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Local News Station Gives Recognation to Indiana Ice Affiliate LBA
September 2, 2011By Dustin Harvey of Indiana Ice Basketball
Indiana Ice affiliate Lafayette Basketball Academy is being recognized and honored by local news station WLFI TV18. LBA also competed and placed at the AYBT Nationals in Fort Wayne. LBA qualified four teams: Varsity girls, 8th grade girls, Varsity boys, and Freshman boys. 8th grade girls eliminated in first round of Division 4 Tournament, Varsity boys made it to the second round of the Division 2 Tournament, Freshman boys recieved Runner Up in Division 4, and Varsity girls won the Division 4 AYBT National Championship. Congratulations to LBA and Coach Gibbs. Below are the articles and URL:
National Champions in Lafayette
Lafayette Basketball Academy shines nationally
Updated: Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011, 11:49 PM EDT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (WLFI) - In five years the Lafayette Basketball Academy has grown from a coach and his son to National Champions.
Head Coach Ben Gibbs shined on the National stage with his 2011 varsity girls program this past weekend in Fort Wayne.
A team consisting of players from McCutcheon, Lafayette Jeff, West Lafayette, and Twin Lakes competed against 40 other teams to bring home the hardware.
"I can't say enough about our girls, what is truly amazing is that we probably had two practices and these girls just bonded together and just got the job done. We started out 0-3, and then, they won every game after that. So I'm really, really proud," said Head Coach and Executive Director Ben Gibbs.
In a national tournament against elite compition, an 0-3 hole could have led to an early exit. However, this group used their first three games as a learning expierence and never looked back.
"After the first three games, we kind of got that out of the way. I guess the nervousness of Nationals, but after those games we started working together as a team and getting to know how other players play better and knowing where each other were on the floor," said McCutcheon guard Chasity Horn.
Winning a national championship is something that not many people have a chance to accomplish. Since 2006, the Lafayette Basketball Academy has now brought that back to the Lafayette area.
"I am really proud of our team and how we played in the national tournament. And I think we went into it with a couple of losses in the round robin tournament. And we didn't expect to get that far, but we actually came home with the win. So I'm pretty proud," said Kara Homeier.
For more information on the Lafayette Basketball Academy, feel free to contact the founder and Executive Director of the LBA, Ben Gibbs, at LafayetteBasketballAcademy.com .
Basketball Academy continues to grow
LBA shines on national stage in Fort Wayne
Updated: Monday, 01 Aug 2011, 11:03 AM EDT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - In just five years, the Lafayette Basketball Academy has grown from a coach and his son to National Champions.
Head Coach Ben Gibbs and his 2011 varsity girls' program finished on top against the nation's best. Gibbs also led his Varsity boys program to a runner-up finish this year. An accomplishment that everyone involved with was very proud of.
"Our sophomores and freshmen to be finished runners-up in Nationals. They competed against, I think it was, 42 teams in their division. They started out really, really well. We do stress play hard, play together. That's what it's all about and those boys done that. If it wasn't for heat exhaustion this weekend, I think we would have pulled it out," said Head Coach and Executive Director Ben Gibbs.
Finishing runner-up against tough competition was not easy and took lots of hard work. Which is something this group didn't shy away from in their attempt to win a second national championship for the Lafayette Basketball Academy.
"We pushed through all the challenges. We worked really hard, and we just struggled through it. We came together as a team at the end, which is what we needed to do. Unlikely, we lost in the championship game but we still did pretty good," said Harrison Junior Bobby Rogers.