Basketball Victory!

Congrats to OTA’s San Diego Rec League 14-U Basketball Team on its Season-ending Victory against the Golden Hill Red Rockets!  OTA fielded the only co-ed team in a league dominated by skilled players from throughout the City.  Without much experience, OTA’s team showed grit and determination throughout the season, narrowing the gap in each and every game.  Tenacious defense was the brand of basketball instilled by Coach and OTA alumnus Elio Celentino, who filled in for Coach David Kellmeyer, who was then able to coach the OTA U-12 team.  OTA was ahead by 3 with under a minute to play when Golden Hill made a 3-point basket to tie the game.  On the ensuing and what turned out to be the final possession, a defensive rebound by Christina Celentino, an outlet pass to Naish Kellmeyer, beautiful swing passes between Evan Cain and Sammie Martin led to a smooth dish by Naish into the waiting arms of Ben Foulks, who sank the winning shot with 4 seconds to play.  Tenacious defense ran the last 4 seconds without a tying shot by Golden Hill, and the gym floor ERUPTED with applause for the underdogs from OTA.  Congrats to teammates Christina Celentino, Evan Cain, Sammie Stacy, Naish Kellmeyer, Matthew Lin, Jack Purdham and Ben Foulks on an inspiring season – Osprey Pride!