Adidas Nations did a good job of splitting the talent up between the teams and you really knew that both games would be extremely competitive and close. Players in this event have done a good job of being competitive and playing hard, especially with it being this late in the summer.
USA 2012 Red vs. USA 2012 Blue:
On paper, the Blue team is absolutely loaded with talent and actually has Scout.com's top three players in the class of 2012 on one team. However, only Andre Drummond suited up this weekend as Isaiah Austin was unable to go and the number one player Shabazz Muhammad is still nursing an ankle injury.
The continuity award seemed like it would go to the Red team this weekend as it had had an absolute solid weekend besides ten bad minutes against USA 2013 Red on Saturday. The combination of Kaleb Tarczewski and Dajuan Coleman has been extremely productive, especially considering they were able to bring Robert Upshaw and Shaq Goodwin off of the bench.
Perhaps the bright spot for team Red is 6-foot-2, 170-pound shooting guard Gabe York, who has been the team's leading scorer throughout the event. To counter the amount of talent from the Blue team, players like York, Yogi Ferrell and Kyle Anderson were going to have to step up their scoring contribution.
The semifinal matchup started off as expected with the Red team taking control, but surprisingly doing it inside. Tarczewski and Coleman had the upper hand in the paint against Drummond and Ridley.
As the game drew on, Drummond especially enforced his will and Tarczewski struggled against his athleticism, which was a major part of how the game progressed on. The 7-foot-0, 220-pound center from Southborough, Mass. was very aggressive in the first half, but faded in the second half and his team really did need his contribution.
The most consistent player for the Red Team was easily York, who scored early and often. The shooting guard shot the ball well from deep and used the hot hand to go on a few spurts that kept his team in the game.
York showed his good stroke as he was hitting from NBA range and mid range as well. He was smart to not go in amongst the trees unless the situation was right and York really impressed a lot of people watching.
The Orange County native scored 34 but he probably needed to score 35 to send the game to overtime. Ferrell hit what looked like a three-pointer, but was scored a two by the referees. That ultimately was a big call, as York would hit a fall away three with .05 seconds left on the clock.
Tarczewski's contribution was missed, especially late in the game when the Red team needed an easy basket. It will now play Monday for third place.