BrainBusters Fall (Ithaca) Wrap-Up (11/10/19)

On November 10, four Pennsylvania schools competed on NAQT’s IS-179 set at the seventh annual BrainBusters Fall Tournament in Ithaca, New York, taking two of the top four spots.

Stats are here.

Troy (NY) finished in first place, while Delaware Valley A took second place in the 24-team field. Emma led the team with 44.55 points per game and Chris, Darius, and Lucas each contributed over 16 PPG. DV A’s only losses were to NY’s Emma Willard and Troy teams, but their own B team gave them a scare in a 265-235 round 11 game, indicating a deep bench for this rebuilding program. Compared to their performance at Princeton’s tournament in September, which also used an IS set, their points per bonus statistic has improved from 15.26 to a promising 17.44, but their neg count has also increased to 31 negs over 11 rounds, which may be something to watch out for in the future. Wallenpaupack A finished in fourth place, taking the last of the HSNCT-qualifying spots. Gavin and Angela led them in scoring with 37.73 and 33.18 PPG respectively, and the team lost games to only DV A and Troy.

Lakeland A ended up in the second bracket after two prelim losses but proceeded to win all six of their afternoon games. Their closest match of the afternoon was a 140-130 win over Wallenpaupack B, which was led by AJ’s 42.27 PPG. Berwick‘s A team was led by Griffin’s 48.64 points per game and had close games all day, showing improvement from their performance at last month’s Tri-State Tussle, and it was good to see their B team getting more tournament experience as well.

A fifth Pennsylvania school and frequent competitor in the eastern half of the state, Moravian Academy, was also scheduled to play this tournament, but unfortunately an accident on the way there prevented them from doing so. We’re glad to hear that everyone is ok and we hope to see them at future events.

Clearly, the talent in the northeastern part of the state is rapidly improving, and we’re excited to see our teams continue to perform well at in-state and out-of-state tournaments. Best of luck to all our teams competing at the Henderson Invitational V and the University of Pittsburgh’s SAGACITY XIV this Saturday, November 17!

-Jackie

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