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(Pictured Above: Texas Tigers Gold)
The first ever Alamo City Hoopsfest finally came and went. Mission Concepcion Sports Park played host to 40 of the top AAU teams from all over the State of Texas. Greater San Antonio, Metro Austin, the CenTex, DFW and Houston were all represented with great talent and teams.
When the dust finally settled on Sunday evening, Alamo City Hoops crowned four champions: Texas Tigers Gold, Nike D1Premier210 17U, Nike D1Premier15U, and Texas Elite CRU 14U.
(NBA Blue Champion)
Our NBA division featured a red and blue bracket. In the NBA Blue Championship, the Texas Tigers Gold would face TJ Ford Blue for the top spot. The Tigers started out fast, dropping 2’s and 3’s, in getting out to the early lead. It caused TJ Ford Blue to do an entire line change, looking for a spark. It was clear, that TJ Ford Blue’s legs were not underneath them, as just an hour before they battled and won an epic semifinal 2 OT game against ATX Lockdown, 67-63.
The Tigers took full advantage and did not let up. For almost the entirety of the game, keeping a double digit lead, led by the scoring trio of Rayshawn Dotson (15pts), K’Von Rice (14pts), and Andrew Osborn (14pts). Osborn set the tone early from long distance, Dotson was solid working inside, and Rice was able to slash and drive to the hoop, draw contact, and connect on 6 of 8 free throws.
Their performance helped lead the Tigers to the, 71-52 final.
In the loss, Kevin McGaskey had 13pts and Yeskin Williams had 11pts, respectively, to lead TJ Ford Blue.
(Pictured above: Nike D1Premier210 17U)
(NBA Red Champion)
Our NBA red championship matched Texas Future210 vs Nike D1Premier210 17U. A match-up that was littered with division one college talent up and down both rosters. The two teams combined to have six players listed at 6’8″ or taller, and in the end, size did matter, as the bigs put on a heck of a battle.
This one was nip and tuck all the way through. Everett Ray (2017) of D1Premier210 put on a nice shooting display, draining four 3-ptrs for the game. The 6’7″ big man showed a very nice touch from outside and beyond the arc, showing no problems in knocking down the long range set shot and game winning free throws.
With time nearly gone, Ray crashed the offensive boards on a miss, got the board, went back up and was fouled. He went to the line, sank both shots, and helped Nike D1Premier210 prevail.
Texas Future210 was led by all everything sophomore to be Charles Bassey. The 6’10” small forward showed great improvement with his ball handling and jumping shooting ability, connecting on 4 three pointers himself. The battle between Ray and Bassey was one of the best match-ups of the weekend, as the two bigs went toe to toe against each other, both finding success.
Guard play did not take much of a back seat to the big fellas. Shelby Adams and Isaiah Thorne had 13pts a piece for D1Premier210. Adams was a tough guard for the future, being able to slash and get to the bucket, or draw the foul. He tallied 7 points on free throws. Thorne showed a sweet stroke from deep, draining three long balls in the win. While Devin Blair answered for the Texas Future210. He was the catalyst and floor general that drove the future on Sunday to the championship game. He finished with 21 points.
Everett Ray finished with 20 pts in the win, while Charles Bassey had 25 in the loss.
(Pictured above: Nike D1Premier 15U)
Playing up into the 16U division, did not slow down a very talented Nike D1Premier team. This finals match pitted D1Premier 15U vs SABO White. The game was within range and contested in the first half, as Premier led 40-30 at the break, Justin Tibbs paced the Warhawks with 10 early points, finishing with 12 on the day. Teammate Aidan Wiscombe tried to help SABO keep pace after intermission, adding 7 points, and finishing with 12 for the game, but Premier was just too overpowering.
Keyon Craddock had 10 early points, pacing them to the halftime lead.
From the start of the 2nd half, it was all Premier, outscoring SABO White, 50-18 in the 2nd stanza, cruising to the 90-48 win, in taking home the NCAA/16U Championship.
Donovan Souter was a big factor in Premier breaking the game open, nailing 5 three pointers in the 2nd half, a total of 7 treys for the game. He was on fire, sharpshooting from all over the court, with a game high 21 points. The combination of Craddock and Souter, who finished with 17, was just to much for the Warhawks to handle.
(Pictured above: Texas Elite CRU 14U)
8th Grade/14U Champion
There was definitely some talk among the Alamo City Hoops staff, as word was spreading that this was not going to be a usual 8th grade showdown between Texas Elite CRU and SA DreamTeam. Fans were definitely revved up and the kids on the court showed an elevated skill for only being 8th graders.
The first half did nothing to spoil any of the hype, in fact, the competitiveness and vibes even grew, as both teams remained deadlocked at 30 after the first 16 minutes. Devin Williams hit two 3-ptrs in the first half, while his CRU teammates Jaxson Shores and Pierre Sanders both had a team high 7 points at the break.
For the SA DreamTeam, Amarea Bailey wowed the onlookers with 15 points in the first half. He was on from outside, hitting jumpers & even knocking down a trey. DreamTeam teammate Brandon Riojas hit two from deep, giving him 6pts at the half.
It was down the stretch where Texas Elite CRU capitalized on some miscues, missed free throws and empty possessions by the DreamTeam, where they got enough separation to pull out the win, 59-50.
Pierre Sanders finished with a team high 15 pts, while Devin Williams had 12pts, and Jaxson Shores finished with 11pts.
The SA DreamTeam was in it until the end, in big part to Antony Shelton who put in 10 points in the 2nd half, and finished with 12 for the game. In the loss, Bailey led the SA DreamTeam with 17 points.