Albany City Rocks and Boston’s Metro Heat to Meet in Providence Jam Fest 15U Finals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The finals for the 15U have been set with the Albany City Rocks (N.Y.) and Metro Heat (Mass.) meeting in the finals at the Murray Center on the campus of Rhode Island College on Sunday evening.

The Albany City Rocks earned a spot in the final with a big win over Team Noah (N.Y.). The City Rocks took an early lead and used defense and 3-point shooting to knock off Noah 64-33.

“Our defense is the most important,” City Rocks forward Anthony Gaines said. “That’s where we get the majority of our points from.

“We have a couple of big men, but we also have a lot of shooters.”

In the game, the City Rocks nailed six 3-pointers and though Gaines didn’t convert on any shot from behind the arc, the Kingston High School (N.Y.) freshman scored a game-high 16 points. The City Rocks have great size and length, matched with the team’s athleticism  which makes them tough on opposing offenses.

“It plays a big role because we can jump out on passes, but also keep up with one opponents,” added Gaines.

Joelle Martin had a team-high 15 points for Noah.

The second semifinal was much closer with Metro Heat holding off the Harlem Jets 46-41.

The Heat trailed by three at halftime, but took a lead in the second half and never giving it back. The Heat locked up defensively and held the Jets to no points through the first seven minutes of the half.

“We just worked hard,” Heat guard Keyshaad Dixon said. “Always going full speed, never giving up. “We makde them take shots. We stayed tight defensively.”

Despite the Jets scoring slump, the game was a one or two possession game for the entire second half, forcing the Heat to take care of the ball and make free throws down the stretch.

“Free throws are a daily part of practice,” added Dixon, the Braintree High freshman. “As for taking care of the ball, it’s all about being poised.”

The City Rocks and Heat will tip at 4:30 P.M.

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