Monday, March 29, 2010

NJ 13U AAU Div. 2 States Recap: Harris's Free Throw Lifts Team Battle

Team Battle Wins NJ 13U Div. 2 Crown

Jamir Harris hit a free throw with one second remaining to give Team Battle a 62-61 victory over Jersey Shore Devils in the NJ 13U Div. 2 State Championship Game. Harris finished with 16 points while Brandon Randolph led all scorers with 18 markers. Jack Laffy finished with 15 points for the Jersey Shore Devils in the loss.

Top Performers

Jamir Harris Guard (Team Battle)- Harris played big yesterday. His jump shot was falling even from the mid range area. He took charge in the final seconds and beat his man to the cup. After getting fouled this youngster stepped to the charity stripe and showed tremendous heart nailing one out of two free throws.

Brandon Randolph Guard (Team Battle)- This was the best game I’ve seen Randolph play in his new uniform. The combo guard took matters into his own hands in terms of penetrating and making things happen. He destroyed the competition with floaters and runners in the lane. He also had a solid game defensively.

Tyus Battle Guard (Team Battle)- This youngster battled double teams and junk defenses all day. For the most part he fought through it and even made some tough plays down the stretch. This game showed a true testament to how good his teammates are.

Jack Laffy Forward (JS Devils)- Laffy made things interesting by connecting on a few early treys and beating defenders off the dribble. He seems to have opened up his game in terms of outside shooting and ball handling. Those traits will be needed as he gets older.

Shaun Belby Guard (JS Devils)- Belby found his stroke from behind the arc during this see-saw battle. The southpaw drained the trey ball in transition and in the half court offense. His shooting almost sent Team Battle home.

Luke O’Shaughnessy Guard (JS Devils)- This guard was tough as nails and gave TB problems with his penetration ability. He got into the scoring column with driving layups and floaters along the baseline.