The last night of the 2019 Joint Effort Hoops Fest was a busy one. It all started with free basketball clinic, then Seventwenty Kingz defeated Pro Skills Basketball. Next came the Joint Effort Awards recognizing community members and the best players in the state and Denver. Which was followed by the recognition of the Boys 3A state championship team, Manual Thunderbolts. Then a team made up of some of the DPL’s best underclassmen took on and defeated the Colorado Miners 16. The night ended with Team Denver defeating Team Aurora by 10 points.
JOINT EFFORT COLORADO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
KENNY FOSTER, SMOKY HILL[B]Co-POY JANA VAN GYTENBEEK, CHERRY CREEK & FRANCESCA BELIBI, REGIS JESUIT [G]
JOINT EFFORT COLORADO COACH OF THE YEARCo-COY SHAWN PALMER, RANGEVIEW & OMAR HENRY, MANUAL [B]CLINT EVANS, CHERRY CREEK [G]
JOINT EFFORT COLORADO “FAB FIVE” – BOYS KENNY FOSTER, SMOKY HILL KOBE SANDERS, CHAPPARAL JAEDEN BOWLES, MANUAL CHRISTOPHER SPELLER, RANGEVIEWKWANE MARBLE, DENVER EAST
JOINT EFFORT COLORADO “FAB FIVE” – GIRLS
JANA VAN GYTENBEEK, CHERRY CREEKFRANCESCA BELIBI, REGIS JESUIT,JADA MOORE, REGIS JESUIT, DEZMONEA ANTWINE, DENVER EAST
ALISHA DAVIS, GRANDVIEW
JOINT EFFORT DENVER CITY PLAYER OF THE YEARCo-POY KWANE MARBLE, DENVER EAST & JAEDEN BOWLES, MANUAL[B]DEZMONEA ANTWINE DENVER EAST [G]
JOINT EFFORT DENVER CITY COACH OF THE YEARCo-COY DWIGHT BERRY, DENVER EAST & WAYNE MCDONALD, DENVER SOUTH[G]OMAR HENRY, MANUAL [B]
JOINT EFFORT DENVER CITY SOPHOMORE OF THE YEAR KENDALE JOHNSON JR., GEORGE WASHINGTON [B]TIMIYA GUEVARA, DENVER SOUTH [G]
JOINT EFFORT DENVER CITY FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR LANGSTON REYNOLDS, DENVER EAST
2019 JOINT EFFORT DENVER ALL CITY TEAM – BOYSJaeden Bowles, Manual, Kwane Marble, Denver East, Tyrone Foster, Abraham Lincoln, James Felton, Abraham Lincoln, Nahsyah Bolar, Northfield, Myron Hamilton, FNE Warriors, Darius Hornbuckle, Thomas Jefferson,
Deshon Carter, Denver South, Ahmed Tijani Bamba, Abraham Lincoln, Caulen Swain, Denver East, Rashawn Wilson, Denver East, Davion Davis, Manual, Jaden Stoffel, Manual
2019 JOINT EFFORT DENVER ALL CITY TEAM – GIRLSTimiya Guevara, Denver South, Maya Whiteside, George Washington, Dezmonea Antwine, Denver East, Kharial Clark, Thomas Jefferson, Daija Robbins, Thomas Jefferson, Tosjanae Bond, FNE, Kailey Brown, FNE, Iyahnni Qualls, George Washington, Jordyn Conner, Denver East, Carly Dilworth, Denver South, Destiny Fox, Manual
JOINT EFFORT COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDHARRY MOSELEYMALIK FLETCHER
2019 MANUAL HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAM
DPL Underclassmen vs. Colorado Miners 16 Gold
The two teams got after it in this one. It didn’t have the feel of a typical scrimmage or all-star type game. DPL Sophomore of the Year Kendale Johnson from George Washington led the talented DPL Underclassmen team which also featured Freshman of the year Langston Reynolds of Denver East and uber-athletic junior Keshaun Taylor of Thomas Jefferson. The team also had a number of members from Manual High School.
The Miners 16’s had zero issues hoisting up the three-pointer. They are highlighted by guards Cade Palmer, Curtis Stovall III, and Amondo Miller all of whom have very nice jumpers and can handle the rock. The most intriguing of the Miners at the moment is Obi Agbim. He is very athletic and can hit the three. Quick and could be a very good defender.
But it was Johnson’s night to shine. He hit a number of long-distance three’s and commanded the attention of the Miners. He also got to the basket whenever he wanted and proved he can finish above the rim.
Team Denver vs. Team Aurora
The Denver vs. Aurora game lacked some of the intensity of the past couple of years but it didn’t lack in fireworks when it came to the highlight reel finishes.
James Felton of Lincoln led the way for the Denver squad with some help from Manual’s Jaedon Bowles. Felton flourishes in these types of games because he plays hard, is stronger than most on the floor, and he will dunk everything when given the chance. He had to have had a double-double with dunk and rebounds. Bowles looked good getting to the basket and using his pull up jumper and three-point shot. Blake Whitelaw also had a big stretch in the third quarter where three putback dunks ended an Aurora comeback attempt.
The game, for the most part, was close throughout with Team Denver gaining the largest lead of 16 points in the third quarter.
Kenny Foster gave the Aurora a bunch of highlight dunks and was hard for team Denver to keep out of the lane. The effort of Chad Robinson and Quincey Jewett fueled a comeback in the second half. But as mentioned earlier Whitelaw ended that. However, Darrian