This past weekend ASA’s 3rd and 5th grade Select Teams won the Zero Gravity Massachusetts State Titles. Both teams are lead by ASA’s Elementary Director James Spinner who has done a top notch job not only coaching these teams but fostering their development. ASA’s staff is very proud of these players, parents and coaches — keep up the good work.
Players of the weekend:
- Owen Burke – Owen is our speedster extraordinaire who can’t be stopped on the fast break. Feet first defense leads to steals which lead to layups! Can’t stop OB!
- EJ Wekstein – EJ, the team leader, directs the defense and drops in clutch jumpers. A long time ASA Hoops athlete, his training is really paying off. We can always count on EJ!!
ASA and the ASA-Wildcats had a full slate of games this past weekend. With teams entered in both the Zero Gravity Gold Rush Tournament and the Boston Warriors Spring Breakout we were well represented and spread across Eastern Massachusetts. Many of our teams had terrific weekends finishing with winning records and playing some great ball. Six of our teams made it to Bracket Play and or competed in championship games, three of which won Tournament Championships: 3rd grade Select Spinner, 3rd grade ASA-West Robbie and 5th grade ASA Team Moses came away with Tournament Championships. Extremely proud of all of our teams who competed this weekend. On to the next.
In the opening weekend of the Spring 2017 season ASA 3rd Grade Select and ASA 6th Grade Select both went 3-0 at the Middlesex Magic Tournament. Each team won by impressive margins of victory and played great team ball in the process. Were looking forward to an exciting season from these two talented groups.
ASA Hoops 3rd, 8th, 9th and 10th grade teams have attended team functions during Celtics games over the last week. All of these teams were able to participate on the Garden floor and experience what it truly feels like to play in an NBA arena. Thank you to all who attended the ASA Staff had a great time.
ASA 9th grade West lead by long time coach Eric Brickley played extremely well this past weekend going 3-1. Beating a terrific Fidelity House Squad, a tough UBC squad and winning the grudge match vs ASA Select they took home the divisional championship and tournament T-shirts. Nice Job boys…
ASA 9U and 11U had terrific weekends representing our program in the Massachusetts State Tournament. 9U played their hearts out going 1-1 in pool play, defeating MYCW in the first game of bracket play before falling to a talented RI Crush team in the Final Four. This group of youngsters as they have done all season played great team ball and inspired defense. In the process of advancing to the Final Four — they qualified AAU Nationals.
11U lead by Coach Alex Giangregorio are the Massachusetts Division 2 State Champions. This squad was tested throughout the weekend dropping the first game of the tournament to the NE Storm, before winning 3 straight games vs Mass Elite (twice) and New Bedford Hoops. The stage was now set for a rematch with NE Storm in the Finals. ASA outplayed the Storm from start to finish to hang on to 45-44 win. This is the first State Championship for ASA, the entire staff is extremely proud of this group of players and parents. Job well done…
In their 6th and Final tournament of the spring ASA’s 3rd grade team ended the season as it began: Champions. Winning their 3rd tournament of the Spring this group once again exhibited relentless defense and great ball movement to go 3-0 in the Boston Warriors “Hoop Summit”. Beating GT Elite, Dana Barros and the very tough opponent in Urban Achievers ASA 3rd grade finished their season with a record of: 16-4. Very impressive accomplishment, the entire ASA is very proud of this group and looking forward to their future development.
ASA and the ASA-Wildcats had a great showing this past weekend in the MetroWest Roundball Classic. Many of our teams finished with winning records and when defeated still showed tangible growth as individuals and teammates. 8th grade ASA Select Dalzell and 9th grade ASA-Wildcats Wicks came away with Tournament Championships and brought home the hardware. Dalzell rolled through pool play going 3-0 before beating a tough Derry Spartans team 55-51. ASA-Wildcats 9th grade played their best ball of the season going 3-0 winning their pool. Congrats to all teams who competed and job well done.
ASA Hoops hosting’s it’s 4th annual May Mayhem at the Reggie Lewis Center did a great job of protecting its home turf. ASA 6th grade Blue, ASA 10th grade West, ASA 8th grade Select Dalzell, ASA 5th grade Excel and ASA-Wildcats 14U all won their divisions and Championship T-shirts. Two of the must see championship games took place late Sunday 8th grade Dalzell taking on 8th grade ASA West 8th grade. ASA West pushed 8th grade Select Dalzell to the limit getting to within 2 points in the closing minutes before falling 61-53. In other action ASA 4th grade Select gave ASA 5th grade Excel everything they had in the Championship game falling 43-36.
