Monday, January 19, 2009

MLK Classic Recap 11U: Team Battle Wins Title!

Team Battle Wins MLK Classic 11U Crown!

Tyus Battle led all scorers with 16 points including 4 second half treys and Jamir Harris added 12 points as Team Battle overcame a halftime deficit to defeat F.A.C.E.S. 47-37 for the MLK Classic 11 and Under Championship. Ray Montilous and RJ Cole combined for 23 points for F.A.C.E.S. in the loss.

Top Performers

Tyus Battle Guard (Team Battle)- After a tough first half Battle showed why he’s probably the top 11 and Under player in the region. In the second stanza he moved to the off guard spot and put on a memorable shooting display. The lanky guard caught fire from behind the arc knocking down 4 straight treys and igniting his team comeback. He has showed big improvements in his game including quickness, shiftiness and obviously and improved outside shot. In second half performance is one the will be remembered in the MLK vaults.

Chase Barney Guard (Team Battle)- Chase finished with 8 points and his first half play kept Team Battle from being totally blown out. He made an impact against F.A.C.E.S. pressure by handling the rock and making a few key buckets. His toughness came into play and he held it down for his team until their offense began clicking.

Jamir Harris Forward (Team Battle)- When the momentum switched in the second Harris’s size and athleticism came into play. On the defensive end he was able to deflect passes which led to transition buckets. Once on the break was too athletic for many 11 and Under players to slow down. He was also instrumental in their comeback.

Ray Montilous Forward (F.A.C.E.S.)- Montilous capped off a good tournament with some impressive championship play. He’s the primary post player for his team but has guard like quickness that allows him to get around bigger players on the blocks. Once he gets in triple threat position most forwards are at his mercy and he proved this all weekend.

RJ Cole Guard (F.A.C.E.S.)- As usual Cole brought his game for the entire tournament. In the finals his aggressive play on both ends of the floor helped his team to a big first half lead. You know he can shoot the long ball but I also was impressed with his ability to score near the basket with floaters over outstretched post players.

Shyquan Gibbs Guard (F.A.C.E.S.)- Gibbs also deserved some ink for his play this weekend. The lefty moves well in the offensive and knew when to attack. He got into the lane and used his body to shield shot blockers. He also can knock the open shot if you leave him open.