BABC Take Home 2013 Boston Shootout Championship
Andrew Guy for Mass Prep Stars
BABC survives a second half surge to outlast the NE Playaz in overtime 60-53 in the final of the 2013 Boston Shootout
BOSTON, Mass. -- Buoyed by a strong first half performance from Bruce Brown '16 (Vermont Academy) the BABC held off the rival New England Playaz to win the 2013 Boston Shootout.
Brown dominated in the early going with his defense and ability to score inside and out. Twelve of Brown's game-high 17 points came before the break. Terrance Mann '15 (Tilton School) added 12 points of his own as the BABC weathered a furious comeback from the Playaz to win 60-53 in overtime. Brown's defense also started several fast-breaks and he added a key block in the overtime to ice the game.
Midway through the second half the BABC extended to a 37-25 lead until the Playaz were finally able to handle the BABC's full-court press and get some flow on offense. Crew Ainge '15 (Kimball Union), who was the most effective player on the court for much of the game, single-handedly brought his team back with timely shooting and intelligent passing. Several times he was able to get in the lane and find a cutting teammate for an easy basket. Ainge finished with a team-high 13 points and 7 assists. The Playaz, however, simply ran out of gas in the overtime, shutout 7-0 in the extra frame.
Mann had a quiet game for the BABC but did open the scoring in overtime and knocked down 2-of-4 from 3-point land. The Playaz employed an aggressive 2-3 zone for the entire game which made it difficult for Mann to get to the hoop and find his rhythm on the offensive end.
Jarred Reuter '15 (Brewster Academy) scored 13 points and Jordan Scurry '15 (Beaver Country Day) added seven points for the Playaz off the bench. Both were important factors in the second-half comeback.
Connecticut Elite took third place with a 57-49 victory over the Albany City Rocks
In what was a grinding second half the CT Elite pulled away thanks to the shooting of Thomas Nolan (14 points) and the aggressive driving of Jaqhawn Walters (10 points).
Nolan knocked down three 3-pointers in the first half and made 5 of 7 free throws in the late stages to ice the game. The 6-foot-4 Walters showed an ability to get to the rim and finish with flair. The point guard play of Jacquan McKennon kept Albany close in the second half but ultimately they couldn't break down the Elite's defense or knock down enough open shots.
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