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Belmont Shore takes 2015 Pangos Spring Spectacular Title
by Dinos Trigonis
(April 15, 2015)

The 4th annual Pangos Spring Spectacular was held April 10-12, 2015 @ Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas NV) and surrounding area gyms.  120 teams from seven Western states and Texas participated.  Alarge contingent of college coaches as well as national/regional media and scouts attended including Van Coleman(The Basketball Channel/McDonald’s All-American Game voter), Ronnie Flores (Grassroothoops.net), Dinos Trigonis (Fullcourt Press & Nothing But Net Magazine), Chad Groth (AreaCodesBasketball.com), Matt Rodriguez (BallisLife.com), Jerry Mullen (Mullen Sports) and Anthony Ray(Arizona Preps).

The quartet of Horace Spencer, Lorne Currie, Ethan Thompson and Isaiah Nichols proved to be a winning combination in Sin City – leading their Belmont Shore squad to a 6-0 tourney record and 86-69 victory over an athletic and tough Compton Magic Red team in the 17u Invite Gold championship game.

 Spencer, who was a supreme force all tourney long (averaging 22 points/13 rebs per game) was outstanding in the finale (17 points/11 rebounds/3 blocks) while Currie poured in a game-high 28 points of his own.  Belmont Shore’s path to the championship included play-off wins over Colorado Chaos Elite (60-58/quarter-finals) and Hoop Dreams ID (76-67/semi-finals).

In the 17u Invite Silver Division Playoff, it was Los Angeles Rockfish (CA) that pulled away from Gamepoint Elite 17 (CA)55-45 to win the crown.

In the 17u Platinum Division Gold Playoffit was Salt Lake Metro Gold (UT) defeating Cooper International (CA) with a buzzer-beating shot 64-63 in the championship game while Cache Valley Elite (UT) knocked off Attack Premier (AZ) 69-43 in the 17u Platinum Silver title game.

Gamepoint 16 Elite (CA) was the class of the 16u Division – defeating MOC Gold 16 (CA) 76-52 in the Gold Playoff championship game while the I-10/Arizona Magic 16 beat Hard2Guard 16 (NV) 73-54 in the 16u Silver title game.

Arizona Stars Elite 15 won the 15u Gold Division – emerging victorious over Las Vegas Prospects 15 Gold (NV) 75-66 in the championship game while Las Vegas Prospects 15 Green (NV) knocked off the Boise Slam 15 (ID) in the Silver title game (74-71).

The 2015 Pangos Spring Spectacular 17u Invite Division all-tourney team (MVP followed by rest of team in alphabetical order) is as follows:

Horace Spencer                    6’8”     2015    Findlay Prep (Henderson NV) MVP
Spencer looked like a young Thomas Robinson (Kansas/NBA) this weekend!  In addition to his customary energy on the boards and defensive end, he exhibited range on his face-up jump shot (including a few “3s”) and was a terror in transition and whenever he got his hands on the rock in the paint. Tourney MVP has committed to Auburn.

Jalen Allen                             6’3”     2016    Dekaney (Houston TX)
Athletic combo makes plays off the bounce.

Tristan Angelo                      6’1”     2015    Citrus Valley (Redlands CA)
Smooth combo-guard has nifty ballhandling skills and a knack for connecting from long-range.  Likely headed to prep school next year and re-classifying to 2016.

Rylan Bergeson                    6’4”     2016    Borah (Boise ID)
Skilled wing can create off the bounce as well as knock down 3-point shots. Very good student (3.6 GPA).  Deceptive athlete is son of Hoop Dreams coach Roberto Bergeson (former Boise State star).

Sam Bittner                           6’6”     2015    Trinity International (Las Vegas NV)
Savvy wing with good size has very accurate three-point shot.

Ountae Campbell                  6’5”     2015    Brentwood (Los Angeles CA)
Heady big wing can defend well and has nice perimeter jump shot.  Good student (3.1 GPA/1780 SAT) at very prestigious HS.

Reggie Chaney                      6’8”     2018    Liberty (Frisco TX)
Big time young PF has tremendous potential and should be a Big 12 (and beyond) priority.

Tarik Cool                              6’2”     2016    Desert Vista (Phoenix AZ)
Scoring lead guard has excellent ball skills as well as an impressive pull-up jump shot.  Good student (3.4 GPA) too.

