Davanta Hampton (Melrose) nailed an off-balance three from the top of the key lifting the Memphis YOMCA past the New England Playaz 42-40 to capture the title at the 2011 Real Deal in the Rock.
A flurry of activity highlighted the end of the game as tourney MVP Jarnell Stokes (Memphis Central) was intentionally fouled grabbing one his of his 14 caroms for the night.
Stokes, who finished with 18 points, connected on one of the two and with the possession the YOMCA ran down the clock and watched as Hampton hit his only bucket of the game with the clock dwindling down.
Stokes was gigantic the entire tournament, "The One Man Gang" scored 37 and 30 in two of the pool games and continued to make strides with his mid-range game.
He used his superior strength to supplant national Top 5 recruit Isaiah Austin away from the hoop every time it entered the post. He was remarkable on the glass grabbing tough rebounds in the mode of a young Karl Malone.
Kordario Fleming (Ridgeway) put his name on the national radar with his performance over the weekend. The 6'6 Fleming consistently knocked down a short wing jumper and even drained some threes in addition to being good on the boards, His stock is seriously rising.
Anthlon Bell (Bartlett) started the tourney a bit slow but came on mighty strong when the games mattered more, finding his stroke and making big shots down the stretch. Keep an eye on his progress as well.
In the backcourt for the YOMCA, Sam Craft (Craigmont) continues to impress the young man is relentless on the defensive end of the floor and can score off the dribble and finish at the rim or knock down a three if underestimated, his future is as they say very bright.
Martavious Newby (BTW) had his moments of glory playing great and opportunistic help defense and scoring from the outside when his shot was on. He plays hard and never gives up on a play. He is an excellent passer who sees the floor well and is consistent decision-making away from being a very coveted player