BABC Dominating Tip-Off
BABC is holding their annual George “Trigger” Burke Tip-Off Tournament this weekend, which is always one of the openings events of the spring AAU season.
For the host club, the Tip-Off marks the official opening of the 2013 AAU season in which they’ll be striving for an 18th national championship and fourth in a row in the sophomore division.
Both the BABC sophomore and junior teams looked dominant in Saturday’s action and appeared poised to run away with the championships in their respective divisions during Sunday’s action.
The junior team, which is preparing for the opening round of the EYBL season in just three weeks, opened with a 97-41 win over Team Swagg from Albany. Tyler Nelson led the way with 18 points including five three-pointers.
Playing back-to-back games, BABC returned to the court to knock off the Connecticut North Stars 58-36. This time it was Bonzie Colson who led the team in scoring with 20 points, while operating with his normal efficiency off the high post.
Bobby Ahearn had a productive day on Saturday, scoring 17 and 10 points in the team’s two wins while showing his normal mismatch skill set in order to make a versatile frontcourt tandem alongside Colson.
Henry Bolton had one of his best days in a BABC uniform in the backcourt, scoring 18 points in one game on a series of deep jumpers, while sophomore point guard Jonathan Joseph played exclusively “up” with the junior team, showing an improved jumper of his own while running the show.
Tyree Robinson also played up, getting out in transition to show his breakaway athleticism to the tune of 17 points.
The BABC sophomore team opened with a 70-56 win over NE Shooters and followed that up with a semifinal win over Controlled Chaos to advance to Sunday’s final against East Coast Elite.
Terance Mann led the way in both wins, finishing with 17 and 23 points respectively, while showing both his length and athleticism in the open floor along with his improved playmaking skills in the halfcourt.
With Joseph playing exclusively with the junior team, Bruce Brown got the opportunity to prove his versatility by sliding over to the point guard spot, while also being a force on the defensive end of the floor.
Keep an eye on B.J. Martin this spring as the young forward showed why he could be one of the class of 2015’s biggest stock risers of the grassroots season.
The Wilbraham & Monson duo of Marcel Pettway and Curtis Cobb provided a spark following their arrival. Pettway was a physical force inside the lane while Cobb backed up his strong showing from two weeks ago at the Fitzy games.
The BABC George “Trigger” Burke Tip-Off will continue on Sunday with championship rounds played in all age groups. For the most immediate information and updates follow @BABCEvents on twitter.