Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Inside The Grand Finale 13U: Same Song!

Team Final Held Off All Challengers

New Season Same Results

Team Final had a target on their back at the Grand Finale but managed to pass their first test. After beating a stubborn Linden Ballers team they mercy ruled NJ Got Game in the final pool game. In the semifinals they showed the heart of a champion by holding off a hungry KYDA. Finally, in the championship they once again found a way to get past The City. Pervis Ellison’s bunch has mastered the art of keeping their cool when other teams make their push. This confidence helped them bring the gold home this past weekend.

Notable Performers

Chris Atkinson Guard (KYDA)- There’s always a player that makes his name in his spotlight debut and Chris did just that. During the semifinals against Team Final Atkinson put on a show. He singlehandedly torched TF and almost sent them packing. He drained deep treys and beat defenders to the cup at will. During that game he played like the best player of the floor. He had the crowd buzzing.

Temple Gibbs Guard (KYDA)- It was good to see Gibbs back at a Spotlight event. He looked very good running the point and attacking inside TF’s defense. His confidence seems to be returning to a high level as he stepped up on the stage. He has his swagger back.

Tony Blackwell Forward (Team Takeover)- I didn’t recognize Tony at first because the braids are gone. He stepped up big for TT after Bryant Crawford was sidelined with a hand injury. Blackwell saved his best performance for the semifinal match up with The City where he finished with 23 points. He ran the floor like a deer and finished off plays all weekend.

Jeff Duwhn Guard (Team Takeover)- Jeff caught fire in the semifinals. He nailed five treys and showed tremendous poise in a very tough contest. I love his demeanor and decision making at the guard spot. Once he finds his range he can fill up the scorebook quickly.

Emmanuel Taylor Forward (F.A.C.E.S.)- In their final pool game versus KYDA Taylor scored his team’s first 23 points. He totally punished the defenders on the blocks while making it look easy at times. He doesn’t miss lay ups and hits the glass like a warrior. I can’t wait to see him battle with Trevaughn Wilkerson soon.

Grand Finale 13U All Tournament Team
Lamar Kimble (Team Final)
Malik Ellison (Team Final)
Trevaughn Wilkerson (Team Final)
Vaughn Covington (Team Final)
Eric Paschall (The City)
Wolfgang Novogratz (The City)
Donovan Mitchell (The City)
Mike Williams (The City)
Temple Gibbs (KYDA)
Justin Salem (KYDA)
Chris Atkinson (KYDA)
Tony Blackwell (Team Takeover)
Jeff Duwhn (Team Takeover)
Emmanuel Taylor (F.A.C.E.S.)
Otis Livingston (NJ Got Game)

Davonte Green (Gauchos)