Sunday was filled with fun and excitement as hundreds of fans packed the stands at San Mateo High School to watch the finale of one of the best summer basketball leagues the Bay Area has to offer. Everyone had great time as they got to witness a fast-paced middle school game, a high-flying slam dunk contest, and a highlight-filled men’s final. The fans also got involved by bringing signs, trumpets, and their best chants in hopes of willing their teams to victory. With so much support, it’s no wonder that the players performed at their highest level during the final day of the season.
Middle School Championship: Alameda vs San Francisco
Judging from the high level of play in this game, the future of Bay Area basketball is very bright. Alameda jumped out to an 8-0 lead to start the game and never looked back. Despite a valiant effort from Travion Speed (14 points), San Francisco could not overcome Alameda’s relentless attack. With 14 points from Zack Reese and 10 points from Karlo Salazar leading the way, Alameda stayed in complete control of this game. The final score was 30-21 in favor of Alameda. Congratulations to Alameda county, the 2014 BACC middle school champions!
Middle School Awards:
MVP – J’Kazee Dorrough (Alameda)
Impact Player of the Year – Landon Smaw (San Francisco)
Defensive Player of the Year – Travion Speed (San Francisco)
Team Player of the Year – Gabe Martin (San Francisco)
Men’s Championship: San Francisco vs San Mateo
From the start of this game, it was clear that the BACC provides one of the premier Bay Area basketball leagues. San Francisco’s frenetic defense led to San Mateo turnovers and fast break points, allowing them to obtain a 29-24 lead at halftime. With 8 minutes remaining in the game, Leroy Anderson threw down a vicious dunk in which he got fouled and made the free throw. That play (easily the best of the day), extended the lead to 8 points for San Francisco. Martin scored 2 of his game-high 21 points to bring San Mateo within 4 points of San Francisco. However, that’s as close as the game would get as San Francisco fought off a feisty San Mateo squad to win the 2014 BACC Men’s basketball league championship by a score of 57-50.
MVP – Marquel Hoskins (San Francisco)
Impact Player of the Year – Josh Hatcher (San Francisco)
Defensive Player of the Year – David Moore (San Mateo)
Dunk Contest Winner – Manny Martin (San Mateo)
Though only two teams walked away with trophies, everyone left having enjoyed a great day of basketball and relationships. No one wanted to leave because the vibe was so positive. 2014 was a great year for the BACC basketball league and will only get better in the years to come. With BACC leading the way, the future of Bay Area basketball is in good hands.