Friday, July 25, 2014

WACG All-Stars: Them Boy Making Noise at 6th Grade National Tournment


Capacity Crowd for WACG vs NY Gauchos

 
Many of the nation’s top teams from across the country have arrived at the Boo Williams Sportsplex to via for the coveted 6th Grade AAU National Championship.   

 Inexplicable the top teams remaining alive for a chance to hoist the championship trophy  share a common theme; they each have amongst them players whose body of work have established themselves as some of the nation’s top prospects.  As bracket play commences tomorrow P2bball was in the gym and had the professional pleasure of viewing some very exciting close out games in the pool portion of the tournament.

Namari Burnett

National Championship contender; and by many experts tournament favorite – hailing from Tennessee We All Can Go clashed with the perennial AAU power from the northeast; the New York Gauchos.  In what turned out to be an emotional and standing room environment WACG proved again why it is one of the best and most feared programs in the country at this time.

The WACG All Stars who prepared for this tournament with aspirations of taking home the title; by competing and finishing 3rd in the D2 7th grade AAU nationals; stepped onto the court confident in front of a raucous crowd.  A fearless Gauchos squad fought valiantly; but simply did not have the talent to close the deal.  





Jaden Springer

The game started out close; but WACG gradually extended the lead starting with a 9-0 run in the first quarter to take 13 to 5 lead, which they never relinquished.   The pressure defense of WACG created turnovers and easy scoring opportunities.  The Gauchos attempted to stymie the up tempo game of WACG by going to a 2-2-1 3 quarter court press but to no avail; the size, speed and athleticism was just too much over the course of the game for the Gauchos to bare.







CJ Robinson

CJ Robinson led the Gauchos charge scoring 10-points in the game and attacking the pressure defense he faced it with sturdy ball handling, passing and scoring – proving he was a ready, willing, and able to play at an elite level and deserved to be in the discussion as one of the tournament’s top guards.  Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to lead his team to a victory.  







The duo of Namari Burnett and Jaden Springer; both members of the USA National Select program; thwarted each attempt the Gauchos made to cut into the early deficit by hitting big time shots at crucial moments.  Burnett led all scoring with a game high 16-points connecting on 3 3-ponters and Jaden Springer who has played some of the best ball of the summer in the nation assisted by contributing 13-points in the victory.  Each made big defensive plays and set up team mates for easy scores in leading WACG to an 82-67 victory.


Juwon Carpenter

The fans chanted as they left the gym; wanting all in attendance to know that they plane to be there until the very end and from the look of things the All Stars of WACG are poised to do just that. Great guard play from Juwon Carpenter coupled with the star power of Burnett and Springer put WACG in a great position to challenge for the title and have them as one of the favorites in this very talent rich tournament.  





WACG takes the floor as at 2:00pm tomorrow to face Indiana MVP in the first game of bracket play.  Indiana MVP will be ready and game for big time performance.  With size and scoring punch from Tariq Robinson look for a tough and physical game from the onset - follow the action on Twitter by following @P2bball for all your live in game updates.

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