This past week, the IMG Academy basketball program Junior National Team traveled to Erie, PA, for the NCSAA championships. Here's a recap from Coach Nate Vander Sluis:
It was a great trip and the boys really did a great job. The trip started on a good note, as we traveled to Erie on Wednesday through the Akron/Canton (Ohio) Airport. In Canton, we visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame... Check out the post they put up about our visit:
After the trip to the Hall of Fame, we were fortunate to get hosted by the University of Akron for their game Wednesday night vs. the University at Buffalo, where the guys watched Buffalo hold on for the victory.
The Jr. National White Team took on Archbishop Walsh out of New York. Led by Satnam Singh's 12 pts and Peter Barba's 9, the White Team fought hard but fell to Walsh 61-45.
The Jr. National Blue Team faced off against Atlantic Christian from the Atlantic City area of New Jersey. Led by 16 pts from Andres Nachon and 13 from Darius Lewis, the Blue Team fell to ACS 60-47
Losing both of our games on Thursday put both teams into the 3rd division of the NCSAA's Championships.
Blue Team: Hard-fought overtime victory vs. Broadfording Christian (MD) 67-64.Andres Nachon scored 22 pts and Ivan Kalinin had 15.
White Team: The team held the lead the entire game, executed when it counted, and made big plays and big shots vs. Upper Room Christian School (NY) 50-42.Peter Barba scored 18 pts, Ashiv Jain had 9, Juron Tucker had 7 and two charges in a great defensive effort, and Satnam Singh had 6 pts and 14 rebs.
Match-ups switched, with the White Team playing Broadfording and Blue Team playing Upper Room in the Division 3 âChampionship Game.â
White vs. Broadfording. We dominated the match-up by pushing out to an early lead and never looking back. It was probably the best game we played over the entire weekend. Connor Schrader led the team with 19 pts, including 4 threes, Peter Barba had 13, Dinesh Mishra and Satnam Singh both pitched in with 10 each. Final score: IMG White - 69 Broadfording Christian - 44
Blue vs. Upper Room - *Division 3 Championship game* Hard-fought through the first three quarters, we took the lead in the fourth quarter after some great effort plays and defense by Tyler Talmadge, Ivan Kalinin and Mauricio Hinojosa. Ivan Kalinin and Andres Nachon led the team with 13 pts each and Tyler Talmadge had 12.
This game and a few of our other games from the weekend can be viewed on http://www.ihigh.com/ncsaa/
It was a great weekend of basketball and these two groups of young men deserve all the credit in bouncing back after a tough start and finishing the weekend on the highest note possible.
After the championship was won, we had the opportunity to check out a NBDL game between the Erie Bayhawks and the Sioux Falls Skyforce. This was a great opportunity, as two of the guys who participated in our Pre-Draft training, Anthony Mason Jr. and Marqus Blakely, start for the Skyforce. At the game, our group from IMG Academy were the only people in the crowd rooting for the Skyforce. Anthony Mason Jr. came out and nailed the first shot of the game and Marquis made some great defensive plays, but the Skyforce would fall to the Bayhawks. After the game, we had the chance to hang around and spend some time with Anthony and Marqus. It was a great end to an awesome trip and a great basketball weekend.