Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hoop Group Fall Jam Fest Recap: Mass Shooting Stars Cruise To Championship

Mass Shooting Stars Win Title  

Mass Shooting Stars used a balanced attack to run past Wall 2 Wall 69-32 and win the Hoop Group Fall Jam Fest 13U Championship. Devandre Edmonds led the scoring for MSS while Tim Gribb led W2W in the loss. 

Top Performers
Devandre Edmonds Forward (MSS)- After a slow start Edmonds totally dominated W2W inside. If he wasn’t knocking down the short jumper at the foul line he was scoring off the screen and roll. He came to life in the second half on the glass by dropping in put backs and controlling the paint defensively. 

Stephon Baxter Guard (MSS)- The pint sized floor general was a total pest on defense by turning ball handlers and forcing several turnovers. On offense he directed the traffic and made sure his teammates got the rock in the correct place. He showed tremendous heart and toughness today.
Paul Durkee Guard (MSS)- A key addition now has Durkee primarily on the wing which has opened his game up. He still shows the knack to score from anywhere on the floor but he also took over the point guard responsibilities when things got physical. I like the way he’s developing. 

 Scott Graziano Forward (MSS)- Graziano is the new addition that allows Durkee to roam the perimeter. He’s a rugged forward that hits the glass on the weak side and nail the open 10 footer. His presence will definitely help MSS move forward this season.
Shivam Sharma Guard (MSS)- Sharma made W2W pay when the collapsed in the paint by nailing 5 treys in their victory. He was very aggressive and wasn’t gun shy in his NJ appearance with this group. His long range accuracy will keep the pressure off of the forwards. 

Jayson Whyte Forward (W2W)- When it’s all said and done don’t be surprised if Chico becomes the best prospect out of everyone listed in this article. His body indicates that he should stretch out deep into the 6 foot category. Right now he lacks the strength and game to impact but that might change down the road. 

Timmy Gribb Guard (W2W)- Gribb was a bright spot for W2W. He scored the ball well off the bounce and didn’t back down even when the game got out of control. I like some of the wiggle he showed and look forward to seeing him again.