Lorne Currie                          6’3”     2015    Fairfax (Los Angeles CA)
Athletic combo-guard can score in a variety of ways including attacking the hoop off the dribble or spotting up from long range.  Lorne was terrific in title game, scoring 28 points and handing out 4 assists.  Currie (who led his Fairfax squad to the 2015 LA City title) is hearing from Providence (will visit), Memphis, Kansas State, Minnesota, USC, New Mexico, Fresno State and Utah State.

Kyler Edwards                      6’3”     2018    Bowie (Arlington TX)
Excellent freshman lead guard will be a national name in this 2018 class.

Marcus Edwards                   6’5”     2016    Yates (Houston TX)
Slashing wing runs the floor well and can finish in transition.

Byron Frohnen                      6’5”     2017    Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas NV)
Cerebral wing with nice all-around skills and grades (3.5 GPA) to match.

Tim Harrison                         6’8”     2016    Parker (San Diego CA)
Rapidly improving combo-forward is athletic and is a legitimate face-up threat from the perimeter.  Very good student (3.4 GPA/1680 SAT) has been invited to the Pangos All-American Camp in late May.  Cal, Colorado, Stanford, Washington, Nevada, Oregon State and Harvard among growing list of schools showing interest.

Ryan Herrera                         6’8”     2015    Walnut (Walnut CA)
Hardworking post is agile and is a factor on the glass.

Antanas Krimelis                  6’5”     2015    Phelps School (Malvern PA)
Crafty wing scorer erupted for 30 points and the game winning score at buzzer in Lithuania Elite’s pool play upset over Los Angeles Rockfish.  Very good student (3.7 GPA/23 ACT).

Max Kupchak                                    6’7”     2015    Brentwood (Los Angeles CA)
Very skilled hybrid-forward can score in a variety of ways both inside and from the perimeter.  Very improved player is the son of Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak.  Seeing interest from Nevada, UC-Santa Barbara and William & Mary.

Kolby Lee                               6’9”     2017    Rocky Mountain (Meridian ID)
Interior player with huge body is physical down low and his soft hands allow him to catch and score on the block with regularity.  Excellent student (3.7 GPA). 

Cameron Miller                     5’10”   2017    Salpointe  (Tucson AZ)
Heady PG with dangerous 3-point range and plenty of Pittsburgh toughness.  Son of Arizona coach Sean Miller.

Eric Monroe                           6’2”     2016    St. Augustine (San Diego CA)
Cerebral lead guard has downtown range on jump shot and is a very underrated athlete.  Excellent student (3.5 GPA/26 ACT) drew looks from Princeton, Harvard, Yale, UC-Davis and Colgate (among others) here.

Isaiah Nichols                        6’5”     2015    Pacifica (Oxnard CA)
Super West Coast 2015 sleeper has ideal size for a guard and a versatile skill set that allows him to play on and off the ball.  Terrific rebounder has real ability to push the ball in transition as well as perimeter range that extends to 3-point arc.  Nevada, Cal, Stanford, Minnesota, Utah State, Cal Poly, UC-Santa Barbara, CS Fullerton and CS Bakersfield now showing interest.  Qualifier (3.0 GPA/1310 SAT) and great kid!

 Wolfgang Novogratz                        6’2”     2016    Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood CA)
Tough PG is strong with the ball and can really lead a team.

Cameron Oliver                     6’8”     post    Grant (Sacramento CA)
Very athletic and strong PF is explosive on the block and exhibited a nifty and consistent baseline jump shot as well.  Led Compton Magic Red to 17u Invite Gold title game (had 18 points/10 rebs). HM prospect is one of the few availables at this stage of recruiting season that can come in and contribute immediately at the high D-1 level.  Colorado, Nevada and Utah State among the growing list of schools to join the hunt.

Malik Ondigo                         6’9”     2016    Dysart (El Mirage AZ)
Rapidly improving PF is extremely long and has developed into a formidable rebounder and rim-protector.  Receiving current interest from Colorado, UTEP and Cal Poly.

Christian Oshita                    6’5”     2015    Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA)
Energy wing is an unsigned senior with tons of intangibles.  Very good student (3.5 GPA).

Martynas Pacevicious          6’9”     2016    South Kent (South Kent CT)
Physical post with a high motor, Lithuanian native was a regular visitor on the glass all tourney long.

Malcolm Regisford               6’8”     2015    Kent School (Kent CT)
Active PF with good grades (3.4 GPA/24 ACT) can score in the paint.  Colgate looking to have him visit soon after his impressive performance this past weekend.

