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Battle Of The States Mass vs Rhode Island

Battles are made to be won, Expressions Stores has done something that not many have been able to pull off.  2015 Expressions High School Showcase Two states Massachusetts vs. Rhode Island, Saturday December 12, 2015 Boston Ma. #BOTS

4:30pm Tech Boston (MA) vs. Classical High School (RI)

The event tips off Saturday afternoon Tech Boston (MA) takes on Classical High School (RI) Tech Boston’s Shamar Moore Sophomore Comb Guard with good range who can score the ball inside and out. Known for his defense he will be a go to guy for Tech Boston. Tristan Perry Senior forward has the tools to league his team to a victory, makes shoots and plays to win.

Classical High School (RI) will be lead by David Dukes the shifty guard is one of Rhode Island’s best prospects, athletic, and can score it with ease. Junior forward Jamari Johnson brings energy on both ends of the floor. Johnson known for finishing above the rim will look to hold the middle down.

6:00pm Cathedral High School (MA) vs. Bishop Hendricken (RI)

Cathedral High School (MA) made a state championship all the way to TD Bank last year they return hungrier as they return top scores Junior Trevor Lynch sharp shooting Sophomore Moses Flowers and Sophomore Julian Howell who is one of the states best defenders.

Bishop Hendricken (RI) has been one of the states most premier schools, lost last year in the state quarterfinals, last won the state championship 2014. They return Junior guard Justin Mazulla who holds a Boston College offer, the south-par has the total package, makes shots, gets to the rim and can finish with the best of them. Sophomore Preston Santos one of the states best prospects regardless of grade. Santos is a big time scorer, long, athletic and frequently plays above the rim.

7:30pm New Mission High School (MA) vs. La Salle Academy (RI)

 New Mission High School fell short of their goal last year, which was to win a state title. They return a bulk of the talent and have added a few new pieces. Tyrique Lee has returned for his senior year, and looking to get back to the State Championship as he did in 2014, Charles and Charlie Mitchell will spear head the New Mission chaos, the twins bring electricity every time they step on the court. Darion Jordan-Thomas is looking to have a breakout season, great motor with mixed with a great deal of upside. With the addition of Isaiah Laurent the athletic wing, look for New Mission to be one of the stats favorite teams.

La Salle Academy (RI) won the division one state championship last year as well as the RI Open State tournament championship. The return senior point guard Lawrence Sabir first team all state last season helping La Salle win the D1 title as well as the RI Open State Tourney. Strong, athletic guard that has exceptional speed. Senior Mike McCourt wing, tough, fierce competitor. 2nd team all division 1 last season. Has three point range, rebounds well, can run the floor hard and finish in traffic.  Jimmy Pare senior sharp shooter. Tough physical guard with a nice shooting touch. Plays hard at both end of the floor, and is a two-year starter.

 

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A New Mission

Their season may be over but the Mission is not complete. The Titans are on a path to greatness in which sets them apart from the rest. Head Coach Cory McCarthy serves a purpose to these to these young men that goes beyond coaching on the court. A featured documentary piece on the Titans is set to be released June 2015 in conjunction with Hoop Dreams Magazine.


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Friday Night Scoreboard

On Friday night HDM made their way to Charlestown, MA to catch a BCL match up between New Mission and Charlestown. For a game that turned out to be a blow out the atmosphere let me know that the road to the state title won’t be a easy one for anybody.

Juwan Gooding made a statement early in the 1st qtr by out scoring the townies 11-8 more then halfway through the period. The smooth streaky shooter in his first year under Coach McCartthy, Gooding banked in back to back three’s which began the start of a long night for the townies.

The outside shooting of Percio Gomez and Gooding helped put the Titans up 39-28 at the half. A lead the Titans would god onto for the remainder of the contest.

West Roxbury HS transfer Freddy Oliveira (15 points, 12 rebounds) did all he can to keep the townies in this one but it wasn’t enough. The Titans continued to knock it down from deep and extend their lead into the 20’s.

The trio of Shaquan Murray (14), Percio Gomez (11) and Juwan Gooding (22) combined for 47 points to help the Titans defeat the Townies 87-60.

Other Scores:

Dorchester 69 South Boston 45

Lynn English 88 Revere 55

Springfield Central 67 Springfield Sci-Tech 56

Brookline 59 Needham 50

Andover 55 Brockton 48

Brighton 65 Snowden 64

East Boston 70 Boston English 49

Congratulations to Wareham senior guard Darien Fernandez on scoring his 1,000 point last night in a 55-37 win over Fairhaven. Fernandez finished with 17 points


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The Future Looks Bright

In 3 days HDM witnessed a lot of young talent and the future is looking bright for a number of prospects. Both Bay State Flash and Middlesex Magic took home the 17u crown at the 2012 Basketbull Hall of Fame National Invitational in Springfield, Ma. With big contributions from Chris Braley and Pete Miller the Magic were able to go head to head in a championship game against MB Nation. Magic ended up victorious with effort from Chris Lee and Harry Rafferty. Bay State Flash caputred their crown in a overtime win against MABC.

