Georgia Knights(84), TEAM LOADED NC (67)
The Georgia Knights, sponsored by Big Shots and playing as “Big Shots Elite 2020 Georgia”, defeated Team Loaded NC, 84-67 in a game full of Division I talent.
Christopher Youngblood led the way for the Georgia Knights in their big-time clash with the NC Team Loaded 17U team, with 28 points.
Josh Hall led Team Loaded NC with 21 points. The 6-9 200, small forward, flew in from Indianapolis Saturday night, after playing with CP3 in the EYBL on Friday and Saturday
FOR THE GEORGIA KNIGHTS:
Youngblood scored his 28 points on 11 field goals, including three treys and three free throws to lead the way for the winners.
Brandon Stroud, a teammate of Youngblood’s at East Coweta High School, added 15 points for Big Shots.
Kirshon Thrash, who always comes up big for the Knights, played an excellent floor game
Rasean Fredrick, a talented forward added 13 points, while Kirshon Thrash scored 10 points.
In addition to Josh Hall’s 21 points, Team Loaded had two other players in double figures.
Jamahri Harvey, a rising senior from Fayetteville, North Carolina, added 11 points and Zeke Littlejohn, a senior guard from King’s Mountain High School scored 10 points.
Littlejohn will be a 2019 graduate. He signed with Maryland Eastern Shore, but is now available thanks to a coaching change at the Maryland university.
17u Orange Bracket Semifinal Game #1
Georgia Knights(69), TEAM Winston (64)
The Knights defeated an always tough and hard playing Team Winston team in the championship game by a score of 69-64.
Brandon Stroud is a really good shooter, especially from mid-range and he has good overall skills.
He led the way against Team Winston with 23 points, scoring eight field goals, one of which was a trey and six free throws.
Rasean Fredrick, a lefty forward from Atlanta, added 13 points in the championship win. He’s a solid mid range shooter and an effective slasher.
He’s also a good defender and he rebounds his position well.
FOR TEAM WINSTON:
Jakob Moore, a strong young lefty is improving rapidly. More of a football player, through the 10th grade, he began to take basketball seriously in the spring of that sophomore year.
Last year he was a banger, inside and a solid rebounder, who rejected a few shots, but who only scored on garbage buckets.
He has improved vastly under the tutelage of his high school coach, Andy Muse and he’s now a solid threat to score in the low post, displaying good touch. He also has an improving shot to 15-16 feet and he’s a good passer.
He’s a must-see for mid-major programs.
Jakob led Team Winston with 18 points in the semifinal loss to the Georgia Knights.
Zack Alston was a senior this year at Winston-Salem Prep, which is actually a 1A public school, in case you weren’t aware. It’s the Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy.
Anyhow, Zack will be attending Fork Union Military Prep in the coming year, before playing college basketball. He scored 13 points in Team Winston’s semifinal game.
Stephen Minor, who had a very tournament at Big Shots Charlotte, played a very solid floor game against the Georgia Knights. He did an excellent job of running the team, he knocked down open shots and he played really good defensively.
He averaged double figure scoring in the tournament,
Peyton Brown, a 6-10 215, Center has improved noticeably over the past year, but the word is that he’s a very good prospect on the pitcher’s mound.
17u Orange Bracket Semifinal Game #2
New light disciples(68), TEAM phoenix elite (58)
FOR NEW LIGHT DISCIPLES:
Jamarii Thomas is a strong, explosive and skilled point guard. He led New Light with 19 points. He hit two treys and five free throws, along with six field goals.
Trent McIntyre is a strong athlete, with a good shooting stroke. He added 15 points in this semifinal win.
Kuluel Mading The big guy added 10 points for the winners. He is a vastly improved player. He has added a nice, facing stroke to 17 feet. He’s also an improved shot blocker and he’s playing with more confidence.
Josiah Isaiah Staten-Ray is a solid shooter and a fundamentally sound guard. He scored 10 points in this game.
Tyler Young is a fundamentally sound big man, who can score the basketball in the low post. He’s also a good position defender and a solid rebounder.
The big added eight points in the semifinal game and he rebounded well, throughout the tournament, while averaging double figures in points.
FOR TEAM PHOENIX ELITE:
Demetrius Washington led Team Phoenix with 22 points in their semifinal loss to the Disciples. He’s a quick athlete, with a solid handle and a good shooting stroke. He gets into the lane and his stroke is good to the arc.
Dhieu Deing – This lean young man is a very good shooter and a fast athlete. He’s played all spring as an unsigned senior and from what I’ve seen, he’s a very good mid-range shooter and he’s also a very solid shooter from the arc as well. He also drives it well for runners, or lays, given an opening.
Deing added 16 points in the semifinal loss.
Alex Holt is a strong young man, with solid skills. He only scored seven in this contest, but was a physical presence on the boards. He had 17 and 18 in his two previous games on Saturday.
Tavis Bridges a lean athlete, who runs the court well. He rebounds and defends well. He gets his buckets on short drives, stick-backs and in transition.
17u Orange Bracket Championship Game
Georgia knights(73), New light disciples (68)
The Georgia Knights, sponsored by Big Shots in this event, defeated the New Light Disciples 73-68 to win the Orange Division Tournament Championship at Big Shots Charlotte, which was held at Union Academy Charter School in nearby Monroe.
The Knights, who had taken time to take on Team Loaded NC in a 10:00 game, Sunday morning, had to turn around and face a scrappy Team Winston team in a 12:00 noon semifinal game.
The Knights defeated Team Winston, 69-64, setting up 3:00 championship game against the New Light Disciples from the Greensboro, North Carolina area.
The Disciples had defeated Team Phoenix Elite, 68-58 in their semifinal matchup with another North Carolina team, based in North Carolina.
Led by their stellar 2G, Christopher Youngblood, the Georgia Knights defeated the New Light Disciples 73-68 to win the Orange Division 17U Championship.
Christopher Youngblood, led the Big Shots sponsored Knights with 19 points.
Kirshon Thrash, a 6-4 220, guard-forward from Atlanta, added 13 points for the winners, while super quick, senior point guard, John Allen added 11 points.
The New Light Disciples were led by Trent McIntyre, a 6-4 guard from Greensboro, who scored 15 points.
Jamarii Thomas, a high school teammate of McIntyre, added 13 points, while Dudley High School big man, Tyler Young scored 11 points.
Kuluel Mading, a 6-10 center from High Point added eight points. The vastly improved big man had scored in double figures in all of his previous games at the tournament.