Middlesex Magic Fall Classic Report: Part III
- The BABC Juniors played two games on the weekend, sweeping back-to-back Saturday afternoon games at Babson against Team Lox and then the North Shore Knights. The squad on this day featured a quintet of juniors in Jaylen Brantley, Andrew Chrabascz, Kamari Robinson, Kamali Bey, and L'Quan Arnum, as well as some of the younger guys playing spot minutes off the bench. In addition to Brantley, who was featured Sunday night, BABC was led by the play of Chrabascz, who looked strong and explosive in dominating the paint all afternoon. There was no one on either opposition who could really bother Chrabascz, and therefore, AC went off in an unforgiving way.
- The match-up between the sophomores of BABC and those ofthe RI Hawks on Saturday afternoon turned out to be the ballgame of the weekend in the 16u division. The Hawks hung with the defending national champs for the first seven-eighths of the contest before BABC pulled away in the final four minutes to win by a dozen or so. Yesterday, we profiled BABC...here's who impressed for the Hawks.
- Kealan Ives looked good running the show for the Hawks. He did a nice job of handling the basketball against pressure and pushing it down the floor to get good transition scoring opportunities for his athletic, lane-fillin' teammates. Ives also showed the ability to hit up the ATM from the point as he led the scoring for the Hawks with 19 points on five threes.
- At 6'6-6'7, Brandon Eckles was the only legitimate big man for the Hawks and he was quite impressive as a one-man-gang battling the rugged, hard-chargin' BABC front-line in the paint. Eckles plays physically with his big, wide-body frame and he has good motor, a soft touch, and a high basketball IQ. Interested to get a look at Eckles playing alongside some other bigs.
- Henry Bolton is a 6'2 rocket with a big-time first step who shows flashes of electric athleticism and play-making ability. As his skills catch up with his physical package, Bolton could emerge as a dangerous back-court threat.
- Also impressive for the Hawks were 6'4 small forward Edson Dascy and 6'1 guard Jerelle Washington. Dascy is a wiry athlete who runs the floor, rebounds and defends. He goes all out and as he learns the game and embraces the fundamentals, he is going to be a valuable player. Washington is a strong left-handed guard who handles the ball and does a nice job of choosing his spots to attack the basket on the slash. He went for an efficient 14.
Middlesex Magic Fall Classic Report: Part IV coming tomorrow.