As the popular Nike slogan goes, basketball never stops. Those three words hold true even on the Cape amid the humid, muggy summer months.
Seven schools and eight teams have gathered every Tuesday and Thursday at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center for the facility’s annual high school summer league. It’s there where teams hope to gain continuity and experience while staying in game shape instead of sitting on the couch or lying on the beach.
Dennis-Yarmouth, Cape Cod Academy, Monomoy, Mashpee, Nauset, Sandwich and two Barnstable teams battled it out in a seven-game schedule before a four-team playoff began on August 6. The season culminated on August 8 in an 8 PM championship game. Each game is played on a shortened court with two 20-minute halves of running time, until the playoffs where they get use of the full court.
Though neither Bourne nor Sandwich participated, there were two players native to those towns who helped lead their teams to the finals. Below is a recap of the large division playoff games.
Cape Cod Academy 53, Nauset 43
In a battle between high-profile scoring guards, rising sophomore Jaeden Greenleaf, a Bourne native, got the upper hand of rising Nauset rising senior Bobby Joy in the HYCC summer league semifinals.
The Seahawks guard, just like Joy, has a deep bag of tricks to dig into when he has the offense and neither was afraid to pull them out on this occasion. Greenleaf not only showed his deft shooting hand from deep, knocking down a number of 3-point shots, but also got buckets on hustle plays like offensive putbacks. He also set up his teammates for open looks by driving to the basket and kicking out for other players to attempt jump shots.
In fact, that was the format in which CCA operated at its best offensively. Four players would sit around the 3-point arc with the ball handler driving to the hoop and passing the ball back once the defense got sucked into the paint. It worked early as CCA went on a 10-2 run over a four-minute stretch that turned an 8-8 tie with 12:00 left in the first half to an 18-10 game with 8:00 left before halftime.
That caused Nauset to call a timeout to regroup. During that timeout the Warriors team appeared to decide to double-team Greenleaf, and any ball handler for that matter, in a half-court trap to frustrate the Seahawks. It worked to an extent as Nauset trailed by nine, 29-20, at halftime.
Joy came out of the half fired up, playing inspired defense that led to easy transition buckets, racking up assists and hitting open outside shots. That helped his team close within five points, 44-39, with 3:35 left in the game. But Greenleaf and his supporting cast of rising junior Andrew James, Alex Marchant and Cameron Puls knocked down to clutch threes late in the game to help put the game out of reach.
Both Greenleaf and Joy were never substituted out of the game.
Dennis-Yarmouth 50, Monomoy 39
This summer league season has been a good way for Sandwich native Connor Campbell to acclimate himself to his new Dennis-Yarmouth team.
Before he got going offensively, he made his presence felt on defense. As a starter in the semifinal game against Monomoy, Campbell settled in along the left block, playing forward for the Dolphins. He was always the first person back on the defense for D-Y. During a 2-on-1 fast break for Monomoy, Campbell stood his ground in the center of the paint and tipped the attempted Sharks pass over his head, off his opponent and created the turnover.
A few plays later Campbell chased down a Monomoy player in the open court and picked his pocket before rocketing a cross-court pass to his teammate near the hoop.
He finished the first half with 10 points for the Dolphins.