Open Division Champions DeJuan Blair All-Stars (PA)
Playing in front of a nice local crowd and local head coaches Jamie Dixon and Andy Toole, Pittsburgh’s Dejuan Blair All-Stars defeated Blessed Sacrament 71-58 for the Open Division title.
The game was close for much of the first half, with the two teams trading leads, but an Elijah Minnie three with just under three minutes left in the half put the DBAS’s up for good.
They took a 33-30 lead into halftime before stretching it into double digits. Minnie, who already held an offer from Andy Toole and Robert Morris, said afterwards that he picked up interest from Tennessee, Memphis, Dayton and Kansas State just off his play this weekend. DJ Porter (18) and Dale Clancy (17) helped pace a balance DBAS attack. Blessed Sacrament’s Filipino Vingantine turned in a game-high 22 points. —@Josh_Stirn
17U Steel Division Champions Waterloo Wolverines (CAN)
The 17U Steel Bracket Championship was an international affair, pitting Canada’s Waterloo Wildhawks up against the Ann Arbor Magic of Michigan. The Wildhawks, on the strength of their three point shooting, took home the title with a 78-60 win.
Even with seven made 3s (including four by Saajan Arora) in the first half by their opponent, the Magic were able to keep things close; entering halftime trailing 30 to 35. That is when the MVP of this game, Tajinder Lall imposed his will on both sides.
The 6’7 forward knocked down threes, blocked shots and proved to be a matchup nightmare for the Magic. He finished with a game-high 23 points. 6’5 forward Ben Kill led the Magic with 15. —@Josh_Stirn