Memorial Day 2011: The 15U squad traveled up to Albany for the GymRat Challenge this weekend and came out of there make a lot of noise.
They proceeded to go 3-0 in pool play and beat some very tough competition. After that they faced City Rocks Elite and beat them by 12.
With temperature reaching 90+ degrees the boys fought on to the next round (quaterfinals) and ran out of gas late in the 4th quarter and lost by 8.
If you think we are just writing our own hype, here is what nyhoops.com had to say today 5/30/11:
This weekend, Ravi Rozier and I made it up to the Gym Rat Challenge up in Albany. A high quality event for teams up and down the Northeast. Both of us pulled double duty as we were not only working for NYHoops.com, but we were working for John Kmack as apart of the Gym Rat Challenge staff as well. Ravi had the 16 beat covered, and I was on 15’s all weekend long.
The tournament started on Saturday morning at 8am, so I was at the University of Albany bright and early. Honestly, there was not a ton of local flavor at U. of Albany, but there definitely was high level 15 talent there.
“I got to see 2 local 15 teams on Saturday though. One team I saw was Team Frenji. When you first see Frenji take the court, you are taken aback by 7 footer Paschal Chukwu (Trinity ‘14). He is pretty thin, but he has what has to be a 7’7” wingspan, and he has great footwork. Originally from Nigeria, this big man just picked up basketball about a year ago, and is already starting to flourish. Not only was his footwork good in the post, he has great hands, and unlike some big men just learning the game, he keeps the ball in good spots and makes smart outlet passes.
With Chukwu inside, Frenji went 2-0 on Saturday as well. Matt Staubi (Rye Country Day ‘14) was a solid floor general who made good interior passes to the post, andPaul Emdin (Edgemont ‘14), who recently came back from injury proved to a nice weapon on the wing with his ability to put the ball on the floor and create off the dribble.”