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DC Metro Showcase Final Results






Ron Bailey, Publisher


March 24, 2008 – Yesterday was Championship Day at the DC Metro Showcase. The results follow.

15 and Under

York Ballers (PA) 80 First Baptist of Glenarden (MD) 76

During a nip-and-tuck affair, York surged ahead with 7:24 to go, benefiting from Andrew Nicholas’ 42 points and 16 from Four McGlyn, to secure the 15 and under title. The Ballers were also helped by their broad strategic approach.

The York Ballers run multiple offenses and defenses, which is rare in travel team ball.

“We flip it up a lot” said Ballers coach Tom Triggs, of his team’s penchant for utilizing multiple sets, including flex-like and four-out, one in offensive formations, while on defense setting up in man to man and zone looks.

“All of our kids are from York County…We pick from the best there” continued Triggs, explaining why his players are able to digest and execute such schemes in travel team ball. “Three of our kids started as freshman in high school”.

Nicholas, presently a 6’5”, freshman left handed slashing player, was sensational, scoring from mid-range and around the hoop. Triggs noted of the red-headed standout “He played tough today”.

Leading First Baptist was 6’8” freshman forward Jordan Goodman (22 points), as he not only showed three-ball range, but an ability to dunk in transition. Of Jordan, a player he has competed against previously, Nichols noted “Going against him is tough”.

16 and under

North Carolina Raptors Select Grey 49 BRYC Tarheels (VA) 28

Having just defeated Triple Threat’s actual 15 and under team playing in the older 16 and under classification - an exhausting triple overtime semi-final battle - the Tarheels employed a zone defense, successfully diminishing this game’s pace and allowing themselves a chance to win.

“That zone slowed us down” admitted the Raptor’s coach, Tony Edwards. “We had to change the pace by going to a press”.

NC Raptors Select consists of components from two organizations.

That they did, and in the process impressing all who saw them play.

No one gathered more accolades than 6’8” sophomore forward Melvin Tabb (11 points), who pounded the rims all weekend. His teammates, sophomore forward Montel Baines, a 6’6” player, and 6’2” all-around freshman guard Bishop Daniels were impressive also, scoring 11 and four points respectively, in the final.

As Edwards said, “It was just effort” that secured this title.

The Tarheels, who themselves should be lauded for playing hard despite facing overwhelming odds given not only fatigue, but a relatively short bench, got 12 points from 6’4” sophomore guard Jeff James and nine via sophomore guard Max Lenox (he stands 6’1”). Sweet shooting 5 ‘10” sophomore guard Collin Frazer supplied four points in the losing effort.


17 and under

Prymetime (MD) 52 Petersburg Elite (VA) 48

It was not a surprise that these two teams met in the 17 and under final; on this weekend, both were the strongest teams in their age classification. Their championship battle didn’t disappoint, as Prymtime used a team-centric approach to defeat a rugged, deep Petersburg crew.

“It was a total team effort” said Rodney Gould, Prymetime’s coach of his squad’s performance, one in which senior 6’0” combo guard Justin Bess dropped 17 points, and junior swingman Collin Beatty, a 6’5” player, provided 10.

Prymetime's Gould (right) feels this victory validates his squad.

Their play in many ways was made possible by 6’1” left handed junior point guard, Francis Ashe, who frequently broke Petersburg’s pressure and found open teammates for scores, while also scoring 4 points. His coach was impressed.

“He controlled the game very well. He as a quarterback on the floor” said Gould of Ashe. “He took over the game”.

Petersburg was led by 6’8” junior post player Cadarian Raines (11 points) and 6’6” junior forward Joshua Brinkley (10 points). Though he only provided two points, senior point guard Jasper Holleman played tough defense and found open teammates in positions to score.

“For our Prymtime organization, it’s huge” opined Gould of not only beating a very formidable Petersburg Elite team, but winning the DC Metro Showcase. “They (his players) don’t get the respect they deserve”.


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