The Memphis YOMCA concluded a very successful run at the 17 and under Nationals with a last second win before falling on a last second shot.
After winning 5 straight games, it took two free throws with little time on the clock by Telvin Wilkerson (Melrose) to lift the Y past Hoop Heaven Heat 57-55. Martavious Newby (Melrose) led all scorers with 10 points.
A last second shot by Old Gold finally put the YOMCA out of the championship round 55-53 despite 14 from Newby and 10 from Wayne Martin (Florida).
A consolation round loss to the New York Gauchos closed out the action for the YOMCA for the summer of 2010.
A young team with a handful of senior leaders came a long way from a squad who did not have a formal practice before the Nationals.
Steven Kaspar (ECS) had a wonderful tourney proving he could run the point and making game winning decisions from a leadership standpoint. His defensive effort and length impressed many coaches and his recruitment is certainly on the rise.
Kedorian Sullivan (Southwind) was another of the seniors who came out of no place to really make a name for himself. The lanky senior was above average blocking shots and grabbing tough rebounds. His scoring came along nicely as his confidence grew. A full qualifier he will find his mailbox and phone quite busy in the coming months.
Wilkerson proved he could knock down the mid-range jumper and his defense has never been an issue. Despite being a relatively hidden gem at his high school his play spoke volumes and he is a solid mid-major recruit as you will soon see.
As we mentioned at the beginning of the story, youth played a huge role in the success of the YOMCA this season.
Newby, Kadarrio Fleming (Ridgeway) and Fred Yarbrough (Dyer County) played outstanding throughout the week.
Nick King (Memphis East) and Demetrius Dyson (Brighton) are a pair of rising sophomores who have high major talent written all over them.