebeyehu had three “3’s, and
Dakota Hoefner grabbed rebounds to help Yisaac Tariku, Brandon Israels, and Olana Alemayehu get on the scoreboard off of his assists. The Bernese were able to hold on, off of a downtown “3” from Isaac Lynn, rebounds from Abdullah Jooma, and continued
scoring from Player of the Game, Alden Wong, to get the win.

Player of the Game, the Bernese Alden Wong. Photo by Brian Wong

Shepherds vs Dobermanns

Photo by Mollie Esposito

The match was close through the first half as the lead changed several times. Parker Cappiccille had a strong first half as the Dobermanns leading scorer, and teammates Max Baracy scored, and Hunter Espositio-Doi added points to the score with his
multiple “3” pointers from long distance. The Shepherds had first half scoring from Mia Kondratyeva, Sam Segal, and Rayan Chibane. The leading scorer for the game was the Shepherds Ryan Chambers with 20 points, and the Shepherds played tough
defense with steals from Iwa Hashim, blocks from Ethan Kondratyeva, assists from Reagan Saumers, and rebounds from Kenzo Lowrey. The Dobermanns put on a good all around team effort to pull ahead in the fourth quarter for good, when Matthew
Scholze and Radin Taherian got on the scorecard, and Nicholas Mirich and Logan Cappiccille were master thieves as they stripped the ball from their opponent. Player of the Game, Rayan Etemadnia, was key to the fourth quarter run for the Dobermanns, as
he scored multiple baskets to give his team the victory.

Lucas Dogic received his MVP award for the Silver division Spring 2023 season. Photo by Darko Dogic

SAT 11/4/23 WEEKEND #5
Copper

Bichons vs Pugs

Photo by Carol Chan

Low scoring affair with the only points in the first half coming from the Bichons River Stanton and the Pugs Luke Sarley and Grace Parry. The second half was more tight defense with the Pugs Issa Ally and Eli Bolland playing strong for both sides as they
helped out the Bichons in the first half, then returned to their original team in the second half. The Bichons got a made free throw from Zayden Rashid and steals from Brooks Carey and Quentin Dijols, but in the last moments of the game, Luke Sarley made the winning shot off of an assist from Player of the Game, Esme Chan, to claim the narrow victory.

Bronze
Beagles vs Vizslas
First half explosion of points for the Vizslas as Theo Edelman, William Holt, Seher Khan, and Aiden Yousefi all scored baskets. The Beagles had first half buckets from Nicholas Rivas and Killian Georgaris. The second half saw the Beagles get their scoring going,
as Todd Freeman, Steven Brown, Bodhi Kothari, and Sean Murphy all got baskets off of steals from Marcel Jimenez, and narrowed the gap to get close in the final minutes of the game. The Vizslas relied on defense from Sora Nomoto and Amarii Turner to hold off the surging Beagles, and claim the victory.

Frenchies vs Corgies
Points in the first half for the Corgies came from Jasper Kaya, Derek Hahn, Alison Lyons, Rome Ricks, and Rodrigo Padron. The Frenchies had first half scoring from Rex Bulette and Emily Cruz. In the second half, the Frenchies had strong defense from
Jonathan West, Max Lind, Knute Hagland, and Emma Haot to hold the Corgies. However, the Corgies countered with Billy Casarella, Rayden Toteja, and Phoenix Volken making steals and grabbing rebounds, which allowed Rodrigo Padron to continue to score and earn Player of the Game honors, as his team went on to the victory.

Silver
Collies vs Poodles

Photo by Carol Chan

Strong first half from the Collies as Mateo Chan, Charlie Hackett, Buck Jacobs, and Jonas Ketai all scored. The Poodles had a bucket from Lucas Alemayehu in the first half, and then he proceeded to add a couple more baskets in the third quarter, and
teammates Mai Ly Pariser, Ray Song, Faizan Khan, and David Yonatan made the scorecard in the second half. The Colies locked down the defense in the fourth quarter, using the full court press, to create turnovers from Rocco Tomas, Oliver Valles, and Alex
Blondheim, along with additional points from Buck Jacobs and Player of the Game, Jonas Ketai, to pull ahead for the victory.

Aussies vs Springers
Aussies had a strong first half as Elliot Israels, Tomonori Kugawa, Oliver Lynn, Orion Mane, and Beau Zaczepinski all scored. The Springers kept pace as Liana Enayati scored a bucket on an assist from Liana Enayati, and Decker Amos converted free throws, and continued scoring in the second half to bring his team closer, along with teammates Krsna Pathak, Krishna Aysola, and Myles Shaw making baskets in the fourth quarter. The Aussies were able to use strong defense by Nicholas Chan and Griffin Marder to create turnovers that lead to two big baskets by Player of the Game, Harrison Bond, to get the narrow one point victory.