Coach Dalzell’s 8th grade Select team had a terrific weekend at the NH Spartans Best of New England Tournament. Lead by the scoring of Myles Avalon and the play making ability of Ibby Muhammad-Denson, ASA went rolled through pool play going 3-0. Down by 12 points in the Championship game to NE Storm ASA rallied back to win by 12 points. A great team win and an impressive weekend for this hard working group of young men.
ASA 5th and 6th grade Select had a memorable weekend at the Zero Gravity Boston Breakout Event. Both of these teams went 3-0 in pool play to set up an eventful Sunday against some very tough opponents. ASA 5th Select after beating CMBA by one 1-point on a buzzer beater from Terrance MacArthur 30-29, fell to the same CMBA in the championship by double digits. ASA 6th grade Select had two tough games in pool play beating the Central Mass Swarm and GT Elite to move to 5-0 and clinch the 6th grade international division championship.
SA 5th Excel geared up Saturday morning for the Mass Elite Hoopster Mania Tournament with pure excitement. Coming off a great week of practice, they went into Game 1 with a full head of steam against Mass Elite. They took a quick 14-2 lead and never looked back. With a great defensive game from Camden Rainford (Randolph), and Taj Horowitz (Brookline). Every single player on the team scored a basket this game, a true team win.
The next battle was against a more aggressive Boston Warriors team. The game started slow, with no one scoring a lot in the first 8 minutes. ASA 5th Excel then went on a huge run, and took a 12-point halftime lead. The entire team was able to push the tempo in 2nd half to take a decisive victory from the Warriors. In their 3rd game of the weekend 5th Excel took care of Worcester United 41-13. Congrats on a great weekend and tangible signs of improvement.
Player of the Weekend
Taj Horowitz (Brookline) – Taj had an awesome weekend for ASA 5th Excel. Each games leading scorer, and defensive stalwart. He guarded the opposing teams’ best player all 3 games, and was able to be very efficient from the free throw line, something he has worked hard to improve on all season. Taj is aggressive on the fast break, and manages to make a fair amount of and-1 layups on his way to the FT line. Taj is a very hard worker and it’s no surprise on this nomination for player of the week.
ASA 5th grade Select Team Spinner and ASA 6th grade Excel Team Angco had terrific weekends both going 3-0 and winning event they participated in. Team Spinner headed to the Rim Sports Complex in Hampton Beach NH, and Team Angco played at the Reggie Lewis Center. Both teams played extremely well and represented ASA in tremendous fashion.
In our last regular season tournament ASA once again proved itself to be one of the best programs in New England. Competing in Mass Premiers “Club Championship” ASA’s 4th Select, 7th Select, 8th Select and 10th Select all took home division championships with 3-0 records. ASA finished 2nd overall in the Club Championships with 18 total points, just 1 shy of the first place club. Our regular season is complete for the Spring 2016 Season. Next up Nationals…
5th grade Select’s first game was slated against the NE Playmakers, an unfamiliar foe. The game started with a 10-0 lead for ASA, and wound up being a 38-18 win. The second matchup was against the S.E. Mass Silk. The Silk took an 17-7 lead in the first ten minutes. ASA was cold and could not produce buckets. The first half ended with a 28-18 lead for the Silk. ASA 5th clawed their way back into the game in the second half to a taking a 41-40 lead but fell just short losing 43-42 win.
5th Select qualified for Bracket Play via points differential and battled a very strong NE Storm team to the finish losing 52-47. Although ending the weekend at 1-2, this team learned a lot, about what it takes to play at an Elite level.
It was another exciting weekend for ASA 7th Select as they would compete against a few of the top programs in the State. Game one, ASA 7th Select would be out sized, but would battled to the end dropping their first game to the eventual Tournament Champions Evolution. In their second game ASA would set the tone early with their full court pressure, jumping out to a 30-2 lead over GT Elite. ASA would never look back in this game taking a commanding victory 59-21. Sunday morning would bring another exciting win over the Boston Bobcats 68-45.
After their win over the Boston Bobcats ASA 7th Select would qualify for bracket play. They would draw a first rough matchup against another Evolution Team. The game would go back and forth throughout, before falling 57-59. ASA 7th Select player of the weekend goes to Ryan Donahue who averaged 15 points throughout the weekend. His ability to continually run the court and attack the rim would open up continuous scoring opportunities.