These days upsets are all the rage and we certainly had our share of them at this first ESU session. The finals match-up featured both wildcard teams, the Lakers and the Nets, each having limped into the playoffs. But they got hot at the right time and that’s the only thing that matters as they both compete for the distinguished title of Camp Champs. The game was intense from the jump and remained that way throughout. We expected nothing less from these two teams who have scrapped and clawed their way all the way to the doorsteps of the championship. Behind the Spanish trio of Xavier Aguilar, Roberto Martinez and Ignacio Garcia, the Lakers jumped out to an early lead. But the Nets, led by forwards Jimmy Sheehan and DJ Boukerdenna (Spain) stormed back and turned the game into a back-and-forth affair. Martinez and Boukerdenna had a battle for the ages on the blocks on both ends of the court as neither was willing to give an inch. Friends from Spain, both were physical and making their presence felt. The match-up between the two best point guards in camp was definitely fun to watch as well. The Lakers’ Xavier Aguilar and the Nets’ Jake DeLong put on a dribbling and passing clinic with their sweet drives and dishes. When the final whistle sounded, the Nets would prevail.
Congratulations to all ESU Camp Award Winners