Monday, December 21, 2015

Max's All Stars fall short in first ever 15u youth basketball game vs East Side Escalades; 42-36 (OT)

Yesterday, Max's All Stars hosted their very first 15u youth basketball scrimmage game against the East Side Escalades. It was a tremendous effort by both teams, but the more experienced Escalades were able to force overtime and pull away in the end by a final score of 42-36. Patrick James and Troy Whittington worked together and did a very good job coaching Max's All Stars. Here are the statistics:
Balwinder Singh - 0/1 FG, 3 REBS, 1 STL, 2 TO
Devon Banks - 1 REB
Donovan Cola - 0/1 FG, 0/1 3PT
Justin Cardenas - 1 REB, 1 TO
Keone Billey - 11 PTS, 5/6 FG, 1/1 3PT, 1 STL, 1 TO
Malek Graham - 8 PTS, 3/13 FG, 1/2 3PT, 1/2 FT, 6 REBS, 2 STL, 1 TO
Raj Topo - 6 PTS, 2/2 FG, 2/2 FT, 3 REBS
Rameik Golden - 4 PTS, 1/2 FG, 1/1 3PT, 1/4 FT
Sandeep Singh - 0/2 FG, 0/1 3PT, 0/2 FT, 1 STL, 1 TO
Savdeep Gill - 5 PTS, 2/5 FG, 1/2 3PT, 2 REBS, 2 STLS, 1 TO
Sincere Latif - 0/3 FG, 2 REBS, 1 STLS, 2 TO
Travis Sukhdevsingh - 2 PTS, 1/1 FG, 1 REB, 2 BLKS, 2 STLS
Max's All Stars showed a lot of potential in the scrimmage game yesterday. The team still has a lot of room for improvement, but there is no doubt that the future is bright. Full game highlights will be posted on our YouTube channel soon and we'll resume our youth basketball workouts on January 10th, 2016. Happy holidays to all of our participants and supporters!
To learn more about the Max's All Stars Youth Basketball Program, please visit http://www.maxsallstars.com/#!youth/c1zwh

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Max's All Stars Youth Basketball Intrasquad Scrimmage - Red Team defeats Blue Team

This past Sunday, December 13th, Max's All Stars held an intrasquad youth basketball scrimmage. The Red Team was coached by Patrick James and featured Balwinder Singh, Devon Banks, Edgar Ramirez, Hakiem Cowan, Keshaun Cameron, Rameik Golden, Sincere Latif and Travis Sukhdevsingh. The Blue Team was coached by Troy Whittington and featured Amara Samoura, Dane Haynes, Donovan Cola, Jaylen Curry, Malek Graham, Savdeep Gill and Umar Shahzad. Corey Orgias and Marvin Billups Jr served as the referees. Anthony Hardison was our scorekeeper. The Red Team defeated the Blue Team by a final score of 51-40. It was a tremendous effort from both sides and a valuable learning experience. Here is a link to the highlights: https://youtu.be/fZEIeXsk1vc. Next up for Max's All Stars is a 15u Youth Basketball Scrimmage Game against the East Side Escalades on Sunday, December 20th at P.S. 64 Robert Simon School (600 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10009). Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 PM.
To learn more about the Max's All Stars Youth Basketball Program, please visit http://www.maxsallstars.com/#!youth/c1zwh

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Max's All Stars Youth Basketball Program

On September 20th, Max's All Stars played their final game of 2015 - repeating as undefeated ABC Hoops champions. One month later, on October 18th, Max's All Stars started hosting youth basketball workouts on Sundays at P.S. 64 Robert Simon School (600 East 6th Street, New York, NY, 10009). The workouts begin promptly at 1:15 PM and usually last about two or three hours. It's free for first time participants and costs $5 for returning players. So far we have hosted seven workouts and they've been very successful. During those workouts Max’s All Stars had 23 total participants between the ages of 11-17 years old. Our coaches - Corey Orgias, Jason Lewis, Jerrell Lewis, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James and Troy Whittington among others - did some strength and conditioning warm-ups, ran important drills to teach the fundamentals and ended each workout with a competitive scrimmage. We are encouraged by the progress our coaches and players have made each week so far.

Max's All Stars intends to continue hosting workouts on Sundays for the foreseeable future and hopes to join leagues/tournaments in early-2016. Tomorrow we will host an intrasquad scrimmage and next Sunday, December 20th we will host a scrimmage game against the East Side Escalades.