Player of the Game, the Aussies Harrison Bond. Photo by Jennifer Lynn

Platinum
Bernese vs Shepherds

Photo by Rebecca Edwards

First half scoring for the Bernese came from Kai Halpert, Gabriel Chibane, and a pair of “3”s from Isaac Lynn; the Shepherds had first half scoring from Ryan Chambers, Rayan Chibane, and Cassius Taylor which included a beyond half court buzzer beater that
wasn’t from way downtown, but the suburbs. The Shepherds got close to the Bernese in the second half when Mia Kondratyeva scored, Ethan Kondratyev made several blocks, and Kenzo Lowrey and Joshua Edwards got big rebounds. However, the Bernese took control in the fourth quarter as Milo Debaveye, Dylan Kravitz, and Player of the Game Kai Halpert made enough points to pull away.

Danes vs Labradors
It was a Dickens of a first half as it was a tale of two quarters. The first quarter saw the Labradors get a huge lead with free throws from James Cook, a “3” from Ryan Nagase, and two deuces from Estevan Padron. So one would think this was going to be a tough day for the Danes, but not so fast. The Danes put on the press, and created turnovers leading to transition points that included a trey each from Cam Pariser and Jack Phelan, and a basket each from Louis Meehan-Smith, Ethan Schwartz, and Asher Zaczepinski. Before you knew it, the Danes now had the lead at halftime. The Labradors took the lead back in the third frame as James Cook continued to score, Patrick Linskey made a long distance “3”, and Alex Providas made a nice spin move for a bucket. But the Danes put the press back on in the fourth quarter and AJ Evans was the “3” king with a couple of downtowners; Adonyinas Yonas, Leo Mooney, and Christian Ferew had a basket each; and, Ethan Schwartz took over and drove the lane to score multiple baskets to not only earn Player of the Game honors, but lead the Danes to victory.

Gold
Boxers vs Goldens

Photo by David Still

Dominant first half by the Boxers as Kaya Dahukey got rebounds and Liam Katz, Michael Li, Austin Bernier, and Rohham Taherian scored points to take a big lead at halftime. The Goldens out scored the Boxers in the second half as Jason Gaines, Olivia Ruiz, Chloe Scofield, and Kay Roberts got points for their team. In the end, Ming Zhu led the second half scoring for the Boxers with 9 points, and Conrad DiMauro got steals, and Player of the Game Kaya Dahukey continued to not allow the opponent to penetrate the lane, giving the knockout blow for the Boxers to win.

SUN 11/5/23
Bronze
Beagles vs Frenchies
The Frenchies gave it a go with no subs, but played hard, as Rex Bulette and Corbin Strock had first half baskets. The Beagles had a plethora of scorers for the game that included Todd Freeman, Killian Georgaris, Bodhi Kothari, Sean Murphy, Marcel
Jimenez, and Player of the Game Steven Brown. The Frenchies got closer in the second half as Emily Cruz made a couple of baskets, and Knute Haglund and Max Lind made rebounds and steals. In the end, the rebounding by the Beagles Tyler Enayati
and Lior Vaisburd helped their team to hang on to the victory.

Girls 7-9
Jr. Lakers vs Jr. Clippers

Lamondo Greer brought over a team of talented girls from the Culver/Palms YMCA Junior Clippers program to play against our Santa Monica YMCA Junior Lakers. Player of the Game for the Junior Clippers was Bianca Tucker who scored all their points. The
Junior Lakers got baskets from Ray Song, Nora Neff, Mai Ly Pariser, Alice Roberts, Mariella Belew, Qiao Ren, Liana Enayati, Julia Enayati, and Emily Diaz. The Junior Lakers Seher Khan led her team in steals, Allison Lyons was the rebound leader, and Player of the Game, Esme Chan, led the game in assists. Fun time for all the girls. Many thanks to all the parents that brought the girls for this special game.

Photo by Lisa Song
Player of the Game, Esme Chan. Photo by Carol Chan

Copper
Pugs vs Doxies

Photo by Carol Chan

First half scoring for the Pugs came from Luke Sarley and Player of the game Louis Liu; the Doxies had scoring from Jaxon Oxendine and Hugo Casarella. The Pugs continued their tough defense in the second half as Bodhi Ren Chopra, Esme Chan, and Eli Bolland grabbed rebounds, and Issa Ally made some steals. The Doxies had newcomer Sebastian Joyce enjoy playing his first game.

