Orlando, FL. – Maryland’s Finest faced off in an intense afternoon matchup against the reigning 3rd grade DI champions, Team Glory, on court one at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex on Wednesday. Maryland’s Finest started the game with a bang and didn’t let up until the final buzzer. In the first quarter, Maryland grabbed an impressive 8-2 lead over the reigning champs, led by Jason Moore, with five points and Terral Gaines, Jr with a long three. Farrell Crowell scored the lone basket for Team Glory in the 1st.
Team Glory stepped up their game in the second, coming alive with a three by Knasir McDaniel. Crowell contributed three more points and Dylan Williamson grabbed his first two points of the game for Team Glory. Maryland was held to just five points in the second, all of them coming from Jaden Johnson. Maryland’s Finest still has the advantage over Team Glory at the half, 13-10.
After the break, Maryland broke the game open with a 13 point quarter, led by Moore and Johnson who each had 4 points. Gaines, Jr. contributed 3 more points after a quiet second quarter, and Jared Turner gets his name in the books with two points. Team Glory put seven more points on the board, led by McDaniel with three points. At the end of three quarters, Maryland’s Finest leads 26-17.
McDaniel had an impressive fourth quarter with nine points and Williamson and Crowell had a combined three points for Team Glory. Maryland held off Team Glory with 12 points of their own. Moore led the attack with five points, followed by Gaines, Jr. who had three. Johnson added two more points and Antonio Hamlin scored his first two points of the game, for a Maryland’s Finest win over Team Glory, 38-29. Maryland’s Finest will now advance to the Elite Eight, where they will play against the winner of the All Ohio Red vs. Carolina Phenom game.
Carolina Phenoms vs All Ohio Red
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The Carolina Phenoms battled it out on court three against All Ohio Red for the opportunity to advance to the final four and take on Maryland’s Finest.
It was a close first quarter between the two teams, with Ohio coming out on top at the end of the quarter with a three point lead over Carolina, 11-8. Sean Jones led the way for Ohio by sinking a three, with teammates Dior Connors, Kollin Tolbert, Corey Hudson, and Isaiah Wilkins each contributing two points. Alik Lewis grabbed a three for Carolina, with Johnathan Shaw and Cameran Oates scoring two each, and Knoah Carver grabbing a point off of a free throw.
The second half was just as close, with Ohio’s Derrick James grabbing his first four points of the game, followed closely by Jones adding three points and Conners with a two. Carolina traded baskets with Ohio, scoring eight in the second with Jordan Pyke scoring half of them. Collin Tanner and Carver added two each, giving All Ohio Red the lead over the Carolina Phenoms at the half, 20-16.
After the short break, Ohio’s Conners and Jones scored the only points of the third for their team, with five and four points respectively. Carolina could not keep up with the fast scoring pace of Ohio, however and only managed to put five points on the board, Pyke with three and Chase Dawson with his first two points of the game. After three, All Ohio Red led 29-21.
The two teams traded baskets again in the final stretch of the game. Once again, Ohio came out on top of Carolina, outscoring them 13-12 in the fourth. James had an outstanding fourth quarter performance, scoring 8 of the team’s points, with John Mobley, Jr. and Hudson tacking on five combined points for Ohio. To Carolina’s credit, they kept pace with Ohio, scoring 12 points in the quarter with Carver leading the way with two long threes for a total of six points in the quarter, with Oates contributing a three, Shaw adding two, and Isaiah Tate grabbing a point on a free throw. After outscoring Carolina every quarter, All Ohio Red cruised to their 42-33 victory over the Carolina Phenoms. Ohio will now take on Maryland’s Finest in the Elite Eight and the winner of that game will advance to the Final Four.
NY Gauchos vs. George Hill Rising Stars
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The NY Gauchos and the George Hill Rising Stars faced in the Sweet Sixteen bracket to determine who will move on to the Elite Eight. It was an intense match-up between the two teams, but George Hill jumped out to a 12-9 lead with Antonio Sellers leading the way with 5 points in the first. Teammates Tyler Wise and Quadir Williams contributed 7 points combined after a quarter. The Gauchos grabbed nine points in the first off of a Nicholas Klaiber long three, John Louden’s four points, and Caden Whitehead’s two points.
In the second, George Hill dominated the Gauchos, outscoring them 13-4 in the quarter. Javon Tracy sank 3 baskets for seven points, with Klaiber and Nulye Scott adding three points each. Jake Martin and Jaquan Sanders each had two points, scoring the only points in the second quarter for the Gauchos. At the half, George Hill led 22-16.
It was a low scoring third quarter for both teams, with Chase Jackson, Sellers, and Todd all scoring two points each for the Gauchos. Tracy and Klaiber scored all the points for George Hill, who was held to three points in the quarter. George Hill still has a small lead, 25-22.
Defense was key in the final quarter, both teams being held to four points. Only two players scored in the fourth, Sanders of the Gauchos and Tracy from George Hill. George Hill managed to hang onto the lead, and defeats the NY Gauchos 29-26, advancing them to the Elite Eight, where they will play the TriCity Youths.
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