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Friday 12/2/2011 Game Recap

South Kent vs Worcester Academy, on paper you would think form the big name roster would scare Worcester away, wrong they challenged South Kent from the tip.  Chris Thomas caught fire early and didnt look back he finished with 22 points, Ricardo Ledo followed with 17 points and 9 rebounds.  Worcester was lead by the sharp shooting of Matt Cimino finished with 6 three pointers and a game high 24 points, Cimino had 4G reception as he knocked them down from all over, Rene Castro chipped in with 12 points and 8 assist.  South Kent proved to be to much down the stretch as the pulled out the win 84 -75

 

New Hampton played there first home game today in front of a packed student body, as the faced a tough Winchendon school.  The game was all it was hyped up to be as Winchendon’ s Akosa Maduegbunam kept his team in the game as he got hot from the outside.  But Winchendon ended up losing to New Hampton. Zach Auguste led the scoring load for NHS with  17 pts,  Evan Manning with 15 pts, Jared Terrell 15 pts, Mike Auger 12 pts,  Noah Vonleh 7 pts and 15 Rebs. Oliver Hanlan currently still on the injured list.   New Hampton 79 Winchendon 69

 

KUA defeats Master’s School tonight 67-43. “Cats jumped out to leads of 8-0, 12-3. 18-4 and, eventually 32-8 in the first half. A quick Master’s spurt just before half trimmed the lead to 34-15 going into the break. Master’s never got closer than 17 points in the second half. Jesse Chuku and Malik Abdul-Abu paced KUA scoring with 17 points each while Devon Thomas chipped in 15 points and five assists. Chuku earned a double-double by adding 11 rebounds.

 

 

Vermont Academy defeats Putnam Science Academy 65-59 the game was a battle from start to finish,  Dominic Woodson made his presence felt bulling his way to easy baskets whenever he felt like it he finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.   Putnam Science came with half of the international student body who cheered the entire game, at some points in the game making it tough on coach Bopp to communicate with his players. Vermont  was led  Shaun Lawton 19 points, 5 assists he has the tools to make an impact at the next level, this is our first look at Lawton he will certainly move up in ranking.


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Zach Auguste “Something to Prove”

Zack Augusta a native of Marlborough Ma, has seen his portions of up’s and downs, from starting out as a well sought after prospect playing with the storied BABC program.  Things didn’t workout and Zach was introduced to the Mass Rivals program, where Auguste had something to prove.  Not to the former program but to himself, he wanted to prove to all that he belonged in the conversation of elite basketball player in his class.  Zach rarely took a day off from work, in the gym day after day working on all skill sets while slowly extending his range on his jump shot.

Academically Auguste was on track but athletically him and his family thought he needed more of a challenge, first order of business was to enroll into the New Hampton School (NH) a class AAA school where they play the best of the best while getting a world class education at the same time.  Zach entered his junior year 6’9 1/2 ready to take the league by storm, the adjustment was all that he expected but Zach was hungry to do well.  He struggled during times and did well during times, but he made sure he kept competing.  Coaches from far and near started to take notice of the big man taking his man on the perimeter and knocking down shoots.

Zach joined the Albany City Rocks to play on the EYBL circuit to been seen more often and to get a chance to play against some of the best players on the Nike circuit.  He held his own and the flood gates started to open, Wake Forest, Providence, Missouri, Marquette, Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, Notre Dame just to name a few that offered the now 6’10 power forward.  Zach continued to impress all summer long while running with the Rivals during the live period while down in Las Vegas.

Zach checked his list and checked it twice and formed a list of six schools, when it was all said and done on September 22, 2011 Auguste committed to Notre Dame.  This coming after he took a visit to the south bend campus, one tends to think he ran into Skylar Diggins on his visit.  This is a great fit for Auguste he will have a chance to step in and play right away and most of all again, prove that he belongs.  Below we went inside the mind of Auguste as he talked about recruitment, New Hampton as well AAU.

 Why did you choose to attend Notre Dame?

“I chose Notre Dame because when I arrived at campus right away I could see myself there for however many years. I felt comfortable with the guys and we all got along, losing two important seniors next year I knew I would have a chance to come in and make a big impact right away. I built a great relationship with Coach Brey and Coach Solomon.  Coach Brey knows how to win, and gets his players better, and become a complete player to possibly play at the next level. When I stepped on to the court in the arena I smiled, I felt like it was home.”

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

“My strengths are blocking shots, rebounding, running the floor, playing above the rim, also being 6’10 and being able to shoot the three. My weakness is creating shots off the dribble and that’s something coach Hutchins is helping me with as we speak.”

How did New Hampton help you develop on and off the court?

 “Coming to new Hampton was the best decision I could of made to reach my goals. Being here, being able to have gym access whenever was great. Coach hutch was willing to work me out whenever I wanted. He helped me overcome some speed bumps in my game. Off the court new Hampton offers so much. You’re treated as an adult at school, you have responsibilities and you learn to take responsibility for your actions. You learn to handle things in a mature manor.”

Are you a big believer in kids going to Prep School?

“Prep school isn’t for everyone, but prep school is called prep school for a reason it prepares you mentally and physically for college. It challenged me in academics, and in basketball on and off the court. It helped me a lot and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am at if I didn’t attend new Hampton.”

How did AAU Change your life?

 “AAU gave me a chance to play against to play against better competition, and get my name out there.  A big part of my success is my AAU coach Vin Pastore with the rivals.  He dedicated a lot of time to his players and getting them better.”

Tell the readers about Zach off the court?

“I love to laugh and make people laugh; I’m always dancing. It’s all fun and games with me but when I get into the classroom or step onto the court it’s strictly business, hard work, and dedication.”

Who did you try to pattern your game after, while growing up?

“When I was growing up I loved MJ but as I grew older and taller I started modeling my game after Dirk, the way he can create a shot for himself anyway he wants to.”

Who is your biggest supporter?

“My biggest supporter is my mom how took the time to drive me all over the place for AAU tournaments and everything else basketball related. I love her.”

Describe your AAU coach in one word?

“Real”

What are you going to miss the most about AAU?

“I’m going to miss hearing Vin during the games, Rivals was great no other way to explain it we had fun, and we took care of business, leaving every game playing the hardest we could win or loss.

How do you feel NH will do this year in the NEPSAC?

“This year at NH we will be very talented. And will make a good run at getting the championship. It’s great we all are real close we look out for each other. We are all brothers on this team; one big family.”

How is it taking the younger players like Jared & Noah under your wing and showing them the way to compete in the NEPSAC?

 “Noah and Jared love to be in the gym so it’s easy for me to help them mentally prepare for this upcoming season.”