Monday, July 19, 2010

Team Memphis Elite - Don Williams AAU Nationals Recap

Team Memphis Elite - Don Williams traveled to Orlando, FL last week to participate in the 15U D2 AAU Nationals. Although there were some setbacks and injuries, it sounds like they had a very successful trip.

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Opened pool play with win over Baltimore Cougars 55-38 on Sunday afternoon. 1-0

Started Monday with win over CASE team from Europe 58-45. 2-0

Finished pool play later that same day with win over Hollywood FL Eagles 67-48, Tiffany Jones (Manassas) had a field day on the front end of the press, stealing multiple balls and scoring 31. 3-0

So, we finished 3-0 in pool play, win pool and get BYE into Sweet Sixteen.

Started Bracket play late Tuesday with win over Bay State Jaguars, 57-54 with a come from behind win and advance to Elite Eight, post players dominated with Tiffany Jones with 16 and Dee Dee Jones (Chester County) with 24. 4-0

Took first loss of tourney in game that would have put us in the Final Four, but ran into a buzz saw by the name of New England Shooting Stars and lost 75 – 42. They had 11 players and 11 players scored and 6 of them had at least 1 three pointer. By the way, this team WON the tourney and the National Championship and is now on their way to Arizona to play in the Super Showcase there. 4-1

We were bouncing back nicely against the Vermont Lighting when Paige Williams (St. Benedict) sprained her ankle badly and we went on to lose 62-56 despite a great effort from Denise Johnson (Manassas) with 26. Vermont went on to win next game and got 5th. 4-2

In our final game of the tourney on Thursday, we faced the Brevard Lady Blue Thunder for the 7 / 8 game. Paige’s ankle was still really bad and I was not sure she could walk, must less play so we taped it up and put them in a zone. After being down 14 at one point in the second half, we came back and won 7th place with a 61-56 victory. Paige Williams finished with 16 to go along with 15 from Denise Johnson and 18 from Dee Dee Jones. 5-2

A great week from the team after going 3-1 in the week before in the AGSE Tip Off Classic at Bishop Byrne High School.

8-3 over 2 weeks, not bad, we will take it.

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