Clean Sweep For The Playaz
American Division Championship:
Tim Thomas Playaz (17s) 77, Tallahassee Wildcats 67
Tournament director Charlie Weber didn't want teams to have to play four games on Sunday to win the title at the Weber, so he simply divided the field in half into American and National Divisions and crowned two champs in the 17-year old division. The field was arbitrarily split and no distinction based on strength was used to divide the teams.
The Tim Thomas Playaz entered two teams, a group of seniors and a separate group of juniors, in the field and both won their respective divisions.
The stronger title game matched the Playaz 17-year olds against the Tallahassee Wildcats coached by John Adkins and led by Rashad Anderson. The American Division title game ended 77-67 in favor of the Playaz. Donald Copeland and Dwayne Lee, teammates at St. Anthony's, combined for 28 points and Lee connected on 4 3-pointers.
Jason Fraser scored 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to help the Playaz.
Rashad Anderson who we credited with 18 points and junior SF Akini Adkins who was credited with 17 and really was terrific in trying to get his team in a position to make a run led Tallahassee, which was gunning for its second Charlie Weber title. Until the title game, Anderson was getting about 30 every time he stepped onto the floor, but was not able to get anything going in the second half as the Playaz were able to build on their 7-point halftime lead.
Tim Thomas Playaz (16s) 67, Philadelphia Phoenix 64
This one wasn't as easy for the younger Playaz. Just when it looked as if they had things in control, Philly mounted a comeback but a last second 3-pointer wouldn't go down and the Playaz celebrated a clean sweep of titles.
Point guard Jamal Warren led the way with 15 points. Guard Jamar Nutter tallied 10 and Sean Banks chipped in with 9.
The horse for Philly was forward Michael Blackshear who never gave up and scored 17 in the loss. Blackshear was relentless and almost was able to bring his team back. However, a missed free-throw after a made basket would have tied the game, but it wouldn't go down for him.
Notes: For Tallahassee, big man Kevin Young scored just 8 points in the title game, but sometimes stats don't tell the story. Young wasn't about to back down against Fraser and he converted some of the only baskets big men were able to muster against the Amityville senior. He's a good-looking prospect and continues to make strides as a player. … Isn't it funny how teams with Fraser seem to either win or challenge for titles? The kid has made his mark as one of those guys who is always on the winning end of these battles and there's really something to be said for that. … Tallahassee guard Tristan Martin proved he's one of the most athletic players in the class as he assault the rims at Cole Fieldhouse in search of dunks. … In case you were wondering, the Playaz regular point guard, Elijah Ingram, did not make the trip. … The two titles in one day wasn't the first for Salmon's organization. At the 2000 Spiece Run and Slam, the Playaz captured both the senior and junior division championships on the same day. ... The older Playaz knocked off Baltimore Select to reach the finals while the younger bunch staved off National Christian to gain their shot at the title. ...