Local AAU Basketball Team takes 1st in Santa Cruz

Picture of team: Top (L-to-R): Dereck Edwards, Blake Steidlmayer, Coach Meza, Cesar Lopez, Tomas Meza, Marcos Parra. Bottom (L-to-R): Daniel Meza, Bryson Bowen, Alex Velazquez, Alonso Navarro, Ben High. (Submitted Photo)
Picture of team: Top (L-to-R): Dereck Edwards, Blake Steidlmayer, Coach Meza, Cesar Lopez, Tomas Meza, Marcos Parra. Bottom (L-to-R): Daniel Meza, Bryson Bowen, Alex Velazquez, Alonso Navarro, Ben High. (Submitted Photo)

NorCal Swat was among 113 teams that battled it out at the 8th Annual 2015 SANTA CRUZ BOARDWALK JAM AAU Basketball Tournament, June 27-28th.  Led by Coach Cesar Meza, Swat looked to redeem themselves after placing 4th in the 2014 tourney.  “All these other clubs had never heard of Colusa County, until now”-Coach Meza. Swat includes area players from Williams, Colusa, Arbuckle, Maxwell and even Oroville.  “That is why I do what I do. We have so much talent in our area, it’s important to get them out there so they can showcase their skills and hopefully it will open up opportunities for them.”- Meza.

Game 1 against the Supreme Kourt of San Mateo was a good testament for what was to come for the 16U Swat team.  Beating SK 47-44, Swat moved on to the next tier . In game two, after falling behind at the half, Swat prevailed once again outscoring in the fourth, beating Scotts Valley Warriors 49-39.  Game 3, Championship game against the Santa Clara’s Titans was a non-stop, highly competitive battle for top spot. “They were a really good team, fast and gave us a good run but we kept fighting”-Meza. Fight they did, beating the Titans 51-47.

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