Hoop Seen Atlanta Jam was the place to be this weekend as the second phase of the live period came a calling. Lets see how some of the Tennessee teams fared at the event.
TENNESSEE BOBCATS 17U
Back to Back. 5-0. 17U Grey Division Champions.
The Tennessee Bobcats got 18 points from All-Tournament selection Chris Clayton (North Carolina) and overcame a big deficit to push past the Upward Stars-Gainesville 68-66 in overtime capturing their second consecutive crown at Hoop Seen.
Dillon Fountain (Wartburg Central), Grant Ledford (Grace Christian) and Brock Jancek (Knoxville Catholic) added 12 each in the win. Jancek provided the push with a nasty slam to open the overtime and corral the momentum for the Bobcats. Cooper Robb (Kentucky) added 11.
The Bobcats came hard out the gate with a 67-56 opening game win over Game Elite Blue. Robb led the scoring with 19 while Taijon Jones (Oak Ridge) pitched in with 12, Ledford added 11 and Clayton managed 10.
Robb again took scoring honors with 17 as the Bobcats kitty littered the South Fulton Lions 89-48. Justin Barnett (Sevier County) tossed in 15 while Jancek added 13, Jones pushed out 11 and Fountain, who had one of his best events to date, added 10 in the victory.
TUP Elite would prove to a tough opponent as the Bobcats managed a 43-42 win behind 17 from Robb. Jancek added 13 and Fountain finished with 11 as the Bobcats moved to 3-0 heading into bracket action.
Robb was tremendous scoring 15 to lead five in double digits as the Bobcats clipped palmetto Elite 67-63 moving into the title game. Clayton and Ledford added 13 while Fountain managed 12 and Jancek finished with 11.
Bobcats finish 8-2 during the first two live periods. Great start to a big time summer for these guys.
UPWARD STARS-NASHVILLE 16U
A newcomer on the summer scene, the Upwards Stars-Nashville have seemingly done things the correct way starting young and building a program through growth and progress.
Hoop Seen saw the Nashville crew finish 3-1 starting out on top with a 49-48 win over BCB Black.
Nate Bloedorn (Nolensville) and Donovan Jackson (Stewart's Creek) dropped 14 each as the Upward Stars captured a 68-48 win over Nike North Alabama. B.J. Davis (Brentwood Academy) had a big game with 9 points and 11 dimes. Bloedorn added 6 boards in the victory.
Bloedorn flirted with a double/double but the Stars came up short in their only blemish a 54-49 loss to the Delray Blazers.
They rebounded quickly and closed the Atlanta Jam on a very high note behind 15 and 9 from Bloedorn and a 62-48 trouncing of Pro One. Sterling Craig (Ravenwood) came up just short of a double/double yet did manage to snatch 10 boards in the victory.
Bloedorn is a unique talent that you will hear from throughout the summer. Craig will be the inside progress while Jackson, Davis and Ross Johnson (MBA) all had solid weekends.
10-1 during the two week live period should just about tell you all, you need to know about this EABC squad.
Hoop Seen Atlanta Jam saw the crew finish 3-1 falling only to the Georgia Impact 68-65 in the semi-finals.
K.J. Johnson (Marshall County) had an outstanding weekend averaging close to 18 points per game and being named to the Hoop Seen 16 and Under All-Tournament squad.
Bryce McCormick (CPA) and Tripp McEachern (Goodpasture) each had fabulous events themselves. McCormick finished the event averaging around 17 per contest while McEachern followed up a great first session averaging close to 18 points per game.
EABC started out strong with a 63-58 trouncing of the South Florida Elite. Followed this up with a 72-63 drubbing of BCB Black and completed pool play with a 75-60 besting of Pro One.