"It's All About The Game"

B’More Elite Sweeps DC Metro Showcase






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Charm City Ballers prove ultimately unstoppable.


June 28, 2010 – Nike Baltimore Elite, one of the more talented travel team organizations on the East Coast took home top honors during last weekend’s DC Metro Showcase. That would be ALL the big boy honors, as it garnered ‘chips’ in the 15, 16, and 17 under divisions. Hats off to the cats from Charm City; they flat got it done at the Discovery Sports Complex in Boyd's, MD.

Below are brief championship reviews. A grab bag of other pertinent information gleaned there, including recruiting news, is forthcoming.

Sam Cassell, Jr. off the bounce.

17u B’More Elite 51 Crusader Nation (MD) 44

In a clash of Baltimore-area rivals, Elite erased a 27-19 halftime deficit, a bulge that remained eight with 16:29 to go, before finally garnering a 37-36 lead after rising senior guard Sam Cassell, Jr’s three ball (13 points). But it wasn’t good shooting that brought them back.

“I think we dug in” said the team’s coach, Carlton ‘Bubb’ Carrington of how his team strapped up and defended. “I told them at halftime we had to play in four minute intervals (reducing the deficit)…and we did that.

One player that took his instructions to heart was rising sophomore guard DaQuan ‘Day-Day’ McNeil; Carrington and others present acknowledged his open court steal and subsequent and-one conversion as huge, given it extended Elite’s bulge to 46-40 with 1:38 to go.

The Crusaders were led by senior sharpshooting guard Malcolm McMillan’s 14 points, and fellow fourth year high school guard Isaiah McCray’s 12.

DaQuan Cook showed he can attack the hole.

16u B’More Elite 50 Team Takeover (DMV)-Marshall 48

Having a solid 8-10 lead for most of the contest, Elite seemed in total control. Not, as they took the lead 44-48 at the 58.6 mark. How? Solid defense and largely by the play of rising sophomore point guard Brandon Chauca (13 points), who drove, dropped off and shot well. He’s a player.

To its credit Elite didn’t fold, though it did rely on the exploits of a very talented player: Rising junior backcourt man Daquan Cook (8 points) scored at the tin and was fouled. After converting the and subsequent pressure packed, and-one created free throw, B’More Elite tied the game at 48 with 17.3 to play. Following Cook’s steal of Chauca by timing his pass, DaQuan found junior guard Davon Vennie for another layup, securing the game.

“With a couple of seconds left, you have to get to the rack” recalled Cook of what drove him to drive the lane and finish strongly. In terms of the game cinching steal, he shared “It wasn’t expected…I just attacked the passing lanes”.

Charles Tapp led the game with 13 hard earned points, while fellow rising junior forward Jamel Artiss scored his nine mostly via attacking the rim and hitting mid-range shots.

15u B’More Elite defeated Team Takeover

(Note: Due to misplaced notes, accurate stats and game flow cannot be provided. Elite did face a 21-17 halftime deficit, at which point its coach, Jamel Williams was heard telling his charges “If we make it to the championship game, we don’t lose it!”

The contest could have gone either way, with less than a handful of key plays deciding the difference.


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