ORLANDO, FL–With a total of 39 gyms for this tournament there is one team that NPH was unable to catch up with which was Brookwood Elite. This team from Quebec is stacked with talent and has representation in the top 50 of the NPH National Rankings for 2013 and 2014. They made it to the quarter finals of the gold bracket and were defeated by Indiana Elite South 63-43.
The 17U Triple Balance team remains in Orlando to go after a medal in the silver bracket. While Auburn, Rutgers, Illionois State and many others watched on, Triple Balance had a good showing in the 58-50 win over the NYC Jaguars. Today they will play another team of felines, the Jupiter Jaguars in semi final action which will pack the gym with college coaches.
After the win Coach Shane James commented on the team’s chemistry in the game.
“We have many natural born leaders, especially in our guards, Dapo Badmos, Kassius Robertson and Michael Provenzano ; although he is young, he very mature for his age”.
Today they displayed a great deal of chemistry through ball movement and patient possessions while looking for the best available shots. Kassius Robertson and Dapo Badmos came out gunning with a strong defensive effort each picking two steals in the first off which led to transition points. Robertson also had a great shooting night, finishing the game with a game high 20 points.
Adam Djukic followed pitching in with 16 of his own. He was a leader in many ways today, providing intangible traits such as communication with the guards in front of him and a great deal of intensity that rubbed off onto the others. His efforts on the glass cut down the second chance opportunities for the Jaguars.
The team was effective in recognizing when shots weren’t falling for them and adjusted by swinging the ball and attacking the hoop, which in turn got them easy points at the charity stripe. As a whole they shot 16 of 20 from the line.
They will need to come in with the same hawkish mentality to make it to the finals in the silver bracket.