Northeast Hoops Festival Sunday Morning Recap
This morning’s games gave us a great opportunity to check out some of the players who had been previously flying under the radar. The younger players took to the court first, while the upperclassmen got into the act a little later on.
Rhode Island Hawks Red and MB Nation – u13: Both teams finished with undefeated records to win their respective pools. Kudos to both organizations for having well coached and fundamentally sound teams.
Connecticut Basketball Club & Connecticut Force – u14: Despite playing up an age bracket, the Connecticut Basketball Club’s 13 and under team was able to earn their pool championship. They were led by Kahlil Dukes who knocked down 8 three-pointers while showing a terrific feel for the game at his age. The Connecticut Force also came out of their age bracket with a great overall team effort.
Players Who Shined:
Kevin Sheehy, Long Island Lightning u15: Sheehy is a heady point guard who ran his team in the half-court and made great decisions with the ball in the open floor. While his ability to pass the ball was abundantly clear, he also showed a good three-point stroke and an ability to get into the lane and finish with a floater.
Chance Baldino & Jackson Frey, MB Nation u15: The backcourt duo teamed up to lead MB Nation to a hard fought 46-43 victory over another Long Island Lightning team. Baldino led the team with 14 points (4 three-pointers) while Frey scored 11 points while taking care of the basketball and demonstrating a high basketball I.Q. Sam Johnston and John Hardy also played well.
Wes Murphy & Chris Vincent, Connecticut Force u17: The Connecticut Force earned a dramatic upset victory over YABC this morning. Murphy made it all possible when he hit a three-pointer at the end of regulation to force overtime. But it was Vincent who led the team throughout the game as he knocked down five treys and scored a game high 20 points.
Casey Zammitti & Cam Lewis, Northeast Basketball Club u15: Zammitti and Lewis formed a potent inside-out combination as NBC was able to hold off New England Select. Zammitti had a game high 20 points as he got to the rim and made shots from the perimeter, while Lewis is a talented lefty who controlled the paint.
Alan Harris, Raiders u17: Although the Raiders turned in a very balanced effort, it was Harris who shined the most. He showed good versatility scoring the ball as he got to the rim, knocked down open jumpers, and converted offensive put-backs. Lance Greene, Scott Tavares, and Cliff Desravines were also impressive. Greene with his dribble drive ability, Tavares with his creativity in the lane, and Desravines with his athleticism around the rim.
Marcus Armstrong, Boston Warriors u17: The Malden High School junior led the Warriors to a victory in their game on Sunday. The lefty was very smooth in all areas of his game as he glided to the rim while also showing a soft stroke.
Zachary Messinger, Alec Giusti, and Jason Mendell, CT Flame u17: The trio stepped up big time for the Overtime Athletics as they went on to a convincing victory. Giusti continues to be a very aggressive in the paint as he rebounds the ball, finishes around the rim, and blocks shots. Meanwhile Messinger and Mendell combined for six three-pointers.