Sunday, May 30, 2010

Nike EYBL Session Three LA: Day Two

Day two of of the Nike EYBL featured more of the same; great competition, big wins and tough losses. Other than some of the elite teams at the top of each division, including the St. Louis Eagles and the New Jersey Playaz, any team could win or get beat by anybody. The morning session began with another big game for the Drew Gooden/Oakland Soldiers, as they squared off against Boo Williams on center court. This game went down to the wire. Standing at the free throw line with 5.3 seconds left and a 52-52 tie, Oakland's Josiah Turner sunk 2 free throws to put his team up by 2 points. Although most in the capacity crowd thought Turner had sealed the win, Boo Williams' Brian Darden had different plans, as he drove the length of the court and got off a trey with time running out to snatch victory from a stunned Soldiers squad. Final score, 55-54 Boo Williams. The leading scorers for Boo Williams were James McAdoo who finished with 12 points and Simuel Fraizer who added 10 points. The high man for Oakland was Jabari Brown who finished with a team-high 15 points, followed by Brandon Ashley who contributed 10 points and Nick Johnson who added 7 points. Kyle Wiltjer grabbed 9 rebounds in the contest.

Although All-Ohio Red got out of the gates quickly against a Marquis Teague-led Spiece team, they found themselves trailing at half time 31-28. In the second half, Red played uninspired ball before going down by double-digits. That's when Kentucky-bound Teague went to work spreading the court and breaking down the defense. Although Teague only scored 12 points, he controlled the game, got in the paint at will and/or dished the rock to open teammates. That teammate was most often Nic Moore, who was hot from the three point line and made his defender pay for offering help side defense on Teague. By the time the horn sounded, Spiece and claimed a 72-58 victory. Oh yea, 6'11 Aaron Hammons inflicted the most damage, as he was unstoppable in the low post. Hammons did nothing flashy, but he gave Red buckets! Hammons led Spiece with 20 points and 10 boards and Moore chipped in 16 points. For All-Ohio Red, Stevie Taylor was the high man with a team-high 17 points, followed by Elijah Macon and Tommie McCune (11 points), Brandon Neel (9 points), and Trey Burke and George Fant (6 points). After the loss, All-Ohio stood at 2-1 for the weekend and 7-5 overall for a second place tie.

King James and Team Texas Elite, both of whom were sitting at 2-0 after Saturday action, faced off in the early game. King James was able to maintain their half time lead (33-20) into the second half to finish with a comfortable 60-47 win. The leading scorers for King James were Marcus Crider with 13 points, followed by Jakarr Sampson, Darious Carter and Shonn Miller, all with 9 points. The leading scorer for Team Texas was Thomas Gipson (15 points) and Jordan Wiilams (8 points).

The St Louis Eagles continued their winning streak at 12-0 with a 69-50 win over the Birmingham Storm. Brad Beal dropped a game-high 24 points, followed by 14 points from Roosevelt Jones and 12 points from Ben McLemore. Jalen Houston was the high man for the Storm with 13 points, while Alex Carr chipped in 10 points. The Mac Irvin Fire pulled out a close one against Team Florida (56-53). Wayne Blackshear went for 20 points while Mychael Henry added 14 points. 6'7 Chris Bryant and Will Cummings added 13 points apiece for Team Florida.

Later in the day, All-Ohio Red matched up with Each One Teach One, and although Austin Rivers was out with an injury, Trevor Lacy more than had his back. Lacy was virtually unguardable for much of the first half until a box and one slowed him down. However, by the second half, the damage had already been done, as Each One Teach One cruised to a 65-44 victory. Lacy led all scorers with 23 points. For All-Ohio, Stevie Taylor was the high man with 12 points, followed by Elijah Macon with 9 points, Nate Anderson with 8 points and Trey Burke with 6 points. King James notched a 64-57 win against Team Arizona later in the day. With Carlton Brundidge out with a concussion, The Family went down to Spiece (43-37) in their final game of league play (they played 3 games on Saturday). Marquis Teague was up to his old tricks as he orchestrated the action. Nic Moore paced Spiece with 17 points, followed by Teague with 12 points and 3 assists. For the family, Dominique Pointer led with 13 points, while Albert Lomomba and Desmond Barnes added 9 and 6 points, respectively. Get ready for the highlight videos of D-One's Quincy Miller, as I counted 6 video camaras trained on his every move in the Arkansas game. It's understandable why Miller has attracted so much attention (even John Wall was checking him out), he is simply dominating this spring. To see more event pictures, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page. Also, check out the article featuring several All-Ohio Red players.

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