2013 Elite Team Camp Champions

National Division Champions

Blair Academy (N.J.) 70, St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.) 61
Blair Academy (N.J.) overcame a 10-point halftime deficit and cruised to the National Division Championship on the strength of a 21-4 second-half run that was started by Sean Lubreski’s (6-0/2014) 3-pointer.

Lubreski’s shot with 10:41 to go in the game knotted the score at 43, and from there Blair scored 18 of the game’s next 22 points.

Contributing big in the run was Marial Shayok (6-6/2014), who earlier this week was a member of Elite II’s championship team.

“Seeing how good a team we will be this winter,” said Shayok, “makes this win definitely more important.”

One of things Shayock saw was exactly how well Blair can be when shots start falling.

In the first half St. Peter’s seemed to dictate the pace of the game and most of Blair’s shots were off target.

The second half was a totally different story.

Shayock netted 11 of his 15 points in the second half while Jesse Pistokache (6-3/2015), who scored a team-high 16, scored 14 of those in the second half.

Lubreski finished with 11 points.


American Division Champions

Potomac (Va.) 67, Flint Hill (Va.) 59

In a game that featured two contrasting halves between two schools from Virginia, The Potomac School (Va.) defeated Flint Hill (Va.) 67-59 to earn themselves the American Division Championship here at Elite Team Camp.

By the 9:32 mark in the first half, FH had jumped out to a 25-6 lead and any chance of a Potomac School comeback seemed more than grim.

But then Potomac made a run of their own overcoming a 20-point second half deficit.

“It was just like our regular season games against them. We make runs, they make runs,” Potomac School coach Levi Franklin said.

“But it’s all about who makes their run at the end. The major difference was that they got a lot of open looks in the first half. We weren’t communicating and running into screens. But in the second half, we played better and got out on the shooters a little bit more and we were also able to convert some shots on our end as well.

2015 guard Sam Worman came up big for Flint Hill in the opening half scoring 14 of his 22 points in the game.

Then in the second half down with Potomac School down 51-31, they started to make their run. By the 3:45 mark in the second half, 2015 guard Trevor Brown made a layup to put his team up 58-57.

Flint Hill tried to answer, but Potomac’s momentum would take them the rest of the distance.

“There’s two halves to every game,” Franklin said. “The best thing about this game of basketball is that there are two halves and we took that as motivation to never give up and battle back.”

Potomac’s Brown and 2014 forward Babou Sallah led the team in scoring, both finishing with 11 points.

Potomac guard Jalen Broome gave them great minutes as well, helping his team break the Flint Hill full-court press that gave them headaches in the first half.

“We just had that mindset in the second half that we weren’t going to lose the game. We kept that mindset and it helped us in the end,” Broome said.

“I just try to do whatever it takes for my team to win whether it’s bringing energy, defense or scoring.” –@CabWashintgon

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