Hampered by injuries to two key cogs, and already playing with a short bench, the Boston Amateur Basketball Club's 15-year-olds were able to persevere their way into the finals of the AAU Super Showcase, at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
After making it to the Sweet Sixteen of the tournament, the BABC knocked off Dorian's Pride (Mich.), Florida Family and Team United (N.C.), before losing to D.C. power Team Takeover in the championship, 61-54.
Boston native Wayne Selden, the No. 7 overall Class of 2014 player, grabbed his share of attention as usual with a team-high 22 points -- "He ran it," coach Eggie McRae said -- while Bonzie Colson (12 points) and Damion Smith (11 points, nine rebounds) were solid contributors. But once again, point guard and Brockton native Jonathan Joseph (eight points, eight assists) was the unsung hero throughout the tournament.
"He ran the show," McRae said of Joseph, who is transferring from Brockton High to Putnam Science Academy (Conn.) and re-classifying to 2015. "Shoot, we had 8 games, and he might have came out a total of 10 minutes. He was like a maestro. He could do no wrong, he was maybe an 8 to 1 assist-to-turnover ratio for the week."
Early on in the tournament, the BABC lost Tyree Robinson and Joey O'Connell to injuries, forcing them to use sometimes as few as six players in games. But just like in Little Rock earlier this month, they were able to weather the storm.
"These players got big hearts," McRae said. "We don't get there without heart."