To learn more about the Max's All Stars Youth Basketball Program, please visit http://www.maxsallstars.com/#!youth/c1zwh.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Max's All Stars Summer 2015 ABC Hoops Final Results and Statistics

Here are the final results and statistics from Max's All Stars undefeated Summer 2015 ABC Hoops championship season. Link: http://stats.abchoopsnyc.com/teams/max-s-all-stars
Link: http://stats.abchoopsnyc.com/teams/max-s-all-stars

Max's All Stars win championship at ABC Hoops; finish with undefeated 10-0 record

Yesterday, Max's All Stars won the championship game at ABC Hoops vs Gunther & Co. by a final score of 69-52. Branden Gibson, Corey Orgias, Daniel Jacas, Doug Herring, John Simmons, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James and Spencer Smith completed a second consecutive undefeated championship season with an impressive effort in the final game. Max's All Stars stayed focused, determined and motivated at ABC Hoops en route to a 20-0 record with two championships. The team dominated by playing unselfish basketball. Everyone stepped up and contributed when called upon - it was a tremendous run! Also, Spencer was named Player of the Game for the third time this season and Doug won league MVP for his efforts.
Box Score from September 20th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 69
Gunther & Co. - 52
ABC Hoops
Standing from left to right: Marvin Billups Jr, Branden Gibson, Corey Orgias, Spencer Smith, Carl Gibson, Max Margulis, Patrick James, Daniel Jacas and John Simmons. Note: Doug Herring won MVP, but had to leave for work before this photo was taken.

Max's All Stars improve to 9-0 at ABC Hoops; advance to championship game

Yesterday, Max's All Stars won their semifinal game at ABC Hoops vs the The Come Up by a final score of 74-59. Branden Gibson, Corey Orgias, Daniel Jacas, Doug Herring, John Simmons, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James and Spencer Smith all worked together and played hard to earn the W and advance to the championship game. It was a solid performance against a hungry opponent. Also, Doug was named Player of the Game for the second time this season.
Box Score from September 20th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 74
The Come Up - 59
ABC Hoops

Monday, September 14, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 8-0 at ABC Hoops; advance to semifinals

Yesterday, Max's All Stars won their first round playoff game at ABC Hoops​ vs Manhattan Pride by a final score of 81-51. Branden Gibson​, Corey Orgias​, Daniel Jacas​, Doug Herring​, John Simmons​, Patrick James​, Spencer Smith​ and Troy Whittington​ overcame a slow start early on to dominate their opponents. The ball movement and communication was terrific - everyone contributed to earn the W. Also, Troy was named Player of the Game for the second time this season.
Box Score from September 13th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 81
Manhattan Pride - 51
ABC Hoops

Monday, August 31, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 7-0 at ABC Hoops

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at ABC Hoops vs Mean Street by a final score of 80-64. Corey Orgias, Doug Herring, John Simmons, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James, Spencer Smith and Troy Whittington all contributed to earn the W. Everyone worked together and played well to emerge victorious. Also, Spencer was named Player of the Game for the second time this season.
Box Score from August 30th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 80
Mean Street - 64
ABC Hoops

Monday, August 24, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 6-0 at ABC Hoops

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at ABC Hoops​ vs The Come Up by a final score of 56-54. Branden Gibson​, Corey Orgias​, Herman Billups, Jason Lewis, Marvin Billups Jr​, Spencer Smith​ and Troy Whittington​ overcame an extremely sloppy performance (along with a number of missed calls from the officials) against a hungry opponent. Max's All Stars rallied, coming back from a nine-point deficit with about three minutes remaining to win the game. In the final seconds with the game tied at 54 a piece, Corey got a good look at a potential game-winning 3-pointer, but it rimmed out. Luckily, Troy was there for the rebound and was fouled as he attempted the putback with 1.5 seconds remaining. Troy calmly went to the line and sunk both free throws to win the game. Also, Troy was named Player of the Game for the first time this season.
Box Score from August 23rd, 2015
Max's All Stars - 56
The Come Up - 54
ABC Hoops

Monday, August 17, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 5-0 at ABC Hoops

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at ABC Hoops vs Ballers by a final score of 59-47. Branden Gibson, Herman Billups, Jason Lewis, John Simmons, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James and Spencer Smith all contributed to earn the W. Despite a sluggish start, Max's All Stars stayed the course en route to victory. Also, Marvin was named Player of the Game for the third time this season.
Box Score from August 16th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 59
Ballers - 47
ABC Hoops

