After starting the season in the RCS Sports Spring Ice Breaker Team Kemistry 2021 quickly revealed that they have indeed intensified their level of play. The boys went 3-0 in pool play defeating in tremendous, Lake Houston Superstars, Galveston Hornets and Houston Hurricanes in bracket play.
The final four match-ups in the Spring Ice Breaker, touted big names including Houston Hoops, Rytes Warriors, Nike Pro Skills (5th grade) and Team Kemistry. Nike Pro Skills pulled off a 4 point battle and Team Kemistry fell to Houston Hoops 46-48. The Hoops pulled off the tournament win beating Nike Pro SKills by 2.
The scoring attack during the SIB weekend was lead by TK 2021 Christian Jackson a strong presence on both the defensive and offensive side of the ball. Jacolbi Harris (TK 2021) is having a breakout season with what appears to be a renewed confidence in his game. He shares the point position with Jaylon Calvin a lefty who knows the game very well and has the ability to be a great floor general. As he builds his right hand the guard play will only improve. Zaire Hayes played relentlessly in the semi-finals game against Hoops, posting 17 points with Christian Jackson posting 18 points. The effort was valiant but not enough.
Up next was the Future 150 Houston Tournament. This highly anticipated tournament provides an impressive level of exposure to players. TK 2021 Hayes offered a nationally recognized performance in the Future 150 Houston. The boys quickly became a tournament favorite after going 3-0 in pool play defeating Total Package 2021 (led by 6'5 6th grade Reuben "Duece" Fatheree) 55-53. Christian Jackson left a strong impression on the evaluators ending the game with a strong assist to Kyron Drones and a last second block preventing Duece from sending the game into overtime!
A rematch against TP also proved that the boys have kicked things up a notch beating them again in the semi-finals...this time by 9. It was an intense game drew another crowd was easily considered championship worthy.
The boys however; learned a very valuable lesson about endurance, effort and teamwork after a four point loss to Elevation Sports in the Championship game...a surprising tournament upset.
With a national social media following of over 16.6 thousand, TK 2021 Hayes are the 2015 Future 150 Houston-Runner's Up.
For Future 150's take on the weekend and highlights from TK top performers Jacolbi Harris, Christian Jackson and Zaire Hayes click the picture below:
Team Kemistry presented with a solid start of the 2015 competitive season. Here are a few updates from March 2015.
TK 2022 Chatman (5th Grade) participated in the highly anticipated RCS SPorts Spring Ice Breaker. Both teams performed exceptionally well going undefeated in pool play. TK 2022 defeated D Gibs Hoops and LA Jaguars. The boys however, fell to a older ITP Pacers who ultimately went on the win the tournament in the semi-finals. A final four appearance in the kick-off tournament gave the boys great confidence.
The boys followed up their season kick-off in the Houston Sports Access King of the Court Tourney. It was a tough weekend with the boys losing every game in close fashion. Across three games, the boys lost by a total of 6 points, indicating that they were indeed formidable and competitive opponents. Though the losses were tough, the team walked away with clear areas that need fine tuning and with a bit of increased intensity they should continue to improve. Notably, missing was scoring threat Ariek Holcombe who has been a solid component to the teams offense since last year.
Standouts so far
TK 2022 welcomes a very athletic and tenacious Dillon Bell to the squad who has quickly offered the predominately veteran team with a natural spark. Simply put, he's everywhere and as he continues to learn the game, his natural athleticism will be a valuable asset to the team.
Je'Cory Chatman still presents as the offensive catalyst of the squad and as he continues to develop his basketball IQ and confidence in his quickness he's going to be a force to reckon with. Calien Graham is quickly evolving as a no holds barred beast in the paint. His presence is unmatched and has grown tremendously in his offensive presence since last season. Defensively, Omani Ozenne is a problem for opposing guards. He disrupts the opponents offense with multiple steals a game and will become a stronger on both sides of the ball as he develops a more controlled game offensively.