Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Atlantic City Showcase 14U Championship Recap: Peacemakers Take Title

Peacemakers Win Crown

Shafeek Taylor scored 15 and Semaj Reed added 14 markers and a ton of rebounds as the Peacemakers defeated Team Nelson 57-49 to win the Atlantic City Showcase 14 and Under Championship. Jaquan Johnson scored 14 points for Team Nelson in the loss.

Spotlight Players

Shafeek Taylor Guard (Peacemakers)- Taylor was on his game in the finals. He drained a couple of treys and also bounced his body off of defenders while scoring on his way to the cup. I loved his aggressiveness and ability to score against such a tough defensive squad. He played big all day today.

Semaj Reed Forward (Peacemakers)- Reed is a new face for this squad and was a huge factor in this game. His down low presence was is something to be accountable for. He was a monster on the boards and an offensive force once he got his hands on the rock in the post. He will be a name to know this spring and summer.

John Davis Forward (Peacemakers)- Wow I remembering featuring Davis on the site a while ago after watching him play at Adidas Jr. Phenom but now his game has progressed. First of all the youngster has trimmed up his frame and made himself into a legit forward prospect. He has a miniature Mike Beasley type game going on but he will have to extend his range and work on his ball handling.

Zafir Copeland Guard (Peacemakers)- Copeland held off Team Nelson’s pressure defense long enough to get the win. The stocky guard had enough power and speed to make things happen. He penetrated and spoon fed his big men for easy buckets.

Juquan Johnson Guard (Team Nelson)- Johnson is more athletic than I thought. Once he gets into the lane he knows how to twist his body around shot blockers and still score buckets. He’s also very tough to stay in front of because of his array of dribbling moves.

Jakari Rowe Guard (Team Nelson)- Rowe isn’t a flashy offensive player but he’s capable of getting the job done. He also makes a living grinding on defense and sticking his nose inside to get a couple of boards with the trees inside. He’s a glue player that every team needs.

Conrad Chambers Guard (Team Nelson)- Chambers was outstanding in their quarterfinal game vs. Cutino Mobley. This youngster was very quick with the ball and really excels in transition. On the break he loves receiving the rock and exploding to the cup.

Rondae Jefferson Forward (Team Nelson)- The long lefty showed some of his moves along the baseline before getting into foul trouble. His quickness gives most post players problems because they can’t guard him. I’m starting see his upside coming out.

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