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BABC juniors handle New England Burn

MANSFIELD — Since 1977, when Leo Papile established the Boston Amateur Basketball Club, he has been preaching the same two things: basketball IQ and intensity. And that is what the BABC juniors displayed in their 94-56 win over the New England Burn on the final day of the Veterans Classic at Mansfield Sportsplex on Sunday.

Lowell native Terrance Mann from Tilton School dominated the stat sheet for BABC with a game-high 30 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals.

“Terrance Mann is Michael Carter-Williams in two or three years,’’ said Papile. “Terrance will be doing the same thing that Michael is doing. He gets after all aspects of the game. He’s not interested in his individual, he’s interested in one thing: the scoreboard.”

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The Burn jumped to a 10-4 lead, but BABC (18-0) responded by putting together a 25-4 run to take the lead.

BABC’s high-pressured defense forced the Burn into 20 first-half turnovers.

“We press the whole game,’’ said Papile. “When you play some teams, they usually press when they’re behind, out of desperation when they’re down 10 points with four minutes to go, they’re trying to get back in the game. Our thing is to go full throttle.’’

BABC’s full-court press changed the momentum of the game, disrupting any rhythm the Burn tried to get into. Noble and Greenough junior Bobby Martin Jr. led the defensive charge for BABC with six blocks and five steals.

BABC’s defense allowed the players to get into transition and set up easy shots, and the team’s ball movement and spacing set up open shots.

Vermont Academy sophomore Bruce Brown and Tilton junior Franklin Porter each finished with four 3-pointers. Brown, a 6-foot-3-inch Dorchester native, finished with 19 points and nine assists.

Junior center Kyle Doucette (21 points, 7 rebounds) erupted in the second half, scoring 13 of the Burn’s 25 points.

While BABC’s junior team players are not eligible to receive any offers from colleges yet, Papile assured that all his players have bright futures.

“All these players are substantial Division 1 players,” Papile said.

“Only one guy, in 1992, chose not to go to college. He went to the military. But every other guy that’s graduated with us, that’s stayed for four years, has gotten a Division 1, which is about 95-96 percent, a Division 2 or Division 1 junior college scholarship.’’

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