Friday, June 2, 2017

Gators Make Semi-Final Run

Lima Gators 2022
Quintel Wilson's 2022 Lima Gators advanced to the Gold Bracket Semifinals in the Adidas May Classic tournament in Indianapolis. The Gators were led by the hot shooting of Devin Taborn and Evan Unruh, along with the inside presence of Cyrus Burden, and the perimeter defense of Cecil Benton Jr. Brayden Knight and Quintel Wilson Jr. In pool play, the Gators defeated Charlotte Court (KY) 58-18, and IBA Blue 43-38. In bracket play, the Gators beat Indiana Elite Force 2022 71-51, before letting Team Teague off the hook by blowing a 14 point lead in the second half to lose 51-49 in the semifinals. 

Lima Gators also attended the 15th annual Memorial Day Madness in Cincinnati this past weekend. Led by Cecil Benton Jr, Willie Knight, and Cyrus Burden, the Gators went on to win the championship by defeating Huntsman Select and Team Shock in Pool play. In the first round of bracket play, the Gators were ahead by 40 points vs Club Ohio when the game was called off after a health concern of the opposing coach. In the semifinals, the Gators met a tough opponent Artic Rush featuring a few high caliber players such as Sean Jones, Jared Frey, and Tre Robertson, all former players of All Ohio Red. The Gators trailed by 13 points in the second half before rallying late behind a game tying 3-pointer by Cecil Benton to force OT. Devin Taborn took over in the extra frame to give the Gators the win 56-49. In the championship game, the Gators defeated Shockers Elite 62-48 in a highly competitive game. The Gators went on a big run in the second half that Shockers Elite couldn't recover from. The Gators coach Quintel can't wait until the Buckeye Prep Summer Showdown to see how his team stacks up with the other Elite teams in the state. The Gators were runner-ups in the Summer Showdown last year. 

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