The eager campers on Day 3 jumped off to a great start at their stations which included Rebounding, Screening, Foot work, and Game Condition Dribbling. The campers showed great intensity and gave their all in the morning session with Johnny Hilaire (Woburn, MA) leading the way at the Rebounding station where he showed off his great bouncing ability and his good positioning to get rebounds. Zaire Rogers (Houston, TX) has improved his ball handling in the 3 days that he’s been here and it was obvious watching him in the Condition Dribbling station. Little guy Chris White (Paramus, NJ) is everything but little while on the court. At the Screening station, it was evident that he does not mind doing the dirty work which makes him an important player on his team. Without proper foot work, the game of Basketball won’t be any easier. Someone who did very well at the Foot work station was Max Peguero (Hariman, NY) which at one point during the drill was used as an example to show the proper way to move through the course. Stations are always fun to watch but lets see how well these up and comers do in real game situations.
The afternoon session of Day 3 was one to remember thanks to the 2 magnificent semifinals games that took place between the Lakers/Heat and the Spurs/Celtics. In the first game, Celtics leader Max Peguero (Hariman, NY), seemed to not be able to miss any of the shots he had taken. His scoring was over the top but what made things even better was his ability to get right back on defense and help make the stops necessary to maintain the slim lead they had throughout much of the first 3 quarters. The Spurs, trailing for the most part of the game, would make a strong comeback thanks to the great determination and will that was shown by Myles McDermott (Milton, MA). McDermott never took a play-off while on the floor and was the deciding force that helped the Spurs get back in the game to take the lead eventually resulting in a 57-51 victory.
The second game of the afternoon was a nail biter between the Lakers vs. the Heat. From the opening tip to the ending whistle, both teams played a very up-tempo, hard-nosed style of basketball which isn’t often seen. Scoring fluctuated back and forth but maintained dominance throughout due to the Lakers skilled one two punch of Joowan Gooding (Milton, Ma) and Brandon Foster (Morovis). Gooding displayed great ball control and even better decision making, such as finding a great scorer in Foster which would prove to be very important for the outcome of the game. As well as the Lakers did scoring the ball, the Heat kept playing their style of basketball and stayed in the game thanks to the great all around playing of Christian Denis (Brooklyn, NY), whose strongest attributes was his rebounding skills. With seven seconds left and the Lakers thinking the victory was in the bag, Gregory Mah (Chatham, NJ) received a great pass that found him open for a buzzer beating 3-pointer forcing overtime, just adding to the great game he had all around. The Overtime quarter was definitely necessary for this intense game but the spark faded rather quickly for the Heat where Gooding would take over and lead the Lakers on to victory, 61-53.
Rebounding Station with Coach Eford