BABC & Expressions both go 2-2 at EYBL 3
New England's two Nike sponsored grassroots programs both went 2-2 this weekend at the third session of the EYBL and remain tied for third placein Division C heading into the fourth and final session two weeks from now in Atlanta.
Most importantly, both programs also remain in the driver's seat in terms of qualifying for this year's EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam.
BABC opened the weekend with an impressive 67-51 win over Elfrid Payton Elite before splitting Saturday's contests with the New Jersey Playaz and New York Lightning. Sunday's loss to Team Final rounded out the weekend at 2-2.
Expressions got off to a slower start, dropping their first two games of the weekend to Team Penny and Spiece Indy Heat before rebounding to win their last two over Alabama Challenge and the New Jersey Playaz.
Now both programs have five regular season games left on their schedule, including a head-to-head match-up, left on tap for Atlanta.
BABC got great balance in their opening win over Elfrid Payton, with ten different players getting in the scoring column, while the interior tandem of Marcus Santos Silva and Terrell Brown led the way with 12 and 11 respectively. That duo was again in double figures in the loss to the Playaz while Corey Romich sparked the win over the Lightning with 21 points on 7-9 shooting from behind the arc to go with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Cole Swider led the way with 20 points against Team Final, his third consecutive double figure outing, while Santos Silva added 16 points and 21 rebounds.
Tremont Waters finished with 21 points amidst some late game heroics as Expressions fell just short of Team Penny but it was Jermaine Samuels that kept the team in the game early with his high energy and motor sparking 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Nick Richards came alive with 17 points and 17 rebounds against Spiece while KImani Lawrence led the way with 20 points on 9-12 shooting to go with 7 rebounds. The foursome clicked in the win over Alabama Challenge with everyone shooting at least 50% from the floor and scoring at least 14 points. Waters had 20 points, 7 assists and 9 rebounds while Samuels added 18 and 10 and Lawrenec 16 and 11. Lawrence exploded in the final game of the weekend with 30 points on 13-16 shooting from the floor.