Saturday, June 03, 2023

It was a smashing spring season for Bergen Broncos 7 Blue as they became champions of the IYB Spring AAU Youth League. Winning seven of eight regular season games, they then beat IYB Dominators Orange team in the semis and the St. Johns Leonia team in the champi­onship game.

Their success was based on ferocious de­fense and tremendous shooting. In the cham­pionship game the team was down by dou­ble digits with minutes to play before forcing many steals and hitting clutch shots to pull out a 40-35 victory.

Throughout the season everyone contrib­uted. Jehad Edmonds dominated the boards and scored big points in the paint. Jay Jay Blinken played solid interior defense and al­lowed the team to successfully play inside-out offense. Jake Fromen was the athletic big man who got big rebounds, but also hit key 3-point shots. Benny Matheson was the team swing-man slashing to the hoop for a big basket at critical times. Yechiel Keiser was an offensive sparkplug who routinely hit tear-droppers and the big lefty shots. Eitan Pfeiffer led the team in three pointers and aggressively defended the dribble. Judah Oppenheimer displayed im­peccable ball control and put away the opposi­tion in the finals with some smooth long range shots. Eitan Warburg created and then superb­ly led the fast break while astounding the fans with his remarkably high assist-to-turnover ra­tio. Jack Reinhart played pesky defense, pene­trated the lane with his quick dribble and dis­tributed the ball with alacrity. Ariel Solomon came back from an injury and Israel bar mitz­vah celebration to play key effective games down the stretch of the regular season. It was a complete all-around fun team effort with many close intense games. They also participated in two tournaments, winning one of them.

The coach was Raymond Wright. The Bron­cos teams are organized and supervised by Dovey Forman.

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