Monday, August 10, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 4-0 at ABC Hoops

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at ABC Hoops vs Butterbuckets by a final score of 57-45. Corey Orgias, Daniel Jacas, Jason Lewis, John Simmons, Marvin Billups Jr and Patrick James all contributed to grind it out and earn the W. The game was somewhat chippy, but Max's All Stars kept their composure and stayed focused en route to victory. Also, Marvin was named Player of the Game for the second time this season.
Box Score from August 9th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 57
Butterbuckets - 45
ABC Hoops

Monday, August 3, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 3-0 at ABC Hoops

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at ABC Hoops​ vs Gunther & Co. by a final score of 68-60. After a slow start, Max's All Stars really turned it on in the second half. Corey Orgias​, Daniel Jacas​, Herman Billups​, John Simmons​, Marvin Billups Jr​, Patrick James​ and Spencer Smith​ all contributed to grind it out and earn the W. It wasn't pretty, but Max's All Stars did what was necessary to come out victorious. Also, Marvin was named Player of the Game for his efforts.
Box Score from August 2nd, 2015
Max's All Stars - 68
Gunther & Co. - 60
ABC Hoops

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Max's All Stars suffer heartbreaking first round playoff loss at West 4th

Max's All Stars lost their first round playoff game at Kenny Graham's West Fourth Street vs Black Top by a final score of 93-92 in overtime. Despite being severely shorthanded, Max's All Stars battled back from a 20-point deficit in the second quarter to only be down by three points at halftime (47-44). In the second half, Max's All Stars battled but could not overcome absolutely atrocious officiating. Late in the game, the momentum started swinging towards Max's All Stars. The team started knocking down shots & the game turned into a seesaw affair. When one team would score, the other answered immediately. There were several lead changes in the fourth quarter and overtime - but the referees destroyed any chance Max's All Stars had of winning the game with several missed/highly questionable calls. Branden Gibson, Corey Orgias, Elon Howard, Patrick James, Shereef Taylor and TJ Curry fought and worked so hard to win this game. Despite the bitterly disappointing and painful loss, Max's All Stars will learn from this and build on it. Thank you to everyone who competed for Max's All Stars at West 4th this summer. It is greatly appreciated.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 2-0 at ABC Hoops

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at ABC Hoops​ vs Big State by a final score of 58-48. Despite being extremely shorthanded, Corey Orgias​, Jason Lewis​, Patrick James​ and Spencer Smith​ all played very well - sharing the ball and playing solid team basketball. Max Margulis was forced to suit up as well and did his best to stay out of the way as his team earned the W. Also, Spencer was named Player of the Game for his efforts.
Box Score from July 26th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 58
Big State - 48
ABC Hoops

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Max's All Stars take over West 4th All Star Game

Max's All Stars took over the All Star Game at Kenny Graham's West Fourth Street today. Max Margulis coached the West Division to a 108-105 win over the East Division. The West Division was led by TJ Curry, who scored 27 points (including the game-winning 3-pointer) and won MVP.
Standing from left to right: Max Margulis and TJ Curry

Friday, July 24, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 5-3 at West 4th

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at Kenny Graham's West Fourth Street vs Green Dreams by a final score of 79-63. Max's All Stars started off sluggish in the first half, going down by as many as 8 points. However, they battled back to tie it up at halftime (44-44). In the second half, Max's All Stars turned up - especially defensively, holding Green Dreams to only 19 points. Branden Gibson, Corey Orgias, Kevin Pegram, Patrick James, Rob Thomas, Shereef Taylor and TJ Curry all contributed to earn the W. They worked together and battled all game, overcoming sloppy play and horrendous officiating, to secure the victory. This win completes the regular season for Max's All Stars as they finish 5-3, clinching a playoff spot and the #5 seed in the West Division.
Standing from left to right: Corey Orgias, Carl Gibson, Patrick James, Max Margulis, Kevin Pegram, Branden Gibson, Rob Thomas, Shereef Taylor and TJ Curry

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Max's All Stars fall in second round of TBT

