Sunday, May 16, 2010

Nike EYBL Session Two: Day Two

Day two proved to be another day of very competitive play. All-Ohio Red got back on track with a 83-77 win over a fiesty Carolina Ravens in the morning session. Trey Burke was on his game and finished with a game-high 22 points. Stevie Taylor finished with 20 points, followed by Tommie McCune with 13 points, Nate Anderson with 10 points and Brandon Neel who added 9 points. Ohio's second representative, the King James Shooting Stars, notched their first win of the day with 52-50 squeaker against Team Takeover. The main man for King James was 6'7 Marcus Carter who dropped a team-high 10 points, followed by Jakarr Sampson (9 points) and Marcus Crider (8 points). The leading scorers for Takeover were Mikael Hopkins and James Robinson, both of whom finished with 11 points. Duke bound Michael Gbinije added 10 points.

The Family stubbed their toe in the morning session with a 60-67 loss to the Arizona Stars. Arizona was paced by Judd Welfinger and Tyler Russel's 12 points. Carlton Brundage led The Family with 13 points, followed by Dominigue Pointer with 12 points. The Arkansas Wings held on to beat the Charlotte Royals 70-65. Although the Royals had a chance to tie the game at the free throw line down 65-68 with 3 free throws, they failed to convert the freebies. The leading scorers for Arkansas were Darian Griswald with 21 points and Aaron Ross with 13 points. The top guy for Charlotte was Chad Frazier with 21 points and Keith Bedford with 18 points. Boo Williams knocked off the Jackson Tigers, and a Marcus Teague-led Spiece defeated Seattle Rotary by 1 point.

In the late session, the battle for Ohio jumped off between All-Ohio Red and the King James Shooting Stars. The difference in the highly contested game was 6'8 Jakarr Sampson (team-high 18 points) and the front court of 6'7 Darius Carter and 6'7 Marcus Crider. Although All-Ohio's guards, Trey Burke and Stevie Taylor, combined for 42 points, versus Ricky Johnson and Nyles Evans' 8 points, Red had no answer for Sampson and the length of King James' posts and wings. Trey Burke led All-Ohio with 25 points, followed by Stevie Taylor with 17 points. At the end of the game, All-Ohio was sitting at 1-2 for the weekend and 5-3 overall. Click on the link to see footage of the game.

The New Jersey Playaz, who actually had a full squad, got by BABC 58-54. New Jersey was led in scoring by 6'9 Desmond Hubert who finished with 10 points, followed by Kyle Anderson (9 points) and Vaughn Gray (7 points). Michael Carter-Williams dropped a game-high 17 points, while 6'6 Andrew Chrabascz added 8 points. Houston Hoops defeated Portland's ICP 61-56. Everett Pleasant was the big dog for Houston with 21 points, followed by 6'8 TaShan Thomas who contributed 12 points. Portland was led by 6'9 Austin Kuemper's 16 points and 6'1 6'1 Miles Gatewood's 13 points.Team Florida notched a win over the Georgia Stars 73-41 on the strength of Scottie Wilbikin's 18 points. Also for Florida, Will Cummings finished with 12 points followed by Chris Bryant who added 11 points. Alonzo Nelson led Georgia with 10 points and Tony Parker offered 6 points.

The Drew Gooden Soldiers beat the Birmingham Storm 76-71. Jabari Brown was again the high man for the Soldiers as he finished with a game-high 21 points. Nick Johnson had 15 points, followed by Kiwi Gardner's 14 points, Kyle Wiltjer's 11 points and Josiah Turner's 6 points. To see the pictures I took at the event, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page.

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