The Barrington Youth Basketball Association (BYBA) had three teams participate in the highly competitive Mass Premier Summer League for the second year -- and they showed that they could more than hold their own against top teams from the greater Boston area.
The 5th Grade Boys team competed in a 17-team division and won the regular season championship as the only undefeated squad, finishing 8-0. For that eight game stretch, they dominated their opponents by outscoring them 290-138.
The team ran into a hot-shooting Easton team in the playoffs, however, and got knocked off in the quarterfinals.
The BYBA Boys 6th Grade team also won the regular season championship, posting a record of 7-1. The Barrington squad then went on to dominate their Summer League tournament, beating teams from Medfield, Mansfield and finally Hopkinton, MA, with outstanding defense and efficient offense.
They allowed no more than 16 points by any opponent, while scoring an average of 40 points per game throughout the playoffs. It was the second straight summer that this Barrington group finished as both league and tournament champion.
Barrington's Boys 8th Grade team got off to a slow start with two early losses to Blackstone and Braintree. After the team's sluggish beginning, they proceeded to rattle off six straight wins.
The team received a bye in the first round of the playoff tourney due to their 6-2 record, then handled North Attleboro easily in the quarterfinals by a score of 48-26. They then avenged an earlier loss to Blackstone with a stunning second-half comeback from a 12 point deficit to post a 42-38 victory.
After the team's most rewarding win of the summer, the basketball gods did not help the Barrington boys in their finals rematch with Braintree. Despite many shots going in and out, they managed to put up 50 points in 59-50 loss in the playoff tournament final. Overall, it was a great summer for the 8th grade boys team playing against some of the bigger Massachusetts teams.
Barrington Boys and Girls 4th through 8th grade tryouts for the upcoming Metro West winter season are this September. Please visit www.bybahoops.com to register now.
-- Todd Rywolt