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Peach Jam Day3 Pool Play and Elite 8
By: James Mulcahy
17U 9:00 a.m. Games
*Boo Williams vs. YOMCA Memphis
Boo Williams took care of business and knocked off YOMCA, 54-39.
Boo Was led by the duo of Steven Pledger(2009) and Ricardo Ratliffe(2009). Pledger led the way for Boo with 13pts, and Ratliffe contributed 12pts, and 6rbs.
Ian Clark(2009) led the way once again for YOMCA with 18pts.
*Howard Pulley vs. Meanstreets
Howard Pulley pulled out a close one against Meanstreets behind solid games from both their star players and won this one 67-62. Rodney Williams(2009) led the way with 16pts, 10rbs, and 5blks. Royce White(2009) added 13pts, and 10rbs of his own.
DJ Cooper(2009) continued his hot streak for Meanstreets and finished with 19pts, 3rbs, and 6ast.
*Georgia Stars vs. NY Gauchos
Two of the biggest teams on the Nike circuit squared off in this one but it was the Stars who would take this one, 81-72.
6'5 SG Glen Rice(2009) led the way for the stars with an all around game of 14pts, 4rbs, 2ast, and 3blks. Tennessee commit Kenny Hall had a double-double with 10pts, and 10rbs, and the newest member of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Kammeon Holsey, added 10pts, and 4rbs.
6'6 F James Stukes(2009) had a 22pt game for the Gauchos and 5'10 PG Orlando Rodriguez chipped in another 20pts in the loss.
*Houston Hoops vs. Team Final
Houston Hoops ,who later in the day would make it to the Final 4 of the tournament, took this one by a final score of 76-63.
Tommy Mason-Griffin(2009) who is looking like possibly the MVP of this tournament led the way with 14pts and Keith "Tiny" Gallon(2009) had a grown man's game of 13pts, 12rbs, and 3ast.
Team Final was led in scoring by 6'3 G Khalif Wyatt(2009) with 20pts but it was once again Dion Waiters(2010) having the most impact on the game, he finished with 16pts, and 11rbs.
17U 10:15 a.m. Games
*Athletes First vs. Team Florida
Athletes First was considered one of the favorites to win this tournament but after a few bad losses were eliminated but there was still games to be played and they showed no quit in a 71-43 victory over Team Florida.
Terrence Boyd(2009) led the team in scoring with 21pts, and 6rbs. Xavier Henry(2009) continued to dominate and finished with 20pts, 6rbs, and ast. Oklahoma commit, Kyle Hardrick(2009), put in a workman's like effor with 13pts, and 10rbs.
6'8 F Okaro White(2010) led Team Florida with 13pts, and 6rbs.
*Team Texas vs. Team Odom
Team Texas pulled out a somewhat close victory over what has been mainly a one man team in Team Odom(Jordan Hamilton) and took this one 62-53.
Team Texas was led by 6'5 SF Preston Whitley(2009) with 17pts, and 6rbs.
Jordan Hamilton(2009) did the damage for Team Odom and finished with 23pts, and 7rbs.
Side Note: We hear that Texas is most likely still the leader for Jordan Hamilton but watch out for a sleeper to pop up on his list in the weeks to come.
*BABC vs. Birmingham Storm
BABC was able the weather the Storm which was 6'0 G Ronnie Mack(2009) and his 32pts and come out with a 65-58 victory over the Storm.
BABC's floor general, Phil Pressey, led the way with 17pts, 3rbs, and 4ast. Gerald Coleman(2010) had another solid game and contributed 16pts.
Gerald Coleman told us he had scholarship offers from Boston College, Florida St., Marquette, DePaul, and Clemson and was gaining high interest from North Carolina St., and UConn but said at this point B.C. and Providence were leading for his services.
* Illinois Warriors vs. South Carolina Ravens
The John Wall show was once again in full effect as he lit the warriors up for 32pts, 5rbs, and 9ast but it wasn't enough as the Ravens fell to the Warriors, 99-72.
The Warriors had 6 players in double figures and it was once again D.J. Richardson(2009) leading the charge with 19pts, and 6rbs.
17U 11:30 a.m. Games
*Louisiana Select vs. California Supreme
This was a matchup between two teams that would be playing in the Elite8 later in the evening and Select came out on top in this one, 71-66.
Several players for Select had nice games beginning with 6'3 G Langston Galloway(2010), who has put this team on his back all week and it wasn't any different in this game as he led the way with 19pts, and 4rbs. 6'8 F Eddie Ludwig chipped in 15pts, and 11rbs of his own.
6'1 PG Justin Cobbs led California Supreme with 20pts.
*Miami Tropics vs. Team Melo
The Tropics got a rare victory in this tournament as they took out Team Melo, 62-56.
6'7 SF Richie Edwards(2009) was the man in this one as he finished with 22pts, and 8rbs. 6'7 F Ed Stinson(2009) did in with scoring and crashing the boards as he finished with 15pts, and 12rbs.
