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Salamanca’s Lucus Brown, left, and Randolph’s Drew Hind participated in the 10th Annual New York Basketball Coaches Association Summer Festival hosted by Johnson City Schools. Submitted photo

Drew Hynde and Lucus Brown have both had their share of dominant nights on local basketball courts.

Last weekend saw the pair go up against New York’s best players.

It is safe to say that it fits perfectly.

Hynd, a sophomore at Randolph, was named to the all-tournament team and Brown, a junior at Salamanca, posted double-digit points at the 10th annual New York City Schools Basketball Coaches Association Summer Festival Johnson.

“It was a great competition, good basketball and a lot of fun.” said Randolph head coach Kevin Hind, who is Drew’s father and was an assistant on the Buffalo All-Star team. “I got to know the five guys I coached and Eric O’Brien from Niagara Wheatfield. … We met a lot of basketball people. It was just a great weekend of basketball.”

“It was a great experience for him. I think he averaged 13 points a game and played good defense.” Salamanca head coach Adam Bennett said of Brown. “More than anything, he enjoyed practicing with these guys, being around his teammates and playing against the best competition in the state. It was a good experience. He had a great time and as his coach I was proud to watch him play so well.”

Buffalo had perhaps the toughest schedule of the tournament, playing four games in less than 24 hours — ending round robin play before some teams even played two games.

Buffalo beat Rochester 76-60 in the opener before topping the Southern Tier 71-61. An 81-41 loss to eventual champion Hudson Valley followed.

A tight game grew to a bigger lead in the closing minutes as Buffalo dropped its final round robin game 73-62 to Suffolk.

“We missed a 3 and they hit a 3, then we missed another 3 and they hit another 3,” Hind said. “It went from three points to nine very quickly.”

In the fifth-place game, the Southern Tier beat Buffalo 61-58 on a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left.

“Drew was the only sophomore on our team and the only guy from Buffalo to make the all-tournament team. … He had a good weekend in the all-around.” Hind said. “He was never a top scorer, but he was in double figures, played great defense and possessed the ball. It was nice to play with other really good players. You can just play basketball and it flows.”

Brown earned first-team All-New York State Sportswriters Association and Most Valuable Player honors at the Buffalo Freshman-Sophomore Showcase Best of Buffalo this winter, and now joins Hind in representing the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association at Summer Hoops. Festival.

“I think what’s unique about Lukas is that he’s not really married to results. He simply focuses on getting better every time he performs at the BCANY Festival, summer league, individual or team training. He just wants to compete.” – said Bennett. “He just loves the game.”

“Lucus Brown would be right on the all-tournament team if I were to vote.” Hind said. “I’ve gotten to know Lucus very well over the past two weeks. He’s just a hard worker, a hard worker and a good kid. It was very nice to know him as a person. It’s easy to see why he was successful because he worked really, really hard. He is very humble and just a good guy.”

For the Hinds, this was their third Summer Hoops Festival appearance. Drew’s older brother, Tyler, played two festivals in his junior and senior years. Kevin was an assistant coach during Tyler’s senior year and Drew was a player on the Buffalo team.

“We have nine guys that we’ve become friends with this season.” Kevin said of the Buffalo players. “We are interested to see how they are doing and how they will play.

“Dru and Lucus were our best players” Hind said “And they might come back next year, so that’s exciting.”

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