The Memphis YOMCA Bulldogs finished pool play at the Peach Jam with a 2-1 record but were more than ready for their bracket encounter later that evening.
Antwon Cathey (Trezevant) was outstanding for the Bulldogs in defeat scoring 13 points on tough inside post moves and offensive putbacks in the paint. The Bulldogs balance on offense serves them well as each game someone else seems to step up and they play serious team defense.
Robert Schaeffer (Sheffield), Darrian Gray (Southwind), Nick Mason (Fairley) and Julian Burton (White Station) all had scoring episodes but all made consistent effort on the defensive side of the floor.
Inside the combination of Ronald Brown (Raleigh-Egypt), Montez Pfieffer (Southwind), Travai Pryor (Austin East) and Cathey gave the Bulldogs balance and tough competitiveness.
Another player who showed a penchant for the defensive side of the ball was Marterrance Brock (Ridgeway). His long arms and effort make him extremely dangerous on the front of press.
Over in 17 and under land the YOMCA finished 2-3 despite playing relatively shorthanded without Leslie McDonald (Braircrest Christian).
Ian Clark (Germantown) was dangerous from deep scoring 18 points in two consecutive games including six three in yesterday morning game. Clark is establishing himself as a must have mid-major recruit for the Class of 2009.
Ferrakohn Hall (White Station), Johnnie Williams (Braircrest Christian) and Cadarrio Macklin (Ridgeway) gave effort inside. Macklin was especially proficient on the glass continuously grabbing offensive boards and defensive caroms.
Everick Morris (Mississippi) did a nice job running the show for the YOMCA proving his worth for the next level.
The biggest surprise for my eyes was the emergence and confidence of Class of 2011 rising star Chris Jones (Melrose).
Who? (I know it's Mike but it's still funny)
Chris Jones was simply unimpressed by the internet attention of his opponents and proceeded to show he belonged here. He scored double digits in four of the games, including 19 in the victory over the Miami Tropics. He will learn whats a good/bad shot as he grows up but his confidence and all out effort on the defensive side of the ball is very encouraging.
Marlon Brown (Harding Academy) was another player who had a solid event. He was top scorer in the opening round victory against Team Melo with 21, but seemed to be laden with foul trouble in a couple of the other games. His athletic skills and quickness sure made coaches wondering if he would like to play both sports on the next level.