Texas MEL Elite Gold v. Toronto Basketball Academy 10:50 am
Summary: The early morning match-up between Tex MEL Elite and Toronto Basketball Academy took two overtimes to decide a winner as both took each other’s best punch in regulation. The solid play of point guard Marcus Masters was the catalyst for TBA’s success in the first and second half. The shifty point guard hit open threes and finished consistently against taller defenders with side steps and slithery moves to the basket. Tex MEL Elite got its own production from Austin Irabor, a 6-5 wing who TBA struggled to keep out of the paint. His play contributed significantly to Tex MEL Elite’s 52-50 victory.
Gateway IL v. ILL Young and Reckless 12:00 pm
Summary: Gateway IL returned to action against Illinois Young and Reckless after an impressive 79-64 victory against MATTS Mustangs on opening night. The team picked up where it left off using its gritty defense to jump out to a 12-4 in the first five minutes of play before ILL Y&R went on their own 10-5 run, pulling within 3. A late run by Gateway pushed their lead to 8 headed into halftime.
The second half Y&R turned up the defensive pressure and dominated the boards taking the lead for the first time midway through the second half. Gateway rallied behind the aggressive play of RaySean Taylor but it was not enough as Y&R pulled away with a 58-50 win.
Standouts: RaySean Taylor (Gateway IL) continued to impress with his speed and finishing ability in the lane. Malik Green (Gateway IL) showed his aggressiveness on the boards, crashing the offensive glass and converting in the paint. Jaehshon Thomas (Y&R) went for 26 points and 6 rebounds on a number of driving buckets and put backs.
OSA Crusaders – Padila v. Dallas Showtyme – Black 5:50
Summary: After two impressive wins in pool play, Dallas Showtyme came into its third game looking to remain undefeated against a scrappy OSA team. The Crusaders would not make it easy as they took a 7 point lead in the second half behind the outside shooting of Noah Rigatuso and the inside presence of Scott Warner.
A driving tomahawk flush by Dallas Showtyme’s Kolby Randolph brought his team within 3, before the Crusaders put together another run to push the lead to 8 (48-40) with 3 minutes remaining in the game. The Crusaders never looked back as they closed the game out 58-53.
Standouts: Noah Rigatuso (OSA Crusaders) found his rhythm in the second half for the Crusaders, using head fakes to get in the lane and finish, finding teammates for open jumpers and knocking down shots from deep. Kolby Randolph (Dallas Showtyme) the slashing wing’s high motor was on display all game against OSA, grabbing rebounds and . He finished with contact on a number of drives and exhibited athleticism.