Boo, Warriors To Play For Title
Illinois Warriors 60, Memphis YOMCA 59 It was one of those you shots you knew were going in when it left his hand. As the buzzer sounded, Illinois Warriors forward Andre Igoudala drained a 22-footer from the wing to beat Memphis by one. At one point, the Warriors looked like they might not get the shot off at all, but Igoudala found himself with a good look, he squared up and drilled it. Junior wing guard Shannon Brown led the Warriors with 17, including four 3s of his own.
Memphis got 23 from Jeremy Hunt and 10 second half points from Derrick Byars and looked as if they had completed the comeback but it wasn't to be.
Boo Williams 56, Charlotte Royals 55 Somehow, Boo Williams survived a 1-15 shooting morning from JJ Redick and still managed to win the ballgame. With 28 seconds remaining and the score 53-52, Rashad McCants spun baseline into a triple-team, got tied up and essentially this one was over as the possession arrow went to Boo.
The big story in the game was John Gilchrist. Batter and bruised, he willed his way to 18 points and four assists and clearly won the head-to-head PG matchup with Justin Gray as he scored 14 second half points to Gray's none. There are other PGs in this class who will be ranked ahead of him, but no one plays for more titles than Gilchrist. He was key in Boo's AAU national title last year and his high school team rarely losses.
McCants led the Royals with 17 and Donte Minter scored 16.
Morning Notes …
A native of the Tidewater area, Boo Williams was once a highly regarded high school prospect himself. Marcellus "Boo" Williams, a Top 50 high school player, then went on to be a good player at St. Joe's. …
In mentioning the plight of the Athletes First team, we forgot to mention that PF Kevin Bookout is not playing in this tournament. His presence, in addition to Azubuike's, is also a huge loss. …
Word has it that East Carolina might be close to offering PG Isaiah Hunter a scholarship and if that happens it won't take him long to accept the offer.
Memphis YOMCA PG Clyde Wade erupted for 28 in the quarters but did not score in the semifinals. However, he'll remember that Athletes First win for the rest of his life.