Day 2 starts with 5am thunder and lightning, but the weather still proved no match for the energy of our campers as everyone was up and ready to go before the 7 o’clock hour. The afternoon match-ups featured the Heat (Coach Tony Jackson, Peekskill High) taking on the Pacers (Coach Ben Newburg, Mercy College). The game was close throughout as the camp’s top to big men, the Heat’s Pablo Hernandez (Spain) and the Pacer’s Dylan Painter (Hershey High School) traded blows early and often. Hernandez utilized his quickness against the bigger Painter, but Painter was just as tough a match-up in the post with his 6-6 frame. In the end, the Heat would prevail 59-54.
In another highly anticipated match-up, the Kings pulled away late behind the strong play of Anton Bouzon (Spain) and turned what was a close game at the end of three quarters into a 50-37 victory. In the defeat, Jack DeLong lead the way for the Nets with 14 points. The game featured some outstanding guard play with defense winning match-ups for most of the game.
The day was highlighted by three tournaments: the Situation tournament, No-Dribble tournament and 3-on-3 tournaments. The Pacers won the tournament on several well-designed and equally well-executed plays by all members of the team, edging out the Heat again. The players were reorganized for the No-Dribble tournament by Commissioner Claude Humphrey (this being only a sign of things to come). The winning team, who demonstrated great chemistry and basketball IQ, included: Pablo Hernandez, Tim Hsueh (Watchung Hills Regional), Carlos Bueno (Spain) and Jared Lenoir (Joliet Catholic Academy). Their balance proved too much for the competition, as they appeared to have played together for a long time even though it was the first time they hooked up on the courts. The winners of the 3-on-3 tournament showed similarly good chemistry, passing and cutting with precision as they sliced and diced their opponents on route. The winning team was Pablo Hernandez, Israel Brown (St. Mary’s, Ridgewood), and Michael Haberstroh (NEST, New York City).
Tomorrow’s playoff round will definitely be exciting as several trades occurred in the evening. The moves were approved by Commissioner Humphrey who followed up by saying, “the trades will definitely balance the teams and lead to more competitive match-ups for the remainder of camp.” He pointed out that “all teams were winners in these mid-camp transactions.” We will all find out exactly how much of a difference these moves made.
Here’s how it broke down:
Jake DeLong (to Spurs from Pacers)
Alvaro Marcos (to Pacers from Nets)
Jimmy Sheehan (to Nets from Spurs)
Jesse Astorga (to Lakers from Spurs)
Damar Potts (to Spurs from Lakers)