The head coach and founder of the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) had his sophomore and junior teams play back-to-back games on Sunday at the BABC's Veterans Day Classic at Roxbury's Shelburne Community Center. Even with little rest and a small roster, both squads earned victories, with the juniors winning, 80-58, over the South Shore LOX and the sophomores dispatching the South Shore Wolfpack, 68-48.
"We try to make it hard on ourselves playing back-to-back because we're the host," said Papile. "Not many teams would do that. We figure rather than a couple hours rest, we'll go back-to-back. We try to stack the deck as much as we can to push ourselves."
With only five players on the roster for the junior team, Papile had his sophomores see action the LOX, a team made primarily of juniors and seniors. After a sluggish first half that found LOX leading 32-30 at halftime, BABC exploded with a 24-0 run to put the game away.
Central Catholic sharpshooter Tyler Nelson led all scorers with 29 points and scored 18 of his team's points during the run, including four consecutive three-pointers. Bob Ahearn and Terrance Mann also reached double figures with 13 and 12 points respectively.
"I thought early on their physical strength kept them in the game for a good half," Papile said. "I thought in the second half of a 40 minute game, the residual effect of our pressure made them play a little bit too fast."
The hosts applied pressure throughout, garnering 18 steals in the contest that wore down LOX.
"It was a gradual rise for us," Papile said. "Like a decision in boxing, not a knockout. I think it became unanimous at the end."
In the ensuing contest against the South Shore Wolfpack, the BABC sophomores grabbed a double-digit lead in the opening six minutes and never looked back. Ahearn, Henry Bolton and Bonzie Colson led the way with 14 points apiece, and Mann added 12. Colson and Nick Cambio (9 points) nearly had double-doubles as each grabbed nine rebounds.
The Classic closes out what was another successful summer and fall campaign for the BABC, which claimed the 10th grade AAU national championship in July for the third year in a row.
"It was a good way for us to end up our fall season," Papile said. "This is sort of our spring football, because now the prep school guys start practice on Saturday, the MIAA guys start the Monday after Thanksgiving. We've had a good five-week fall, going undefeated."
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