On Saturday, Oct. 30, the Full Force Basketball Academy conducted a free skills clinic for the students of Holy Redeemer and St. James elementary schools. The clinic was held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the outdoor courts at Holy Redeemer in Montrose. Players from first through eighth grades hit the black top to work on their skills. Full Force Head Clinician Coach Ib Belou, a graduate of CV High School, was assisted by Morgan Amado, Joy Russell and CV Falcons forward Matt Amado.
Youth basketball teams from Full Force, based out of La Crescenta, have competed in AAU sponsored tournaments as it prepares players for high school basketball. Best finishes last year included first place at the March Madness tournament at UC Santa Barbara and a second place finish at the Kenny Smith Fall Classic in Anaheim and the Kenny Smith Spring Classic in Santa Clarita. Last year’s graduating teams placed players on basketball teams at Crescenta Valley High, La Cañada High, and St. Francis.
Full Force is currently organizing basketball teams for this coming year. Full Force also holds a variety of clinics throughout the year geared to improve all aspects of basketball skills from ball handling and shooting to speed and