The Green Bay Phoenix had plenty of high flying dunks this season. To be exact, the Phoenix dunked the ball 97 times, according to GB's SID Andrew Gavin. That's over 3 dunks per game! In our first video of the off-season, we countdown our five favorite, plus a few a others.
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By: Brian Dickmann
(Photo by Matt Ludtke / GreenBayPhoenix.com)
Playing without star point guard Keifer Sykes, the Green Bay Phoenix fell to the Belmont Bruins, 80-65, in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night in front of 2,770 at the Resch Center.
Sykes, who was the Horizon League Player of the Year this season, missed a game for the first time in his 3-year career.
He hyper-extended a knee prior the Horizon League Tournament semi-finals a week ago, and then badly injured an ankle during the game. Amazingly, he was still able to play 35 minutes during the game but was not able to be as explosive as he usually is. The Phoenix lost to arch-rival Milwaukee and would have to settle for the NIT.
Playing without their star point guard, Green Bay looked sluggish, turning the ball over a season-high 21 times. But the troubles didn't stop there. The Phoenix were also out-rebounded 33-28 and shot just 60.9% (14-23) from the free throw line and 23.1% (3-13) from downtown.
Belmont, on the other hand, got off to a fast start and made clutch shots at crucial times. It seemed like every time Green Bay made a run to get back in the game, the Bruins would counter with a big three pointer of their own to silence the crowd and kill momentum.
The Phoenix were able to pull within 37-33 in the first half, but a 12-4 run to end the first half saw Belmont take a 49-37 halftime lead into the locker room. The Phoenix were also down as much as 19 in the second half but were able to claw back to within 6 before the Bruins pulled away for good.
All-Conference sophomore Craig Bradshaw scored a career-high 25 points to lead Belmont, shooting 9-14 from the floor, including 3-5 from three point land as well as a perfect 5-5 from the charity stripe.
Green Bay lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
The Phoenix were led by junior Greg Mays, who scored 15 points and added 4 rebounds. Freshman big man Kenneth Lowe contributed 23 solid minutes, scoring 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.
Playing in his final game as a member of the Phoenix, Alec Brown struggled from the floor shooting just 3-10 (0-3 from three point land), finishing with 9 points and 6 rebounds. He was able to block one shot, tying the conference record with 309 in his illustrious career.
Green Bay finishes the season 24-7 overall.
By: Brian Dickmann
(Photo via FIBA.com)
Head Coach Brian Wardle and the Green Bay Phoenix have extended a scholarship offer to 6'8" forward David Skara of Zadar, Croatia. The Class of 2014 player is currently playing at Midwest Elite Prep Academy in Merrillville, IN. Their assistant coach Chris Artis announced the news this past weekend on his Twitter feed.
Green Bay is the first school to offer a scholarship to Skara, who played for Croatia in the 2012 U17 FIBA World Championships, averaging 2.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 5.0 minutes per contest. His best performance came when he scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 13 minutes in a big win against South Korea.
Skara took an official visit to Green Bay on March 4th.
Green Bay has one scholarship available for the 2014 recruiting class. The Phoenix have offers out to other big men such as Fred Iduwe and Afam Osu, who both play at St Johns Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield.
The Phoenix will be looking to replace 7'1" center Alec Brown, a projected 2nd round NBA Draft pick, as well as 6'6" wing Vince Garrett and 6'6" forward Daniel Turner, who left the program after graduating after the Fall '13 semester.
Two players in the 2014 class have signed with Green Bay already: Daeshon Francis (6-3 guard) from Indianapolis as well as Khalil Small (6-2 guard) from Chicago.
More Green Bay basketball recruiting information is available here.
By: Brian Dickmann
The Green Bay Phoenix have won the Horizon League regular season championship for the first time in 18 years. Last Thursday's 67-53 defeat of the Valparaiso Crusaders also guaranteed the Phoenix the #1 seed and a double-bye to the semifinals in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament.
This past Thursday's 71-63 win at Oakland wrapped up the outright conference championship.
The #1 seed means the tournament's quarterfinals and semifinals will be held at the Resch Center, along with the championship game if Green Bay is able to win it's semifinal match-up.
The Phoenix were able to avenge a 75-60 loss at Valpo earlier this season, a game they played without their star center Alec Brown.
Last Thursday night was senior night at the Resch and Brown made his presence known, especially at the defensive end, blocking eight shots as well as scoring 14 points of his own. He was efficient from three shooting 2-3 from downtown to go along with 4-4 from the free throw line.
The regular season conference championship is just the first step towards returning to the NCAA Tournament, something the team also hasn't done in 18 years.
The Phoenix will most likely need to win the conference tournament to get in as the odds seem bleak for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament at this point.
The Horizon League Tournament starts Tuesday, March 4th at campus sites of the higher seeded team. Then, it all shifts to the Resch Center on Friday night, March 7th for the second round and then Saturday night, March 8th for the semifinals. The conference tournament championship game is Tuesday, March 11 on ESPN and would be at the Resch Center if the Phoenix win their semifinal game.