BABC & Expressions Reach Super Showcase Final 4
BABC and Expressions began the day on Saturday both one win away from an all New England final at the AAU 11th Grade Super Regional.
Unfortunately, both teams saw their runs cut just short as BABC fell to Boo Williams 39-33 in a rematch of a game played last week at the EYBL finals while Expressions lost a heartbreaker 63-61 to Alabama Challenge, missing a potential game winning three-pointer.
BABC’s run marked the 42nd time they were able to advance to a national Final Four in the program’s illustrious history. Defense continued to be their calling card as they opened bracket play with a 44-33 win over Indiana Elite Diesel before defeating Jackson Tigers 48-31.
While this weekend was the last AAU tournament for the likes of Terance Mann, Jeremy Miller, Tyree Robinson, Aamahne Santos, and others, it also marked the emergence of Justin Mazulla, a 2017 guard from Bishop Hendricken High School in Rhode Island who played up with the EYBL team and scored his first division I offer from Boston College on Friday.
Expressions advanced to the Final 4 with almost identical results against a pair of talented clubs from the state of Ohio, knocking off All Ohio 66-50 and King James 65-50.
Aaron Falzon began the week with a game winning three and continued to be followed by Harvard, Boston College, and Virginia while Northwestern head coach Chris Collins was also keeping tabs this week. Jesse Bunting earned his latest scholarship offer as Quinnipiac joined Holy Cross and St. Joseph’s among others while Jared Wilson-Frame and Nisre Zouzoua also played what could be their final AAU games.
Metro Boston was also in action in the Gold Super Showcase this week while doubling at AAU Nationals. Wilbraham & Monson big man Joe Schneider picked up his most recent division I offer from Lafayette while Ben Crawford had the stat line of the week with 27 points and 19 rebounds in the final game of pool play.
The Maine Athletic Club was spending their second week in Kentucky after making a run to the semifinals of the Eddie Ford Hoopfest last week. They won their pool to advance to the championship bracket but fell to BSA Select in the Round of 32. Nick Mayo added his second division I offer along the way as Eastern Kentucky joined the University of Maine.