Blue and Gold

Zach Howell and Kanon Gipson - Blue and Gold division winners

Yanders Law and The Basketball Movement’s Zach Howell and Kanon Gipson help their teams to titles in the Blue and Gold Tournament’s two divisions.

We are proud of a couple of our players that showed out in The Blue and Gold tournament this week - one of the most prominent annual tourney’s in Southwest Missouri.

In the Blue Division, Logan Rogersville took the title with the help of Yanders Law sharpshooter, Kanon Gipson. Rogersville was picked as a 6 seed and had to go through the 3, 2, AND 1 seeds on their way to the championship. Gipson says this was a big moment and the team is very happy with what they accomplished.

Kanon Gipson is a pure shooter and that shined through several times in the tournament. The biggest was a three with under a minute to play in the championship game. When asked about the confidence required for a shot like that, he gave a lot of credit to his coaches: “The coaches always tell me your time will come and they give me a green light to shoot.”

Before the championship, he had a three point barrage against Willard, hitting four in a row in the first half. He said that he knew he needed to keep shooting whenever the ball made its way to him, but knew not to force in order to do what was best for the team.

Asked how The Basketball Movement and Yanders Law helped prepare him for moments like these and stages like the championship, he brought it back to coaches once again.

I’ve learned to handle adversity and remain composed. Rob and Craig trained me so hard and it is all paying off.
— Kanon Gipson

Though he’s only a freshman, Zach Howell played a big part in taking Catholic all the way to their second consecutive championship at the Blue and Gold in the Gold Division. “It’s special to be back-to-back champions - it’s a pretty great feeling”.

Currently undefeated, Catholic is certainly off to a hot start. Zach credits the start to playing well as a team and gelling from the get-go. Of course that includes playing hard and having great team defense.

In the championship, he had one of the key plays of the game when he put back a missed dunk by a teammate late. “I saw him going up and could tell it was going to be contested.” Having his teammate’s back and being prepared for anything was a great snapshot of the player Zach is.

We also asked Zach how The Basketball Movement and Yanders Law has helped prepare him for big plays and big games:

I go to The Basketball Movement all the time. Rob has helped me so much. We’ve done so many drills and put in so much work - It has made me confident.
— Zach Howell

Coming off the bench can be a tough challenge, even on a good team. Zach Howell still found a way to put up nice numbers in this tournamnet and we asked him for advice for other players in similar situations. He said that “every player will get their moment.” In order to get a feel coming into the game cold, he says “When you have an opportunity, make sure you take it.”

These two players did a tremendous job of embodying what Yanders Law and The Basketball Movement are all about this weekend. We do our best to grow their skills, conditioning and more, but their determination and passion for the game are their own.

Congrats to Kanon Gipson, Zach Howell, and their teams. Good luck going forward to these and all other Yanders Law players as high school ball starts getting serious. We’ll be watching!