In the opening session of the NYBL, a couple of West Division teams flexed their muscles early. On Friday, Mark Brown’s 4th ranked Arizona Monsoon got off to a good start with a 67-52 win over 8th ranked Each 1 Teach One (E1T1). According to Brown, the game was “very competitive,” and despite E1T1’s length, they were able to defend well, and to hold on to a second half lead. Masoon’s next game is at 12:00 against Ohio’s Murphy AC. Standouts of Masoon included Dylan Dipena and Trent Brown.
The second game of the night pitted Maryland’s ETU Select against Texas’ Deron Williams Elite. Deron Williams raced out to a 22-2 lead, and despite the fact that ETU would later cut the lead to 8 points by the 3rd quarter, D. Will. held on to claim a convincing 56-36 win over one of the top teams in the northeast. When asked about his team’s early deficit, ETU Coach Andrew Brelsford indicated that he started the game without 3 starters, 1 of which never showed up for the game. Standouts for ETU Select included Terrance Williams and Josh Wyatts. According to Coach Josh Woodson, the early run as all about pressure and a balanced attack. “We hustled on defense and tried to run,” added Woodson. The standouts for Deron Williams included Reece Maxey, Chris Harris and Bryce Okpoh. Next up for Deron Williams is 6th Man Warriors at 1:20pm.
Some of Saturday’s key matchups include Team Izod/Sports U vs Carolina PREPS, Arkansas Soldierz vs Ohio Select and 6th Man Warriors vs Future Phenoms. Stay tuned for Saturday updates.