Reis Basketball Academy (New Britain) has little difficulty against Portland in opening round of Nutmeg Games 9th grade boys basketball tournament

Published on Thursday, 2 August 2018 19:52
Written by TYLER ROAIX


NEW BRITAIN - There wasn’t much competition for Reis Basketball Academy (New Britain) in the opening round of the Nutmeg Games 9th grade boys basketball tournament.

Using an up-tempo offense and its athleticism to create high-percentage shots, Reis dominated CT Basketball Academics (Portland) from start to finish, cruising to a 57-29 win at New Britain High School Thursday night.

“When we get up and down the floor with this fast team, we get easy buckets,” Reis head coach Ty Yopp said after the game. “We don’t try to take those long-range shots. We try to get inside and get layups. That’s the style of play we want to have. We want less dribbles, more passes, layups and easy buckets.

Niko Schand was the leader for New Britain’s offensive effort. He had 15 points in the game, 14 of which came in the paint.

“I was really trying to pass the ball a lot actually,” Schand said. “But I had my chances to get some baskets and rebound the ball. I just did what I had to do to help my team.”

One reason New Britain was able to put up so many points was by grabbing rebounds at both ends of the floor. As a team, Reis tallied 44 total rebounds, 21 of them came on the offensive end. On the other side, Portland had 23 rebounds total rebounds as a team and five on the offensive end.

“We had the size advantage,” Yopp said. “We used our height. The only thing we need to do is start boxing out more. Height is a big factor now, but at the next level, you have to know how to box out.”

Dennis Forbes led all players with 11 rebounds in the game for New Britain. Schand had six rebounds, three of which came on the offensive end.

“Me and my friends really use our balance [skill-set wise] we know we have against those little kids,” Schand said. “We know they’re little and it makes no sense for them to catch a rebound over us.”

Another factor was Reis’ defense. Portland had 18 turnovers in the game, eight of which came off of steals.

“We want that aggressive style of play on defense,” Yopp said. “It allows us to get into that transition game on offense and really run the floor.”

But while Reis may have won handily in the opening round, Yopp still believes improvements can be made as the tournament continues into the weekend.

“Less turnovers and rebounding,” Yopp said. “We have to focus on really boxing out and doing the little things correctly - getting on the floor for loose balls.”

Schand reiterated Yopp’s point that rebounding will be a focal point for the team going forward, but also said ball movement was key as well.

“If a guy is open, you have to give them a look so they can take the shot,” Schand said.

Reis has two more games on its schedule, one tonight and one Saturday, before the medal rounds.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 2 August 2018 19:52. Updated: Thursday, 2 August 2018 19:54.