Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Basketball Spotlight Top 10: 13 and Under Division

Youth Interlock Remains #1

The Basketball Spotlight 13U Top 10 is updated. The top team remains but we had some moment throughout. Our rankings are based on top tournament finishes, strength of schedule and our opinion on which teams are better.

1. Youth Interlock- On paper YI has the pieces to bring home the prize in July. We will get a close up look at them at their AAU Regionals and when they arrive at the MDC. They might be the road block for Team Nelson winning the Triple Crown.

2. Team Nelson- Team Nelson is trying to make history by winning the Triple Crown (Grand Finale, Atlantic City Showcase and MDC). First they have a tough AAU regional tournament to get through before heading down to the MDC.

3. Gauchos- The Choz came up short at the Spring Fling in the finals against Juice All Stars. They are the favorites to win the Metropolitan Region and are hosting their own tourney middle of May. We have extended an MDC invite to them we are waiting for a reply.

4. Team Underrated: After falling in the quarterfinals in Atlantic City Showcase the Long Island boys rebounded to win the Boston Massacre. They are penciled in for the MDC and said they are ready to defend their crown.

5. Team Scan: Scan is one of the most battled teams in the region. They didn’t make the trip to AC but did go up to Boston and made a run to the semifinals. They also were extended an invite to Atlantic City Showcase.

6. Team NJ ABC: The Trenton based squad has been making some noise this year. Down in Atlantic City they flexed their muscles by making it to the finals. They are currently in a chase for the NJ 13U State title.

7. Team Kobe: TK should be in good shape as Brandon Austin is making a comeback from injury. They have a busy upcoming schedule. They play in the Filly Sol Dream Classic, Mid Atlantic AAU Regionals and have expressed interest in the MDC.

8. King Street Kings: KSK are currently in the quarterfinals of the NJ State tourney. A championship run will definitely move them up in the rankings.

9. Team Final: The Mid Atlantic Region has another tough squad to deal with. Team Final turned heads in Atlantic City with some early blow out wins. They loss to eventual champ Team Nelson. They will have another shot at the MDC.

10. Team Rebels: The Rebels are also from Chester and are out to prove they belong with the elite crowd. They have a rugged style and know how to produce wins.

Lurking: CJ Jammers, City Sports on 4, NJ Shore Shots, Playaz Basketball Club, Delaware Finest