Mass AAU Final Four Event Recap
The New England Recruiting Report was at Mass Premier Courts on Saturday night for the Final Four of the Massachusetts District AAU Championships.
In the 10th grade division BABC opened with a dominant win over the Boston Spartans while Metro Boston advanced to the final with a win over the New England Storm. Metro Boston kept themselves within striking distance for the majority of the final, but BABC ultimately broke the game open mid-way through the second half to win the club’s 89th state/district championship.
Middlesex Magic scored two dramatic wins in the 11th grade division to win their second consecutive district championship, taking an overtime victory over Mass Premier in the semis and then hanging on for a one point win over the Boston Warriors in the final. Both wins came down to one final defensive stop as Mass Premier and Boston Warriors each had a chance to win on their final possessions of regulation.
BABC got quality production both inside and out. Terance Mann led the way, handling the majority of the ball-handling responsibilities and slicing through opposing zone defenses to make plays off the dribble throughout the night. Bruce Brown provided a nice compliment in the backcourt with his ability to make plays on the defensive end and then be silky smooth in the open court. Tyree Robinson was a dunking machine up front, while B.J. Martin also finished everything going towards the rim, as both players benefitted from the club’s unselfish style. Terrell Brown continued to show flashes of his potential in the semifinals.
The Magic were led by their interior tandem of Obi Obiora and Isaiah Robinson. Obiora finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds in the final while Robinson made a series of big buckets throughout both rounds. Lee Messier was the team’s most consistent perimeter scorer, knocking down multiple shots from behind the three-point line while Liam Bruno made some big plays off the dribble. Alex Hilger also came up big down the stretch of the championship game, making a couple of huge shots in the final moments of the game.
The Boston Warriors were very impressive in their run to the 11th grade finals. Kyle Howes and Shane Farley took turns standing out in the semis and finals respectively while Shaquan Murray was especially slippery off the dribble. Asante Sandiford emerged as an intriguing prospect as well and certainly someone to keep an eye on.
Metro Boston was short-handed on Saturday night but made no excuses and still got good production from Myles Wright and Bobby Ahearn alike. Mass Premier was also impressive, especially while battling the Magic to overtime in the semis, as shot-maker Tim Walsh played his way into our prospect database by virtue of his prowess from behind the three-point line.
Stay tuned to the New England Recruiting Report this week as NERR-TV will recap both BABC’s run to the 10th grade championship as well as Middlesex Magic’s dramatic run to the 11th grade title.