Magic Win HGSL
After accumulating the most points and finishing in first place throughout the course of the spring, the Middlesex Magic were the #1 seed and won the inaugural HGSL Championship over the weekend in Atlantic City. The Magic went 6-0 on the weekend, starting with two showcase wins over Jersey Shore Warriors and JB Hoops. The Magic lost starting guard Tyler Kolek, who had scored 22 points in opening win over Jersey Shore, to an ankle injury at the start of the first bracket play game. The team showed their depth winning another four in the 16 team bracket over Young and Reckless (Chicago), Nova Village (Ohio), PK Flash and a second win on the weekend over JB Hoops in the championship game.
Tommy ONeil averaged 17.1ppg and 9.7rpg over the six games to lead the way for the Magic while also adding his 9th division I offer from Columbia.
Danny Yardemian was a surprise catalyst in the backcourt. He tallied 13, 11, and 10 points in the three Sunday games in route to the championship and was credited by head coach Michael Crotty Jr. for his leadership at the point guard position. Mykel Derring continued to provide three-point shooting for the Magic, highlighted by an 18 points game (5 threes) in the round of 16) while Cole Prowitt-Smith emerged for his best showing of the year. Prowitt-Smith went for 20 in the semifinals and a game high 17 in the championship game while knocking down 6 threes over the course of the final two games.
Delaware pledge Johnny McCoy guarded the opposition's best player every game and led a Magic defense that allowed under 50 points per game on the weekend.