Mike Miller & Tim Wood are thrilled with the direction Wayne County's brand new AAU basketball program is taking. The two local coaches are acting as co-directors of the "Northeast Machine," a quartet of teams which made their debut this past weekend in the Electric City.
Honesdale’s fledgling AAU program is off to a solid start in regional boys basketball action.
This past weekend, four Northeast Machine teams traveled to Scranton to compete in the 2010 “Backcourt Hoops Pre-Season Shootout.”
Co-directors Mike Miller and Tim Wood are both happy with what they saw from their young players.
“I’m very pleased and encouraged with how we did,” Coach Miller told TWI Sports. “The kids definitely played hard and once they develop a little bit of chemistry, we’ll start to see some more wins.”
Honesdale sent four squads to the tournament, which featured entrants from PA and New York.
The Northeast Machine’s 12U team is coached by Cliff Kelly and Bruce Nober of Sullivan West.
Delaware Valley’s Adam Holtzer pilots the 13U squad. Dave Screcongost of Western Wayne directs the 14U team.
Tim Wood of Honesdale and Western Wayne’s Kenny Hemmler share the coaching duties for the “high school” squad (15U and 16U).
“I’ll tell you one of the things that impressed me most as a coach,” Tim Wood said. “We had 23 Honesdale kids playing basketball in Scranton on a day when they could’ve been lying on the couch watching SpongeBob.”
More than 40 players from Honesdale, Western Wayne, Paupack, Damascus, Preston, Sullivan West and Canaan Christian comprise the Northeast Machine rosters.
On the Court
Two of the local teams were swept in their very first tournament action; but, two others managed at least a win apiece.
Timmy Hart played the hero’s role in a 16U battle against the NEPA Warriors, a team that hails from Riverside.
A sophomore at HHS, Hart stole the ball and went coast-to-coast for a lay-up with 13 seconds left in regulation.
Hart’s heroics sealed the deal on a thrilling victory for the Machine.
The 14U Team posted a pair of impressive wins, defeating Saugerties and the Elk Lake Rebels before suffering a tough loss to Syracuse.