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16 & under AAU Day 5- Championship play

Here's our Elite 8 wrap up followed by a Sweet 16 wrap up, then coverage of some of the consolation pools. All players are class of 2005 unless noted.

Georgia Stars 76    Dallas Mustangs Blue 56

        The quest for a 3-peat in national championships for the Dallas Mustangs came to a screeching halt this afternoon. The Georgia Stars handed the Mustangs a 76-56 blow. A game that was tied at the end of 1 quarter, quickly turned into a 9 point halftime lead for Georgia. Georgia Stars PG/WG Louis Williams was clearly the best player on the court. Williams scored at will this afternoon showing everything you'd expect from the top player in the country. He connected on 6-10 shots from the floor and 10-12 foul shots to finish with a game high 23. He was unselfish, didn't try to win the game by himself and just plain took it to anyone who tried to stop him. Williams handled the ball like he had it on a string, breaking ankles and blowing past defenders all day long. Behind 16 from Williams the Stars had a 9 point lead at the intermission. The Mustangs had a nice run, but couldn't get any closer than 4 as Georgia spread it out and just plain controlled every facet of the game. For Dallas the spark was from Booker Woodfox off the bench. The 6-0 guard from Lewisville had 14 points in limited minutes off the bench and kept the Mustangs in the game in the first half with 12 points all in the second quarter. Denton Ryan guard Austin Jackson led the Mustangs with 16 points. Dallas Lincoln PG Byron Eaton had 14 points, but found three sometimes four Georgia defenders waiting for him in the paint when he drove. Mansfield C Sean Williams (c/o 2004) was solid on the glass with 9 rebounds and blocked 7 shots. The Stars though, gave it all the had won the battle of the boards by 20 rebounds, and had three times as many assists (12 to 4) as the Mustangs. Other top players for the Stars were G/F Rasheen Barrett who had 17, BF Daniel Emerson who had 14 and F Paul Johnson who had 12.

Atlanta Celtics 63    Houston Hoops 57

The Houston Hoops were rolling and it looked like it was going to continue that way. The scrappy Atlanta Celtics fought from behind all night long, and overcame a 4 point deficit after three to hang on for the win. The Hoops led 18-12 after the first quarter, but trailed 30-28 at the half after a buzzer beating three by Celtic PG DeAndre Bray. Down the stretch the Hoops simply couldn't buy a bucket and saw F's Fendi Onobun and Ashton Hall foul out. The Hoops were led in the game by Sugarland Clements PG Dave Devezin. Devezin had a solid outing with 16 points and 5 assists. Kountze BF Ashton Hall added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Alief Taylor F Fendi Onobun chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds and Cleveland Heritage Christian WF Rashad Woods had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Celtics were led by G/F Andre Morgan's 21 and F Charles Little's 16.

Sweet 16 Action

Dallas Mustangs Blue 74    Pittsburgh Jots 65

Lewisville guard Booker Woodfox came off the bench in a big way pouring in 17 points and handing out 4 assists. Dallas Lincoln PG Byron Eaton had 16 points and both Jacksons were in double figures. Denton Ryan's Austin Jackson had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Richardson Berkner's Aaron Jackson had 10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Dallas Seagoville G/F Ryan Boyd was impressive in limited action draining a deep contested three while the game was still in doubt. Mansfield C Sean Williams (c/o 2004) had 6 points, 4 rebounds and 6 blocks. Pittsburgh was paced by G/F Geoff Kestler's 23 points.

Houston Hoops 82    Cincinnati AAU Salamone 73

Sugarland Clements point guard David Devezin came in averaging 25 for the tourney and  got that average in this one. Devezin though, was especially great in this one,  scoring 25 and handing out 14 assists to go as well. Kountze BF Ashton Hall had 24 points and 5 rebounds and Alief Taylor F Fendi Onobun had 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks and 2 assists. Cincy was paced by WG Johnny Wolfe who had 27 points. The Hoops controlled this one all the way, spreading the floor and letting Devezin go to work scoring and distributing.

Other action on the day

ATX Boys 54    Florida Supreme Court 42

Needing a win to meet the Dallas Mustangs White at night, ATX did just that handling the bigger Supreme Court. Del Valle guard Curtis "C.J." Jerrells again was impossible to stop as he hit 7-11 fg and 5-6 ft to get his 21 points. He added 4 assists and 3 steals to that. Austin Anderson WF Malcolm Johnson was the next high scorer with 6 points and 7 rebounds. Supreme Court was led by F Adrian Thomas' 16 points.

