The 2nd and final day of the Hall of Fame Columbus Day Challenge was a day of no slackers. A number of games were decided at the buzzer, even seeing one game go into triple OT.
Jared Wilson-Frame of CBC owned the weekend and earned our breakout player of the tournament. Having two play in two different age groups, JWF controlled the game every time he stepped onto floor. Playing so much confidence, Jared was getting his teammates involved, got to the lane whenever he wanted. A true testament to his dominance, JWF single handily caused three players from the NE Playaz who tried to guard him at different moments of the game to foul out in the 16u title match up. The best I’ve seen the ’15, 6’5 wing play all year on the circuit.
The NE Playaz Aaron Calixte, Luis Monteiro, Aaron Falzon and Kerem Kanter helped lead their club to a 17u title. Monteiro and Falzon handled most of the scoring on the wing, while Kanter controlled the paint, causing matchup problems for opposing defenders who could not match his strength. Calixte was a true general the way he lead his team. With improved ball handling since HDM last seen him over the summer, Calixte controlled the tempo of the game from start to finish on both ends. On the offensive side of things, Calixte put his players in spots he wanted to have them get the ball and also breaking down his defender off the dribble for numerous finishes at the rim. On the defensive side of things, Calixte gave fits with his overbearing on ball defense. Calixte forced multiple turnovers, got the ball up the floor quicker than any player n his age group for lead passes to set up his teammates for easy baskets.
CBC lead by Jaecee Martin took home the 15u title. Martin is so advanced for his age that you can’t help but wonder what he’ll become in the future. Martin is a 8th grader playing up and honestly he could have played in the 16u bracket and probably would have produced the same way. With superior ball handling and quick speed, Martin made it that much easier to set up his teammates, having to always have multiple defenders guard him. Keandre Fair and Tristan Peterson came up big for CBC, playing more physical than their opponents, the two were able to play an inside out game when Martin went out for a breather. Peterson is a very bright player that just plays above the rim at a different level than the colleagues in his class
CBC also captured the 14u title and so convincingly that it was almost unfair. At that age you would think that all the kids are on the same playing field but not when you have you have dominating post players like Tristan Peterson and Jermaine Samuels. Aaron Clarke was also a bright spot for CBC.
Other Notable Performers:
Jacquil Taylor ( Prodigy): The 6’9 PF/C blocked multiple shots at the rim on defense and fclinic on day 2.
Joe Crapps (Basketbull): A tough explosive guard with a quick first step.
Jerome Derosiers (RI Hawks): the 6’3 wing player is very physical and strong when attacking the basket. Derosiers had multiple dunk assaults when attacking the rim and knocked down multiple jump shots.
Tyree Weston/Jordan Scurry (NE Playaz): lead their team in scoring the weekend. Both players took their games to new heights
Nelson Zayas (Basketbull): A name to remember this year for Sabis. Zayas put on a scoring
Photo courtesy of CBC