Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer Slam 14U Recap: Expressions Gets The Last Laugh

Expressions Captures Grand Championship

Chris Atkinson scored 15 points but it wasn’t enough as Expressions escaped to defeat Team Scan 52-51 to win the Summer Slam 14U Grand Championship. Chris Baldwin led the Expression’s balance scoring attack.

Top Performers

Chris Baldwin Forward (Expressions)- Baldwin took things to the blocks yesterday. He’s a natural scorer with a feathery touch. He’s not overly athletic but has the width and length to be a major factor in any contest. I love his extended range and overall feel for the game.

Aaron McClain Forward (Expressions)- McClain altered shots and was a menace on the boards. He’s very quick off his feet and doesn’t need to score to be effective on both ends of the floor. His long arms are one of his best assets.

Juwan Gooding Guard (Expressions)- Gooding hurt TS by scoring 5 points in 10 seconds to give his team the lead for good. First hit nailed a trey then stole the inbounds pass and scored again. The southpaw didn’t have a great game but came up big when it counted.

Chris Atkinson Guard (Team Scan)- Atkinson ended his season on a good note. The speedster showed good range from the perimeter and beat defenders off the dribble all afternoon. He’s one of the quickest and most effective guards in the region. He will make some high school coach very proud.

Devonte Green Guard (Team Scan)- Green is the prototype two guard. He has good height and range on his jumper. He has does a good job creating space and getting his shot off in traffic. He will be tough to handle next year when he reclassifies into the Class of 2016.