Dallas Mustangs White 68    ATX Boys 53

The Mustangs White advanced in this battle of Texas teams, as they controlled the game all the way. The Mustangs were led by Richardson Lake Highlands WG Terrel Harris' 16 points in only 15 minutes. Harris was hitting from deep and finishing on drives to the hole. North Garland BF Jamarial Chancellor added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. ATX was never able to get into the flow, and had a ton of turnovers. The Mustangs double teaming, trapping, swarming defense forced the ball away from ATX guard Curtis Jerrells. Jerrells had his lowest scoring game of the tourney as he was held to 14 points. The 6-1 Del Valle guard connected on 5-8 from the field including 4 three pointers. His stroke from deep was sweet tonight. Austin Anderson F Malcolm Johnson joined C.J. in double figures with 13 points and 6 rebounds. ATX was eliminated after the loss. The Mustangs White need three wins for an 8th place finish.

The North Carolina Gaters downed the Austin Bayseas Warriors 78-49 to eliminate the Warriors.

After we return from Indiana we will give a more in depth breakdown of who really shined this past week in Bloomington. Many players will be much higher in our updated lists including Hoops guard Dave Devezin who has solidified himself as a top 5 talent in 2005. We leave you with our dunks of the day from today and last night since we forgot.

Last Night- The Mustangs had some huge slams from Byron Eaton, Aaron and Austin Jackson and Booker Woodfox, but sorry guys we're going with two Houston Hoops. Sugarland Hightower G/F Reggie Fuller with a two handed vertical jam right on the head of a 6-7 player from Team Minnesota. Then as time ran down, Diboll F Jermichael Finley caught one of Team Minnesota's big man 6-9 on the break. With a running start off of one leg Finley threw down a sick two handed cram on the helpless defender.

Today-

On the national level we have to go with Louis Williams of the Georgia Stars. Louis was sweet today and twice came up with ankle breaking crossovers finished by big slams once with two hands and then late in the game a high flying one handed cram, in which Williams took off from well outside the paint. For a Texan, much love to the Mustangs Blue who threw down a few this morning, but we go with Mustangs White guard Terrel Harris, who after a steal on a break away was wayyy up there. Don't be fooled if you see Harris just laying one in the cup, this guy has huge hops and has already posterized a few unnamed individuals this summer. This one Harris had his whole hand in the goal and looked like he almost banged his head up there.

 

16 & Under Nationals Day Four

First day of Bracket play

        Three Texas squads fell today in the first round of bracket play. The Dallas Mustangs Blue and Houston Hoops chugged on however, with both demolishing their opponents today. Hoops PG David Devezin continued his stellar play with two more outstanding efforts. Let's get straight to our game recaps, all players are class of 2005 unless noted.

    The Texas games:

        First we caught the ATX Boys fall to Team Baltimore 84-76. ATX's attack was led by Del Valle guard Curtis "C.J." Jerrells who had 20 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and a blocked shot. Austin Anderson WF Malcolm Johnson added 18 points and 4 blocks. Team Baltimore who overpowered the smaller ATX in the paint was paced by BF Kyle Johnson's 28 points.

        Next we saw the Houston Hoops destroy a good Del Val Hoops club 77-58. The game though was not that close. The Hoops jumped out to a twenty point halftime lead with the help of Sugarland Clements PG Dave Devezin. When we left with 3 minutes to go Devezin had a game high 19 points and 6 assists. Kountze BF Ashton Hall had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Heritage Christian G/F Rashad Woods had 11 as well. Alief Taylor F Fendi Onobun added 8.

        In the afternoon we caught the Dallas Mustangs Blue run by the Cincinnati AAU- Hammons 90-63. Dallas Lincoln PG Byron Eaton led the way with 19 points and 7 assists. Lewisville G Booker Woodfox had a nice game with 15 and Richardson Berkner G Aaron Jackson came up huge with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Mansfield BF/C (c/o 2004) Sean Williams added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.

    The last Texas game of the night was the Houston Hoops pounding Team Minnesota 98-66. Another dominating performance for the Hoops. Sugarland Clements PG David Devezin had another outstanding showing with 21 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. No one has been able to stop Devezin in the tourney yet. Heritage Christian WF Rashad Woods added 17 points and 4 rebounds. Alief Taylor F Fendi Onobun chipped in 12 and both Kountze BF Ashton Hall and Galena Park Northshore G Wendell Preadom had 10. Fine bench play from Sugarland Hightower's Reggie Fuller, Westbury Christian's Jeremy Barr and Diboll's Jermichael Finley added to the blowout. Team Minnesota was led by G/F Ray Brown who poured in 34.

Other Texas action saw Minnesota Magic down the Dallas Mustangs White 72-63. The Mustangs struggled with the Magic's zone defense. Also, Richmond Squires downed Bayseas Warriors 51-46.

