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Josh Gattling Represents Monticello at the BCANY Summer Hoops Fest

Aug. 10, 2018

Article courtesy of Coach Chris Russo
Photo courtesy of Kelly Johnson

Josh GattlingOn the weekend of Aug. 3 - 5, the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) held the 8th-annual BCANY Summer Hoops Fest. The tournament brings together teams from around the state to compete in a pool-style tournament, three-point contest, and slam dunk contest.

“The Summer Hoops Fest is a great event to replace the Empire State Games,” commented Dave Archer, Executive Director of BCANY. “The BCANY coaches are doing a great job in putting together the opportunity for so many players throughout the state.” This year’s event has nine boys teams and eight girls teams, including the Mid-Hudson Team comprised of players and coaches from Section IX.

The Mid-Hudson team boasts a strong roster, made up of players from all over Section IX. Todd Rose, Washingtonville Head Coach and Section IX BCANY Representative, believes that the Mid-Hudson team has what it takes to win.

“We have brought together the best players in our area. We have good size, athleticism, and experience. The coaching staff has done a great job in choosing players and preparing them for the tournament," he said.

 Among the players on this year’s team is Monticello rising junior and Monticello team captain, Josh Gattling.

“I am really excited about Josh making the Mid-Hudson team; he was disappointed about not making it last year and used it as motivation for this year. This is a wonderful opportunity for him and I know that he will do a fantastic job in representing our team, school, and community,” added Chris Russo, Monticello Head Coach and BCANY Deputy Executive Director.

Josh is excited about the opportunity in front of him. He is the third Monticello player to participate in Hoops Fest, joining Rob Riely (2011) and Sha-Shawn Drayton (2014). When asked about Summer Hoops Fest, Josh responded, “I am looking forward to competing against some of the best players in the state. It gives me the chance to see where I am at as a player and things I can work on to become better.”

Each team hosts a three-day tryout and selects players to represent their area/Section. Teams are allowed four practice sessions, all during the week before the tournament. The tournament includes games in “pool play” and the top four teams advance to the Championship Tournament on Sunday. The Mid-Hudson’s best finish was third place and are looking to improve from a two-win tournament last year. Red Hook’s Matt Hayes will serve as the team’s head coach and he is assisted by his regular season assistant coach, Kevin Cayea and John S. Burke’s Varsity coach, John Kelly.

Prior to the start of the 2017-18 season Josh was one of 24 underclassmen selected to participate in the BCANY Mid-Hudson Showcase. After averaging 7.7 points, 4.5 assists, and 6.5 rebounds during his sophomore season at Monticello, Josh was named to the Section IX BCANY Class A All-star Team and the Sullivan County Democrat All-Star Team. He had a great try-out in June and was selected as one of the 12 players on Mid-Hudson roster. “I love his demeanor. He is always smiling and having fun out there. He has really improved from last year and we are looking for him to be one of our team leaders. I am excited about the opportunity to coach him, ” Matt Hayes added.

Josh understands what is at stake here and gladly accepts the responsibility of being on the team.

“It is an honor for me to be selected,” Gattling said. “I am one of the few people from this area to play in the event and I am proud to represent my team, school, city, and Section IX Basketball.”

This year the team has the untimely death of one of its members, and rising star, John Guerra. John died in an auto accident on July 23 after attending a basketball workout. There will be a dedication page in the Hoops Fest program and the Mid-Hudson team will have his #7 Jersey, the number assigned to him for the tournament, on the bench during their games. They will add a player to bring the roster to 12 players; that player has not been determined yet, but he will wear # 13.

The team opened with Southern Tier (Section IV) on Friday, Aug. 3, at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, they played last year’s runner-up, Buffalo (Section VI) at 10:30 a.m. and finished pool play at 5:30 p.m. against Nassau (Section VIII). The Semi-finals and Championship game are on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The entire tournament, three-point contest, and slam dunk contest are all played in Johnson City at Johnson City High School, Middle School, and Elementary School.

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Mid-Hudson Roster and Coaching Staff

# Name Class Height School
1 Boben, Darius 2020 6'0" James I. O'Neill
2 Barnes, Zach 2019 5'10" Newburgh Free Academy
3 Davis, Jason 2019 6'3" Red Hook
4 Gattling, Josh 2020 5'9" Monticello HS
5 Fredericks, Will 2019 6'2" Cornwall Central HS
6 Graham, Ryan 2020 6'1" Washingtonville HS
7 Guerra, John 2019 6'1" SS Seward Institute
8 Lubin, Kareem 2019 6'3" Washingtonville HS
9 Ortiz, Luis 2019 5'8" Cornwall Central HS
10 Rosa, Ryan 2019 6'2" Middletown HS
11 Russo, Michael 2019 6'2" Middletown HS
12 Simmons, Caleb 2019 6'4" Newburgh Free Academy

Head Coach: Matt Hayes, Red Hook
Assistant Coach: Kevin Cayea, Red Hook
Assistant Coach: John Kelly, John S. Burke