Georgia Tar Heels Summer Slam (3rd Annual)
Cory Fagan (Oak Ridge) garnered MVP honors as the Tennessee Shockers swept thru the competition to bring home the title at the 3rd annual Georgia Tar Heels Summer Slam.
Joining Fagan on the All-Tournament squad were Adarius Wilson (Bearden), Jack Race (Powell) and Matt Wagoner (Austin East).
Battle for the Classic (Kennesaw, Georgia)
The Chattanooga Raging Storm busted through the field finishing with a 5-0 record at the Battle for the Classic Event in Kennesaw. This event was a qualifier for the upcoming Wallace Prather Memorial Classic. The title game participants were awarded with their entry fee and lodging expenses taken care of for their participation in the championship game.
D.J. Bowles (Cleveland) led the scoring with 11 points as the Storm destroyed the Smyrna Stars 58-41 in the opener of the pool play session. Jamal Johnson (Cleveland) finished with a sweet double/double with 10 points and 10 caroms while Steadman Ford (Notre Dame) also finished with 10 points.
Game two saw another big victory over another Georgia squad as the Storm blanketed the Savannah Shooters 68-57 behind 18 points from Jorden Williams (McCallie). Joining Williams in the scorebook were Antonio Jackson (Ooltewah) with 12 while Bowles and newcomer Ladarius Watkins (East Hamilton) pitched in with 11 each.
Bowles dropped 16 and Levi Woods (Meigs County) added 14 as the Storm devastated A.S.A. 58-40.
Moving to the semi-finals and another date with the Smyrna Stars saw virtually the same results as the Storm eliminated the Stars 77-72 behind 13 each from Bowles and Ford. D.J. Prather (Georgia) dropped 11 points and added 10 boards while Johnson finished with 9 markers and snatched a team high 13 boards.
In the title game things went exactly as planned as the Storm vanquished the Vanguard Elite 66-52 with Bowles leading the charge with 15 points followed closely by Prather with 14. Ford pitched in with 12 and Johnson added 10.
Coaches were quick to mention the vital defensive contributions of C.J. Bryant (Cleveland).
Dick's Sporting Goods Jam Slam (Birmingham, Alabama)
The Tennessee Panthers 16's made the trek to Birmingham and came away with the ‘ship at the Dick's Sporting Goods Jam Slam.
Things started in pool play as the Panthers defeated the Alabama Flames 74-26 behind 21 markers from Terry Holt (East Literature) and 16 additional from Jacob McCullough (Ensworth). Kindrevious Webster (Hillsboro) finished with a double/double scoring 11 points and snatching 13 caroms.
Victim #2 the Chattanooga Elite 59-49 with Holt again leading the scoring charge with 19. McCullough followed with 14. Raricus Robertson (Antioch) and Patrick Smith (East Literature) played well in the win with Robertson adding 11 points and Smith contributing 9 assists. Malik Harris (Maplewood) was top man on the glass with 9 boards.
The Alabama Kings came calling as bracket play opened up and succumbed to the Panthers 71-39 behind 16 and 15 from Holt and McCullough respectively.
The Huntsville Heat provided a bit of a challenge as Holt put on his scoring cap and dropped 25 in the 65-63 victory. Webster finished with 13 points and 11 boards for the Panthers.
A rematch with the Chattanooga Elite highlighted the title contest with Webster carrying the load. The youngster finished with 14 markers, 12 boards and 7 assists in the championship game victory. Ty Chilcutt (Station Camp) came off the bench and added 13 points in the victory. Holt finished with 10 and Javontae Walden (East Literature) was applauded for his steady effort all weekend long.