PerspectivesAthletics, Middle School Hoops 2014-2015

Perspectives Athletics, Volume 5, Issue 2
By Barry Temkin

The Chicago Unity Basketball League championship game has become a regular stop for Perspectives middle school boys teams.

MSA recently made its fourth trip there in the last five years and won its third title in that span. Its opponent, Joslin, was making its third championship game appearance in the last four years.

MSA, under head coach Marlon Jackson, won its last six games to finish with a 14-4 record. Top performers included 8th-graders Dajuan Gordon, Yree Sheppard, Akil Coleman and Xavier Riley.

Co-head coaches Marcellus Phelps’ and Emmanuel Tillman’s runner-up Joslin team posted a 14-4 mark behind 8th-graders Marlon Young, Antwon Thomas and Ottro Guibero.

Jamari Massie and Dajon White, both 8th-graders, were among the top performers for head coach Eldridge A. Brown’s Perspectives Middle Academy team, which finished with a 7-8 record.

The MSA Middle School girls team finished at 7-3 under head coach Gabe Hernandez. Top contributors included 8th-graders Dasa Gordon and Ladonna Ivery.

Joslin finished 2-9, but co-head coaches Meg Goethals and Mary Hilker praised their players for their perseverance and sportsmanship throughout the season. Seventh-grader Ranyiah Roberts was their top performer.

Lakenya Starks, an 8th-grader, and 7th-grader Carrissa Lofton led the way for PMA, which was 1-7. Head coach Chasity Wilson praised her athletes’ growth and ability “to play together as a team.”