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Defenders Defeat Elite






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Houston crew comes into Charm City and handles business.


July 17, 2012 - The Houston Defenders boys 17u travel team was in Baltimore last night, having traveled to the Charm City after recently competing in Philadelphia. Making the most of it, they took on the Nike Baltimore Elite grassroots organization’s 17u crew last night at Baltimore City Community College. The result was a 79-66 win for the visitors.

Houston distanced themselves in the fourth quarter, after Elite chipped a double digit deficit to six. Though guard Kameron Williams’ proclaimed “We quit” when asked how the homestanding squad fell, this outcome was more or less a mechanism of too many quality Defenders.

That's Derrick Griffin punishing the rim during second half action for the Houston Defenders.

Start with the Harrison Twins; Aaron, a shooting guard, led all scorers with 30 points, while Andrew chipped in 12 points and five assists. The latter’s numbers were not as impressive but his work shouldn’t be dismissed as Andrew, a point guard, controlled some tempo down the stretch.

Add Derrick Griffin to the mix, as the 6’7” athletic forward went to work down the stretch, finishing primarily via dunks, though he did hit at least two outside shots. The two sport star dropped 17 points.

Griffin also battled Elite forward Jamel Artis in the second quarter, with the pair going tit for tat over several possessions, to the almost capacity crowd’s delight. Artis' teammate, combo guard Williams, finished with 16 points, only four in the second half.

All of these players are rising seniors, destined for Division I sports participation.


Derrick Griffin – A uber-athlete, Griffin is also a football standout at wide receiver. For the record he’s 6’7” and weighs around 225 pounds.

Last spring Griffin confided he needed to work on his straight line, gridiron speed. Well, last night he indicated that work is in process, as Derrick now sports “a 4.4” 40 yard dash mark.

There is another alteration afoot.

“I’m re-opening my commitment” to Tex A&M, shared the two sport star. He doesn’t know where he will land – only mentioning he had no shortage of choices – but will play both football and hoops, at least initially. That will continue until “I decide which one I’m better in” he concluded.

Tysean Scott attempting to get into the paint.

For the record, his jumper, or really more of a set shot, has improved over the past year. But he’s still a guy that excels at finishing in transition, or via weakside cuts resulting in dunks. He is also a strong rebounder.

Taysean Scott – As a heady, tough floor leading guard, Scott makes good decisions, provides solid on-ball pressure, and functions as a coach in shorts. He also plays football.

Offensively Scott has quickness off the bounce and though standing around 5’9”, does have some strength. He must trust his offensive skills though, which include pulling up for jumpers and dropping off, in addition to driving.

A smart guy on and off the floor, Scott is getting looks from “Jacksonville, Colgate, North Carolina Central”, while “Harvard called the other day”.

Don’t believe he’s a smart guy? Check this quote: “I’m looking for education (in a school). That’s key”.


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