An instant classic is what everyone is labeling it and if you were there you would agree it was a game you didn't want to miss.
It took triple overtime but the Hoop Heaven Elite converted their foul shots and got past the Memphis YOMCA 76-71 in the quarter-finals of the Gold Bracket at the 2011 AAU Super Showcase in Orlando.
A close game from start to finish neither team took more than a five point advantage throughout regulation and the teams finished tied at 54.
Hoop Heaven took a lead late into the first overtime before Anthlon Bell (Bartlett) knocked down a deep three and the contest was again tied at 61.
Back and forth they went before Jarnell Stokes (Virginia) powered through his triple team and converted a very tough chance knotting the score at 68 and creating the third overtime stanza.
Free throw shooting by Hoop Heaven finally sealed the deal.
Bell was outstanding hitting 6 threes and finishing with 22 points on the night. Stokes added 18, while Martavious Newby (BTW) and Sam Craft (Craigmont) each finished with 10 points.
Staying in the Super Showcase over in the silver division, Team Nashville finished 2-1 in their pool and defeated the Alabama Celtics in their opening game before falling this afternoon to the All-Ohio Purple squad.
Guard play was the staple as usual for Team Nashville as Corn Elder (Ensworth), Devin Robinson (Ravenwood), John Hudson (Dyer County) and Fred Yarbrough (Dyer County) were solid on both ends of the court. Inside, John Ross Glover (USJ), Vari Craig (Riverdale) and Isaac Harris (Hunter's Lane) provided timely buckets.
In the bronze division, the Mid-State Ballerz East finished 2-1 in their pool action and snatched wins over the Georgia Ballers and Delaware Assault before falling to Team NJABC in the quarterfinals.
Matt Shown (Alcoa) and Cody Malicoat (Jellico) picked up the scoring slack with the sudden illness of leading scorer Rafeal Tyler (Lake County). Playing solid defense and providing timely scoring fell into the talents of Cedarius Taylor (Dyer County), Aaron "Wet Buckets" Wheeler (Morristown East) and Daniel Cartwright (Sequatchie County).
The 16 and under National tournament tipped off today with pool play action while the 17 and under National Tournament tips tomorrow.
We will have more information on the Nationals tomorrow evening.