PHD seventh graders capture Super 32 crown

Connecticut Premier Hoops’ 7th grade boys basketball team, coached by Drew Carothers, participated in the Super 32 Tournament in Trumbull, over the Mothers Day weekend.

The first pool game was played against the West Hartford Magic on May 10.

PHD played a high level of man-to-man defense, capped off by Stephen Paolini and Josh Cappello taking the ball away from Magics’ top offensive threat.

In the second half, PHD made a 15-0 run to seal the victory 64-36.

In the remaining pool games, PHD defeated CT Elite (Trumbull) and D Athleticz Club (Bridgeport) by an average margin of 24 points to earn a bid to the championship on May 11.

In the title game, PHD was handed a rematch with the West Hartford Magic. The Magic came in with a different game plan from pool play. In the first half, the Magic were pounding the ball inside and finishing around the basket.

With eight minutes remaining PHD switched up its defensive scheme, mixing in a full court press and half court trap. PHD was able to finish the half on a 10-0 run, taking a 32-18 lead into the break.

The bulk of the second half had the teams exchanging baskets until the six-minute mark, when the Magic hit three unanswered 3-pointers to cut the deficit to eight points.

On PHD’s next possession, Gabe Andrews hit a key 3-pointer to put PHD back up by 11.

PHD switched back to a heavy half court trap and was able to go on another 10-0 run to put the game out of reach.

PHD won the championship, 60-43. This was its first tourney of the year. Colton Nichols finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Paolini had 17 points. Jack Therriault also finished with a double double, 10 points and 10 rebounds.