Just a bit short.
The Memphis Stallions captured the crown at the 15 and under nationals last week so their city rival the Memphis YOMCA was on the track to bring home the 15 and under Super Showcase crown and prove the Memphis dominance once and for all.
The YOMCA came up just a smidge short falling in the title game 59-53 to the South Florida Elite despite the efforts of Andre Hollins (White Station).
The rising sophomore quickly established himself as a top 50 national recruit and made several high major D1 coaches consider him a top priority in the Class of 2011.
Hollins dropped 30 in the quarterfinal then announced his authority with a 30 spot again in the semi, including 19 in the fourth quarter.
The Y got to the title game with a tough 78-76 victory over an always talented SYF Players. Inside the Y rode the broad shoulders of their twin beasts Wayne Martin (Florida) and Nino Johnson (Melrose), who promises to be one of the best if not the best big in his class in the state.
Kerell Davis (Hillcrest) also established his worth from a leadership and toughness standpoint. He can score when called upon and does everything to make his team successful. This is why high major coaches are making sure his name is prominently featured on dry erase boards in coaching offices all over the Southeast.
After a tough run through pool play the Tennessee Travelers 15's hit their stride and rode this wave to the title game of the bronze bracket before falling to the Runnin Rebels 76-64.
Tough close wins against Kentucky Hoop Stars (87-85), Georgia Lightning (70-69) and Rising Stars Gold (77-74) were enough to galvanize the squad and their push for a bronze medallion.
The usual suspects continued to carry the Travs with Galen Campbell (Bearden), Lester Wilson (Knoxville Carter) and Brandon Lopez (Austin East) leading the scoring and great balance from Tres Palmer (Powell), Jordan Cross (Sullivan East) and Rico White (Bearden). Preston Vaught (Science Hill) came on strong in the latter stages of the event giving the Travs another inside/outside option.
This event concludes the season for both the YOMCA and the Travelers 15 and under squads.