Team Scan and Greater Boston Lions won the 16u crown after both teams had an impressive win in the 16u Championship games on their respectable ends of the bracket. Team Scan also took home the title for the 15u division.

Top Performers:

Pete Miller (Middlesex Magic) – One of the most fundamentally sound players in this tournament. At 6’10 Miller can knock down the jump shot from the elbow and has a developing back to basket move scoring over the right shoulder. Has a ton of upside

Chris Braley (Middlesex Magic) – a power guard who has improved on his ball handling. Braley does not shy away from attacking the basket and punishes smaller defenders post backing them down and utilizing his body strength to scorI over them.

Chris Lee (Middlesex Magic) – At 6’7 Lee plays like he’s 6’9. A power forward with emphasis on the word power. A physically gifted player whose low post game is coming along. Can handle the presurre during crunch time as he knocked down a key free throw with seconds left on the clock to secure a championship win for his team.

Kameron Rooks (Gamepoint) – A 7ft big who knows how to use his size to box his man out. A back to the basket player who has a hanful of hugh major offers. Gamepoint runs a fast paced offense and Rooks ran the floor very well. Does a good job establishing position on the lower block. A mid level rebounder

Paschal Chuwku (CBC 17u) – The 7’1 center may have averaged 3 blocks a game but he altered about triple that. Roaming the paint on the defensive end Chuwku mad it hard for opponents to score in the lane. His offensive game is coming along strong and it shows as Big East coaches are starting to show interest.

Greg Bridges (Boston Warriors 17u)The up and coming sophmore was the fastest end to end player with the ball in his hands this weekend. A savvy point guard who commands a double team which allows his wing players to free up and knock down the open jumper. His stats creep up on you at the end of the game as he totaled 90pts in 4 games.

Samuel Dingba (Westchester Hawks 17u) – A high bred forward who runs the floor well, rebounds at a high level and a very good defender. Dominated in the paint and finished with a number of loud dunks. His athleticsm let’s him play taller than his registered height

Max Risch (Boston Warriors 17u) – Risch is about 6’6 and a very athletic forward that can run the floor, knock down the perimeter shot.

Isaiah Coleman (Boston Warriors 17u) – The 6’4 Colemans athleticsm is through the roof. As he uses that tool to grab offensive rebounds that convert into put back points and blocks on the defensive end.

Daivon Edwards (Boston Warriors) – Great streaky shooter who will punish teams that leave him open. Zone Buster!

Jacquil Taylor (Prodigy 17u) – Had a dominant performance thoughout the weekend. Taylor blocked shots repeatedly on the defensive end and showed a nice touch around the rim with a running jump hook. Also caught a couple lob passes for dunks in traffic. Would like to see Jacquil add the 15ft jumper to his repertoire to complete his inside out game. St. Joe’s, Holy Cross and Sienna had a coach courtside to watch his every move.

Joseph Connolly (Prodigy 17u) – The 6’1 sharp shooter rarely saw a shot he didnt like from the perimeter because he rarely missed. Connolly also found ways to get in the lane with his dribble drive penetraition.

Matt Barr & Dustin Cole (MB Nation 17u) – If you didn’t know who this pair of shooters were coming into the weekend then i bet after watching one game you left a fan. Cole and Barr took turns torching the nets in Springfield, Ma and making believers out of some doubters. Both prospects should be hearing from a ton of coaches who will be following them on the circuit the next couple weeks.

Fredens Deneus (Greater Boston Lions) – A 6’6 combo forward who can play in the high post. Has quick feet and athleticsm to out maneuver his defender on the low block. had a great 20 and 12 performance in the championship game.

Conrad Chambers (Team Scan 16u) – showed a high skill level and a gift for getting his teammates involved. Plays at a high level all game and always kept his team in control.

Quincy McKnight (Team Scan 16u) – A long wing player with a quick first step that allows him to beat his defender off the dribble. Draws a lot of contact in the lane which allows him to earn points from the line. McKnight can knock down the mid range jumper but would like to see him knock down the an occasional shot from beyond the arc more.

Chris McCullough (Team  Scan 16u) – Showed a lot of improvement in his game by being able to knock down the perimeter jumper consistantly. Also showed confidence in his ball handling, where in one play McCullough took his defender off the dribble and finished with a tomahawk slam down the lane. A much stronger player in the past couple months since the end of the prep school season.