Colbey Ross                          6’0”     2017    Eaglecrest (Centennial CO)
Talented young PG has nice shooting stroke.  Good student (3.3 GPA).

Klay Stall                                6’9”     2016    Basha (Chandler AZ)
Rugged PF rebounds well and defends with intensity.  Good student (3.2 GPA).

Elijah Thomas                       6’5”     2016    Sunrise Mountain (Peoria AZ)
Athletic swingman is elite in transition.  Was an all-state track triple jumper last year.

Ethan Thompson                  6’4”     2017    Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA)
Ethan had a break-out weekend here and showed the ability to play either guard spot effectively against older competition.  Smooth as silk jump shot with ability to now attack the basket with his emerging athleticism, Ethan was a problem for defenders all tourney long.  Made great decisions off the pick & roll and is a very underrated defender (had several key blocks and steals).  Younger brother of Wooden Award SoCal Division IV POY Stevie Thompson Jr (Oregon State signee) and son of former Syracuse star and current Oregon State assistant Stevie Thompson Sr. has Top 25 national potential.  Outstanding student (4.0 GPA) and citizen had 16 points and 5 steals in 17u Invite Gold title game.

Jonas Stakeliunas                6’9”     2016    Gill St. Bernard (Gladstone NJ)
Skilled Lithuanian PF can score through contact and is a solid rebounder.

Riley Welch                            6’0”     2016    Bergen Catholic (Oradell NJ)
Hard-nosed floor leader has legitimate 3-point range.  Denver native and son of Brooklyn Nets assistant coach John Welch.  Terrific student (4.1 GPA).

Henry Welsh                          6’10”   2016    Loyola (Los Angeles CA)
Very improved center works extremely hard on both ends.  Good hands allow him to catch post-entry passes and score on either block.  Solid rebounder and defender.  Brother is UCLA center Thomas Welsh.  “A” student is hearing from UC-Irvine, UC-Santa Barbara and Stanford as well as Ivy League schools.

Brandon Whittaker               6’6”     2016    Campo Verde (Gilbert AZ)
Athletic wing is dangerous attacking cup off the dribble and a real West Coast sleeper in 2016 class.

Caleb Wroten                                    6’9”     2016    Sandia (Albuquerque NM)
Wide-body PF uses his bulk well to rebound and can score in the paint.

Travis Yenor                          6’8”     2016    Ambrose (Meridian ID)
Face-up power forward has 3-point range and off the charts grades (3.9 GPA).

Other 17u Invite Division players worth mentioning 6’8” 2015 Leandro Amador (Cathedral/Los Angeles CA), 6’4” 2016 Justin Bassey (Colorado Academy/Denver CO), 6’4” 2016 Austin Beech (Cathedral Catholic/San Diego CA), 6’9” 2016 Garrett Beetsra (Fullerton/CA),  6’11” 2015 Christopher Bel (Layton Christian Academy/Logan UT), 6’0” 2015 Isaiah Brooks(Westlake/Westlake Village CA), 6’2” 2017 Aleczander Check (Centennial/Bakersfield CA), 6’5” 2016 Will Clark (Orem/UT), 6’6” 2015 Josh Conley (Inglewood/CA), 6’5” 2016 Justin Davis(Morse/San Diego CA), 6’6” 2016 Scott Everman (San Marcos/Santa Barbara CA), 5’8” 2015 Latrelle Franklin (Great Oak/Temecula CA), 6’8” 2016 Sam Howard (Colorado Springs Christian/Colorado Springs CO), 6’7” 2017 Myles Johnson (Poly/Long Beach CA), 6’7” 2015 Zack Lessinger (Galena/Reno NV), 6’8” 2016 Nik Mains (Pinnacle/Phoenix AZ), 7’0” 2015 Isaiah Martin (Future College Prep/Carson CA), 5’11” 2016 Julian Payton(Gorman/Las Vegas NV), 6’3” 2018 David Singleton (Bishop Montgomery/Torrance CA), 6’2” 2016 Bailey Stout (Mater Dei/Santa Ana CA), 6’2” 2015 Ritchie Thornton (Gorman/Las Vegas NV), 5’11” 2016 Keyshaun Webb (Clark/Las Vegas NV), 6’3” 2017 Ryse Williams (Redondo  Union/Redondo Beach CA), 6’8” Johnny Worrall (Gateway Christian/Roswell NM),

 ***Photos by Nick Koza (SportsAmp.com)



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