ZG Fall Brawl Preview
Southeastern Massachusetts is again the point of invasion courtesy of Zero Gravity this weekend. They will be holding their annual Fall Brawl, and the field keeps getting stronger every year. With more than 300 teams registered and with many teams having one weekend under their belt, look for the games to be much improved and the players to settle in.
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It will be very interesting to see what happens in the Varsity division come Sunday. With returning programs from last weekend, such as Synergy, B2L, NE Longhorns, Mig's Team & Central Mass Swarm, look for much improved play. Standouts last week, such as Justin Feliciano (Mig's Team), Caled Merino (B2L), Pedro Munoz (Synergy) & Meikkel Murray (Mig's Team) will look to prove that last weekend was not a fluke.
But some traditionally strong teams are entering the ZG field this week. Mass Rivals, Metro Boston, New England Playaz, New England Storm & Wrightway Skills will all compete for the title, and the addition of these programs will make Sunday all the more fascinating.
Evolution is a team that improved as the weekend went on last weekend, so we will see if everything comes together for them here at the Fall Brawl.
10th Grade Division:
The 10th grade division was the deepest bracket last weekend, and this weekend should be even better. BABC was strong last weekend, but they will face much stiffer competition this go-around. Mass Rivals & New England Playaz should pose a challenge to BABC come Sunday, while we can't count out ASA Hoops, B2L, Evolution, Next Level, or Worcester Sting either. With some of these teams playing their first weekend here at the ZG Fall Circuit, the depth in this division should be tremendous and make for outstanding games all weekend. Making it to Sunday will be a challenge for every team in the field.
Bay State Flash is our pick for the breakout team in this division. They have had a good start to their preseason and are poised for a solid fall beginning this weekend.
9th Grade Division:
With young players, you never quite know what you are going to get on a game-by-game basis. While BABC was the team to beat last weekend, they still have to come out and play well this weekend. What happened last weekend does not matter at all for this weekend. B2L, Framingham Express, Mass Rivals, Metro Boston, North Shore Bobcats, RI Rivals & Rise Above Basketball should all be in the mix come Sunday.
The New England Storm are a program built on hard work, and that is certainly what they have been doing so far in gyms across the Merrimack Valley. Look for their hard work to pay off this weekend.
No matter who plays well this weekend, the fall is all about improving on a weekly basis. Seeing the improvement in players & programs is what we are looking for; seeing one team once or one player once does not offer a fair snapshot of who the program is or how a player projects. That is why NERR will have the ZG Fall Circuit covered from wall to wall this season.