Thursday, June 16, 2011

BST Summer League - 6/15/11 Recap

The opening week of the 2011 BST Summer League season continues, and all summer long the NH Notebook is the place to go to for game recaps and analysis of its teams and players.

On Wednesday night we were at SNHU to check out 3 games in the league's Central Division. It was Raymond vs. Derryfield, Memorial vs. Concord and West vs. Newmarket.

Game 1: Raymond vs. Derryfield
This might be a match-up of Division III vs. Division IV, but both of these teams have a good amount of returning talent coming back from last year. It was definitely sloppy at times, but it was a good, hard fought battle. In the end, Raymond won it 47-35.

Neither team had much size, and both squads like to get out and run so it was a fun game to watch for the most part. It was a guard-oriented game, with Joe Morin, Jordon Richard, Eric Desilets and Mark Wysocki leading the way for Raymond, while Gus Davis, Anuj Vadalia, Bryan Rivard, Tyler Zorn and Alex Zorn did most of the damage for Derryfield.

Also contributing for Raymond were Ben Syulek, Tyler Peer and Tom Daigle. Daigle was one of the only big men on either team, but had some big buckets down the stretch.

Tyler Zorn (only an incoming sophomore) got hot from the outside for the Cougars and Davis did a nice job of getting to the rim and making plays. He plays with a ton of energy.

Raymond made a little run in the 2nd half to pull away a little though and that was the difference. It was all tied up at 29-29 when the Rams went on a 7-0 run. Wysocki got out on the break and finished a pair of easy hoops, then Richard drilled a big three from the right wing to cap the run.

Game 2: Manchester Memorial vs. Concord
There was definitely a lot of youth out there in this game. Wade Gop and Oumaru Kante for Memorial and Zach ones for Concord were just some of the players in this game who were playing middle school ball just a couple months ago. And the top players on these teams are only finishing their sophomore year of high school, like Majak Wenyin and Zoubel Iradakunda for Memorial and Concord's Christian Iozza and Kaleb Marquis. Bottom line, both teams might go through some growing pains this winter, but watch out for them in the 2012-2013 season.

Wenyin put on quite a show in this contest, leading the Crusaders to a 63-55 win. Wenyin is 6'4" and can play the 1, the 2 or the 3. He drilled 4 three-pointers, some of them from WAY outside. He also made some nifty dribble-drive moves and finishes at the rim, as well as some nice dishes inside to open teammates.

Also playing well for Memorial were Iradakunda, Gop and incoming senior Mike Torres. Iradakunda shot the deep ball well and made some athletic drives to the basket, Gop played tough defense and also shot the ball well, while Torres made a big time blocked shot on defense. Kante had a tough game coming back from a hamstring injury, but he did have a nice step-back three in the 2nd half.

Give Concord credit though. Because as young as Memorial is, Concord is just as young. Memorial flat out has more good players, yet with 5 minutes left to play Concord actually had a 49-47 lead.

Marquis was key for Concord all game long. He had a pair of big and-1 finishes to cut into the Memorial lead, then Sam Marquis hit a three which gave the Crimson the lead. Iozza followed that up with an and-1 of his own as he grabbed a rebound from his own missed shot and put it in.

Memorial went on a run though in the last few minutes to win it. The run was led by Wenyin, Iradakunda, Torres and Tong Akot.

Game 3: Manchester West vs. Newmarket
Division I West took on Division IV Newmarket. It might look like a lopsided math-up on paper, but Newmarket is not your typical D-IV team, while West struggled last year quite a bit. The Mules led for most of the 1st half. But a big 2nd half for West propelled them to a 62-35 win.

West fans caught a glimpse of what their team might look like this winter if guard Travis Descoteaux does indeed end up attending West High, as the incoming junior made plays all game, combining with 6'4" Aaron Martin and 5'10" Carl Jacques to form a dominant trio. Descoteaux made some nifty drives to the rim and again showed a smooth pull-up jumper. Jacques just keeps getting better, he plays with a bounce in his step and lots of energy, is lightning quick and stepped out and knocked down the three. Martin was a match-up nightmare for Newmarket in this game, as nobody could match up with his size, quickness, strength and skill. Martin scored the basketball inside and out and in a variety of ways.

Give Newmarket credit though for the way they played in the 1st half, hanging right in there with the Blue Knights. Christian Filion had a really nice game and will be one of the top guards in Division IV this winter. Robert McGloughlin brings toughness and rebounding to the team as well.

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