The Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) will be hosting the 12th annual Fitzy-Nolan Games late next month, following MIAA State Championships.
Courtesy of BABC executive director Britney Papile, here is the official press release:
BABC will open the 2014 season on March 21 at Quincy HS in the 12th annual "Fitzy-Nolan Games". The games are named after Quincy HS '66 Hall of Famer Paul Fitzpatrick, who went on to coach at Boston St. College (his alma mater) and led them to the NCAA Div. 3 Nationals in 1977. Coach Bob "Knobby" Nolan was Boys Basketball coach at North Quincy HS from 1965-1977 leading them to Greater Boston League titles in '65,'66,'69,'74. Both men were pioneers on the summer camp basketball circuit in the Boston area.
Accordingly, proceeds from this event help local players attend basketball camps across New England each summer. This year's event marks a new format with the event moving from Mt. Ida College to Quincy HS. Former Mt. Ida coach Rico Cabral founded the event in 2002 shortly after the death of Fitzpatrick, and after Nolan's passing a few years later he was added to the Memorial Game.
BABC Juniors (class of 2015) will play in the feature game at 7:30 p.m. This group enters the 2014 season with hopes of winning the club's 18th National Championship since its founding in 1977. This group reached the AAU 10th grade Division 1 final four last july in Orlando, finishing 55-4, and had a 15-0 fall 2013 record to begin this 2014 season. BABC features eight juniors and two sophomores this 2014 season. All are considered NCAA Division 1 prospects. Veterans Terrence Mann, a 6-6 combo guard from Lowell attending Tilton (N.H.) school; 6-10 power forward Jeremy Miller from Milton, attending New Hampton (N.H.) School; 6-6 forward Bobby Martin Jr. from Waltham, attending Noble & Greenough School in Dedham; lead the BABC Class of 2015. Sophomores Bruce Brown, 6-3 guard from Dorchester attending Vermont Academy; and 6-10 forward Terrell Brown, are the two players from the Class of 2016 on the BABC Junior team. BABC Juniors also feature three of the most productive players in MIAA basketball: juniors Tommy Mobley, 6-2 guard at Newton North; Aahmane Santos, 5-10 point guard at Catholic Memorial; and Tyree Robinson, 6-4 power forward at Durfee.
The BABC juniors will be opposed by a "South Select" team made up of juniors and seniors from the MIAA South Region, selected by a committee of area high school coaches and coached by North Quincy coach Kevin Barrett and Cohasset coach (North Quincy'60) Bo Ruggerio. The first game of the evening will be at 6:15 p.m., featuring the BABC freshmen vs. the "South Select" freshmen and sophomores coached by Quincy HS coach Dave Parry and Braintree HS coach Bob Crook. A further Quincy connection to this event is that BABC founder and Junior team coach Leo Papile North Quincy HS '71 (NQHS basketball Hall of Fame) and BABC Executive Director Britney Papile (attended NQHS for three years before transferring) are natives of the City of Presidents.
The Host Committee for this event include some of Quincy's favorite sons well known in the athletic, civic, and business world. Attorney George "Trigger" Burke former Norfolk County District Attorney, UMass '56 and Quincy HS'50 Basketball Hall of Famer; Attorney Dave "Chub" Mahoney, NQHS'72 (football Hall of Fame); Brian Donahue of J. Donahue Architects-Quincy, NQHS '71 and NCAA Division 1 basketball at Vermont; Rich Mahoney, NQHS '77 and NQHS basketball Hall of Fame, member of NCAA Division 3 National Champion at Clark University; Paul Bregoli NQHS'66 and current member of Quincy School Committee and longtime coach at NQHS; former quincy teacher and NQHS'66 alumni Jerry Mulvey owner of Granite Rail in Quincy; and 1510 AM Radio personality Roger Homan; and Quincy HS Freshman basketball coach Matt Ramponi. Their efforts assured that this outstanding event come home to Quincy where the individuals we honor in memory Paul Fitzpatrick and Knobby Nolan are eternally revered. Any further information can be found at thebabc.com.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting babc via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. BABC Juniors will tour the area that weekend with games on Sat March 22 at Worcester Academy at 10:30 and Noon vs. Central Mass Select and that same evening vs Rhode Island Select at CCRI-Warwick (junior game only) at 6 p.m. On Sunday, March 23 the weekend continues with BABC vs North of Boston Select at Salem St University. (Freshmen at 1030 a.m., juniors at noon).