Yesterday, Max's All Stars lost in The Basketball Tournament against 20th & Olney by a final score of 87-80. It was a tough hard-fought game. Branden Gibson, Corey Orgias, Damion Staple, Dominique Jones, Doug Herring, Kevin Pegram, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James, Troy Whittington, Shaun Diaz and Stace Daniels all battled throughout the game, but unfortunately Max's All Stars came up short. As Branden said, it was a game of runs. We had our run and unfortunately, their run came down the stretch to close the game out. Playing in TBT was an incredible experience for Max's All Stars and we are very grateful for the opportunity. This is something to build on for the rest of this year and beyond. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported us on this run.
Box Score from July 18th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 80
20th & Olney - 87
The Basketball Tournament (TBT)
Standing from left to right: Troy Whittington, Branden Gibson, Dominique Jones, Corey Orgias, Shaun Diaz, Doug Herring, Max Margulis, Stace Daniels, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James, Kevin Pegram, Damion Staple and Carl Gibson

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Max's All Stars win TBT 2015 opener

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at The Basketball Tournament vs TYGTAL by a final score of 75-68. Branden Gibson, Corey Orgias, Damion Staple, Dominique Jones, Doug Herring, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James, Shaun Diaz and Stace Daniels pulled off the upset against Mardy Collins and his Philadelphia based team in TBT. It was a total team effort. Max's All Stars moved the ball well, trusted each other and played very strong defensively while silencing our doubters along the way. With the win, Max's All Stars advanced to play against 20th & Olney in the next round.
Box Score from July 17th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 75
TYGTAL - 68
The Basketball Tournament (TBT)

Standing from left to right: Branden Gibson, Doug Herring, Max Margulis, Shaun Diaz, Dominique Jones, Stace Daniels, Patrick James, Corey Orgias, Marvin Billups Jr, Damion Staple and Carl Gibson

Monday, July 13, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 4-3 at West 4th

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at Kenny Graham's West Fourth Street​ vs Ice Tea by a final score of 93-78. Branden Gibson, Devon Curry, Marvin Billups Jr, Rob Thomas, Shaun Diaz, Shereef Taylor, TJ Curry and Troy Whittington played smart team basketball and all contributed to earn the W. They worked hard, battled on the boards and did the little things necessary to win. It was a back and forth battle for the first three quarters as neither team could get more than five points of separation on the scoreboard, but in the fourth quarter Max's All Stars turned it up defensively and that led to some opportunities in transition that helped put the game away. TJ Curry did a great job the whole game and really stepped up in the fourth quarter with a number of clutch baskets and great defensive play. Branden Gibson did his job as the glue guy getting everyone involved and being a vocal leader. Shaun Diaz did a terrific job defensively guarding his man, especially in the fourth quarter. Rob Thomas and Troy Whittington controlled the paint, grabbing rebounds and scoring underneath whenever Max's All Stars really needed a bucket. Shereef Taylor and Marvin Billups Jr contributed with some important baskets as well. Max's All Stars did all this despite some horrendous officiating, but that did not matter in the end. It was an all-around team effort. The real Max's All Stars showed up and won an important game, improving our record to 4-3.
Standing from left to right: TJ Curry, Marvin Billups Jr, Shereef Taylor, Shaun Diaz, Max Margulis, Rob Thomas, Troy Whittington, Devon Curry, Branden Gibson and Carl Gibson

Max's All Stars win Summer 2015 ABC Hoops season opener

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at ABC Hoops​ vs The Come Up by a final score of 78-64. Despite being shorthanded, Doug Herring​, Jason Lewis​, Marvin Billups Jr​, Patrick James​, Rob Thomas​ and Shaun Diaz​ all played well - sharing the ball and playing solid team basketball. The team overcame some questionable officiating to grind it out and earn the W. Also, Doug was named Player of the Game for his efforts.
Box Score from July 12th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 78
The Come Up - 64
ABC Hoops

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Max's All Stars fall to 3-3 at West 4th

Yesterday, Max's All Stars lost another tough game at Kenny Graham's West Fourth Street​ vs D's Crew by a final score of 86-83. Akeem Brightman, Bediako Nyasa​, Bryant Crowder​, Corey Orgias​, Patrick James​, Richard Starling and TJ Curry​ struggled at times, going down by as many as 19 points - but they battled back in the fourth quarter and nearly completed the comeback win. Unfortunately, sloppy play in the earlier parts of the game, especially in the 3rd quarter, made the hole too big to comeback from. Max's All Stars drop to 3-3 at West 4th.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Max's All Stars fall to 3-2 at West 4th

