The first live weekend saw some of the folks from Tennessee setting down their first stake and making that statement. Around the Southeast representation was spread far and wide, lets see how some of the folks fared.
Could you think of a better start then the run EAB put down at the Hoop Seen Bama Jam. 5-0 and crowned the champions with a 78-57 victory over the Memphis Bulls. K.J. Johnson (Marshall County) led a group of four in double digits with 14 points. Julius Dixon (Fayetteville) and Alec Kegler (Northeast) added 12 each while Noah Boler (Georgia) finished with 10. Kegler was tops on the glass with 11 caroms to complete his double/double performance.
Reece Glover (Franklin) showed from the outset this was going to be a kind weekend for him. The sharpshooter finished with 19 points as EAB opened up play with a 99-48 win over the Memphis Bulls. K.J. Johnson added 16 while Kegler finished with 11 markers in the win. Nate Bloedorn (Nolensville) had a big game on the glass with 9 boards.
Keon Johnson (Webb School) flexed his considerable muscle with 22 markers as EAB cruised to their second victory 91-76 over the Port City Stars. K.J. Johnson added 20 points and Glover added 15 in the win.
Glover, who shot 65% from the arc over the weekend, once again led the scoring with a 17 spot as EAB cruised into bracket play with an 86-49 drubbing of the PCB Stars. Dixon and K.J. Johnson added 13 while Keon pitched in with 12. Dixon also led the rebounding barrage with 9 caroms.
The brothers Johnson dropped 19 (Keon) and 18 (K.J.) as EAB cruised past their semi-final opponent God's Property 85-59. Glover added 12 in the easy win.
In 16u action EAB also found themselves unblemished at 4-0 with four relatively easy wins.
They opened play with a 71-33 trouncing of Pro one Select behind 16 from Dalton Marsh (Red Boiling Springs), 12 from T.J. Cross (Blackman) and 11 from All-Tournament selection Mason McKnatt (Grace Christian).
Fellow All-Tournament selection Tariq Daughton (Knoxville Webb) led a group of five in double digits with 14 as EAB 2020 wrecked Dynasty Elite 74-30. Dusty Williams (Centennial) added 12, J.J. Platt (Stewart's Creek) contributed 11 while McKnatt and John Valdez (Alabama) added 10 each.
Daughton dropped 18 and emerging Jamal Walker (East Hamilton) pitched in with 16 as EAB moved to 3-0 with a 73-37 crowning of the J25 Kings.
McKnatt and Daughton delivered 15 each as EAB bested Millbrook Elite 87-39 to finish the weekend 4-0. Walker added 14 while Marsh closed strong with 12.