After taking down the Oakland Soldiers earlier this morning, the Boston Amateur Basketball Club will face YOMCA of Memphis in the EYBL Final tonight at the Peach Jam, in North Augusta, S.C. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU at 7 p.m.
The BABC defeated the Soldiers, 78-66, to move on to the final against YOMCA, which beat the Georgia Stars in the tournament's other seminfinal. Yesterday, the BABC notched an overtime win over Ontario power CIA Bounce, and followed up with wins over Howard Pulley of Minnesota and Team Takeover of Washington, D.C..
ESPN recruiting analysts Paul Biancardi and Mike LaPlante broke down the Final Four field today, and said the following of the BABC:
The BABC team from Boston is one of the toughest and best defensive teams in the EYBL. It has lost only one game during the regular season and one game in pool play during the Peach Jam. BABC is lead offensively by 5-foot-10 2013 PG Jaylen Brantley (Springfield, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson) and 6-7 2012 PF Georges Niang (Methuen, Mass./The Tilton School), who is committed to Iowa State. SF Jake Layman (Wrentham, Mass./King Philip Regional) is also a good outside shooter and zone-buster.
Defensively, the backbone of the team is 6-10 2013 C/PF Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./The Tilton School), who is one of the best shot-blockers in the country. SG Dominique Bull (Worcester, Mass./The Tilton School), 2013 SG/PG defensive whiz Rene Castro (Milton, Mass./Beaver Country Day) and 2014 stud SG/SF Wayne Selden (Boston/The Tilton School) are slashers offensively and solid perimeter defenders.
BABC is a tough team to beat as it forces its opponent to the basket and into the waiting arms of Noel. Offensively, everyone works the ball for the best shot, generally going inside to Niang or outside to Brantley.