Fairfield County team wins National Division title

The Academic Basketball Club U-17 team members are coach Doug Scott, Greg Lawrence, Alex Preston, Pete Kotulsky, Hayes Kelchner, Justin Seideman, Nik Parker, Carter Scott, Jorden Means, Matt Kronenberg, Marcus Fox and Cole Prowitt-Smith.

The Academic Basketball Club U-17 team members are coach Doug Scott, Greg Lawrence, Alex Preston, Pete Kotulsky, Hayes Kelchner, Justin Seideman, Nik Parker, Carter Scott, Jorden Means, Matt Kronenberg, Marcus Fox and Cole Prowitt-Smith.

The Fairfield County based Academic Basketball Club U-17 team went 5-0 and captured the National Division championship at The New England Recruiting Report, sponsored North East Hoops Fest this past weekend in greater Boston.

In the title game, ABC used high intensity defense and share-the-ball offense to take down a previously unbeaten South Shore Nets from Boston, 54-44.

ABC applied the great length and hustle of 6-7 Pete Kotulsky (Norwalk), 6-6 Hayes Kelchner (Fairfield), 6-8 Alex Preston (Darien) and 6-5 Greg Lawrence (Fairfield) to defend the rim and deny offensive rebounds.

The result kept South Shore 22 points below their tourney game scoring average.

ABC’s big back line also enabled guards Nik Parker (Weston), Matt Kronenberg (Wilton), Justin Seideman (Westport), Cole Prowitt-Smith (Fairfield) and Carter Scott (Darien) to aggressively deny and challenge South Shore’s long ball shooters.

At the other end of the court, South Shore could not return the favor. The championship game made it a perfect five for five streak, where every ABC player scored in the game. Marcus Fox (Danbury) put up the biggest total, with 15 points, including two threes.

In the semifinal game, ABC took down a previous unbeaten BV Chaos team from Greater Worcester, 64-49.

The ABC offense was flowing from all angles. Fox scored 13. Kotulsky (8 points) rattled the rim with a couple of convincing dunks. Prowitt-Smith (9 points) used the ABC screens masterfully to his advantage. Preston (8 points) flashed a strong back-to-the-basket game. Kronenberg, Seideman and Scott led the game in assists.

In pool play, ABC were rude Sunday morning guests against a hometown team in the South Shore Field House in Pembroke, MA.

Jorden Means (White Plains) was perfect from behind the arc with three threes and at the foul line, scoring 13 to lead all scorers. Prowitt-Smith also put up another multi three point shot game. Parker, Kronenberg and Scott also dropped in the long ball.

Kelchner, Preston, Lawrence and Kotulsky kept the South Shore basket net from getting much wear and tear. Seideman orchestrated the prolific ABC scoring.

On Saturday, in Taunton, MA., ABC showed off both its depth and balance in its NEHF opener. They defeated a Premier Hoops team of Massachusetts, 69-49.

Premier used a pesky zone and some impressive three point shooting to slow the pace and keep the game close 28-24 through the first half. By the second half though, ABC did a better job of fighting through the screens and overplaying the shooters, which ended up holding PH to just 15 second half points.

Preston and Parker were big factors in the defensive lockdown. Kotulsky, Lawrence and Fox gave ABC a decisive edge on the boards.

In the second game of the evening, ABC’s offense got untracked in a well-played game taking out Boston’s Middlesex Magic 72-64. The undefeated Magic were aggressive and tough minded. ABC responded well, including making 29 of 34 free throw attempts.

Jorden Means loved the attack-the-basket pace, leading all scorers with 15, and making nine of his 10 free throws count. The ABC depth prevented any player from putting up huge stats, because no one player played more than half the game’s minutes.

But the depth also made it very hard for Middlesex to guard the Whack-a-Mole offense. Lawrence and Fox did damage at the rim with 10 points each. Scott scored 10, including ABC’s only 3 pointers. Seideman, Kronenberg and Prowitt-Smith defused the Magic’s extended ball pressure and made the prolific ABC offense flow.

The Academic Basketball Club is founded and directed by Stamford’s Harvey Rubin. Rubin assembles his teams from players with strong academic profiles and an interest in being scouted by high academic colleges. The team was coached by Doug Scott, the varsity boys coach at Greens Farms Academy in Westport.

 

 

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