The second stanza of the "live action" period saw a few of our Tennessee squads make the short trip over to Louisville for the 2013 Kentucky Hoop Fest.
Team Nashville 17s
(2-1 Pool Play/Champions of the Bronze Bracket)
Team Nashville finished strong capturing the Bronze bracket title over TXC 64-46. Charles Clark (Siegel) led the scoring with 19 points.
After finishing 2-1 in pool play, Team Nashville found themselves in a three-way tie and was moved to the bronze bracket due to point differential.
SYF was the first to feel the wrath in bracket play as Team Nashville bested the Indiana crew 64-36 behind 16 from Clark and 15 from Ladarious Chester (Melrose).
Clark and Chester scored 19 and 10 respectively as Team Nashville moved into the title game against TXC with a 54-43 annihilation of Team Central.
Jacob Williams (Wilson Central) had several double digit games in pool play while the consistent efforts of Andrew Golden (Columbia Academy), Ryan Jones (Siegel) and James McPherson (Brentwood) helped lead Team Nashville to the bronze title.
Tennessee Extreme 17s
(2-1 Pool Play/Lost 1st Round of the Silver bracket)
Gonda Ameri (Smyrna) enjoyed a fabulous weekend establishing himself with a large 28 point, 14 rebound effort in the silver bracket narrow loss to the Louisville Prospects.
Big on the boards and improving on the offensive end of the floor, this is a huge summer for the Middle Tennessee product.
Joining Ameri on the score book were Chuckie Sutton (LaVergne), who only played in this one contest but notched 16 markers and Christian Lynn (Goodpasture) who finished with 13.
The Extreme fell in their opening pool game to the Cincinnati Royals to the tune of 66-64 behind 24 from Lynn and 15 and 10 from Antorian Moore (Hillsboro).
Lynn again led the scoring with 18 as the Extreme blasted the Elite Basketball Club 43-22. Ameri was solid with 14 points and 11 caroms.
Charlotte Court would be the final pool play victim behind 19 from Moore and 15 from Lynn. Marquis Johns (LaVergne) was solid scoring 10 points in the win.
Coaches were quick to laud the defensive contributions of Rashid Gordon (Antioch).
Team Nashville-Navy 17s
(2-1 Pool Play/Final Four of the Silver bracket)
A very productive weekend for the "other" Team Nashville as they moved right along finishing 2-1 in pool action and securing a spot in the silver bracket playoffs.
The Wisconsin Blizzard got snowed out as Team Nashville-Navy bested them 47-40 then pounded the Minnesota Glory 65-47 before bowing out to ACD Bank Hoops in the semi-final game.
Brandon Cody (Hillsboro), Juanya Smith (Hillsboro), Andrew Rogan (Blackman), Reid Pierce (Blackman) and Tori Smith (FRA) were the cornerstones of the Team Nashville-Navy group effort.
Team Xtra Crispy (TXC) 17s
(1-2 Pool Play/Finals of the Bronze Bracket)
Injuries and lack of depth caught up quick to the lads from TXC but not before a collective effort that netted a chance in the bronze title game against Team Nashville.
Team Nashville came out victorious by the count of 64-46 despite 19 from Andy Schumpert (Brentwood), who made a late day Sunday appearance and Jack Bautista (Brentwood) with 10.
Things started well with a win over the Kimbrough Ballers of Kentucky with Nathan Moran (BGA) busting out with 26 points followed closely by Will Groos (Brentwood) with 24. Jacob Adcock (Brentwood) added 15 in the lone pool play victory.
Moran netted 18 but it would not be enough as TXC fell to the Wisconsin Blizzard 47-43. The Oklahoma Explosion grabbed the final pool play win despite 17 from Moran, 15 from Adcock and 14 from Zac Wracher (BGA).
Moran and Wracher went for 20 and 19 respectively as the TXC started bronze bracket action on a high note with a win over Team HLC. Groos added 12 while Trevor Auerbach (BGA) finished with 10.
Adcock led the scoring with 21 as TXC moved past the Indianapolis Eagles 63-53 and into the bronze title game clash with fellow Nashvillians Team Nashville. Bautista added 15 and Moran 12 in the win.
Team Nashville 16s
(2-1 Pool Play/Ist Round of Silver Bracket)
Kyle Oliver (Oakland) played head honcho for the Team Nashville 16 and under squad as they finished pool action 2-1 and fell in the initial round of silver bracket play to the Illinois Attack.
Oliver was the leading scorer and played double duty with the 17 and under squad as well. Leon Howard (Nashville Overton) played one of his better tournaments leading the squads in dimes and playing tough defense against the opposing squads lead handler.
Kevonta Davis (Hillsboro) had several double digit contests while Grant Teichmann (Brentwood), Tripp Davis (Lighthouse Christian), Donovan Donaldson (Hillsboro) and Jordan Sandifer (Pearl Cohn) made several contributions to the teams run.
Tennessee Tigers 16s
(1-2 Pool Play/Champions of the Copper Bracket)
Always close on a high note was the approach for the Tennessee Tigers 16 and under squad after struggling through pool play the Tigers got on a little win streak which culminated in the copper bracket championship at the 2013 Kentucky Hoop Fest.
The Tigers won a tight championship contest over the Memphis Sonics 50-47 behind a clutch three from Jonathan Jones (Goodpasture) with little time left on the clock.
J.T. Marable (Pearl Cohn) led the scoring with 12 points and was lauded for his efforts the entire event. Shivonta Perry (Station Camp) tossed in 11 in the title game victory.
Antwan Jennings (Franklin Classical) finished with 8 points and double digit boards in the win.
Coaches were quick to applaud the contributions of several players including Zach Bentley (Hickman County), Jonathan Adkins (USJ), Jhacorius Blue (Columbia Central), CharQuise Buchanan (Pearl Cohn), Kendall Gill (Columbia Central) and Davis Dyer (Goodpasture).