Twice head coach Chris Grier had led a group of youngsters from Michigan to the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions. On both occasions, Grier's bunch got bounced and failed to reach the championship game. On Sunday, the Michigan Hurricanes did more than reach the finals, they won the tournament.
Sparked by tournament MVP Anthony Roberson, the Hurricanes nipped the Long Island Panthers 67-64. Matt Trannon, Olu Famutimi and Maurice Ager came up big all weekend long. In the end, the athleticism of this team was just too much for the rest of the field to handle. With all of the talented point guards in the field, it's Roberson who walks away a champion.
"I told [Roberson] no one can ever dispute [the championship]," Grier said. "No one can say they left a champion but you and that my friend is bigger than all of them."
Long Island was led by outstanding SF Lenny Cooke who scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds. PF Jason Fraser chipped in with 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Michigan defeated Illinois Gold 77-55 in the semifinals while the Panthers outlasted Beach Ball Select and Raymond Felton 72-70 in the other semifinal tussle.
Note: Player evaluations will be available Monday.