Nate Anderson (Metro Boston 17u)- A face up 4 who was active on the boards which lead to his team getting second chance points. Also improved on his ball handling as he continued to attack the basket when catching the ball at the high post.

Greg Senat (Metro Boston 17u) – A bruiser in the paint that punishes defenders who try to challenge him. Out works everybody who gets in his way of grabbing a rebound. Finished a bunch of loud 2 hand slams that had spectators backing up.

Percy Davis (Threat 220 17u) – The D.C. native is a 6’5 shooting guard with a great skill set who put up a phenomenal 24pt effort against the D.Rose All Stars in a buzzer beating loss. Davis knocked down perimeter shots, drove to the basket for the old fashion 3 pt play and finished 9-11 from the free throw line. One of the most underrated players at the event. A sleeper for a school with an available scholarship looking for a late addition

Tremont Waters (Team Scan 15u) – The young guard continued to impress this spring/summer aau season. Waters has yet to play a high school game but plays at the level of a varsity point guard. Created space with his dribbling and created offense for his teammates.

Zach Gattereau (Lox 17u) – A 6’5 long athleic versatile player who can shoot from the perimeter. No decision on his plans for next year

JC Show (JB Hoops 17u) – The 6’3 Jr combo guard did a lil bit of everything for his team as he ran the point and made big shots when his team needed one. Show is not gifted with speed but has the IQ of a good floor general. Played the role as a player/coach for his team

Justin Robinson (B.C. Eagles 17u) – After winning MVP honors At the 2012 Gym Rat Challenge Robinson continued his high level performance this weekend. At 5’8 Robinson is very quick, athletic and a wizard with the ball in the open floor. Constantly fooling defenders with his quick cross over dribble. Couldn’t find a defender to lock him up all weekend.

David Stewart (MABC 17u) – A 6’5 power forward who plays the game to his strength. What Stewart lacks in size he makes up for it with his ability to use his upper body strength to finish over taller defenders.

Henry Bolton (RI Hawks 16u) – We know the 6’2 combo guard is a great scorer but it’s what he did by making plays for his teammates is what impressed us the most. Continued to grab the attention of coaches in the building with his ability to knock down the pull up jumper from deep.

Jackson Donahue (RI Hawks 16u) – In the championship game Donahue showed us why he is one of the best shooters in New England regardless of class. Knocking down 4 consecutive 3pt shots with a hand in his face and didn’t stop in the 2nd half. Donahue needs to get a little bit stronger and improve on his first step in order to take his defender to the basket and absorb contact.

Kealen Ives (RI Hawks 16u) – a great pass first point guard who is a vocal leader. Limits his turnovers and takes good shot selections.

Charels Correa (RI Hawks 17u) – Did a great jump of knocking down jump shots and running the show.

Daquon Ervin (Riverside Hawks 15u) – A new emerging name in the New England region who will suit up for Northfield Mt. Hermon. The ’15 guard has a nice pull jumper and runs the offense with good speed and understanding. He’s a heads up point that defends real well. Has a lot of room for growth

Matt Mobley (Bay State Flash 17u) – displayed a lot of strength when attacking the basket and also showing a good stroke from the mid range.

Lexus Williams – (D. Rose All Stars 17u) – A 6’2 combo guard who recently gave a verbal commitment to Valparaiso. Gets into the lane with his quickness and uses a tear drop floater to finish over defenders. Plays under control and is not afraid to do the bulk of the scoring if his team needs him to.

Larry Austin (D.Rose Allstars 17u) – A top 50 player in the class of 2014 Austin repeatedly attacked the basket and never backed away from defenders. Austin showed his strength with the ability to continue going towards the basket for a finish after absorbing the contact. So much room for growth in this prospect

Ben Moore (D. Rose All Stars) – The 6’8 junior forward did a good job filling in for the top 5 player in the country Cliff Alexander(who was injured earlier this week). Moore has a soft touch around the basket and runs the floor well in the open floor. Has great timing on his shot blocking. Needs to get stronger with his ball handling and add muscle to his body if he’s going to make a living in the post.

Darius Austin (D. Rose All Stars) – A 6’6 face up player whose game extends out to 15ft. Has a great body type that allows him to often over power his defenders when facing his back to the basket on the low block. Not very athletic but is a work horse

LJ Mcintosh (D. Rose All Stars) – No matter how long Mcintosh sits on the bench the one thing thats for certain is that when his number is called he’s ready to go. Mcintosh punished teams all weekend with his outside shooting. Often pulling his team out of deficits. The 6’2 guard left one official stating to his coach “how doesn’t he start?”. That’s because Mcintosh understands his role as a player and is the first player off the bench to be a scoring option for the 2nd unit.