PHOTO BY DAVE SHEAOFA’s Trent Sargent handles the ball in game last season. He will compete for the Section 10-7 team in the New York State Summer Hoop Festival in August.

The 9th Annual Basketball Coaches Association of New York Summer Hoops Festival will be hosted by the Johnson City Schools on August 2-3-4.

Teams representing every section of the state will compete in this premier basketball tournament and will be guaranteed at least three games.

But it is more than being involved in an outstanding tournament. Players will have the opportunity to compete alongside the best players in the state, represent their section, participate in clinics from college basketball coaches, and learn about the college recruiting environment.

“Our tournament strongly supports and encourages sportsmanship and the development of high school basketball in New York State,” said a spokesperson for the BCANY.

For the first time ever a team composed of Section 10 and Section 7 players will be testing their individual skills and team chemistry against some of the best high school talent in the country. In the past Section 7 players had to compete for spots on the Section 2 team and Section 10 players had to compete for spots on the Section 3 team through open tryouts.

The only Section 10 player to play in the tournament was Ogdensburg Free Academy’s Cael Sargent who played for the Section 3 team which won the festival title in 2017. Sargent went to enjoy a strong freshman season with St. Lawrence University.

The Section 10-7 team was chosen recently after tryouts at OFA and St. Lawrence University and will be coached OFA JV Coach and former Heuvelton Central Varsity Coach Scott Sargent. Nate Bilow of Northern Adirondack and Joe Reyome of St. Lawrence Central will serve as assistant coaches.

All teams in the festival are limited to one week of practice at the end of July.

“It is an outstanding opportunity for our guys. They will have the opportunity to compete against some of the best talent in the country. Nothing negative will come out of this” said Sargent.

“I was asked to be the head coach because I had the opportunity to experience the festival when my son Cael played. It is an outstanding tournament with a lot of players with just amazing athletic ability. Some teams will have Division I recruits and the Buffalo team has world class talent.”

Earning spots on the first Section 10-7 team are: guards Mesean Johnson and Trent Sargent and guard-forward Tristin Lovely of Ogdensburg Free Academy, forward Trent Lashua and guard Brendan Harmer of Madrid-Waddington, guard Jayden Sullivan of Harrisville, guard Jonah McDonald of Chateaugay, forward Carter Matzdel of Ausable Valley who is the team’s tallest player at 6-3, guard Tom Murray of Seton Catholic and center Broc Cox of Gouverneur . Chosen as alternates are: Aiden Decillis of Malone and Ethan Barney of Massena.

“We are definitely going to be undersized,” said Sargent.

“We will have to shoot the ball well and take care of the ball. But I am confident that we will know how to play together. The guys have taken this on as a challenge”

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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