Monday, May 17, 2010

Mid Atlantic AAU 14U Championship Recap: Youth Interlock Reigns Supreme

Youth Interlock Takes Home Crown!

Shepard Garner scored a game high 24 points as Youth Interlock defeated Team Nelson 60-50 to win the Mid Atlantic AAU 14U Championship. Dion Linton scored 14 points for Team Nelson in the loss.

Top Performers

Shepard Garner Guard (Youth Interlock)- Once again Garner showed why he’s one of the top players in the country. He took over the game when his team needed him most. Shep showed an improved outside shot nailing 3 long treys and has polished up his handle. When YI needed a spark he shifted his game to another gear. This kid plays the game with much intensity on both ends.

Raheem Liggins Forward (Youth Interlock)- Liggins was a pleasant surprise inside for YI. He got deep post position and used his wide frame to shield shot blockers before getting off shots. He came up big on the blocks.

Austin Tilghman Guard (Youth Interlock)- Tilghman spent a lot of time at the point spot and handle the game well. He used his strength to fend off defenders while making good decisions with the rock. He showed me some good court vision and willingness to get teammates involved.

Nazier Chew Guard (Team Nelson)- Chew dazzled the crowd with superb ball handling and the ability to make defenders vanish. I also like the way he dished the rock after getting past the first line of defense. Pound For Pound he has to be the best point guard in the region.

Dion Linton Forward (Team Nelson)- Linton picked up his play inside by moving a couple of bodies around and snatching some boards. He also showed a good face up game and touch from the free throw area.

Christian Irons Forward (Team Nelson)- Irons has grown a few inches from last year. This added size helps him establish position on the post and get his shot off over taller defenders. He has soft hands and a good touch.