Boston Shootout

BABC wins big in Boston Shootout

MEDFORD - It doesn’t pass the eye test and its roster doesn’t include any of the nation’s top prospects, but for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club’s sophomore team, none of that matters.

They just win.

On Sunday, the BABC improved to 39-0 on the season, winning the sophomore division of the 40th annual Boston Shootout, 74-69, over The City (New York) at Tufts’ Cousens Gymnasium.


The BABC sophomores’ record over the past two seasons now stands at 111-1.

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“It’s [because of] their experience, their tenacity, and their execution,’’ said BABC coach Leo Papile, whose freshman and junior squads also won their divisions of the Shootout. “They’re a very good team that, going forward, we’re excited about.’’

The core of the sophomore team includes four players - Brockton’s Jonathan Joseph (Putnam Science Academy, Conn.), Fall River’s Curtis Cobb (Durfee) and Tyree Robinson (Putnam Science Academy), and New Bedford’s Bonzie Colson (St. Andrews School) - that have been with the BABC since the fifth grade.

As a group, they’ve won two national championships, traveling from Little Rock, Ark., to Las Vegas along the way.

“For young guys, they’ve already been all over and they just win,’’ said Papile. “They’re just a real resilient bunch.’’


Midway through the second half that resiliency was put to the test, as the sophomores fell behind, 62-56. They responded by going on a 10-0 run, led by Robinson - who finished with 24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, without a turnover - to secure the win.

“We’re not pretty. We’re not skill-oriented. We’re just smash-mouth basketball,’’ said Papile.

The BABC juniors won their division by forfeit after the New England Playaz decided to leave the tournament after falling to Mass Rivals, 90-82, in a game played earlier in the day.

Despite the loss, the Playaz won their pool and earned a berth in the finals, but coach Bill Lovette chose not to allow his team to play citing their effort level, according to Papile.

Thus, the BABC’s 64-51 victory over the Albany City Rocks earlier in the day became the junior level title game. Charlestown’s Tyrese Hoxter led the BABC juniors with 19 points.


In the final game of the day, the BABC defeated the Albany City Rocks, 92-62, in the championship game of the freshman division, with help from Bruce Brown, who finished with a game-high 21 points.

In two days at the tournament, Brown, who attends Wakefield High School, wowed onlookers with his athletic ability and flair.

The freshman received high praise from Papile, who likened him to one of the Boston Shootout’s original stars, Ronnie Lee.

“Ron Lee was the No. 4 pick in the 1976 NBA draft and he was also drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and by Major League Soccer,’’ said Papile. “He’s just one of those guys and Bruce Brown reminds me of [him].

“They called [Lee] the ‘Kamikaze Kid’ when he was playing for Oregon and just like him, Bruce Brown makes plays.’’

After the tournament ended, Papile said, “Boston three, New York zero. You can’t ask for any more than that, right?’’