(Pictured above: River Reed of SABO, getting 2 of his 28 points)
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One of the top teams coming into AlamoCityHoopsfest, were the SABO Warhawks Gold. A very talented roster loaded with college talent that has won multiple GASO’s already on this years circuit. They weren’t able to stay for championship play because of a prior obligation, but the Warhawks showed why they are arguably one of the top team in the GreaterSA area.
In their first of two games on Saturday, the Warhawks drew Nike ProSkills Black. Early on Kobe Magee and Jeff Fepserman would connect from deep to get the offense going early. ProSkills Black was up for the challenge as Stephen Bullock and Shahada Wells would lead their charge with 7 and 5 points at the break respectively, trailing SABO, 34-28.
The 2nd half saw the bigger SABO team assert itself down low and use the nice outside touch of Fesperman to pull away. Versaitle SF/PF 6’6″ Lamont Simmons led the charge with 16 points for the game, finding buckets down low. 6’8 River Reed and 6’10 Luke Schutlz would both add 12 more points a piece. The bulk of their scoring came in the 2nd half as they used their size and length to turn the tide on both sides of the court, as SABO pulled away for the 76-57 win.
For the game, SABO used 8 players, and 5 of them were in double digits scoring. UTEP commit and point guard Kobe Magee added 11 more and Jeff Fesperman had 14.
In the loss, Nike ProSkills Black were led by Wells who had a game high 20 points, and Bullock added 15.
Their second game matched them against the highly regarded and eventual NBA Champion, Nike D1Premier210. It didn’t take long to see a tremendous battle taking place down low between River Reed and Everett Ray (6’7″). Both bigs would lead their team, Reed had 10pts at the break while Ray had 11pts. Ray showed nice touch as well, stepping behind the arc to drain a trey.
It was SABO point guard Kobe Magee who was a magician with the ball. His quickness with the dribble and ability to get open caused problems in the 1st half for Premier. Magee had 5 three pointers in the 1st stanza, torching the nets, with the defense having no answer for his range. He led SABO into the break with 17pts and a 43-34 halftime lead.
The 2nd half saw Everett Ray carry the Premier. The power forward went to work down low and used his frame to muscle in 19pts in the 2nd half and draw his team to within a few points. The 2nd half remained close, but Magee and Reed were not going to let this one slip away for SABO. In what appeared a bucket for bucket match-up, Ray and Reed would go back and forth. Reed tallied 18 points in the 2nd half, finishing with a team high 28, while Kobe Magee would add another 6 to finish with 23 for the game. That was enough to lead SABO to the victory, 78-75.
Ray put up a monster effort, filling up the stat sheet with a game high 30 points in the loss.