Sunday, February 15, 2009

MIT Recap 13 and Under: Houston Selects Outlast Youth Interlock

Brandon Etienne (Houston Select)

Tony Upchurch scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half as Houston Select defeated Youth Interlock 67-56 to win the MIT 13 and Under Championship. Austin Tilgham led YT with 21 points in the loss.

Championship Game Top Performers

Brandon Etienne Guard (Houston Select)- Brandon gave Youth Interlock fits all game. He killed them with long range and mid range jumpers while also dropping in a floater or two. They had no one that could keep him out the lane and he seemed to make big play after big play. He was a huge difference in the game.

Tony Upchurch Forward (Houston Select)- Upchurch wasn’t really involved in the game during the first half but when the second stanza started he went to work. Tony can hit the set shot even from 3 point range and even pushed the rock coast to coast on several occasions. He has developed his dribbling some but still needs to work on changing directions and passing on the move.

Kelly Oubre Guard (Houston Select)- You have to like Oubre for several reasons. First of all he can stroke it pretty well and when you throw in his size you might have a serious prospect looming. In the finals he picked his spot and made sure he did the job once the ball got into his hands.

Austin Tilghman Guard (Youth Interlock)- This was by far Austin’s best offensive game of the tourney. He started the contest with two treys from the top of the key. He then made HS pay with several tough drives to the cup. He seemed like he was on a mission to get his team that crown.

Wa’mere Murphy Forward (Youth Interlock)- Murphy had a productive game with some strong finishes near the basket. In terms of athleticism there a few that can hang with him but he did get a little frustrated which threw him off his game. He’s a very talented youngster.