Memphis YOMCA 17’s Alive as AAU Nationals Come to the Homestretch



Things are winding down at the 2011 AAU Nationals in both ages groups this weekend.


Starting in the 16 and under age division, The Memphis YOMCA was divided into two teams for this competition with each squad finishing at 2-1 in pool play and dropping their opening bracket action contest.


The Memphis YOMCA Tigers as we stated finished 2-1 in pool play including a 66-48 victory which saw Nourse Fox (MUS) leading the way with 17 points. Joining Fox in the scoring column were Austin Nichols (Braircrest Christian) and Jonathan Wilfong (MUS) each with 13 markers.


In their opening bracket contest, the YOMCA Tigers got 17 points from Sam Craft (Craigmont) and 12 markers from Markell Crawford (Melrose) in the tough loss to the Ray Jackson Rising Stars 2013.


The Memphis YOMCA also finished 2-1 in pool play losing to CP3. In one pool contest Nick King (Memphis East) led the scoring with 13 points and Jonathan Burroughs (Ridgeway) added 11.


The bracket game was an outstanding game which saw the YOMCA blow a huge lead only to get a tough Juwan Johnson (Southwind) to force overtime against All Ohio Red. The YOMCA led 47-36 at the half but a big effort from All-Ohio saw them pull the game out in the extra stanza.


King and Burroughs led the YOMCA with 16 markers each, followed by Cameron Payne (Lausanne) with 12, Johnson with 11 and Jonathan Williams (Southwind) with 10 points.


Team Nashville was heating things up in pool action pulling off a nice victory over Cecil Kirk from Maryland. Corn Elder (Ensworth), Matt Pond (Centennial), Ivan Alsup (Nashville Overton) and Darius Thompson (Blackman) provided majority of the scoring in the nice victory.



Over in the 17 and under division, the Memphis YOMCA remains alive in the championship bracket currently playing King James Shooting Stars for the opportunity to advance. The YOMCA finished 3-0 in pool play and earned a top seed bye in the bracket round.


The Tennessee Tigers were the unfortunate victim of a death pool finishing 0-3 but had some sterling efforts from a host of players including Logan Ramsey (Livingston Academy), Braylen Bennett (Carter), Nilan Hodge (USN) and Kyle Weldon (Rossview). Weldon played despite getting rapped in the chin last night and continues to be one of the most talked about prospects from this July run.


The Mid-State Ballerz East finished 2-1 in pool play and grabbed a victory in their bracket opener against Team Take Flight 72-56. Balance has been the calling card for the Ballerz with the usual suspects leading the way Rafeal Tyler (Lake County), Cody Malicoat (Jellico), Matt Shown (Alcoa), Aaron Wheeler (Morristown East) and Dee Oldham (Wilson Central). The Ballerz fell to Impact Elite in the following round 53-43.


Team Nashville finished 2-1 in an ultra tough pool losing only by one point to the powerful Boo Williams squad. Team Nashville was unable to avenge their Super Showcase loss to All Ohio-Purple falling in bracket action this afternoon.