Friends of Hoop Claims Main Event

Jon Brockman and his Friends of Hoops teammates rolled to an easy win at the Main Event.

In a test of endurance, Jon Brockman and his Friends of Hoops teammates were the last ones standing.

Brockman scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a 87-59 victory against a Sam Young-led Cecil Kirk team on Sunday night to win the Nike Main Event title in Las Vegas.

Brockman was spectacular throughout the entire tournament, but shined early and often in the championship game.

The 6-8 Snohomish High (Wash.) senior power forward, who is considering Washington, Duke, UCLA, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Arizona, showed he had plenty of energy left in his tank, scoring 17 points in the first half as Friends of Hoop took a 51-35 halftime advantage.

Young, who plays a similarly relentless, physical style as Brockman, kept Cecil Kirk close – but Friends of Hoop had too much ammunition with guys like Martell Webster, Micah Downs (Kansas) and pass-first point guard Mitch Johnson. Even Ryan Staudacher got into the act, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers.

Brockman scored 10 of the team's first 12 points, with all coming in the paint. Webster showed that he is rounding back into the form, scoring 17 points – including a trio of trifectas.

Downs added 12 points while Young had 23 points and Paris Carter added 21 for the Maryland-based Cecil Kirk squad.

Friends of Hoop knocked off Tyrell Biggs' Metro Hawks, 58-54, in the semifinals and defeated the SYF Players, 73-62, in the quarterfinals. Cecil Kirk got past the Fairfield County Stars (Conn.), 76-61, to reach the championship game.


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