17U Has Exciting Day 2 in Pool Play at Southern Jam Fest

Maryland’s Finest scrapped their way to a two-overtime victory over the Westchester Hawks, 62 to 58. Going into the half, Maryland carried a two-point advantage, but Westchester would not let them expand upon that – tying the score at the end of regulation and trading buckets with them again in the first overtime.

The second overtime was where Maryland was finally able to outlast their competition and take home the four-point win.

Westchester featured a 6’3” Junior guard Randy Stevens, a Division 1 prospect who heated up in the second half (where he did practically all of his scoring) and scored 12 points in the game. He is a versatile player who can handle the rock and run point or play off the ball.

Had it not been for some foul trouble – Peter Murphy fouled out early in the second half – Westchester might have been able to stay fresh enough to fight out the win.

Maryland’s Finest’s offense ran through 2012 point guard Davon Hill, who was impressive on the ball and scored 22 points, mostly from the free-throw line. On his game he said, “My thing is to put pressure on the defense, make two defenders come in and then kick it out to my teammates.”

Hill also said that the level of competition and exposure at the Hoop Group’s Southern Invitational has really helped him get his name out there.

In the second set of games, CT Select narrowly lost to Team Redemption, 48 to 49, in a defensive battle. Though they went into the half with a six-point lead, the Connecticut squad couldn’t prevent Redeption from overtaking them in the second half.

Without top prospect Kuran Iverson, Rohan Brown, a 2011 Power Forward, was left to shoulder the load for Connecticut. Brown lead his team with 16 points. 6’2” guard, Torrin Childs-Harris also came on strong in the second half, connecting on a pair of threes and finishing with 11 points.

For Team Redemption, however, it was James Ford’s game. The 6’4” guard has offers from Liberty, North Florida, JMU and Georgia State, and if he continues to perform at that level, the list should grow. Ford notched 23 points for Team Redemption at both guard positions.

On his performance he said, “I have an advantage over smaller guards and try to take advantage of the mismatches.”

Grassroots Canada rocked the house against Loch Haven, beating their opponent 85-55 behind a relatively-balanced effort. Trey Boutlier scored 18 points for Canada, while teammate Mike McIntosh added 16 to lead the Canadian entry.

Loch Haven was lead by the trio of Rowland Hailey, with19 points, Casy Groom, who had 13, and Tim Jarosinski, who scored 14.

Grassroots Canada took the lead early and never looked back.

Team Takeover was another strong performance against NEBC this morning, with a 31 point lead at half-time that only expanded in the second-half. Lead by Johnson with 18 points and Austin with 13, the Takeover crew cruised to the victory.

They had their foot on the gas from the tip off to the final whistle. According to Takeover guard Miles Tate, “We just keep playing defense, our coach likes defense, so we make sure we get stops and get a lot of easy lay-ups off that.”

Tate is being recruited by Ivy League powers, Princeton, Cornell and Harvard and has also heard from Iowa. Asked about the Ivy League, he thought that the talent level all around was a good fit for him and was very impressed by Cornell’s run in 2010.

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