Mallers end 6-year run with title

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MANHEIM, Penn. — The Brattleboro Mallers AAU and Zero Gravity boys basketball team finished six years of being together with a trip to Spooky Nook, which is North America's largest sports complex, to compete in the National East Coast American Youth Basketball Championship Tournament.

Brattleboro opened the tournament with a 48-33 loss to the Horford Starz from Maryland. Brendan Emond led the Mallers with 14 points.

The Mallers fell to a team from Geneva, N.Y. 48-40 in Game 2. Ian Fulton-Black was Brattleboro's high scorer with 10 points, while Tyler Martin and Emond each chipped in with nine points.

Brattleboro then bounced back with an impressive 58-38 romp over the Jersey Warriors from Jersey City, N.J. Fulton-Black netted 20, with Troy Felisko and Tucker Llewelyn each dropping in 10 points.

The Mallers coasted to an easy 25-point win over Hershey, Penn. in their next contest.

In the tournament, Brattleboro beat a team from Philadelphia 64-49 behind 21 points from Fulton-Black and 10 from Jake Blaisdell. Fulton-Black and Llewelyn would then score 20 and 15 points respectively during a 61-53 loss to the Starz in a semifinal.

Two weeks later, the Mallers got 16 points from Emond during a 54-32 victory over the Vermont Raptors to win the Bennington Tournament. Fulton-Black led the way with 20 points in Brattleboro's first game, Emond netted 16 in a win over SD Ireland, and Llewelyn pumped in 20 points versus Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Also on the dream team were Dylan Grover and Tony Martinez.

Brattleboro finished the 2017 season with a 15-10 record and four tourney titles.

"This group was very close with each other, as were the parents. Over the six years, the team won five Vermont State Championships and many tournament championships. The team competed in every state in New England, New York, Pennsylvania and Montreal, Canada," said Mallers coach Dave Arakelian, whose team went 172-57.

Coach Arakelian is going to start another one or two teams. If you are presently in 6th or 7th grade and would like to play, call Arakelian at 802-380-7775 for details.

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