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Desert Dual Memorial Charity Basketball Tournament: Day 1
By: Jeff Meadows
3rd Annual Desert Duel Charity Basketball Tournament Day1 Recap
From the time I stepped into the gym to the time I walked out, I received VIP treatment, but it wasn’t just me who was treated like royalty, it was everyone who was in attendance from the high profile college coach to the avid basketball fan. The food was great, the costumer service was great, the crowds were great and last but not least, the basketball was superb. The coaches/media lounge was incredible, filled with great food, extremely hospitable staff and a steady dose of ESPN playing on the big screen. The players lounge was just as impressive, stocked with the four (4) HUGE flat screen TV's with NBA Live "10"games being played by the players on XBOX 360 along with beautiful contemporary furniture to match. "Man they (Desert Duel staff) are really spoiling us with this great hospitality" said Johnny Dwakins Head Coach for Stanford.
Day 1 of the Desert Duel Charity Basketball Tournament was filled with so much excitement that I must admit, even with 20 years of experience as an event director, AAU coach and scout, with 3 great match ups going on simultaneously, I was overwhelmed and I literally didn’t know where to start first, but once I figured it out, it was game on. Below is what you’ve all been waiting for, the day 1 recap, enjoy!
Day 1 Prime Time Games
Team Philly 16U vs Compton Magic Elite
With the Compton Magic missing (3) three of their top players, a young but very talented Team Philly took advantage of a good situation and wore down the undermanned Compton Magic and pulled out an 89-76 win. Team Philly lead by 20 pts most of the way that is until Compton Magic Elite made a late go at it by going on a 19-4 with 6:19 remaining which cut Team Philly’s lead to 7 (66-59) led by 5'10 HIGH OCTAINE (PG) Jahii Carson, 6'2 (2G) SCORING MACHINE Gabe York and 6'4 (CG) Dominique Dunning but it wasn’t enough. Brandon Taylor was the stand out player for Team Philly. 6’6 wide bodied Taylor was very impressive inside while 6'6 (W) Savon Goodman and 6'7 (F) Amile Jefferson showed that they are “BIG TIME” as well.
Dallas Mustangs vs ATL Celtics
Led by their All-American LaBryan Nash (who did not play hard), the Dallas Mustangs defeated the J Smoove ATL Celtics 70-61. Just as the Compton Magic/Team Philly 16U game, the Mustangs led by 20 must of the way and late in the game, the Celtics made a run but it was too little too late. 6'11 (P) Geoffrey Groselle and 6'4 (CG) Jhrrod Stiggers and 6'7 (W) Keaton Miles also had good performances for the Mustangs. 6'8 (PF) Nick Jacobs, 6'0 (PG) Jaquez Motely, 6'4 (CG) Kevin Ware and 6'3 (PG) Cameron Neysmith all had solid performances for J Smoove Celtics.
New York Panthers vs Carolina Elite
New York Panthers led by their sensational 6'7 multi skilled (W) Maurice Harkless, pulled out a close 61-58 victory despite 2 crucial turnovers late in the 2nd half. 6'1 (PG) Charles Oliver and 6'6 (W) Jordan Allen also played well for the Panthers. 6'4 (CG) Joshua Singleton and 6'5 (W/G) Terrance Williams led the charge for the Carolina Elite.
DC Assault Gold vs Mac Irvin Fire
Led by their sensational 6'1 (PG) Quinn Cook, 6'5 swingman Damion Lee, 6'9 (F) Jordan Goodman and 6'4 (W/G) Donte Thomas the DC Assault Gold cruised to surprising 51-37 win over very good and talented Mac Irvin Fire. The Mac Irvin Fire was led by the extremely talented 6'5 (CG) Wayne Blackshear and 6'6 (W) Sam Thompson. "They caught us slippin today" said coach Nick Irvin of the Mac Irvin Fire "It happens sometimes".
New Jersey Playaz Gold vs Belmont Shores
A very loaded New Jersey Playaz team proved to be too much a very solid Belmont Shores team by cruising to an 80-62. The New Jersey Playaz were led by their super fast, lightning quick 5'9 (PG) Myles Mack and the multi skilled 6’8 (W/G) Kyle Anderson, 6'8 (F) Dereck Randle, 6'7 (W/F) Mike Young and 6'6 (W) Jarrod Davis. Belmont Shores were led by their 6'8 DOMINATING (F) DeAndre Daniels, TOP FLIGHT 6'0 (PG) Cezar Guerrero and 6'6 (W) Amir Garrett.
Seattle Friends of Hoops vs AZ Magic Pump N Run
Seattle Friends of Hoops (FOH) outlasted the Arizona Magic Pump N Run in a nail bitter 62-58. 6'1 (PG) Brett Kingma, 6'4 (PG) Hikeem Stewart and 6'10 (P) Darien Nelson-Henry all played well for the FOH while 6'2 silky smooth (PG) Jordan Baker and the 6'7 athletic (W) George Matthews carried the load for the Arizona Magic Pump N Run.