Other game reports

The Atlanta Celtics downed the Jax Lee Bulls 78-67. The Celtics were led by F Charles Little's 20 points and 5 sick dunks. PG DeAndre Bryan added 16. The Bulls were paced by WG Derwin Kitchen's 15. WF Eric Sorensen also had 15 , and F Marquis Johnson came off the bench to add 14 points and 15 rebounds.

We also caught the Pittsburgh Jots defeat the Old Gold Dream Team 77-70. Pittsburgh was led by Ben McCavley's 20 points and 10 rebounds and Geoff Kestler's 22 points. Old Gold was paced by the stellar play of F Nate Minnoy who poured in 40 points.

Here's the quarterfinal matchups for tomorrow

Dallas Mustangs Blue vs. Pittsburgh Jots

Georgia Stars vs. Indiana Red

New York Gauchos vs. DC Warriors

All Ohio vs. MeanStreets

Spiece Select vs. Wisconsin Randolph Boys Club

Baltimore Blue vs. Long Island Panthers

Houston Hoops vs. Cincy AAU- Salamone

Michigan Tri-County Cobras vs. Atlanta Celtics

We'll also get some coverage of the consolation games, as the squads play on. By tomorrow night the field will be trimmed to four.

16 & Under AAU Nationals Day 3 Recap

        The final day of pool play was an exciting one. Several Texas squads had to win to advance and many did. The Dallas Mustangs Blue won their pool. The Houston Hoops, Bayseas Warriors and ATX Boys all won to finish second and advance. The Dallas Mustangs White advanced with a one point loss due to the tiebreaker. ATX Boys won 80-66 to advance. We'll have stats on that game later tomorrow. The San Antonio Spurs took a fourth place finish in their pool. The biggest individual performance we saw was from Texan Terrel Harris of Richardson Lake Highlands. Harris poured in 20 second half points en route to a game high 22. His third quarter ankle breaking crossover and emphatic one handed cram will be our dunk of the day at the end of today's wrap up.

 We caught the Jacksonville Lee Bulls (FL) down the Boston Blazers 68-38. Jacksonville Raines BF Juwann James led the way with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Raines WG Derwin Kitchen tallied 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Lake Brantley BF Marquis Johnson added 12 points and 7 rebounds.

At the same time the Atlanta Celtics pounded Florida Elite 79-60. The Celtics were led by PG DeAndre Bray and F Charles Little, both of whom had 15 points. Florida Elite was led by Mark King's 9 points and 10 rebounds.

Next we caught the Maine Hoops North Gold hang on to down the Lauderdale Lakes (FL) Vikings 70-66. Matt Carey led the way for Maine with 21. Lauderdale Lakes was led by WG Lamar Twitty who poured in 24.

Next we saw the Georgia Stars down the Southern Kentucky Heat 62-40. The Stars were led by G Louis Williams who tallied 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Kentucky was paced by PG Johan Rivera's 14 points and 5 assists.

At 7 we saw the Dallas Mustangs Blue handle the Kansas City 76ers 76-58. The Mustangs charge was led by Denton Ryan G Austin Jackson's 13 points. Dallas Carter G Steffon Wiley added 11. Dallas Roosevelt F Gary Flowers had 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Richardson Berkner G Aaron Jackson had a solid outing tallying 5 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Dallas Seagoville G/F Ryan Boyd added 4 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Dallas Lincoln PG Byron Eaton had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Arlington G Anthony Thomas had 7 points, Lewisville's Booker Woodfox 6 points and 2 assists and last but not least, Mansfield BF/C Sean Williams (c/o 2004) had 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks.

The nightcap saw the Mustangs white lose to Spiece Top Dawgs 68-67. Due to point differential the squad still advances to tomorrow's championship pool. The story of the game was Richardson Lake Highland's G Terrel Harris. After a quiet two point first half, Harris exploded for 20 in the second half including 4 three pointers. Other big players for Dallas were Richardson Berkner G Clint Nixon who had 13 points and 3 assists and Dallas Lincoln F Derrick Moore who had 12 points and 7 rebounds. The Top Dawgs were led by 6-11 Luke Zeller who had 16 and G Spencer Harris who had 20.

    Earlier today we watched parts of the Bayseas Warriors down the ShaqAttaq 70-56 to advance to the championship pool. We also caught the Tulsa Rebels down the New Hampshire Falcons 64-48 to advance to the title pool. Felix Jones II led Tulsa to the win, this 5-10 guard threw down two nasty slams on the break.

