The summer season officially got underway with live and sanctioned events dropping all over the country as the NCAA added the April time period back into the coaches schedules.
In the EYBL, both of the Tennessee squads took their lumps as the Tennessee Travelers finished their initial week in Minneapolis at 1-3 while last year's runner-up the Bluff City Legends (formerly the Memphis YOMCA) started their 2012 summer with an 0-4 weekend.
The Travelers got their much needed victory over a good King James squad with some sterling play from Jack Whitman (Kentucky) and Andrew Fleming (Ensworth). Whitman finished with 18 points while the rising freshman Fleming added 16. Devin Sibley (Karns) knocked down the shot to push the game into the second overtime before the Travelers prevailed.
In the first game the Travelers were edged by the Metro Hawks 64-61. Whitman was high man again with 14 points. Brock Rowan (Stone Memorial) added 11 markers in the close loss.
Sibley took scoring honors with 18 in Game #3 as the Travelers fell to Mokan Elite 79-49.
Rob Marberry (FRA) was high scorer with 8 points in the final contest a 56-45 loss to the Albany City Rocks squad.
Coaches sighted Burton Sampson (Knoxville Webb) for his consistent effort throughout the weekend.
The Bluff City Legends played their first two games relatively close but couldn't seem to come up with the chemistry in the final two contests.
JuJuan Johnson (Southwind) netted 23 and rising freshman Keelon Lawson (Memphis East) pitched in 20 as the Legends fell to Mac Irvin 73-67.
Sam Craft (Craigmont) finished with 23 as the Legends lost another close one 74-70 to the Oakland Soldiers. Johnson and Nick King (Memphis East) tossed in 14 points apiece and Johnathan Williams (Southwind) added 11.
Craft and Johnson scored 13 each but the Legends felt the buzz saw that is CIA Bounce to the tune of an 80-55 loss in their third contest.
Williams led with 12 and King added 10 as the Legends went down hard again 84-53 at the hands of Mean Streets in their final contest of Session #1.
Look for both squads to bounce back with vigor as they take their talents to Boo Williams this weekend.