Thursday, March 17, 2011

AC Showcase 13U Preview: Go Hard Or Go Home

Can Team Final Continue Their Atlantic City Reign?

The 13U Division in the AC Showcase should produce some interesting matchups. Both divisions have some top notch teams that are eager for some shine and raising the banner. Here’s a breakdown of the top 7th Grade teams making the trip.

AC Showcase 13U Preview

Team Final: TF will make their Spotlight debut after winning the AGame Super Shootout. They must have a great showing in AC and at the MDC to get an invite to Summer Slam. This bunch always seems to step up when needed.

F.A.C.E.S.: The Killer Bees responded well with a championship at the Clash For The Cup. They added some size and their guard play continues to show improvement. If they raise the banner in AC it was probably guarantee them a spot in Summer Slam.

Team Felton: The North Carolina squad will be making their first trip to the Spotlight. They have two of the best 7th Graders in America in Harry Giles and Mike Buckland. I’m anxious to see how they perform under the bright lights.

CC 1st (Orange)- Raekwon “Grande” Long has moved over to CC 1st so this squad should be ready to go. The 6’9 youngster is still developing but you can’t teach this size. I want to see how they handle the tough competition in the north.

Force One: FO feels they are ready for the big boys and now they have their wish. Big Joe Hampton has been doing damage thus far and with the addition of guard Chris Lykes this crew should be good to go.

MABC: “Hail” Ceasar is searching for his first Spotlight crown. The Bengals have come close including a Final Four run at the MDC. Jamal “Left Handed Bandit” Allen will be burning the nets in AC.

CT Elite: These boys made a Final Four run at the Clash For The Cup. Tremont Waters can score from anywhere which makes him a dangerous guard and they also have a few more pieces. Don’t count them out.

Team Rebels: Vaughn Covington will be looking to lead this group into battle. It will be interesting to see their pool matchup against Team Final. That should be a highly contested game.

Team Scan: TS should be ready to make a run at the Blue Division crown. They have some serious talent and should make it to the final round on Sunday. Unique McLean is a special talent.

Philly Triple Threat: PTT is as tough as they come. Joshua Sharkey is one of the best guards around and never stops attacking. Their tough style will be needed for them to win the crown.

Albany Dream Team: Dyaire Holt is a serious guard that can score at will. He led ADT to the Clash For The Cup crown. The attention will be on this group once they reach America’s Playground.

Philly Peacemakers: This rugged squad will be making the trip to AC with championship aspirations. Quadir Phillips is a forward with loads of potential and Semaj Motley is a quality floor general that can also score.

Delaware Finest Stars: The Div. 2 National Champs are in the building. They play a physical style on both ends both ends of the floor and have a great guard in Antwon Peace. I look forward to watching them rock.

Cen. Penn Ballers: These boys made it to the finals of the Clash For The Cup. Kobe Gantz and Montrell Morgan form an excellent backcourt. Don’t sleep on this group.