New England Playaz vs Seattle Rotary
In a very tough, very hardnosed battle, New England Playaz led by their “TWIN TOWERS” Kalib Tarczewski 7’0 (P) and Markus Kennedy 6’10 (PF) proved to be too much for the very quick and gritty Seattle Rotary team who was led by 6'3 (G) Gary Bell, 6'4 (G) Anrio Adams and 6'6 All-American (PG) Tony Wroten. 6'0 blazzin quick (PG) Naadir Tharpe and 6'8 sharp shooting (W) Max Cooper also played well for New England in their 66-64 win.
OK folks that was a look at the “Prime Time Games” of day 1 now here’s a look at the rest of the 1st round games.
Here are the scores to rest of the first round games.
Spiece Mo-Kan Elite (KS) 55 Texas D1 Ambassadors 53
GNB Academy (GA) 55 Team New Jersey ABC 39
New York Panthers 86 Houston Defenders Select 64
Carolina Elite (NC) 34 Illinois Wolves 32
MAC Irvin 17U (IL) 73 Franchize All-Stars (TX) 68
Dallas Seawolves 48 DC Assault Gold (MD) 74
Carolina Cobra's (NC) 61 Belmont Shores (CA) 69
Minnesota Net Gain 46 New Jersey Playaz 62
Dallas Mustangs 67 Friends of Hoop (FOH) Seattle 69
J-Smoove Celtics (GA) 66 Arizona Magic Pump N' Run 68
New Jersey Playaz 16U 54 DC Assault 16U (MD) 32
Worldwide Renegades (GA) 47 Team 94 (CA) 66
MAC Irvin 16U (IL) 27 New England Playaz 17U 61
Team Philly 17U 49 Seattle Rotary Select 64
Team AZ Stars 51 Team Loaded 17U (VA) 65
Team Philly 16U 89 Compton Magic Elite (CA) 76
Here are the scores to the 2nd round winner’s bracket.
Spiece Mo-Kan Elite (KS) 46 GNB Academy (GA) 50
New York Panthers 61 Carolina Elite (NC) 58
MAC Irvin 17U (IL) 37 DC Assault Gold (MD) 51
Belmont Shores (CA) 62 New Jersey Playaz 80
Friends of Hoop (FOH) Seattle 62 Arizona Magic Pump N' Run 58
DC Assault 16U (MD) 73 Team 94 (CA) 75
New England Playaz 17U 66 Seattle Rotary Select 64
Team Loaded 17U (VA) 76 Team Philly 16U 64
Here are the scores to the 2nd round consolation bracket games.
Texas D1 Ambassadors 55 Team New Jersey ABC 44
Houston Defenders Select 56 Illinois Wolves 66
Franchize All-Stars (TX) 54 Dallas Seawolves 49
Carolina Cobra's (NC) 56 Minnesota Net Gain 63
Dallas Mustangs 70 J-Smoove Celtics (GA) 61
New Jersey Playaz 16U 60 Worldwide Renegades (GA) 61
MAC Irvin 16U (IL) 39 Team Philly 17U 47
Team AZ Stars 77 Compton Magic Elite (CA) 70
Now here’s a look at the top performers for day 1.
Top 20 Performers for day 1 (In height order).
Jahii Carson 5’10 (PG) Compton Magic Elite/Mesa 2011
Naadir Tharpe 6’0 (PG) New England Players/Brewster Academy 2011
Cezar Guerrero 6’0 (PG) Belmont Shores/ St. John Bosco 2011
Sterling Gibbs 6’2 (PG) New York Panthers/Bay Shore 2011
Jordan Baker 6’2 (PG) AZ Magic Pump N Run/Tempe 2011
Gary Bell 6’3 (CG) Seattle Rotary/Kentridge 2011
Parker UU 6’4 (G) Team 94/Jesuit 2012
Hakeem Stewart 6’4 (G) FOH/Rainer Beach 2011
Dai-Jon Parker 6’4 (G) GNB Academy/Milton 2011
Andrew Harrison 6’5 (CG) Houston Defenders/Ft. Bend 2013
Aaron Harrison Jr. 6’5 (CG) Houston Defenders/Ft. Bend 2013
Maurice Harkless 6’7 (W) New York Panthers/South Kent 2011
Jabari Parker 6’7 (W/F) Mac Irvin Fire/Simeon 2012
George Matthews 6’7 (W) AZ Magic Pump N Run/Westwind Prep 2011
LaBryant Nash 6’7 (W) Dallas Mustangs/Lincoln 2011
DeAndre Daniels 6’8 (F) Belmont Shores/ La Verne Lutheran 2011
Kyle Wilson 6’8 (F) LBA Seawolves Elite/Lone Star 2013
Markus Kennedy 6’10 (PF) New England Playaz/Winchendon School 2011
Adjehi Baru 6’10 (PF) Team Loaded/Stewart School 2011
Kaleb Tarczewski 7’0 (P) New England Playaz/St. Marks 2012
That about wraps it up for day 1 and I hope you enjoyed all of the action. Be sure to log on to www.hoopsreport.com for day two's top 20 performers of the day, the all-tournament team (top 25 regardless of class), the top 20 performers in day, top 20 players in the classes of 2011, 2012 & 2013 and what everyone is waiting for, the event top 100 rankings (regardless of class). "Tomorrow is going to be very interesting" said Marquette assistant coach Tony Benford "There are lot's of solid match ups that I defenately need to see".
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