The fall session of our Pistons Academy Rookie League came to an end on Thursday evening as we crowned a new Champion inside the gymnasium at Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield. The title game featured the second-seeded Celtics taking on the fourth-seeded Hawks, who were fresh off an upset of the #1 seeded Spurs in last week’s semifinals.
CELTICS 31, HAWKS 12: The Celtics shot down any hopes of an upset in this one as they broke the game wide open with a second-quarter scoring flurry. The Celtics opened up a 21-8 halftime lead behind 12 first half points from Carter Williams. He scored a season-high 16 points in the Championship Game, providing his best performance of the season when his team needed it the most. Landon Smith also set a new personal best with 8 points for the Celtics. The duo of Williams and Smith combined for 24 points. For the Hawks, Xan Scheinfield led the way with 7 points. Tarek Agha (2 points), Jonah Cimmino (2 points), and Joshua Peltz (1 point) rounded out the scoring. It was a tough way for the Hawks season to end, as this was a team that struggled early in the season but really started to play well towards the end of the season. The Hawks and their fans can be proud of their effort and improvement throughout the year. The Celtics were just too much to handle in the final game. After a season-opening defeat, they rallied to win 4 straight games, including Thursday’s Championship. All season, they received valuable contributions from many players. Jamir Goodall’s defensive effort and Tyler Robinson’s ability to handle the ball and find open shots were key. Overall, they became a well-rounded and complete basketball team over the course of the season. Thursday evening, they made the plays necessary to be crowned Rookie League Champions!
The Pistons Academy would like to thank all of our Rookie League players and their families for a great season!
Winter Session – Rookie League
There will be another session of the Pistons Academy Rookie League beginning in January. For more information, please visit the following page: Winter Session (Rookie League) Information