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Students find fun in recreational basketball

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Students find fun in recreational basketball

The Big Scary Men are pictured after winning  their game 90-50.

The Big Scary Men are pictured after winning their game 90-50.

Photo courtesy of Clayton Joyner

The Big Scary Men are pictured after winning their game 90-50.

Photo courtesy of Clayton Joyner

Photo courtesy of Clayton Joyner

The Big Scary Men are pictured after winning their game 90-50.

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New leaders of Northwest are setting out to play basketball outside of school. Recreational basketball of the YMCA and Proehlific Park are becoming more popular with the promise of improvement and a good, competitive season.

Teams like the Big Baller Brand (BBB) and Two Claps at the YMCA are playing another season of recreational basketball this year.  The BBB is coached by Rohit Ramkumar and the team captain is Shivneet Nag.

“It’s playing basketball with some of your best and closest friends,” senior Mathew Sanchez said.

The team has improved greatly from last year and has some new members. Sanchez is a new point guard on the team and has done a great job on defense. He played the sport a long time ago and still enjoys playing and watching it. He also plays golf and soccer.

Two Claps is coached by TJ Davis and is named after the way they celebrate a good play. Seth Pickford has played on the team for three years and plays center.

“It’s serious but at the same time not too serious,” Pickford said.

He recommends this type of team to others because it is really fun and you can improve in the sport. In practice they do drills and scrimmages to improve for games.

At Proehlific Park, one of the Northwest teams includes the Big Scary Men (BSM). The team consists of seniors Clayton Joyner, Jacob Harris, Jack Greiwe, David Cooke, Jack Polakovic, Tristan Perry and Andrew Gilliam, as well as juniors Josh Humphrey, Gavin Mortenson and Calvin Toland.

“I love the fun that we are able to have together while all playing,” Joyner said. “We can be rowdy and ourselves in a great environment.”

Joyner recommends playing basketball at Proehlific Park to anybody because of the friendships and experiences that he has made there.

“(My favorite part) is being able to learn and play the game of basketball,” Sanchez said.

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