The showcase scene was in full motion. College coaches lined the sidelines and players from one end of the country to the other were fighting for their hoopin lives as the 2008 Kingwood Classic rolled into full bloom.
The Tennessee YOMCA Tigers would be the first squad to grab this premise by the horns and literally run straight ahead with it.
John Jenkins (Station Camp) was extra special on this weekend leading the Tigers to a 7-0 mark and a spot in the Gold Division Championship Game. The Tigers were unable to play in the title game due to travel situations getting them back to Tennessee.
The reigning Mr. Basketball and Vanderbilt commitment averaged around 22 per game during the run, twice dropping 29 and hitting the game winner to help the Tigers advance to the tile clash against Basketball Canada.
Jenkins had plenty of support from a deep bench and some outstanding efforts from Blake Jenkins (Bearden), Josh Lee (Maplewood), Gary Pope (Ensworth), Hunter Miller (CPA) and Taverres Jefferson (Ensworth).
Blake was tied with John for scoring honors in game 3 and was a consistent scorer throughout the event. Pope has numerous double digits efforts and Jefferson with 22 in the quarterfinals seems to getting his basketball legs back.
The Tigers were far from the only squad within or state's borders to have a great weekend as the Franklin Rage finished 3-1 wining their pool and the Memphis Hoopers also dominated their pool and finished 4-1 including a tough double overtime defeat at the hands of the Tigers.
The Rage making their summer debuts had things rolling in a big way winning both of their pool games behind solid efforts from Kevin Kegarise (Franklin), James Haddix (Franklin) and Michael Young (Franklin).
The Rage proceeded to capture a victory in bracket play before falling from exhaustion in the next round. Haddix was especially tough this weekend showing he could score when called upon and giving solid effort around the hoop. Young also showed out with a team high 24 in a big win and caught the eye of some of the mid-majors in the crowd.
Hoopers, Hoopers!!!!!!! What a great run for the Memphis crew. The Hoopers bulldogged their pool and behind Reginald Buckner (Manassas), Tonye Smith (Treadwell), Chris Carr (Memphis Central), LeMelvis Davis (Wooddale), Lewis Jones (Carver) and Everick Morris (Mississippi) showed balance and teamwork making up a 20 point deficit in their narrow loss to the surging Tigers.