Well, week one and tournament one has passed and we were able to learn a lot as a group: we had some surprise performances from players that were with us last year, as well as, some bright spots from newcomers to the program. U17 finished 1-3, U16 1-3, and U15 1-2, which is not bad for the limited amount of practices. Here is a slight recap:
-The u17 team had the closest games of all the teams this weekend losing two close ones before breaking through in the win column in the 3rd game. The semifinal game of the silver bracket ended with another close defeat, this time only by 1 point after a controversial ending. The group was paced by Aareon Broughton who brought an athleticism to the team not seen since the likes of “The Logo” JD Tisdale was wearing the navy and white. Aareon threw down two huge dunks in the game against the host team and grabbed an assortment of rebounds…and he is just getting started. On a well-balanced scoring team, he tied with Dominic Reggio for the high game of 12 points. Multiple players stepped up in various games, but the trick moving forward will to do it at the same time together.
Off. MVP- Broughton
Def. MVP- James Richardson
Unsung Hero- Andrew Spak
Undercover Assassin- Dominick Williams
Silent but Deadly- Dominic Reggio
-After a bit of a slow start, the team found a little rhythm on day two to grab a win in the quarterfinals of bracket play. Despite being short-handed, the effort was always there. The strength (quite literally) was newcomer Luke O’Brien in the post throughout the tournament. As he gains experience, he will be a handful for teams to deal with. A’zonte “Ruffy” Burks joined Luke inside for an impressive 1-2 punch in the paint. As this team grows with each other, watch out!
Off. MVP- Luke O’Brien
Def. MVP- Donovan Pointer
Unsung Hero- Dylan Hubbard
Silent Assassin- Ethan Brady
-The freshmen group drew a tough first tournament assignment versus the Michigan Playmakers and their best player labeled as the best point guard in his class. The guys fought valiantly before succumbing to the size of the Playmakers in the second half. PG Noah Baylis also fought to have his name including in the best PG of the class of 2020 outscoring his counterpart 26-20 in the game, including 5 3-point bombs. Noah has improved dramatically from last summer and you can see the year playing on the varsity level and his work in the gym paying off. The mid range pull up is uncanny! The team fought back from 14 points down against Champs Sports Navy to win by 6 in game 2, before bowing out of the tournament to a very well-prepared TC Elite team. Linden product Chad Williams showed flashes in the first two games of doing much more than expected. Hunter Jackson came out of nowhere in game 3 to lead a comeback attempt with his nose for the ball.
Off. MVP- Noah Baylis
Def. MVP- Lucas Curran
Unsung Hero- Chad Williams
Mr. Hustle- Austin Pellett
Sticky Fingers- Jacob Boulay
We need everyone at practice on Tuesday 6-8 at Mott CC. If you have not made your payment or turned in your birth certificate, you MUST see coach Miller at Tuesday’s practice (no exceptions). Next up: MYBA Mustang Showdown in Romulus!