Sunday, October 30, 2011

RI Hawks 16u Round Robin Report

Bobby Ahearn: 14 points and 14 boards against the Hawks
 BABC takes RI Triple H 16u Red-Eye Round-Robin
- On Saturday night, the 16s of the RI Hawks, BABC and the New England Playaz tangled in a three-team round-robin down at the RI Hawks Halloween Hoopfest at West Warwick High School in Rhode Island.  All three games were tightly contested affairs, with the three games being decided by a total of nine points.  BABC went 2-0 on the day, holding on against a furious rally in the final minutes to clip the Playaz by a score of 55-52.  Against the Hawks team that defeated them last weekend in Mansfield, BABC pulled out a tough 48-43 win against the hard-nosed Hawks...In the game between the Playaz and the Hawks, the Playaz pulled out a dramatic 61-60 nail-biter...Despite the highly miserable drive home, it was quite an entertaining night of hoops. 

Player Standouts
- Since last spring, Bobby Ahearn has gone through a physical transformation, growing several inches to reach a height of 6'6 plus while thinning out and toning up in the process.  He also has long arms and we'd be interested in a wing-span check.  Anyway, the result of this physical transformation is that Ahearn looks longer, faster, and more athletic.  Last night, he consistently scored and rebounded the ball competing in the paint against the likes of Jared Reuter, Jacquil Taylor, Alec Brennan, and others.  Against the Hawks, Ahearn scored 29% of BABC's 48 points and also snared 14 rebounds, 9 of which were offensive...Ahearn's added length and athleticism have also significantly increased his value defensively: last night, he looked fluid and agile rotating on the press and he also challenged and disrupted shots at a much higher volume than we've previously seen from him.  When you add his new physical attributes to an already savvy & efficient game, Bobby Ahearn just hit The Hunt for Red October Radar.

- Curtis Cobb made shots all night, lethally firing away from trey-ball-land while also attacking the basket from the wing.  In the BABC win over the NE Playaz, Cobb stepped up with a big game, dropping 24 points while also gathering 4 assists and 4 steals.  Also apparent with Cobb is how much he has improved his guard skills over the past four or five months.  Last night, he handled the ball well against pressure, showing a tightened handle and the ability to consistently make smart decisions with the basketball.

- Put Jarred Reuter in any game and here's what he's gonna do.  He is going to eat space in the paint and rebound hard on both ends of the floor.  He'll start the break with quick and often attacking outlet passes.  Offensively, he'll set monster screens and score the ball consistently from the post or finish efficiently off the catch with his soft-touch.  He'll also use his court vision and IQ to make the right pass out of the post double or feed his fellow big the high-low.

- After seeing him consistently over the course of the fall, it is safe to say the Henry Bolton is the real deal.  He has a big-time combination of body, speed, and athleticism and his skills, confidence and understanding of the game are developing at a rapid rate.  When you add in Bolton's reputation for having a splendid work-ethic, and you have a prospect with an upside worth talkin' about.  If he continues to progress at the same rate as he has the past few months, there's no telling how high Bolton could take his game.

@HoopRootz 'Roster' Tweets
"RI Hawks out there with Jackson Donahue, Henry Bolton, Kealan Ives, Alec Brennan, Edson Dascy with Josh Sharma, Jerrelle Washington, Brandon Eckles and a few more off the bench"

"NE Playaz with Falzon, Reuter, spellman, kahari, jacquil taylor, mukasa, jashanti allen, colin mcmanus, and Ian Sistare"

"BABC w/Jonathan Joseph, Jalen Adams, Curtis Cobb, Bonzie Colson, Bobby Ahearn, Tyree Robinson, Earl Stephen, & Gerard Adams"

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