16U Morning Action Recap

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Lots of Talent on Display In 16U Division

The Sports U 16U squad faced some tough competition, and they have seen a lot of success. Sports U has not only survived and advanced through the 2016 Providence Jam Fest, but they have done so in dominant fashion. They won their first two match-ups by an average of 44 points before edging out South Jersey Hoops in the Elite Eight.

The high-profile, New Jersey based program found themselves in a tight game going into the second half. While Sports U led for almost the entire game, they never really mounted a sizable lead. South Jersey Hoops was able to hang in there, but in the end Sports U just had too much talent to lose this one.

Sports U did not play particularly well on offense in this game, at least by their standards. However they were tremendous on defense, pressuring and trapping ball-handlers all over the court. While the scoring was pedestrian, Sports U ran a smooth offense. Sophomore point guard Atiba Taylor handled and distributed the ball well, often penetrating and dishing for easy lay-ups. Jahvon Quinerly established himself as the scoring guard in this game, putting up a healthy 17 points on the way to a 55-44 victory.

However, Sports U hit a bit of a roadblock in the Final Four. The Mass Rivals came out on top in this heavyweight battle. The Rivals benefited from solid guard play from Tanahj Pettway, who has had an impressive weekend. He was explosive on offense, displaying his nice ball handling and showing a bit of range on his jumper. He also helped neutralize a very talented Sports U backcourt on the defensive end. Also, without star big-man Naz Reid, Sports U was limited down low. Ako Akok took advantage of this, by coming up big for the Rivals on the glass. Overall, the Mass Rivals proved that they are an elite northeastern program, as both the the 16U and 17U squads have reached the championship.

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