Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic: Random News From The Cutting Room Floor

With some much exciting basketball taking place at the Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic our team of writers never like to leave anything on the cutting room floor – the kids play so hard and amidst the feature articles there are always stories within the stories and we want to take a moment to share some of those with our readers.

· “That’s why they play the game”: Team IZOD who has dominated the circuit in recent years with the renown "Supreme Team" has retooled at the 2021 level putting together another heavy weight contender. Featuring  two of the top 10 players in the country in the class of 2021 Trey Patterson (#3) & Donnell Harris (#5) Sports U cruised to the championship game in impressive fashion.  Waiting for them in the chip was Unlimited Glory led by the nations #1 player Zion Harmon.  In what turned out to be one of the best games of the weekend Harmon with help from #36 Keon Henderson and #57 Barry Evans; netted 32 points, icing the game with two free throws with no time remaining on the clock to secure a 48-47 victory.  This again proves that the game is not won on paper and that anything can happen on any given championship Sunday.  Patterson & Harris who were both very impressive in their debut showing immense talent throughout the weekend gave Glory all they could handle coming up just short in their quest for their first championship of the season.  The Harmon/Patterson tandem which took the world by storm just a few short weeks ago has made a "U Turn" and may give basketball fans one of the top rivalries of the upcoming season. 

· “I95 Dominates the Winners Circle”: With teams from multiple states attending the Basketball Spotlight Tip Off Classic the champions in every age group came from either New York City or the DC Metropolitan Area, shutting out such talented locations as Philadelphia, New Jersey, Canada, Virginia, and more.

· “The Best Players Play on the Best Teams”: This is a very interesting phenomenon that many do not pay attention to and manifested itself in every single Tip Off Classic age group except one. The top ranked player in the country in attendance in each age group (except 8th) team won the Chip – 4th grade #9 Jeremiah Dorsey (Riverside Hawks), 5th grade #2 Antonio Seller (Havoc), 6th grade #1 Zion Harmon (Unlimited Glory), & 7th grade #3,#4, & #12 AJ Hoggard, Jordan Toles, Tyler Brelsford (Slam City) – to anyone thinking the ranking don’t mean anything or are not accurate may need to reconsider that notion.
· “It Takes a Little More to Be a Champion”: One of the most competitive environments we have seen recently. The 2022 one Semi-Final was decided on a half court buzzer beater, the 6th grade one Semi-Final decided by less than 3 points, the championship decided by 1 point with zero seconds left on the clock. Both 7th grade Semi-Finals were down to the wire one being decided by 2 point and the other by 1 point and a shot being missed at the buzzer. 7th grade championship decided by 2 points, with free throws being missed with no time on the clock. Spotlight Action is Fantastic!
· “Stars are Made at Basketball Spotlight”: Even after one tournament it’s clear that players have been in the lab putting work in during the off season – improved players and first time attendee’s proved they are more than ready to play at a high level. New names that must be remembered moving forward include but is not limited to: Ashton Henderson (MI), Tysheem Pickett (NY), AJ Thomas (DC), Adeleye Oyekanimi (NY), Richie Greavis (NJ), Keon Henderson (MI), Ryan Conway (MD), Evan Young (UT), Khalif Battle (NY), Louis Reynoso (ME) 

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Jan. 31st & Feb. 1st 2015
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