Silver
Poodles vs Whippets
This was one of the most exciting games of the season, as both teams battled it out to the very end. There were multiple lead changes throughout the match. The Poodles had scores in the first half from Beau Ellis-Farr and Olivia Wu; the Whippets first half
scoring came from Co-Player of the Game Alexander Melamed, Jaxon Silverstein, and Oakley Entsminger. At the end of the first half, it was all Beatles with the score tied at “Number 9”. The second half was a defensive struggle as Ray Song and Nora Neff
made steals, and Lucas Alemayehu had a basket: the Whippets had Saum Safavi and Linus Verleun grab rebounds and Ocean Yaghoubzadeh make a bucket to put them up by four points with a couple minutes left; however, the Poodles came back in the final minute as Declan Wong and Co-Player of the Game Beau Ellis-Farr each made a basket to have a tie score at the end of the game. Kudos to all for a well played and exciting game.

Gold
Malinois vs Boxers
The Malinois got on the scoreboard early with buckets from Liam Adams and Maximiliano Flores. The Boxers struck back with points from Austin Bernier, Conrad DiMauro, Zidan Jivani, Liam Katz, Michael Li, and Rohham Taherian to take a halftime
lead. The second half saw Constantine Avramopoulos Orlandos get on the scoreboard for the Malinois. The Boxers stayed tough on defense with Kaya Dahukey controlling the boards and Player of the Game Jake Records scoring to lead their team to victory.

Calupoh vs Goldens

Photo by David Still

The Calupoh dominated the first quarter with baskets from Jaden Arellano with putbacks from offensive rebounds, Diego Gonzalez with a deuce and trey, and Ezra Mooney with two field goals. The Golden’s started to make a comeback with baskets
from Olivia Ruiz, Eugene Edouarzin, and Chloe Scofield to draw closer at halftime. In the third quarter, the Goldens got additional baskets from Adrik Wadia, Mariama Belew, and Brendan Still off of a nice assist from Dominic Drew, as they got closer to the
Calupoh lead. In the fourth quarter, the Goldens Kay Roberts, Olivia Ruiz, and Chloe Scofield scored layups on drives to the hoop to tie the score. But the Calupoh would not be denied as Maryck Booher and Liam Desante made crucial shots, and brothers Nelson(Ross and Spencer) plugged up the lane, and Kayhler Tomlinson stole the ball to give to Player of the Game Ezra Mooney to help him score 8 points in the final minutes to give the Calupoh the narrow victory and take over first place in the Gold division.

This Issue’s Profile

Each issue, Swish has a profile of a coach, player, or someone in the program who inspires all of us involved in Santa Monica YMCA youth basketball. This issue’s profile is of Joe Tilley who is currently coaching the Labradors in the Platinum division of our youth basketball program at the Santa Monica Family YMCA.

Joe brings a positive reinforcement approach to his coaching with his great enthusiasm and love for the game.

It isn’t about whether his team wins or loses, but whether his players give their best effort and learn from the match on how to grow as a player and a team not just on the basketball court, but in the court of life.

He gives his time and support for the youth basketball program as his way of giving back to the community. He puts in countless hours working with other kids in our gymnasium regardless of whether they are on his team or another team. He wants to see all kids enjoy the game and excel.

Joe’s players love to play for him, and he gets many requests from others to be on his team; fortunately for me, we have a policy that you can only request to play with a friend and not request a coach; otherwise, Joe would have to coach 25 kids and that would be a little too much, although he would give it a try because that is just the kind of guy that he is.

Coaches such as Joe come along only once in a while, because he doesn’t have a horse in the race as they say, or in other words, a child in the league. So we are blessed to have him involved in our program.

I asked Joe a few questions for the Swish:
DocDrew:
What is your favorite thing about youth basketball at the Santa Monica YMCA?
Joe: Hopefully making a real impact on the young men I get to coach. Nothing would be more satisfying for me than in 10 years to run across one of the guys that I was blessed to coach and see them making their own impact and achieving their lofty goals.
Coaching the guys truly gives me more value then I think I am giving to them. I look forward to each and every game and practice.
DocDrew: Who is your favorite player or coach, and why?
Joe: Phil Jackson aka the zen master – he practiced patience and mindfulness and always had his players prepared and executing at a high level. Plus, he coached 2 of my favorite players, MJ & Kobe!
DocDrew: What hobbies, activities, or other sports do you like to do?
Joe: When I’m not leading some cool AI projects for my job or I am at the Y, you can find me at the beach tossing the aerobie and body surfing.

Joe Tilley

We can’t thank Joe enough for his dedication to helping to improve all his players and give them support and the experience to succeed in life. It is coaches such as Joe that help to make our program successful and strong, and we are very grateful to have him coaching youth basketball at the Santa Monica Family YMCA.

