Last weekend, the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) hosted the George "Trigger" Burke Tipoff Tournament, at the South End's Cathedral High School.
Here is the official release from BABC on the event:
The BABC “Trigger” Burke (UMass ’56) Tipoff Tournament provided two action packed days, culminating with a great Final Four bracket of games at Cathedral High School on Sunday afternoon. The BABC Freshmen also participated in the tipoff tournament playing round robin games within their pool. The marquee freshmen game took place at Cathedral on Sunday, tipping with the BABC Freshmen facing the BABC West Freshmen. BABC West is a talented group of freshmen who play at Commonwealth Academy in Springfield. The game saw the BABC Freshmen take the 20 point victory by a score of 70-50. The BABC Freshmen were led by Jakigh Dottin who had 23 points, Jalyn Hinton who had 18 and Geo Baker also added 10 in the win.
The 10th grade finals were held, seeing Boston Elite take on the Middlesex Magic. In a back and forth game that saw Boston Elite take a comfortable lead in the second half, the Magic came storming back to get within one and provide an entertaining final three minutes. In the end, Boston Elite was able to pull out the 58-55 victory.
The 11th grade saw two great Final Four matchups. The first matchup saw Fairfield University Hall of Famer Troy Bradford’s United Sons and Daughters club take on the Middlesex Magic. The second semi-final saw BABC take on Carl Parker’s Maine MAC club. The BABC Junior’s were able to pull out the 73-60, despite leading a feisty Maine MAC team by 26 in the later parts of the second half. Maine MAC was led by Nick Mayo who tallied 14 points, Justin Martin with 12 points, and Kyle Bouchard who added 10. BABC was led by Durfee’s Tyree Robinson who notched a game high 20 points. Bruce Brown added 18, while Terance Mann added 12. Due to a Middlesex Magic forfeit, BABC took on a solid USAD team in the Championship game.
The Championship game was perhaps the best game of the tournament, going back and forth for much of the second half. In the end, BABC was able to come out with the well-earned hard fought 69-66 victory over a solid USAD team, though not closing the game in typical BABC fashion, as they held an 11 point advantage inside of three minutes to play. USAD was led by Isaac Vann who scored a game high 26 points and Tremaine Frasier who added 14. BABC was led by Bruce Brown who tallied a team high 19 points, Newton North product Thomas Mobley added 16, including a perfect 5 for 5 from beyond the arc, and Terance Mann added 15. BABC was without the services of 6’11” forward Jeremy Miller for the weekend.