Finest in State |  Information, Sports activities, Jobs

Finest in State | Information, Sports activities, Jobs

Salamanca’s Lucus Brown, left, and Randolph’s Drew Hind compete within the tenth annual New York Summer time Hoops Pageant Basketball Coaches Pageant hosted by Johnson Metropolis Faculty. Submitted photograph

Drew Hind and Lucus Brown have each had their share of dominating nights on native basketball courts.

Final weekend, the pair obtained to see how they’d stack up in opposition to New York’s greatest.

Protected to say, it suits nicely.

Hind, getting into his sophomore yr at Randolph, was named to the All-Event Crew and Brown, getting into his junior yr at Salamanca, averaged double figures within the tenth annual Basketball Coaches Affiliation Summer time Hoops Pageant of New York hosted by Johnson Metropolis Colleges. .

“It was nice competitors, good basketball and numerous enjoyable. stated Randolph coach Kevin Hind, who’s Drew’s father and was an assistant with the Buffalo All-Star crew. “I obtained to know the 5 guys I coached with and Erik O’Bryan from Niagara Wheatfield. … We met numerous basketball individuals. It was only a nice weekend of basketball.”

“It was an amazing expertise for him. I feel he averaged 13 factors per sport and performed good protection. Salamanca coach Adam Bennett stated of Brown. “Greater than something, he liked coaching with these guys, being round his teammates and enjoying in opposition to a number of the greatest competitors within the state. It was an excellent expertise. He had a good time and as his coach I used to be proud to look at him play so nicely.”

The Buffalo squad had arguably the hardest schedule within the match, enjoying 4 video games in lower than 24 hours – ending spherical robin play earlier than some groups had even performed two video games.

Buffalo defeated Rochester 76-60 in its opener after which topped the Southern Tier 71-61. An 81-41 loss to eventual champion Hudson Valley adopted.

A detailed sport grew to a much bigger margin within the remaining minutes as Buffalo misplaced the ultimate spherical sport 73-62 to Suffolk.

“We missed a 3 and so they hit a 3, then we missed one other 3 and so they hit one other 3.” Hind stated. “It went from three factors to 9 factors in a short time.”

Within the fifth-place sport, the Southern Tier beat Buffalo 61-58 on a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left.

“Drew was the one sophomore on our crew and the one Buffalo man to make the all-tournament crew. … He had an excellent all-around weekend,” Hind stated. “He was by no means the very best scorer, however he was in double figures, performed nice protection and held the ball. It was good to play with different actually good gamers. You possibly can simply play basketball and it flows.”

Coming off his New York State Athletic Affiliation first crew this winter, Brown was the Buffalo Freshman-Sophomore Exhibition Most Invaluable Participant in March and now joins Hind representing the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Affiliation on the Summer time Hoops Pageant.

“I feel the factor that makes Lucus distinctive is that he is not married to outcomes. He simply focuses on getting higher each time he takes the ground whether or not it is on the BCANY competition, summer season league, particular person coaching or crew coaching. He simply desires to compete.” Bennett stated. “He simply loves the sport.”

“If I had been to vote, Lucus Brown would have been proper up there for the all-tournament crew.” Hind stated. “I obtained to know Lucus very nicely over the last two weeks. He is only a laborious employee and an excellent child. It was very good to know him as an individual. It is simple to see why he is been profitable as a result of he is labored actually, actually laborious. He is very humble and only a good child.”

For Hinds, it was their third time collaborating within the Summer time Hoops Pageant. Drew’s older brother, Tyler, performed at two of the festivals — getting into his junior and senior years. Kevin helped coach Tyler’s senior yr and Drew was the highest boy for the Buffalo crew.

“We’ve 9 guys to comply with this season that we have made mates with.” Kevin stated of the Buffalo gamers. “We have an interest to see how they are going to do and the way they are going to play.

“Drew and Lucus had been two of our greatest gamers. Hind stated, “and so they may come again subsequent yr, in order that’s thrilling.”

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