Nashville, Tenn.-Solid defense and a balanced offensive attack helped the SYF Players capture the Nike Memorial Day Classic over surprise finalist Arkansas Wings 82-72. Not even expected to play after injuring his hamstring earlier in the event, Robbie Hummel played big off the bench for SYF.
Robbie Hummel finished with 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the field and 5 of 5 shooting from the line, 11 rebounds (7 offensive), 1 steal and 2 assists without a turnover. His rebounding carried weight early in the game both in producing points and establishing toughness.
Scott Martin had a game high 18 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field including 2 of 3 from three and made all 6 of his free throws to go along with 6 rebounds (all defensive), 2 blocks, 1 assists and 3 turnovers. With a very efficient game, minus a couple miscues, Martin scored from all three levels of the court.
E'twaun Moore fought through first half foul trouble to end up with 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the field and 4 of 4 shooting from the line, 3 rebounds, 1 block and 2 turnovers.
Marcus Britt, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, led the Arkansas Wings with 16 points.
James Anderson struggled with 3 of 12 shooting from the field for 7 points to go with 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 assists and 2 turnovers.
Kevin Brown, who stood out throughout the event, put in 13 points on 4 of 7 shooting from the field and 5 of 7 from the line along with 2 rebounds and 1 turnover.
New York Gauchos rule the 16's and 15's
The Boo Williams Summer League could not stick around for the championship game, so the Memphis YOMCA 15-under squad who was playing up in the 16-under division filled in as the last victim of the New York Gauchos in the 16-under championship.
The Gauchos beat Memphis 71-58 behind 18 points from 2008 point guard Jordan Theodore and 16 points from 2008 wing Patrick Jackson. But the best young prospect for the Gauchos is 2009 shooting guard Durand Scott.
Memphis has two fine 2009 prospects in 6-foot-4 wing Leslie McDonald and 6-foot-7 forward Ferrkohn Hall.
The Gauchos 15-under squad took down the talented Georgia Stars in the 15-under championship 60-54.
Athletic 6-foot-6 2009 forward Tevin Baskin led the Gauchos with a game high 19 points and powerfully built 2009 guard Tyreak Johnson scored 17 points as well.
Six-foot-3 2009 prospect Adrian Coleman led the Georgia Stars with 15 points.
Top 2009 prospects Rico Spears and Colin Reddick scored 11 points and 8 points respectively.
Spears is a 6-foot-2 point guard with the size and skills of a high-major prospect. Reddick is a long 6-foot-8 post player who appears to still be growing. He has a soft touch, runs very well and is not afraid to play aggressive.
Patrick Patterson shines in semifinal action
Although the Boo Williams Summer League dropped a tough 58-56 game to the Arkansas Wings, Patrick Patterson was the most dominant player on the court.
He scored 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting and grabbed an impressive 12 rebounds and blocked an even more impressive 7 shots. He also had 2 steals and 2 assists without a turnover.
The Wings were led by the aggressive undersized power forward Kevin Brown who scored 19 points, including the game winner at the buzzer on Patterson off a drive from the key for a contested left handed power move.
Also impressive for the Wings was 6-foot-2 point guard Stephon Weaver. Handling the ball with proficiency, Weaver hit tough shots when the Wings needed them. He ended up with 11 points.
Boo Williams was down around seven points most of the game until Chris Early came alive for 11 points down the stretch on 3 for 3 shooting from the arc and two free throws.
The absence of five-star point guard Chris Wright cost the Boo Williams squad dearly in this semifinal contest.
Sunday night barn burner
The quarterfinal round of the Gold Division did not end until much later than expected with the triple overtime thriller between The Family and the Houston Hoops.
The Family outlasted the Hoops 76-75 with 2008 prospect Paul Williams hitting a crucial jumper near the end of the third overtime to score a game high 26 points.
Corperryale Harris also hit some free throws and converted some tough drives on his way to 22 points.
Kalin Lucas turned it on during the overtime periods to finish with 18 points.
Playing an outstanding game for the Houston Hoops, especially in the absence of Gary Johnson, who missed almost the entire first half with an injury and then fouled out after scoring 15 points during the second half of the game, was Jai Lucas.
He finished with 24 points on a number of very difficult mid-range shots and hit a three-pointer off the dribble and at the buzzer to send the game into a second overtime.
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