UAA Session 1 - New England Recap
Session I of the Under Armour Association came to New York City this weekend, the closest any of the three sneaker circuits will come to New England this season, and the local products more than held their own.
CBC, the only New England team in the UAA, finished 2-2 despite facing a challenging schedule and playing without five-star big man Chol Marial, who remains out with injury.
They opened with a dominant 58-35 Friday night win over Canada Elite behind 21 points from Jared Simmons and 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 steals from Avon Old Farms big man Filip Petrusev. Click here for full game story.
Saturday was a frustrating day for CBC as they held leads against both G3 Grind and New Heights before losing narrow decisions down the stretch of both. Simmons and Petrusev again led the way, with 22 and 10 points respectively against G3 Grind, but ultimately their disadvantage on the glass, coupled by second half turnovers and low field goal percentage, did them in. Click here for full game story. It was a similar story against New Heights as Simmons went for 20+ points for his third consecutive game and Petrusev finished with 13 while matched up against Moses Brown, the top ranked big man in the country. The story in this one though was Brewster Academy forward Sidney Wilson who finished with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Click here for full game story.
CBC ended the weekend on a positive note holding off Team Charlotte with their most balanced effort of the weekend. Jaecee Martin scored a team high 20 points while going head to head with Devon Dotson. Petrusev had arguably his best overall game of the weekend with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Simmons added 15 while Calvin Whipple got into the act as well with 16 points. Click here for the full game story.
As for Wilson and his New Heights' squad, they also finished with a 2-2 record, although Wilson missed the final game in order to return to Wolfeboro on time. He averaged just under 20 points on 50% shooting from the floor along with over 7 rebounds per game through three games.
Putnam Science Academy guard Eric Ayala led his WeR1 squad to an undefeated record, although one of those games was a forfeit win over Houston Defenders. Ayala averaged over 13 points along with 7 plus rebounds per night to lead his club into first place following the end of session 1.
Ayala also made news by stating that he will remain in the class of 2018 and return to Putnam Science Academy next season for his post-graduate year.