Team Melo was paced in this one by 6'6 SF Wyatt Smith who had a game of 22pts, and 6rbs. 6'8 F Jonathan Graham(2011) played big also with 10pts, and 12rbs
*The Family vs. WPlayground isconsin Elite
The Family won in a blowout, 79-51.
6'9 PF Donovan Kirk(2009) had a double-double with 20pts, and 14rbs, and Michigan St. commit, Derrick Nix, just missed out on a double-double of his own, he finished with 15pts, and 8rbs.
Jamil Wilson(2009) for Playground Elite has been having a very quiet tournament and it wasn't too much different in this one as he had a quiet 12pts, and 5rbs to lead the way for Elite. Johnny Lacy(2009) chipped in 10pts, 5ast in the loss.
*Rising Stars Gold JG vs. Team Jones
Rising Stars won this won easily behind Marcus Jordan's best game of the tournament(30pts, 4rbs). Marcus has struggled this summer so it was nice to see what was kind of a breakout game for the young Jordan. Jereme Richmond(2010) gave Marcus the help he's been needing and chipped in with 14pts, and 5rbs. Final score was 75-57.
6'8 F Terrence Jones(2010) was the leader once again for Team Jones with 20pts, and 6rbs. EJ Singler(2009), the younger brother of Duke star Kyle Singler, finished with 11pts, and 3ast.
17U Elite8 Games
*California Supreme vs. Illinois Warriors
California Supreme won this one on a last second shot by Andy Brown(2009) and Supreme moved on the the Final Four with a 92-91 victory. Brown finished with 15pts, and 6rbs and got the satisfaction of hiting the biggest shot of the day. Justin Cobbs(2009) led the team in scoring with 23pts and Gary Franklin(2010) added 18pts of his own.
The Warriors were led in this one by Darius Smith(2009) and his 24pts, 7rbs, and 4ast. Drew Crawford(2009) had a solid game also with 22pts, and 9rbs.
Assistant Coaches from Northwestern, Drake, Syracuse, Illinois and Miami(FL) were in attendance for this game.
*Houston Hoops vs. Louisiana Select
Houston Hoops finally stopped the hot streak of the underdog Select team and moved on to the Final Four with a 74-66 win.
Tommy Mason-Griffinand Keith "Tiny Gallon" were the duo that led this team to victory once again as Tommy finished with 15pts, 3rbs, and 7ast, and Tiny put up another double-double with 12pts, and 12rbs.
For Select it was 6'9 PF Kourtney Roberson(2009) leading with 17pts, 3rbs, and 3ast.
Head Coaches in attendance: Rick Stansbury, Jeff Capel, Travis Ford, Trent Johnson
Assistants from Texas, Memphis, and Baylor were also in attendance.
*Georgia Stars vs. Boo Williams
This was the most anticipated game of the night and it was a good one with Boo coming out on top, 70-61.
Boo Williams got contributions from everywhere and we'll start with Ricardo Ratliffe(2009) who led the team with 20pts, and 5rbs. Marshawn Powell(2009) continued to be a force with 14pts, 6rbs, and 4blks. Steven Pledger(2009) had his second nice game of the day with 14pts, and Kendall Marshall(2010) did his point guard duties and chipped in 5pts, 3rbs, and 6ast.
The Georgia Stars were led by the usual suspects of Kammeon Holsey(18pts, 8rbs) Adrien Coleman(15pts), and Kenny Hall(13pts, 6rbs) but it wasn't enough to stop the talented Boo Williams team and all their weapons.
Head Coaches in attendance: John Beilein, Dave Leaito
Assistants from Miami(FL), and Georgia tech were also in attendance.
*BABC vs. Team Texas
Team Texas who has been undersized all week but has seemed to find a wasy to go undefeated finally met their match in a very hot BABC team. BABC got down early but then settled into their groove and just had too many weapons for Team Texas. In the end when it was still close, BABC was forced to make free-throws and just barely held on for a 81-80 win.
The stars stepped up for BABC in this one as Gerald Coleman(2010) had 20pts, and 5rbs, Jamal Coombs(2009) had 20pts, and 7rbs, Phil Pressey(2010) finished with 17pts, 3rbs, and 2ast, and big man Alex Oriakhi(2009) chipped in 14pts, and 6rbs.
6'6 SF Roger Franklin was the horse that Team Texas rode all weekend and in this game it was no different. Franklin is somewhat undersized at the position he is playing with Team Texas but even after battling the opponents biggest and strongest players all weekend he still had he energy to come up with a 24pt, 7rbs, effort. Vertrail Vaughns who has helped his stock trememdously in this tournament and was the only reason it was a close game at the end finished with 23pts, and 5rbs. Vaughns gave us a list of schools showing interest in him last night and now you can add Georgia Tech and Stanford to that list of schools. KC Ross-Miller did what he's done all weekend, which is set his teammates up and control the the pace of the game ie...point guard duties, KC finished with 12pts, 2rbs, and 4ast.
* Tomorrow's Final Four Mathcups
Houston Hoops vs. Boo Williams
California Supreme vs. BABC
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