Yesterday, Max's All Stars lost a tough game at Kenny Graham's West Fourth Street vs Higher Ground by a final score of 98-95. Akeem Brightman, Bediako Nyasa​, Bryant Crowder​, Corey Orgias​, Elon Howard​, Patrick James​, Rob Thomas​ and Shereef Taylor​ played hard and had opportunities to put the game away, but let Higher Ground hang around.  Max's All Stars beat themselves with sloppy play, poor ball movement and turnovers on offense. Also, lack of defensive rebounding hurt the team as Higher Ground kept outworking Max's All Stars, grabbing offensive rebounds, going back up and getting to the free throw line. It was a very disappointing loss for Max's All Stars, but something to learn from and build on.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Max's All Stars game at West 4th PPD due to rain

Max's All Stars game today at Kenny Graham's West Fourth Street​ vs Brooklyn Ballers was postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced yet.

Max's All Stars improve to 3-1 at West 4th

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at Kenny Graham's West Fourth Street vs La Familia by a final score of 92-82. Bediako Nyasa, Bryant Crowder, Corey Orgias, Dominique Jones, Joshua Smith, Kwabena Brenya, Patrick James and Prentice Small all contributed and played well to earn the W. In the first half, Max's All Stars only had five players. It was a back and forth seesaw battle again, but Max's All Stars took a slim one-point lead at halftime (38-37). Luckily, reinforcements arrived in the second half as Bryant Crowder, Joshua Smith and Prentice Small showed up. Crowder and Smith helped ignite the team in the third as Max's All Stars finally got some separation on the scoreboard. For the second straight game, Bediako Nyasa hit a half-court buzzer beating 3-pointer - this time at the end of the 3rd quarter to give Max's All Stars a 63-50 lead. Corey, Kwabena and PJ did some very good work getting a lot of rebounds and playing strong defense. Domo was the go-to scorer all game long. Every time La Familia seemed to be getting close, Domo was there with the answer to keep Max's All Stars in front. With the win, Max's All Stars improved their record to 3-1.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 2-1 at West 4th

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at Kenny Graham's West Fourth Street​ vs TNP by a final score of 80-76. Bediako NyasaBryant Crowder​, Corey Orgias​, Damion Staple​, Malik Reddick, Patrick James​ and Spencer Smith​ put forth an impressive effort against the defending Nike Pro City champions. Max's All Stars was shorthanded and some of the players were tired from playing in the ABC Hoops semifinals/championship game doubleheader earlier. It was a back and forth seesaw battle between the two teams. Nobody could get much separation on the scoreboard - neither team had a lead of more than five points. Bryant Crowder​ had an electrifying performance, carrying the offense while also pulling down a bunch of rebounds and blocking several shots. Corey, Damion, PJ and Spencer played the bulk of the game with Bryant. Corey and Spencer took turns bringing the ball up and both hit some very clutch shots. Damion and PJ did a great job defensively. In fact, Damion came up with two huge breakaway steals that he took to the house himself. Also, Bediako Nyasa played a few minutes and scored seven points including a half-court buzzer beating 3-pointer to give Max's All Stars the lead at halftime (40-37). Late in the fourth quarter, Corey hit a shot to make the score 80-76 with 1:50 remaining and instantly after his shot went in it started raining cats and dogs! So, the game was called with 1:50 remaining, Max's All Stars got the win and improved their record to 2-1.

Max's All Stars Spring 2015 ABC Hoops Final Results and Statistics

Here are the final results and statistics from Max's All Stars undefeated Spring 2015 ABC Hoops championship season. Link: http://stats.abchoopsnyc.com/teams/max-s-all-stars
Link: http://stats.abchoopsnyc.com/teams/max-s-all-stars

Max's All Stars win championship at ABC Hoops; finish with undefeated 10-0 record

