Las Vegas: Day Four, Part B

LAS VEGAS – Terrence Shannon took center stage in a big matchup but later suffered an injury. His Atlanta Celtics are alive at the Super 64. Meanwhile, Michael Snaer's Inland team bowed out at the hands of D-One Sports at Reebok's event.

Derrick Favors vs. Milton Jennings – Two of the better bigs in the class tangled in a playoff game and this one was all Celtics. Favors established himself early and was a man on the boards. When we exited the gym with eight minutes to go, his team was up 25. Favors had 13 and 9 rebounds. It wasn't Favors' typical block party but he did intimidate one driver into shooting it over the backboard. Jennings had 5 and 2 boards.

Terrence Shannon, PF, Atl. Celtics – He snuck in the backdoor and stole the show against Beach Ball. Playing with tremendous energy and athleticism, Shannon is having the exact kind of tournament that former Celtic Delwan Graham had in Vegas last year. He's a straight up warrior. Unfortunately, Shannon injured his knee and he's in need of an MRI.

Michael Snaer, SG, Inland – This young man had quite a day. He was in full out attack mode and he was putting in work. The buckets came in all shapes and forms. The Hurricanes had no answer for him and though we weren't there, learned that he was equally impressive in a last second loss to D-One.

Wade Collie, SF, TDE – Las Vegas is his town, literally. Sin City's native son regained his shooting touch with 1.2 seconds and dropped a trifecta, which sent John Henson and Franchize home. