LAS VEGAS, NV–There’s only one team left that we have yet to see and that’s Team Toronto Orange, who are still beating away in the 15U division of the Adidas Super 64. Fellow Toronto team YAAACE was eliminated last night from the same tournament by a guard heavy New Heights NYC by just three points, the score being 66-63.
In the 15U age group of the Las Vegas Classic, Grassroots remains the only Canadian squad drifting towards a championship game after a thriller win yesterday against Team Fast. They’ll go on to take on Houston Clique at 11:40 this morning.
Grassroots made many defensive errors in yesterdays win that could have cost them the game. By halftime they were working on a comfortable lead until they quickly learned in the third quarter that there is no such thing. Team Fast came into the second half shooting a high percentage from beyond the arc and get themselves in a position to win.
Although their guards were spectacular in taking care of possessions and getting buckets off one on one situations, they will need to play more as a unit moving forward. Defensive boards is an area in which they need to improve quickly, every one needs to be assertive in getting to the ball first and not relying on or expecting their big man Kevin Hamlet to take care of this by himself.
Hamlet had nine blocks in the game and altered many other shots in the closing minutes. He wasn’t the only one to make big plays for Grassroots; Quinton gray came up with a steal at the end of regulation and finished at the hoop to tie the game and keep his team alive by taking it into overtime.
In OT it was Omon Edobor who created a shot for himself on the baseline and hit it at the buzzer to move Grassroots into the quarter finals on the final day of the Las Vegas Classic.
The loss for YAAACE was a real bummer considering they went deep in every tournament of the later part of the AAU season. They are considered to be a top team in North American at the 15U level.
In their final game of the summer the New Heights NYC team that they played against shared the same style run and gun offense and was lead by 2016 guard Ty Jerome was exceptional in scoring and creating plays for teammates.
Recruitment for this young YAAACE squad will surely attract many NCAA programs, as most coaches came to see Justin Jackson, their eyes were opened to others like Jordan Holness, Deandre Austin, Nolan Norain, Keshon Montague and finally a prevalent guard in Godwin Boehen.
YAAACE feeds off of the determination of Boahen. He does the unexpected time and time again; grabbing rebounds over bigs, taking hits and finishing with contact and guards bigger players at the one spot.
Although their run came to an end we can expect big things from this team in the coming years on the circuit.
Team Ontario has proven that they can go at the best of them. In their first summer on the circuit they have taken the Indiana Hoosiers title, showed well in the AAU Super Showcase in Florida and are now entering the elite eight round of the Fab 48.
While being together for a short period of time a unity and bond has come over the team allowing for success for the group as a whole. This is a team full of future NCAA and CIS prospects and all have been able to have their nights and make a name for themselves by playing for each other.
Last night Calvin Epistola was the hero hitting a buzzer beater in overtime to bring them to the quarter final game against Yanders Law.
There are many other teams and prospects to be mentioned in a scouting report for our subscribed coaches.
Safe travels back home to all teams that are eliminated, we’ll see you again on the high school hardwood this fall.