EBO, Boo Williams Claim Titles

EBO won a hard-fought battle against the Charlotte Royals down in Suwanee while it was Boo Williams who outlasted the SYF Players a few hours down the road.

SUWANEE, Ga. - Despite a sub-par performance from Brook Lopez and a goose-egg put up by point guard Derrick Jasper, EBO rolled to an 67-57 win against the Charlotte Royals in the championship of the adidas Showtime National Championships.

Lopez, who had been dominating throughout the tournament, finished with just six points and Jasper was shut out completely. However, Tre'Von Willis, Quincy Pondexter and Tim Shelton also shared team-high honors with 15 points while Lopez' twin brother, Robin, scored 10 points.

``I had better games in the tournament, but I knew my teammates would pick it up for me," said Brook Lopez, who was plagued by early foul trouble.

Brandis Raley scored 19 points to pace the Royals while Gabe Blair added 16.

Willis was actually the key, knocking down a pair of critical trifectas with a little more than five minutes left to give EBO a 51-43 cushion. Willis sank a total of three shots from beyond the arc while Pondexter, who has been on fire from the perimeter of late, hit two of his four attempts from long range.

``We're the most nationally underrated AAU team in the country," Pondexter said. "Everyone talks about Spiece and SCA (Southern Cal All-Stars), but I believe we're the best. We not have the most talent, but we're the best team."

Pondexter has a point that EBO is certainly among the country's elite, but another loaded team, Boo Williams, claimed the Peach Jam a couple hours down the road.

Scottie Reynolds scored 16 points and junior point guard Chris Wright added 11 points as Boo Williams held off SYF Players, 56-51. Tyrone Appleton led SYF with 12 points. Notes: Pondexter said he would open things up, despite the fact he never committed in the past. He had always wanted to go to Arizona, but the Wildcats have yet to offer. Pondexter admitted he was also close to committing to Washington. Arizona and UW still sit at 1-2 on his list, but he's also looking at Oregon, Kansas, UConn, Memphis, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Arkansas. … According to sources close to the situation, Ben Hansbrough, a 6-4 guard who is the younger brother of North Carolina incoming freshman Tyler Hansbrough, committed to Mississippi State. … Memphis Pump ‘N Run guard Brandon Powell said he'd like to visit Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, UAB and USC. He'll likely take an unofficial to nearby Memphis – and also is considering Colorado and Mississippi. … Jonathan Mandeldove, a 6-11, 225-pound big man who has spent the last four years in Georgia after growing up in Chicago, will attend Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) in the fall. Mandeldove mentioned UConn, Wake Forest, Miami, Pittsburgh and North Carolina.

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