Yesterday, Max's All Stars won the championship game at ABC Hoops vs Jetlife by a final score of 67-52. Branden Gibson, Corey Orgias, Daniel Jacas, Doug Herring, Jason Lewis, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James, Spencer Smith and Troy Whittington completed the undefeated championship season with an impressive effort in the final game. After a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Jetlife narrowed Max's All Stars lead to just two points at halftime, Max's All Stars turned it up in the second half as they did all season long. Suffocating defense led to easy offense for Max's All Stars and that was the key to victory. Branden guarded league-leading scorer, Mike Liander, for most of the game and held him to a season-low 18 points (10.1 points below his season average). Doug had an extremely efficient game, leading all scorers with 23 points on 12 shots. It was nice to see his family at the game on Father's Day. Also, Troy was named Player of the Game for the sixth time this season and won league MVP for his efforts. Overall, it was a total team effort from top to bottom all season long.
Box Score from June 21st, 2015
Max's All Stars - 67
Jetlife - 52
ABC Hoops
Standing from left to right: Troy Whittington (MVP), Spencer Smith, Branden Gibson, Patrick James, Max Margulis, Corey Orgias, Jason Lewis, Doug Herring, Daniel Jacas, Carl Gibson and Marvin Billups Jr. 

Max's All Stars improve to 9-0 at ABC Hoops; advance to championship game

Yesterday, Max's All Stars won their semifinal game at ABC Hoops vs the Fulton Cavs by a final score of 88-47. Branden Gibson, Corey Orgias, Daniel Jacas, Doug Herring, Jason Lewis, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James and Spencer Smith all played very well in this dominating performance. After taking an 18-point lead at halftime, Max's All Stars piled it on even more in the second half to win the game by 41 points and advance to the championship game. Also, Spencer was named Player of the Game for the first time this season.
Box Score from June 21st, 2015
Max's All Stars - 88
Fulton Cavs - 47
ABC Hoops

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Max's All Stars game at West 4th PPD due to rain

Max's All Stars game today at Kenny Graham's West Fourth Street​ vs Team 524/Pick & Roll was postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced yet.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 8-0 at ABC Hoops; advance to semifinals

Yesterday, Max's All Stars won their first round playoff game at ABC Hoops​ vs Untouchables by a final score of 62-44. Despite being shorthanded and getting penalized five points for showing up late - Branden Gibson​, Corey Orgias​, Daniel Jacas​, Marvin Billups Jr​, Patrick James​, Spencer Smith​ and Troy Whittington​ managed to overcome their self-created adversity along with some questionable officiating to grind it out and earn the W. The team really turned it on and performed very well in the second half. Also, Troy was named Player of the Game for the fifth time this season.
Box Score from June 14th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 66
Untouchables - 42
ABC Hoops

Monday, June 8, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 1-1 at West 4th

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at Kenny Graham's West Fourth Street vs the NYC Jaguars by a final score of 96-79. Branden Gibson, Bryant Crowder, Corey Orgias, Dominique Jones, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James, Rob Thomas and Troy Whittington all contributed and played well to earn the W. Max's All Stars record now stands at 1-1.

Max's All Stars receives TBT at-large bid

PHILADELPHIA HERE WE COME! Max's All Stars has received an at-large bid to The Basketball Tournament (TBT)! We will play in the Northeast region in Philadelphia, PA (July 17-19)! Congratulations to all our team members who helped us recruit votes! Thank you to everyone who voted for and supported us throughout this process! LINK: https://www.thetournament.com/news/complete-field-97-teams-announced

Our current projected roster is as follows (in alphabetical order):
Branden Gibson - G/F
Carl Gibson - Assistant Coach
Corey Orgias - F
Damion Staple - F/C
Dominique Jones - G
Doug Herring - G
Kevin Pegram - F
Marvin Billups Jr - G/F
Max Margulis - Head Coach/General Manager
Patrick James - G/F
Roscoe Johnson - G/F
Shaun Diaz - F
Troy Whittington - F/C
LINK: https://www.thetournament.com/news/complete-field-97-teams-announced

Monday, June 1, 2015

TBT polls close, Max's All Stars finishes 19th in the Northeast region with 286 votes

Max's All Stars finished 4 votes behind Basketball City for an automatic bid in the Northeast region of The Basketball Tournament (TBT). We are still eligible for one of six at-large bids that will be announced next Monday, June 8th. Max's All Stars is definitely praying for one of those six at-large bids - we feel we deserve it. TBT is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we truly hope to compete in Philadelphia beginning on July 17th.

Thank you to everyone who voted for Max's All Stars and supported us throughout this process. Thank you to our team members - Branden Gibson, Carl Gibson, Corey Orgias, Damion Staple, Dominique Jones, Doug Herring, Kevin Pegram, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James, Roscoe Johnson Jr, Shaun Diaz and Troy Whittington - for recruiting votes and making a push until the very end. Hopefully, we get into TBT as an at-large bid.

