Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Inside The Grand Finale 14U: Starrett City Shines In Spotlight!

Starrett City Survived Scare!

Starrett City Shines In Spotlight

Starrett City made their spotlight debut and survived the roller coaster ride. They mercy ruled themselves through pool play and their first playoff game. They ran into a little test in the semifinals versus Brooklyn Ballers but prevailed at the end. Their biggest scare came against Team Scan in the finals. This slugfest went into overtime and Starrett City was a tip in away of going home without the title. The tip in fell short and Mike Silverthorn big trey helped them take home the crown in overtime. Congrats to Starrett City and hope to see you again.

Notable Performers

Malachai Richardson Guard (Team Nelson)- Richardson made an appearance with Team Nelson and must say he looked very good. He has grown a few inches and seemed very comfortable launching deep shots. I don’t know if this is a long term thing but it looked like a good fit.

Tyrone Johnson Guard (Brooklyn Ballers)- This lefty has ice cold veins and a wicked handle that allows him to get space and shoot his step back jumper. He got anywhere he wanted on the floor while beating defenders off the dribble all weekend.

Terrell Sturdivant Forward (Team Nelson)- Look out cause this kid might be a legit wing player. Terrell showed his ball handling this weekend and standing 6’5 makes him a scary prospect. Once he develops some range on his outside shot his transformation could be complete.

Chris Davis Guard (Team Underrated)- Sporting his new Mohawk cut Davis showed me his tools. He got into the lane and used is body control to kiss shots off the window. He always seems to be playing under control while directing the offense. CJ’s game is serious!

Kaison Randolph Guard (Team NJ ABC)- Yes I wrote guard because Randolph was handling the pill like one this weekend. On several occasions he pushed the rock up the floor and made plays. He continues to develop into one of the top ballers in the region.

Grand Finale 14U All Tournament Team
Isiah Whitehead (Starrett City)
Mike Silverthorn (Starrett City)
Chance Ellis (Starrett City)
Shavar Newkirk (Team Scan)
Nassir Barrino (Team Scan)
Adeyinka Adams (Team Scan)
Kevin Seymour (Team Scan)
Nazier Chew (Team Nelson)
Terrell Sturdivant (Team Nelson)
Malachai Richardson (Team Nelson)
Tyrone Johnson (Brooklyn Ballers)
Devin Wilson (Brooklyn Ballers)
Neuby Saint Hillare (Brooklyn Ballers)
Kaison Randolph (Team NJ ABC)
Chris Davis (Team Underrated)