This past weekend, the Lakers AAU basketball team, based in Halifax, received the opportunity to shine on a national stage. In doing so, the team did not disappoint.
The team competed in the Division III 17U AAU National Championships in Hampton, Virginia from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1 and certainly had their bright moments.
In the first round of the tournament, the Lakers played a strong game over a tough opponent from the midwest. They defeated the Kazoo Blues (based in Michigan) and came up with a 65-59 win on neutral ground. Danny Dugan netted a team-high 20 points for the Lakers while Josh Gilbert chipped in 18 more points.
As the tournament progressed, the Lakers faced a couple more tough opponents and while they could not come out on top in either of those matchups, Steve Fabrizio and Cam Danahy both had sharp performances in their second game. Fabrizio had a double-double, scoring 13 points while grabbing 12 rebounds; Danahy also scored a team-high 13 points while adding six rebounds for the Lakers.
It would be an understatement to say that the Halifax team, coached by Jake Gilbert and Reed Grenon, relies heavily on quite a few Silver Lake basketball players. Such players include: rising seniors Cam Danahy, Tony McNiff, Jack Peterson, Danny Duggan, Josh Murphy, Josh Gilbert and Dan Coffey and rising sophomore Ben Lofstrom. The team also features Steve Fabrizio, a Duxbury High student and Kevin Keenan who attends BC High.
It is certainly beneficial for the Silver Lake boys’ basketball team to have so many of its players working to improve their game during the offseason. After all, the Lakers AAU team’s season has been going on since late March as they continue growing and developing as players.