Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer Slam 12U Recap: Big Red Machine Rolls On

Team IZOD Wins Summer Slam

Nate Pierre Louis hit a pull up jumper with 6 seconds left and then made the game closing steal as Team IZOD defeated CBC 56-55 to win the Summer Slam 12U Grand Championship. Pierre Louis finished with 17 points and Chase Lewis chipped in 10 markers for the winners. Jaecee Martin finished with a game high 30 points in the loss.

Top Performers

Nate Pierre Louis Guard (Team IZOD)- It was fitting that Nate “The Great” hit the winning pull up in the lane. It was a testament of his improved outside shot and his confidence in taking the game winner. But what really impressed me was his concentration to make the big steal while playing the passing lanes. It looks like a repeat POY honor is certain.

Chase Lewis Guard (Team IZOD)- Lewis played big o both ends of the floor. He gives Sports U a strong perimeter defender and a viable scorer in transition. His energized play and defense helped them get over the hump.

Aaron Clarke Guard (Team IZOD)- Clarke made some clutch buckets down the stretch. He demonstrated good body control near the basket while avoiding shot blockers. He seems to be off balance at times but still finds a way to flip the ball in the basket.

Matthew Kachleries Guard (Team IZOD)- Matthew made two key baskets very late in the game. He connected on a runner but his big shot was definitely a trey from the corner that gave his team the lead.

Jaecee Martin Guard (CBC)- My hat goes off to Mayweather. This youngster left everything on the floor while dazzling the crowd and keeping the IZOD defenders on their heels. At times he was virtually unstoppable by getting to the tin and draining 3 treys. He had an outstanding season.

Chaylyn Martin Guard (CBC)- The other Martin also didn’t disappoint. He has improved his offensive game including a deadly jumper from the perimeter. He scored 25 points in their semifinal win against Juice to help them reach the championship.