Monday, July 11, 2011

Basketbull HOF National Invitational - Day One Recap

Busy, chaotic first day for the Spaceship out in Springfield.  Technical problems galore.  We'll break all the action down one piece at a time over the next few.

- CBC looked scary today in blowing out the City Rocks and the Rivals by a score of 71-44.  Drummond and Dunn went to work in a major way as did Kahlil Dukes and TPR, who makes CBC so much better by doing all the dirty work.  Impressive for the Rivals were Noah Vonleh and PG Jamie Holder, who will be going to ND Prep in the Fall.

- The Expressions 17s played with a lot of energy in their two wins against Dorian's Pride and  East Coast Elite Delaware.  Ricky Ledo was Ricky Ledo and brought the house down with a few highlight reel jams, including one he threw to himself off the backboard before tomahawking home.  The other standouts for Expressions were Keandre Stanton and Akosa Maduegbunam.  Stanton is long, athletic, and very quick off his feet. He was all over the place making plays defensively and on the glass.  Akosa was potent from long-range and showed nice composure handling the ball against pressure.

- Expressions 16s lost by ten or so to a tough Grassroots Canada squad.  Jeremy Miller played well and Jared Terrell was unstoppable in spurts, but not consistently enough to earn the W.  Malik-Abu had a few flashes of brilliance but never got into a rhythm.

- Metro Boston turned a lot of heads in the Gym in their blow-out win.  They have nice size down-low in Jesse Chuku, Tevin Falzon, and Macam Bak, they have  athleticism on the wing in Dmitry Coronel and Victor Aytche, and they have steadiness at the point in Ronny Fernandez.  

Much more to come tomorrow.

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