Also, congratulations to all the teams that automatically qualified for TBT - especially Ian McCarthy's Saint John Mill Rats and Dave Schoenholt's Basketball City. Wishing both squads the very best of luck going forward!

Max's All Stars game at West 4th PPD due to rain

Yesterday, Max's All Stars game at Kenny Graham's West Fourth Street​ vs BQE All Stars was postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced yet.

Max's All Stars improve to 7-0 at ABC Hoops

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at ABC Hoops vs Big State by a final score of 53-46. It was a sloppy performance - but Branden Gibson, Corey Orgias, Daniel Jacas, Doug Herring, Jason Lewis, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James and Spencer Smith managed to overcome their mistakes and some questionable officiating to grind it out and earn the W. Also, Doug was named Player of the Game for the third time this season.
Box Score from May 31st, 2015
Max's All Stars - 53
Big State - 46
ABC Hoops

Friday, May 29, 2015

Max's All Stars drop season opener at West 4th

Max's All Stars lost the season opener at Kenny Graham's West Fourth Street​ vs United Brooklyn by a final score of 95-84. Chu Maduabu​m, Corey Orgias​, David Seagers​, Dominique Jones​, Doug Herring​, Joshua Smith​, Patrick James​ and Troy Whittington​ all played hard - but the team struggled in the 4th quarter. Overall, it's something to build on for Max's All Stars. The talent is there, just gotta clean up some of the mistakes and continue working hard.

Max's All Stars TBT 2015 Campaign

Max's All Stars is 40 votes behind for 18th place in the Northeast region for The Basketball Tournament. Only the top-18 teams get an automatic bid. After that, there will be 6 at-large bids chosen by TBT. I am writing this post to campaign for one of the six TBT at-large bids in the Northeast region (in the event that we do not automatically qualify).

I feel that Max's All Stars deserves to be one of the 6 at-large teams for TBT 2015 not only based on the number of votes we have and how hard we worked to get in this year, but last year too. Max's All Stars has supported The Basketball Tournament since day one in 2014. As soon as we heard about TBT on February 28th, 2014 - we knew our team wanted to be part of it. Unfortunately, last year we were not able to get into TBT. However, this year our team made an all out push to get in from the moment polls opened on April 1st, 2015 and we became eligible on April 17th, 2015. In terms of loyalty to The Basketball Tournament and respect for the process, Max's All Stars is one of the more deserving teams for the honor of playing in TBT.

Max's All Stars is a great promoter of The Basketball Tournament as well. Since this process began on April 1st, 2015 - our team has posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram constantly to recruit votes and promote TBT. We also have a website that mentions TBT and a YouTube Channel as well. One of the great things about Max's All Stars is how organized and professionally run this team is. We have the ability to promote our team and TBT in a very professional way - not like an ordinary streetball team.

Our team also tells a compelling story. To grow from a Hofstra Rec and Intramural Sports team and evolve to become Hofstra Club Basketball then eventually turn that into an unlimited pro/am team that competes in some of the most legendary leagues/tournaments around NYC is the stuff movie scripts are written about. This team is constantly on the rise and has a very proud history.

Max's All Stars roster boasts some tremendous talent as well. Veteran semi-professional basketball stars such as Branden Gibson and Kevin Pegram. Former Purchase College legends, Corey Orgias and Marvin Jr Billups. Overseas professionals Damion Staple, Dominique Jones, Doug Herring, Roscoe Johnson Jr. and Troy Whittington. Also, we feature Hofstra Club Basketball legend, Patrick James. The great thing about this roster is not just how skilled they are on the basketball court, but how close the core of this team is off the court. It's not often that you see that type of unity in a tournament like this. A lot of teams are just stars thrown together for a chance at $1,000,000 - but for Max's All Stars, getting into TBT is much bigger than that.

Hopefully, the TBT selection committee takes this into account. Thank you.

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To vote for Max's All Stars, please go to https://www.thetournament.com/teams/maxs-all-stars and follow these instructions:
1. Go to https://www.thetournament.com/teams/maxs-all-stars & click on the big orange button that says “BECOME A FAN & VOTE FOR THIS TEAM”
2. Complete the required fields and create a new account
3. You will receive a TBT Email Verification. Please click on the link in the Email and you are done! (NOTE: Sometimes the TBT Email Verification goes to the Spam folder – please double check there. Your vote will not count until the TBT Email Verification is completed.)