Dunk of the day: Dallas Mustangs White Wing Guard Terrel Harris caught the rock bringing it up the court without numbers. He pulled off a nasty crossover to get by his defender, split the other two defenders took off from outside the lane for a nasty one handed tomahawk slam as Spiece's 6-11 post watched helplessly in the paint. The dunk in College Station was over someone, but this was sick. Look for Harris to be in Rivalshoops.com's day three wrap up. A great performance. Here's a link to our feature on and picture of Terrel.

   

16 and Under AAU Nationals Day 2 Recap

Bloomington, Indiana

                                                  

C.J. Jerrells  6-1 Guard                Derwin Kitchen 6-4 Wing Guard               Louis Williams 6-3 Guard

ATX Boys/Del Valle HS                 Jax Lee Bulls/Jacksonville(FL) Raines                Georgia Stars/ Lithonia(GA) South Gwinnett

 

    There's a few photos above of some of the top performers from day two of action at the 16 & under nationals. All players are in the class of 2005 unless noted. The biggest scoring performances we saw were turned in by two Texans. Del Valle's Curtis "C.J." Jerrells (ATX Boys) poured in 31 and Sugarland Clements' Dave Devezin (Houston Hoops) tallied 28. Here's some game by game breakdowns of today's action.

        We started out watching the San Antonio Spurs fall to the Connecticut Flames 53-42. The Flames led the entire way. The Spurs were led by Dannie Woods' 11 points and 6 rebounds.

        Next, we caught the D.C. Warriors down the ATX Boys 74-68. The talk and story of the gym early on was Curtis "C.J." Jerrells of ATX. The 6-1 Guard from Del Valle poured in 22 second half points en route to a game high 31 to go with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Austin Anderson's Malcolm Johnson chipped in 8 points and 7 rebounds for ATX. DC was led by Jamal Robinson's 22 points. Jerrells though put on a show and was the talk of one prominent national recruiting site, who got his photo and plan to run a feature on him.

        We caught two 12:30 games, first with the Dallas Mustangs Blue downing Florida Supreme Court 75-55. Denton Ryan guard Austin Jackson led the charge with 12 points. He was joined in double figures by Dallas Lincoln guard Byron Eaton who had 11. Also coming up big for the Mustangs were: Ryan Boyd of Dallas Seagoville who had 8 points and 2 rebounds; Gary Flowers of Dallas Roosevelt who had 8 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks; Sean Williams of Mansfield (c/o 2004) who had 5 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks; Anthony Thomas of Arlington who had 8 points. Supreme Court was led by Adrian Thomas' 21 points and 12 rebounds.

    Over at Assembly Hall, All Ohio Red hung on to down the Houston Hoops 76-72. In a game that featured several momentum swinging technicals, the Hoops were unable to overcome starters Fendi Onobun, Ashton Hall, and Wendell Preadom fouling out. The big story was the outstanding play of Sugarland Clements guard David Devezin. Devezin poured in 28 points and handed out 9 assists in the contest. Cleveland Heritage Christian WF Rashad Woods added 19 points and 4 rebounds, and Alief Taylor players Fendi Onobun (12 points) and Martellus Bennett ( 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks) played solid as well. All Ohio was led by F Jamelle Cornley who had 19. F B.J. Raymond added 18 and guard Travis Walton chipped in 11.

        In the next action we caught the Jax Lee Bulls handle the Kappa Magic 103-81. The Bulls were powered by Jacksonville Raines WG Derwin Kitchen who had 21 points and 7 assists. Kitchen's high school teammate Juwann James added 21 points and 8 rebounds. Bartram Trail WF Eric Sorensen had 10 as did Lake Brantley's Marquis Johnson. Jacksonville Wolfson's Louis Givins ran the show well handing out 7 assists. The Lee Bulls have won their pool.

    Next we saw the Dallas Mustangs White fall to Iowa Martin Brothers Select 82-71. The Mustangs were led by Richardson Lake Highlands WG Terrel Harris who had 15. Richardson Berkner guard Clint Nixon added 14 and Dallas Lincoln BF Derrick Moore chipped in 9. Martin Brothers was led by guard Tyrone Scott's 22 points including 6 threes.

    To close out our evening we saw the Georgia Stars handle Tiffany's of Indiana 73-64. G/F Rasheen Barrett led the Stars with 27 points and added 8 rebounds. 2005's #1 player nationally Louis Williams had a tough shooting night but still managed 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Tiffany's was led by guard Mike Moore's 20 and G/F Ryne Lightfoot's 17.

Another score of interest to many

South Texas Bay Seas defeated Florida Elite 64-63. Big day tomorrow as several teams need to win to advance, they include ATX, Houston Hoops, Mustangs White, Bay Seas.

The action will get started a little later look for our recap to be up by 1 a.m.

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