Intermediate/Senior Basketball League Championships
The 10-team Intermediate/Senior Basketball League (I/SBL) has completed the post-season tournament this past week crowning California and Boston College as the 2012 Senior and Intermediate division champions respectively. In the 4-team Intermediate division the semi-final games were held last Saturday. In the opener Boston College defeated U.N.C. by a score of 63-58. A.J. Monteiro (25) led Boston College while Dante Lopes (21) led U.N.C.. This game was followed by Stanford defeating Georgia Tech 55-51. Stanford was led by Jerry Lopes (13) while Noah Moore (19) led Georgia Tech. This moved Boston College and Stanford into the best of three championship series. In game one it was the duo of A.J. Monteiro (23) and Ralph Jean-Baptiste (18) leading the way for Boston College, capturing a 70-62 victory. Junior Monteiro (26) led the Stanford attack. In the second game Stanford was able to close the gap but still came up short 68-64. Ralph Jean-Baptiste (25) led the offense for Boston College while Stanford was led by Damonte Turner (14). In the 6-team Senior division the first quarter-final game saw Michigan get by UConn by a score of 64-56. Christopher Shelton (28) and Marcus Campbell (21) led the Michigan offense while Malik James (28) and Ronnie Jackson (10) led UConn. In the second quarter-final game California knocked out Florida 46-41. Jonge DaSilva (20) and Kaylab Silva (11) led California while Florida was led by Joshua Hall (12) and Ben Lawler (12). In the first of two semi-final games N.C. State pulled off a close one, defeating Michigan 78-76. Tre Fernandes (20) and Philip Lodge (16) led N.C. State while Marcus Campbell (27) and Christopher Shelton (27) led Michigan. In the later game it was California bumping off Kentucky 52-49. California was led by Jonge DaSilva (29) and Jordan Williams (7) while Eduardo DeLeon (18) and David Turner (13) led Kentucky. This set-up a California vs. N.C. State championship series. In game one of the best of three championship it was California, opening up a half-time lead and then holding on for a 62-60 victory. Jordan Williams (16) and Stanley Harris (14) led California while Philip Lodge (23) and Rayshaw Matthews (18) led N.C. State. In the second game N.C. State rebounded to capture a hard-earned 73-54 victory. N.C. State was led by the tandem of Philip Lodge (29) and Rayshaw Matthews (20) while it was Jonge DaSilva (17) and Stanley Harris (14) leading the way for California. In the decisive game three California overcame a half-time deficit to capture a 73-65 victory. For California it was Jonge DaSilva (22) and Jordan Williams (18) leading the way while Rayshaw Matthews (17) and Christopher Vasquez (9) led N.C. State.
Congratulations to California and Boston College on their championship seasons. Also, our thanks to the volunteer coaches and referees for their assistance during the season. For those teens interested in Basketball, next up will be the 16-team Safe Summer Streets Basketball League, which will include divisions for Girls (13-18), Intermediate Boys (13-15) and Senior Boys (15-18). The league will begin play on 7/5 with games held during the evening hours. Please note spots are being filled on a first come basis. For information, or to register, please contact Athletic Director, Bruce Seals at ext. 2210.
Teen Leadership Programs
The members of the Keystone Club, our teen leadership development group club, have enjoyed a busy Spring season, recently taking part in a Food Pantry with The Greater Boston Food Bank for 300+ families at the Hennigan School in Jamaica Plain, as well as volunteering at the Massachusetts Special Olympics held at Harvard Stadium this past Saturday. Next up for the group will be a Junior/Senior Class overnight to New York City at the end of the month. The group is also planning service projects for July and August. A second leadership program is the Career Prep program, which is winding down the school-year program in advance of the much larger Summer program. Thanks to our ongoing partnerships with the Boston Youth Fund, Boston Private Industry Council, M.L.K. Scholars with John Hancock and others, over 100 teens will be placed in meaningful employment within the Boys and Girls Club. Those teens selected are currently being processed and will take part in a full-day training on 6/29. In addition, we are working with several partners to place teens in positions outside of the Club including the Boston Police Department, U-Mass Boston, and the Boston Youth Fund. For information on the Keystone Club, or the Career Prep program, please contact Mike Joyce at 617-288-7120, ext. 2110.