Monday, May 18, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 6-0 at ABC Hoops

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at ABC Hoops vs Real Ready by a final score of 77-37. The team played well in the first half, building a comfortable 13-point lead. In the second half, Max's All Stars really turned it on with a dominant defensive performance as they cruised to a 40-point win. Branden Gibson, Daniel Jacas, Jason Lewis, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James, Spencer Smith and Troy Whittington all contributed and played well to earn the W. Also, Troy was named Player of the Game for the fourth time this season.
Box Score from May 17th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 77
Real Ready - 37
ABC Hoops

Monday, May 4, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 5-0 at ABC Hoops

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at ABC Hoops vs Show Stoppers by a final score of 64-43. It was probably the best performance of the season for Max's All Stars so far. The team held strong defensively, moved the ball efficiently and played unselfish basketball. Corey Orgias, Daniel Jacas, Jason Lewis, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James, Spencer Smith and Troy Whittington all stepped up, contributed and played well to earn the W. Also, Troy was named Player of the Game for the third time this season.
Box Score from May 3rd, 2015
Max's All Stars - 64
Show Stoppers - 43
ABC Hoops

Monday, April 27, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 4-0 at ABC Hoops

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at ABC Hoops vs Fundamentals by a final score of 71-50. Max's All Stars was shorthanded - having only six players available (Corey Orgias​, Daniel Jacas​, Doug Herring​, Jason Lewis, Marvin Billups Jr​ and Spencer Smith​) - but they all contributed and played well to earn the W. It was a solid performance by Max's All Stars. Everyone worked together and did their job. Also, Doug was named Player of the Game for the second consecutive week.
Box Score from April 26th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 71
Fundamentals - 50
ABC Hoops

Monday, April 20, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 3-0 at ABC Hoops

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at ABC Hoops vs Untouchables by a final score of 64-52. For the second consecutive week, Max's All Stars started the game with only 4 players - this time giving their opponent a power play for the first 8-10 minutes of the game. Despite playing 4-on-5, Max's All Stars kept things close until reinforcements arrived. Midway through the first half, things evened out and both teams were able to play a normal 5-on-5 basketball game. In the second half, Max's All Stars played better, but still struggled at times before finally putting the game away late to win somewhat comfortably. Corey Orgias, Daniel Jacas, Doug Herring, Jason Lewis, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James and Troy Whittington all contributed and played well enough to earn the W. Also, Doug had a double-double (he finished 3 assists short of a triple-double) and was named Player of the Game for the first time this season.
Box Score from April 19th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 64
Untouchables - 52
ABC Hoops

Monday, April 13, 2015

Max's All Stars improve to 2-0 at ABC Hoops

Yesterday, Max's All Stars got the win at ABC Hoops vs Jetlife by a final score of 80-70. The game started out 4-on-4 because players from both teams arrived late. Midway through the first half, things evened out and both teams were able to play a normal 5-on-5 basketball game. Max's All Stars overcame a five-point deficit and took a five-point lead at halftime. In the second half, Max's All Stars built the lead up to as many as 18 points - before winning the game by 10. Branden Gibson, Corey Orgias, Daniel Jacas, Doug Herring, Jason Lewis, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James and Troy Whittington all contributed and played well to earn the W. Also, Troy was named Player of the Game for the second consecutive week.
Box Score from April 12th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 80
Jetlife - 70
ABC Hoops

Monday, April 6, 2015

Max's All Stars open 2015 with a win at ABC Hoops

Yesterday, Max's All Stars returned to action for the first time in 7+ months & got the win at ABC Hoops vs The Come Up by a final score of 65-47. The team got off to a little bit of a slow start, spotting The Come Up a 5-0 start, but rallied to take a three-point lead at halftime and never looked back from there. In the second half, Max's All Stars began to look more like their old selves again en route to an easy victory. Branden Gibson, Corey Orgias, Daniel Jacas (making his Max's All Stars debut), Doug Herring, Jason Lewis, Marvin Billups Jr, Patrick James and Troy Whittington all contributed and played well to earn the W. Also, Troy was named Player of the Game for his efforts.
Box Score from April 5th, 2015
Max's All Stars - 65
The Come Up - 47
ABC Hoops