Saturday, July 28, 2012
Big week at AAU Nationals for Bridges, Gibson
By Brendan Hall
As another day of basketball begins at 11th Grade AAU Nationals in Orlando, Boston Warriors coach Mark Papas sends along some impressive information regarding two of his most outstanding players.
Point guard Greg Bridges, an incoming sophomore at New Mission playing with the 17-and-under squad, had an explosive effort for the Warriors' "Blue" team last night in an 86-69 win over Altamonte (Fla.) in the Division I tournament. The 5-foot-7 waterbug hit 11 three-pointers, as part of a 42-point effort. For the tournament this week, he is averaging 32 points per game.
Meanwhile Tyler Gibson, an incoming senior at Rockland High, has been putting up surreal numbers with the Warriors' "Black" club in the Division II bracket. For the week he is averaging 18 rebounds per game -- including 23 last night against Boo Williams (Va.) -- to go along with 15 points and five blocks. A handful of low-major Division 1 and Northeast-10 schools are expressing interest in the 6-foot-5 forward.
Also playing well this week for the Warriors have been Medway's Matt Ozzella (15 points per game), Danvers' Nick McKenna (15) and Staples (Conn.) guard Pete Rankowitz (13 points).