Another Great AAU event this spring is in the books. The 2012 Basketbull Hall of Fame Spring Classic was home to some of the best talent in the country. The NE Playaz, CT Select and TMT all came away with the crown in the high school division.
In the 15u championship game we saw TMT (CT) come away with the crown scoring a 79-67 victory over CBC. CBC is considered the top 15u AAU team in Connecticut but on this day the boys of TMT got the best of them.
NY Lightning was clearly the best team in the 16u bracket, as they dominated through the field of play on their way to a championship wins over CT Select. The combination of Kahari Beaufort (St. Raymond’s NY) and Khadeen Carrington (Bishop Loughlin NY) proved to be too much for the competition. If Carrington wasn’t giving us highlight reel dunks the Beaufort was making defenders pay for not playing him close. Both players hold a handful of high major offers and are continuing their winning streak in California this upcoming weekend.
The NE Playaz as a program captured their 3rd championship of the spring and 2nd overall in New England. Before going on to win the HOF Spring Classic, the Playaz had to overcome a close overtime win against a good Jersey Elite team. The NE Playaz grabbed an 84-63 victory over a tough CT Select team that will continue to cause problems for opponents on the AAU circuit. The score doesn’t tell the whole story about this battle so we will.
There were 5 lead changes early on in the game until the 2nd half where the Playaz held a consistent 9 point lead and then opened the game up in the last 5 minutes of play. These two teams have met before but this game was different because a lot of skill and smart coaching was on display. Both coaches paced the sidelines the whole game having seen a player leave the game with a bloody nose and another one down on the floor with a nasty blow to the head. There was no foul play just two teams going after it and knowing that this was the championship game.
For CT Select the sharp shooting skills of Bryan Jones continued to keep his team in the game. But when NE Playaz have backcourt options of Adrian Oliveira (Brimmer May), Cane Broome (East Hartford), Isaiah Lewis (Christ The King) and Aaron Calixte (Stoughton) the game comes easy for the bigs. This best part about watching this team is how everyone knows and accepts their role.
Oliveira and Broome played the role of facilitators and knocked down the open jumper when the opportunity came. The combination of Calixte and Lewis repeatedly attacked for 2 points or draw a foul. The frontline of Karem Kanter (MacDuffie), John Powell (Brimmer May) and Mohamed Bah (Lee Academy) were just too big. All 3 players dominated the game on the glass, while Powell and Kanter have soft touches around the rim Bah played every possession with aggression and passion. Playaz travel to Chicago this upcoming weekend to continue their winning ways