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FURY SHOWS IN ERIC SNOW TOURNAMENT THAT ALL TEAMS HAVE SKILLS, POTENTIAL
March 25, 2012Georgia Fury
The Kennesaw Fury walked into the Eric Snow Green and White Classic Tournament in their royal blue and white uniforms for the first time. General Manager David Kelly Sr. shows up to see his newly developed team play their first game since their existence started merely four weeks ago. As he sees his team take the floor for the first time, the feels pride in giving the players on his team an opportunity to do what they love, play basketball.
"Though the Fury is a new organization, I have been doing youth sports programs for the last seven years. This program is strickly for the development of players and to keep our players off the streets." Kelly has pulled all stops to ensure that all players have the ability to play reducing registration costs to only $250 for the entire season, where most programs are no less than $400 for summer programs. Kelly gives the ability to offer such low rates to his partnerships with the Kenensaw Fury's home gym, McEachern High School, as well as relationships with various coaches and tournament directors within Georgia and within the southeast region.
As the 9th grade Fury team step on the for the early Friday game at All Tournament Players Park, they draw the very experienced Georgia Crush. Butterflies fluttered in the Fury players but by the second half, the Fury started getting their legs under them and launched an attack to try to surprise the Crush team. In the end, experience won out with the Fury falling 30-58.
The 11th grade teams showed early that they we would be competitve teams. Each teams showed heart and drive as they earned the respect of opposing players and parents alike. With strong battles with 11th Grade White (Coach David) against North Atlanta Stingrays (74-81) and Atlanta Midnight Express (57-63), the most exciting battle came for Coach Icey's Blue team, battling with Georgia Stars. With Fury Blue down over 20 points in the first quarter, they scrapped, hustled and fought their way back to tie the game with only 40 seconds left in the game. An unfortanate turnover and foul at the end of the game brought the Fury down, 64-65. However, it brought a hugh response from the crowd and the opposing team, giving the Fury team a standing ovation.
Coach Lockett's 12th grade team competed against the toughest teams, pulling the last year's winner, Georgia Next Level -NB. Short handed because most of the players having to work this weekend, the Fury held their own but eventually going down to last year's champion, 45-64.
Where most programs may look to win every tournament they play, The Fury is looking at the program realistically. Knowing they are competing with teams that have been together for years, they are looking to be more a dominate team by May tournaments. "We will continue to play tournaments and gauge how our teams are doing" states Kelly. "I was very surprised and impressed with the competitveness of the teams. It normally takes a year just to be competive, but with some changing in practice and the players getting more familiar with each other, I look to win our first tournament with each team by May. They are that good."
Kelly says the quick success comes from the player dedication and coaching staff. He also gives credit to the desire for everyone to be better. "If the players and parents continue to believe in the direction of the program and realize that Rome wasn't built in a day, I think we will be fine," says Kelly.
Rome may not have been built in a day, but if the Fury continue in their quick development on the court, the will certainly be a program to be reckoned with sooner than anyone though.