Underclassmen Shine at Philly Jam Fest
After watching some of New England’s top 2014 prospects steal the show during the first two days of the Philadelphia Jam Fest, Sunday was a day for the youngsters.
A week after advancing to the semifinals of the Adidas VIP Run in Dallas, the Mass Rivals u15 squad made it all the way to this weekend’s finals, before falling to a D.C. Assault squad that some have called the best team in the nation.
Their day started with an 18 point win over Team Loaded Virginia, whose talent lived up to their name, and continued with a semifinal win over Team Philly.
Haverhill’s Saul Phiri seemed to be scoring at will throughout the tournament, combining threes and pull-up jumpers alike while also utilizing his big frame to get himself trips to the free-throw line. Makai Ashton-Langford, who won’t turn 15 until October, continued to do a great job at the point guard position, creating off the dribble while also making plays for his teammates.
In the frontcourt, Greg Kuakumensah put on a show with his athleticism, playing above the rim for a number of monster dunks and then coming up with a dynamic defensive play against D.C. Assault, chasing down a would-be break-away lay-up and blocking the shot at the top of the square. Eric DAguanno was a nice compliment with his ability to make shots from the perimeter while also crashing the glass.
In the u16 division, CBC completed their latest successful weekend with a 4-1 record after winning two games on Sunday. KeAndre Fair and Arkel Ager continued to lead the way as Fair showed his smooth skill set and deep scoring range and Ager kept up what has been a breakout spring thus far.
In the u17 division, ECE Mass battled Mid-Atlantic Select with one of the youngest teams in the division. Donovan Love and Mustapha Heron teamed up to form arguably the best young backcourt in the field, while Jarred Reuter returned from his sprained ankle to give this team a tremendously talented young core to build off of.