July in Indianapolis means basketball. It means college coaches galore. The hoops and the pageantry that is summer basketball was on display at the adidas Invitational in Indy. Several Tennessee squads took the court and made some noise lets recognize them now.
Strong showing for the boys from the Music City. They opened the event with pool play and a convincing 76-65 win over the Dade County Warriors. Clay Washburn (CPA) led the scoring charge with 18 large followed closely by Hunter Vick (Camden Central) with 16 and Resean Taylor (Northeast) with 15. Jontae Brown (Northeast) added 10 in the victory.
The North Coast Running Rebels became victim #2 as EABC conquered the Rebel forces 79-59 behind 23 from the sharp shooting Vick. Washburn added 14 while Brown and Diego Womack (Jackson Northside) pitched in with 10 each.
Vick was huge as EABC moved to 3-0 and won their pool. The rising senior shooting sensation dropped 30 points as EABC knocked over Tipping Point 91-70. Brown had a big game netting 21 while Colin Blanchard (Alabama) pitched in with 11 and Womack finished with 10.
Bracket play begins with a nice 67-44 triumph over Team Manimal led by Vick with 22 markers. Brown added 13 and Womack pitched in 11.
EABC had the misfortune of running into one of the hottest and deepest teams on any circuit in the next game as the eventual champion Indy Hoosiers, a UAA team, defeated EABC 65-45. Great finish for EABC at 4-1 in a prestigious event with many, many college coaches in attendance.
The Memphis Bulls had a solid showing at the adidas Invitational finishing 3-2 capturing their pool at 2-1 behind some strong performances from their Mississippi trio of Terryonte Thomas (Mississippi), Jitarious Gordon (Mississippi) and Ladavious Draine (Mississippi).
The Bulls started bracket action with a lively 67-54 win over the Hidden Gems Black before falling in a tough one 75-63 to Grassroots Indiana Blue.
Josh Endicott (Upperman) had a strong showing in his first action of the summer. Using his size to score on the block, rebound and block shots, the 6'8 multi-sport athlete also showed he could knock down the mid-range jumper when left open. Easton Upchurch (Maryville) had another fine weekend finishing among the teams top scorers in each game.
Tyreke Key (Clay County) began the process of making this July the Tyreke Key Traveling Hoops and Bucket Show. The rising senior was magical as the Bobcats played some of the toughest competition in the event finishing at 1-3 but competing in every contest.
Key started off hot scoring 25 in a narrow loss to a very good Club Ohio squad 77-73. Key added 20 as the Bobcats got the victory 98-76 over one of the many Indiana Elite squads dotting the event.
Next up the juggernaut known as the Indy Hoosiers. The Bobcats fought behind 32 from Seth Battle (Sweetwater) and 23 points and 9 boards from Key before falling 96-82. Cooper Robb (Kentucky) added 14 in the loss.
Key exploded for 32 markers in the opening of bracket action but the Bobcats couldn't muster enough offense and fell to another powerful opponent the NW Ohio Basketball Club 80-69. Morgan McKay (North Carolina) and Cade Crosland (White County) finished with 14 points each while Chris Clayton (North Carolina) added 13.
Key made his presence felt and known scoring offers from Evansville and Tennessee-Martin.
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Kevin Cameron (Tyner Academy) was the lone bright spot for the Chattanooga crew averaging over 20 points per game throughout the event.