One of the best games of the entire tournament thus far featured what everyone in the gym thought was a certain underdog playing against last years 16 and under champions the Louisville Magic, who featured two current Louisville commitments playing in front for their future coach Rick Pitino.
Holding a huge halftime lead Team Xtra Crispy (TXC) weathered a massive Louisville Magic second half onslaught and had a shot at the buzzer but could not snatch the win in a tight 71-70 loss.
Nathan Moran (BGA) was outstanding finishing with 18 points including several big time and timely threes. Moran was also a force defensively going head to head with the nationally ranked duo and making his presence felt. Jacob Adcock (Brentwood) was himself outstanding scoring 17 markers. Jack Bautista (Brentwood) finished with 12, Andy Schumpert (Brentwood) added 11 and Zac Wracher (BGA) added 10.
The tough loss came off the heel of a nice 85-70 win over the Elite Nation behind 23 from Moran and 21 from Adcock. Wracher added 17 in the victory.
3-0 in pool play action defines the day for the Tennessee Xtreme Playmakers from Nashville. Led by Antotrain Moore (Hillsboro), Gonda Ameri (Smyrna), Chuckie Sutton (LaVergne), Christian Lynn (Goodpasture) and Brayden Ward (Shelbyville) the boys from TXP are headed into Platinum bracket play tomorrow morning.
Finishing 1-2 in pool play action the Tennessee Chosen Few move into bracket action tomorrow as well. Devin Sibley (Karns) was the lone double digit scorer with 18 as TCF gave up a big first half lead to fall in their opening pool play game.
Sibley notched 17 in their second contest a big victory over Team EFT. Tre Fields (Virginia) added 15 and Tyler Yoder (Stone Memorial) finished with 11.
Sibley again took scoring honors with 18 as TCF fell in their final pool play contest to Hoopmatic 76-63. Imani Miller (North Carolina) added 14 and Andre Wilson (Austin East) finished with 12 in the loss.
The Memphis Pure Magic Elite finished their pool play venture at 1-2 playing in one of the designated super pools. Tim Shaw (Germantown) and Curtis Phillips (White Station) proved to be the bright spots for the Magic.