Local Teams Compete In Lynn U. Team Basketball Camp

Palm Beach Central’s Gyvicht Geneus takes the ball up the court against Inlet Grove.

Last weekend, Lynn University hosted its team basketball camp at venues including the university’s gymnasium, Saint John Paul II Academy and Grandview Prep Academy. Thirty-six high school teams competed in the two-day event. Some schools entered both their varsity and junior varsity squads.

Two local high schools entered the team camp, Wellington and Palm Beach Central. According to Wellington coach Matt Colin, his team played top competition from all over South Florida.

“It’s a great test and indicator of how we do against very good teams,” he said. “We played against Miami Christian, which went 30-2 last season and won the state title, so it was very good and a good teaching point for our guys.”

The Wolverines recently won the Palm Beach State College tournament camp and plan to attend more camps through the summer. “We’ll be playing in a summer league as well,” Colin added. “This is really our first look at how our team is going to shape for the future.”

Palm Beach Central’s Broncos also plan to keep active through the summer. Coach Jason Pitman has a solid group of returning players next year. “We have four returning seniors and a bunch of young kids we’re trying to get acclimated and find their role,” he explained.

The Broncos will use at least half of the summer to hone their basketball skills in hopes that it will prepare them for the coming season.

Both Palm Beach Central and Wellington will face each other twice during the high school season and usually go head-to-head in the post-season in District 9-9A, one of the most competitive in Palm Beach County.

Teams participated in pool play, then competed in a playoff race on the second day. The Wolverines went on to win the Lynn University Team Camp championship 46-40 over Miami Christian, the team that defeated them earlier in the tournament. Palm Beach Central made it to the quarterfinals in the tournament.