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NYBL Session 1 Recap

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The Inaugural Session of the NYBL took place this past weekend in Washington, DC and proved to be a tremendous success.  Most of the top Class of 2019 teams across the country were expected to show-up and did.  Teams from 15 states (Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, Arizona, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia) descended on the nation’s capital to compete at a high level.

The size, athleticism,  skill level of these teams was on full display from the get-go.  There were some great early match-ups, Deron Williams Elite vs All Ohio Red and Arizona Monsoon 2019 vs ETU Select.  As intense as some of these games were, we expect the intensity to continue to pick up as we move towards Session 2 in Augusta, South Carolina.

We followed Coach Brown’s Arizona Monsoon 2019 team all weekend long and came away impressed with their ability to constantly compete at a high level, their skill level, and their cohesiveness as a team.  Coach Brown has the unique ability of being able to challenge his team to overcome and grow-through challenges, for the sake of continuous improvement on and off the court.  This offers his team the unique ability to play without feeling much of the pressure that comes with playing at a high and competitive level.

Game 1 vs E1T1 (Florida) / Monsoon wins 67-52

Captains Trent and Blaise along with big-men Dillon and Jason led the team to victory.  Blaise, who always does the necessary things for his team to win, led the way early with key defensive steals and early offense assists.  With his buddy Trent hitting from the outside, and Jason and Dillon doing damage inside, the team put enough points between them to make it a comfortable victory.

Game 2 vs AC Murphy (Ohio) / Monsoon wins 45-29

Defense and Sharing of the ball were the keys to victory in the second game.  With Jason, Ethan, and Dillon doing a great job of defending the paint, the guards were allowed to go to work on their early offense.  Trent, Blaise, Jordan, Jake, and Nico did a great job of pushing the ball forward and giving it to their wings to finish.  Wings, Max and Lucas, both had highlight plays in the game.  Max had a tremendous pump fake and baseline drive to the basket to open up the game early in the first half.  Lucas put the game out of reach with his coast-to-coast drive midway through the second half to ensure victory for the team.

Game 3 vs WVExplosion (West Virginia) / Monsoon wins big

With the West Virginia team playing their third game of the day, Monsoon went to work early and did not let-up.  Jordan started the game with the three and Sam ended the game with a three to give the Monsoon win.

Game 4 vs All Ohio Red (Ohio) / Monsoon loses

The All Ohio Red team came in ready to send the West Coast team packed and ready for an early plane home.  They took an early 9-0 first quarter lead and it looked they would never look; especially after Monsoon point guard, Trent, was injured and would expose the Monsoon team to the All Ohio Red full court pressure.  Fortunately for the Monsoon team, Nico was ready to play his best game.  Having played against some of the Ohio team players at 2012 Nationals in Cocoa Beach, Nico looked comfortable and ready for battle.  He teamed up with Trent on the outside to hit three consecutive three point shots and teamed up with Dillon inside to somehow tied the game at 25 late in the second quarter.  The All Ohio Red would eventually pull away by 4 at the half, 10 in the 3rd and ultimately pulled away in the last 2 minutes of the game for the comfortable victory.

Game 5 vs ETU Select (Maryland)/ Monsoon wins in OT

The fifth and final game took place versus the host team, ETU Select.  Monsoon had a sluggish start to the game, but then took what appeared to be a commanding lead in the 2nd quarter, 28-18, after big man Ethan hit a three from the corner only to see the lead slip-away after a 13-0 run by ETU Select.  The game continued to go back and forth and had exciting end that led to OT. However, both Jason (inside) and Lucas (outside) were too much for ETU Select to overcome as Monsoon finally pulled away.  This game also featured the shot of Session 1 for the Monsoon team, a half-court shot from Lucas.

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