Scores
SUN 10/8/23 Weekend #1
Bronze

Beagles 8, Corgies 15
Frenchies 0, Vizslas 1
(Vizlas won by forfeit)
Silver
Collies 20, Springers 22
Aussies 13, Whippets 49
Platinum
Danes(Jr. Lakers) 47, Westchester and Culver YMCA(Jr.Clippers) 29
Bernese 45, Labradors 33
SAT 10/14/23 WEEKEND #2
Copper

Bichons 18, Pugs 19
Bronze
Corgies 20, Frenchies 7
Vizslas 10, Beagles 11
Silver
Poodles 14, Collies 23
Gold
Goldens 22, Boxers 19
Calupoh 26, Malinois 8
Platinum
Danes 28, Dobermanns 36
Shepherds 33, Bernese 54
SUN 10/15/23
Copper

Pugs 10, Doxies 7
Silver
Springers 22, Aussies 20
Whippets 18, Poodles 15
Gold
Malinois 31, Goldens 44
Platinum
Dobermanns 41, Shepherds 35
Labradors 33, Danes 37
SAT 10/21/23 WEEKEND #3
Copper

Doxies 10, Bichons 14
Bronze
Frenchies 19, Beagles 26
Silver
Aussies 18, Poodles 22
Whippets 23, Collies 9
Gold
Goldens 40, Calupoh 38
Boxers 34, Malinois 10
Platinum
Danes 51, Shepherds 20
Dobermanns 53, Bernese 35
SUN 10/22/23
Copper

Pugs 14, Bichons 12
Bronze
Vizslas 9, Corgies 20
Silver
Springers 4, Whippets 17
Collies 20, Aussies 26
Platinum
Bernese 27, Danes 48
Labradors 32, Dobermanns 45
SAT 10/28/23 WEEKEND #4
Bronze

Vizslas 33, Frenchies 14
Copper
Doxies 10, Pugs 27
Silver
Whippets 35, Aussies 21
Springers 33, Collies 19
Platinum
Shepherds 53, Labradors 32
Gold
Calupoh 43, Boxers 23
SUN 10/29/23
Bronze

Corgies 20, Beagles 12
Copper
Bichons 10, Doxies 11
Silver
Poodles 25, Springers 12
Gold
Malinois 16, Calupoh 22
Platinum
Labradors 39, Bernese 49
Shepherds 32, Dobermanns 54
SAT 11/4/23 WEEKEND #5
Copper

Bichons 7, Pugs 8
Bronze
Beagles 24, Vizslas 28
Frenchies 9, Corgies 33
Silver
Collies 23, Poodles 14
Aussies 16, Springers 15
Platinum
Bernese 57, Shepherds 41
Danes 50, Labradors 30
Gold
Boxers 30, Goldens 22
SUN 11/5/23
Bronze

Beagles 30, Frenchies 20
Girls 7-9
Santa Monica YMCA Jr. Lakers 34, Culver/Palms YMCA Jr. Clippers 4
Copper
Pugs 20, Doxies 6
Silver
Poodles 15, Whippets 15
Gold
Malinois 20, Boxers 40
Calupoh 29, Goldens 25
Standings:
Teams are awarded 5 points for a win, 3 points for a tie, 1 point for a loss, 0 points for a
forfeit. Tournament games have greater point value. Teams are listed in their place in
the standings with W-L-T and team points.
Copper:
Pugs 6-0-0, 30 points
Bichons 1-4-0, 9 points
Doxies 1-4-0, 9 points
Bronze:
Corgies 5-0-0, 25 points
Beagles 3-3-0, 18 points
Vizslas 3-2-0, 17 points
Frenchies 0-6-0, 5 points
Silver:
Whippets 5-0-1, 28 points
Springers 3-3-0, 18 points
Poodles 2-3-1, 16 points
Aussies 2-4-0, 14 points
(1-0-0 vs Collies)
Collies 2-4-0, 14 points
Gold:
Calupoh 4-1-0, 21 points
Goldens 3-2-0, 17 points
(1-1-0 vs Boxers, 1-1-0 vs Calupoh)
Boxers 3-2-0, 17 points
(1-1-0 vs Goldens, 0-1-0 vs Calupoh)
Malinois 0-5-0, 5 points
Platinum:
Dobermanns 5-0-0, 25 points
Bernese 4-2-0, 22 points
Danes 4-1-0, 21 points
Shepherds 1-5-0, 10 points
Labradors 0-6-0, 6 points

Thank you very much, to all the coaches, parents, players, referees, and my assistant Nicholas Walker.

Special thanks to the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation for partnering with the Santa MonIca Family YMCA youth basketball program.

Dr. Paul Drew, youth basketball coordinator at the Santa Monica Family YMCA, editor and publisher of Swish

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