Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Inside The Grand Finale 12U: F.A.C.E.S. Ready For Next Step!

F.A.C.E.S. Looking Forward To A Meeting With Team Battle!


Last season F.A.C.E.S. had several runner-up finishes at Basketball Spotlight events. Sunday night they reached the next level by raising the banner after knocking off reigning Grand Finale champs NYC Gauchos. Now they want a shot at #3 Team Battle and this should be interesting because F.A.C.E.S. did defeat them twice last season. So now it’s on. Hopefully we can get it done at the Clash For The Cup.

Notable Performers

Rakym Felder (New Heights)- There might not be a better pure scorer in the region. The lefty carried his squad once again in the scoring column averaging close to 20 points per game. Against F.A.C.E.S. he pumped in 27 of his teams 41 points. He also is beginning to develop his skills including ball handling and jump shot technique. He’s tough to stop once he gets going.

Terrell Turner (New Heights)- Turner patrolled the inside and made some good moves towards the basket. He has a soft touch and knows how to get good position. He's a good compliment for Felder.

Jamal Allen (MABC)- It was nice seeing this kid move to the wing. He took full advantage of the move by dropping 20 points against Gauchos and 21 versus New Heights. His last second trey attempt almost sent New Heights home during the semifinals.

Ceasar Adim (MABC)- The MABC told me he had a surprise and it was Adim. The lanky forward is a load to handle down low for this age group on both ends of the floor. But it seems like he will eventually become a wing player and does like handling the rock right now. It will be interesting to see his development.

Grand Finale 12U All Tournament Team
RJ Cole (F.A.C.E.S.)
Ray Montilous (F.A.C.E.S.)
Sa’eed Nelson (F.A.C.E.S.)
Christian Ford (F.A.C.E.S.)
Azzur Taylor (F.A.C.E.S)
Jared Rivers (Gauchos)
Shamorie Ponds (Gauchos)
Khalid Muhammad (Gauchos)
Jeff Hayden (Gauchos)
Rakym Felder (New Heights)
Terrell Turner (New Heights)
Jamal Allen (MABC)
Ceasar Adim (MABC)