Team Scan who was dominant throughout the weekend entered the 16u title game against the NE Playaz with a ton of momentum. With a well balanced attack in the scoring column Team Scan took an early lead against the Playaz and never looked back. The interior presence of Thomas Bryant and Kassoum Yakwe appeared to be too much for their opponents to handle. But it was play of talented sophomore guard Chris Atkinson that stood out throughout the day. The speedy guard made it hard for the defenders to keep him in front of them with his dribble drive crossover and forcing the defense to collapse hen entering leaving his post players open for the easy dish. Atkinson is definitely one to keep an eye on.
In one of the many competitive match ups on the day was the battle between the Playaz (New England vs New Jersey) in the 17u title game. The NJ PLAYAZ put on an impressive performance against the USAD (CT) who to some were considered the favorites to win it all after last weekend’s performance at the Basketbull Summer Championships. The NE Playaz went on to capture a double digit victory over the NJ Playaz with a backcourt trio of Ainge, Calixte and Twyman who combined for 32 points. In the post Jared Reuter dominated the paint with his scoring and rebounding finishing with 14 points and 8 rebounds. But the talk of this weekend’s field of loaded prospects was Tyler Lydon. Lydon a 6’8 forward who will be attending New Hampton in the fall was unguardable. Lydon is a match problem with his ability to knock down the mid-range jumper and even though he is a bit on the slim side the young prospect loves the physical contact. Tyler kept spectators and coaches in ahh with countless finishes above the rim including a number of posters. Lydon holds offers from BC, Iowa, Providence and later picked up an offer from Virginia that evening
Finally what turned out to be the main event which drew attention away from the 17u finals, “The battle of the Playaz (New England vs New Jersey)”, was the 15u finals CBC vs Team Scan. Two very talented young teams in the Northeast, For Scan carrying the scoring load was big man Omari Spellman who showed his versatility by scoring inside and also stepping out to hit three’s. A smooth guard in Unique Mclean, who seemed to be everywhere in terms of rebounding, chasing loose balls, defending, and still scoring in an abundance of ways. CBC’s Keandre Fair stepped up big for CBC while his backcourt mate Jaycee Martin fell into early foul trouble. Fair’s teammates did a good job of finding him as he hit some big shots.
Throughout it was a tough battle as neither could truly pull away. Up to this point Tremont Waters played the role of facilitator. With little less than two minutes left in game Tremont would make all the right plays for Scan. Down 62-65 Tremont drives gets fouled scores the basket and makes the free throw to tie it up at 65. On the next possession Spellman makes a big block Tremont drives and kicks to Mclean for three. Fair then comes down and knocks down a big three to tie it up again leaving 51 seconds on the clock. Waters then brings the ball up and dribbles out the clock down to 10 seconds where he drives and lays it up to put Scan ahead 70-68 with 6 seconds left in game. CBC quickly gets the ball up court; Keandre Fair manages to get fouled for three with 0.01 seconds left on the clock. He makes 2 out of three free throws which sent the game into OT. With only two minutes allowed for overtime, Scans defense was too much for CBC holding them scoreless. Team Scan wins 74-70 to win the 15U title of The Hall Of Fame National Invitational