Monday, March 17, 2014

CP3 Invitational Day 2 Recap: National Champions Prevail In Overtime!

CP3 All Stars Win it All 

The CP3 Invitational concluded today with the host CP3 All Stars defeating Team Takeover 65-58 in overtime. Kobe Langley and Mike Green combined for 29 points in the win while Justin Moore poured in 29 of his own for TTO in the loss. 

 Day 2 7th Grade Top Performers

Mike Green Guard (CP3 All Stars)
After having a slow first half in the finals, Green woke in the closing moments of regulation and in overtime. He played the pick and roll game with Wendell Moore which kept Team Takeover off balance. Once Green got the switch he wanted, he used a head fake or jab step to get past defenders. He spent most of the latter part of the game at the charity stripe which helped the national champs seal the game. This kid outside shot is usually like cash dollars therefore is new name is Mike “Money” Green or Money Mike for short.

Kobe Langley Guard (CP3 All Stars)
Langley had a spurt when he showed that star power I saw at the AAU Nationals last July. The southpaw tormented TTO in transition with hang glide buckets and big time pull ups. He also stepped up the defensive pressure and helped cause some crucial turnovers. He came things close until Mike Green could get it going.
Wendell Moore Forward (CP3 All Stars) 
Part of the reason he’s considered the best player in the country is that he can dominate the game without dominating the ball. He’s CP3 primary inside presence and Team Takeover had to send at least three players to the glass to try and contain him. This kid is so quick off his feet it’s amazing. Once he has the ball he commands so much attention that it makes life easier for the other players.

Justin Moore Guard (Team Takeover) 
Moore solidified himself as one of the best if not the best combo guard in the country. CP3 had no answer to his penetration and strong finishes. While CP3 is accustomed of knocking driving guards off balance Moore ate the contact and still finished. He also had enough size to hit the mid-range pull up in the middle of a move. His presence just changes the entire make up of this team. Just You tube (Corey Fisher St. Patricks) and you will see what I mean.

Terrence Williams Forward (Team Takeover) 
Whatever Williams has been eating these days he should keep it coming because he’s in a zone right now. He’s just more focused and active for longer periods of the game. On the post he’s showing great footwork and willingness to bang. He battled Wendell Moore hard all game. He had two 3 point plays the old fashion way to kept things close.

Mehki Long Guard (Team Takeover)
 Long came in and gave Team Takeover some great minutes off the pine. His length caused problems on the defensive end and allowed him to guard different positions. Right now he has long legs and a small torso which means he should shoot up several inches over the next couple years. He might turn out to be a good prospect in the TTO stable.
Bryan Sanders Guard (Team Florida) 
Sanders is built like a brick house but has the scoring ability of a natural combo guard. In their playoff matchup versus Team United Sanders was the difference because TU could not contain him on the perimeter. Bryan has enough handle to get past the first line of defense then he uses his power to reach pay dirt. Right now this kid is very dominant on this level especially on the offensive end.

Swinton Acosta Guard (Team Florida) 
Another reason Team Florida defeated Team United was the play of reserve guard Swinton Acosta. Acosta checked in the game and instantly brought his team energy but pushing the pill and distributing it to teammates. He also nailed a deep jumper and converted a couple of buckets in transition. He seemed to have fun playing the game and plays like a great teammate.
Josh Sanquinetti Guard (Team Florida) 
Sanquinetti is strictly a scoring guard for the Florida crew. He prefers banging the jumper from the corner but can also slice to the basket for a deuce. He made a couple of crucial baskets to help them pull out the win.