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The BBB balls out at the YMCA

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The BBB balls out at the YMCA

The BBB YMCA basketball team holds up a number one after a game they won. Their record was 2-6 and they had a great time playing with each other.

The BBB YMCA basketball team holds up a number one after a game they won. Their record was 2-6 and they had a great time playing with each other.

Photo contributed by Clint Halterman

The BBB YMCA basketball team holds up a number one after a game they won. Their record was 2-6 and they had a great time playing with each other.

Photo contributed by Clint Halterman

Photo contributed by Clint Halterman

The BBB YMCA basketball team holds up a number one after a game they won. Their record was 2-6 and they had a great time playing with each other.

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Last November, a new team emerged at the Spears YMCA called the BBB, named after the Big Baller Brand of Lavar Ball. The team consists of juniors Shivneet Nag, Clint Halterman, Alex Finnerty, Rohit Ramkumar, Kevin Eichlin, Nolan Katowitz, John Shin, Cameron Roney and Jared Morgan.

They had a record of 2-6 for their first season, receiving third place. They played against teams that other Northwest students are a part of.

“I just wanted to play rec basketball with my friends, I thought it would be a lot of fun,” Nag said.

Nag began the season with his friends listed above but had a very unreliable coaching staff.

“Our coach is Bevin Walters,  he showed up for half the games, so we had like six coaches,” Nag said.

All of their coaches are juniors Bevin Walters, Jacob Stoner, Will Kuwalec, Thomas Parsons and player Kevin Eichlin while he was injured. For the most part, the team was able to coach themselves.

“We were able to manage ourselves because everybody knew what was going on and [we would look for] who looked like they needed a break,” Nag said.

There were also players on the team that have never played before, including Finnerty, Halterman, Roney and Ramkumar. The rest of the team taught them the game of basketball during practice.

“I did [learn] a lot during practice, Shivneet would be telling us what to do and I would ask him at the end of practice ‘what does this mean,’ because I didn’t know anything about basketball,” Finnerty said.

Halterman agrees that he also learned a lot this season.

Throughout the season, there were a lot of memories made, like having their first practice or winning their first game, but it’s widely agreed that Finnerty’s three-pointer was an unforgettable moment.

“[The most memorable part of the season was] probably the accidental three-pointer I scored, it was meant to be a pass,” Finnerty said.

To make your own team at the YMCA, all you have to do is sign up with players and a coach and pay dues before the season starts in November. Nag has some tips for future teams.

“Make sure you have a reliable staff and enough people on your team in case people have to miss [a game] you have more than enough players,” Nag said.

There will be another season with the BBB this year in November, with a signing day in June and a better coaching staff. Before that, they will have a soccer team with some new players in the early fall with Finnerty as the head coach. Contact one of the players if you would like to join.

Nag believes that the season was a success even though they didn’t win a championship.

“It was fun from the start, we were messing around a little bit, but we were all having fun and that’s the most important thing,” Nag said.

Halterman agrees but is more confident about the team’s accomplishments.

“We are the best basketball team of all time,” Halterman said.

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