|Time Off? Nah, taking game to another level|
August Basketball in Boston gets no Asterisk-Prior to the Summer, we promised ourselves that we would grind it down to the bone in July and then just relax and rejuvenate the soul in August. Well, the part of the plan that involved relaxing in August hasn't exactly worked out as planned. The last two weekends, the Spaceship has found itself at Hoop Events the last two weekends. Last weekend, it was the Hoganz Classic out in Lynn. This weekend, it was the Powerade Hardtop Challenge down at the Reggie Lewis Center. The Event had two divisions for the older guys: 16u and 19u.
In the 16u Final, Expressions Elite went up against Team Blue in front of a packed house in the main gym at the Reggie Lewis Center. The Expressions Roster today consisted of Duby Maduegbunam, Patrick Benzan, Abdul Malik-Abu, Alec Brennan, Jameilien Jones, Elijah Robertson, Ramon Gibbons & EJ Turner. Team Blue featured the Taylor brothers, Aaron Falzon, Juwan Gooding, Sultan Oleskun, and Aaron McClean. Expressions went up by 14 at the break and ended up winning by the same margin 64-50. EJ Rogers was outstanding for Expressions all weekend and took home the MVP.
In the 19u Final, the Boston Tigers defeated Team Red to take down the Championship. The Boston Tigers had a few players you may have heard of...Nerlens Noel, Georges Niang, Wayne Selden, Akosa Maduegbunam, Ryan Woumm, Jarrell Byrd, Tyrese Hoxter and Kenny Ramos. Team Red featured BU-bound James Kennedy, Jeff Amazan, Roger Paul and a couple other serious ballplayers whom the Spaceship failed to identify. At this point, the trio of Wayne, Nerlens, & Georges is pretty special. Georges Niang took the down the MVP in this one, but it could easily have gone to Selden. Apparently, no one told Wayne that it's August and he is supposed to be having fun and relaxing. He was relentless this weekend attacking the basket and scoring the ball. In three games, Selden averaged 32 points, tallying 48 in the 1st, 26 in the 2nd, & 22 in the Final. His handle is really getting better. The ball is exploding off his fingertips and snapping back up like a yo-yo.
Stayed tuned for Powerade Hardtop Challenge "Player Landings".