Monday, May 12, 2014

Mid Atlantic 6th Grade Championship Recap: Rip City Shows Dominance!

RIP City Comes Through

Kieves Turner poured in a game high 37 points as RIP City ran past 6th Man Warriors 67-48 to win the Mid Atlantic 6th Grade AAU Regional Championship. Congrats to both teams for making it to the finals. Top Performers

Kieves Turner Guard (RIP City)- Turner has established himself as the Mid Atlantic’s top scorer regardless of class. He showed this weekend that he can fill up the buckets in a hurry. He went on a stretch in the finals where he pumped in 12 consecutive points. When he wasn’t scoring from the field he was drawing fouls and collecting free money at the charity stripe. But as this team gets ready for AAU Nationals he will have to learn to trust his teammates a little more for them to beat some of the upper echelon teams in the country.

Andrew King Forward (RIP City)- The 6’5 King was more of a factor on the defensive end while getting rebounds and controlling the paint. He not only has the length but also the strength to help him impact on this grade level. Offensively on the post he’s still trying to figure out how to put moves together and use some touch off the glass. The good thing is time is on his side.

Jahmir Brickus Guard (RIP City)- When Brickus enters the game the tempo instantly changes. He wants to push the ball every opportunity he gets and the results are usually good. He excels at getting into the gaps of the defense and finishing with a floater or dishing the rock. He was very aggressive on both ends of the floor.

Kylen Thomas Guard (6th Man Warriors)- Thomas was in charge of the scoring and did a good job. He has good body control when absorbing contact and the strength to finish the play off. He also showed the ability to change his shot in mid-air to avoid shot blockers. He led the team in scoring the games I watched.

Quantaras Morse Forward (6th Man Warriors)- Morse is not as long as some of the other forwards but his strong build helps him be productive. He gets low post position which makes his job a little easier. On defense he moves his feet well and attacks the glass hard for caroms.

Javon Peace Guard (6th Man Warriors)- Peace didn’t let ball handlers breathe this weekend. He was picking them up 94 feet and picking the ball off in the passing lane. On offense he scored some easy buckets by leaking out early for lay ups and finishing off drives with a floater.
Eden Davis Guard (6th Man Warriors)- Davis is Peace’s partner in crime in the backcourt. He also harasses the opposition on defense and gets out on the break I transition. Eden is also not afraid to pull up from deep to get the job done.