Saturday, June 11, 2016

Rumble in the Bronx 17U Pool Play - Castle Athletics vs Asphalt Green

June 11, 2016

     The first game I watched at the Rumble on Saturday was a real competitive matchup between two NYC teams; Castle Athletics (Adidas Circuit) and Asphalt Green. It turned out to be a game of runs as Asphalt Green took an early eight point lead on the heels of the outside shooting of 6-2 shooting guard Justin Fishman (2017). Castle, however, would close the gap with some strong inside play from bigmen Opong Bramble (2017) and Victor Potter (2018). After Castle went up 10 six minutes into the second half, Asphalt Green would go on the last run of the game behind more hot shooting from Fishman and Damont Kearse (2016). They would go on for a 65-59 victory. Castle was led in the game behind 17 points and 11 rebounds from Bramble. They also received 10 points apiece from Potter and guard Justin Sneed (2017). Asphalt Green received solid outings from their forward duo of Miles Payton (2016) and Darren Jones (2017), who did an excellent job rebounding against a much bigger Castle frontline.

Standouts:

Justin Fishman (2017) and Damont Kearse (2016) - Kearse and Fishman put on a shooting clinic in the victory scoring 23 and 22 points respectively. Both players connected four times from long range and did nice job finishing around the basket.

Opong Bramble (2017) - Bramble is a strong finisher around the basket and is a powerful athlete at  6-6. He had a momentum changing slam in transition and also showed a nice jump hook move out of the post.

Victor Potter (2018) - Just a rising junior, Potter's athleticism already stands out on the court. He had a pair of beautiful alley-oops finishes and was very active battling on the offensive glass.

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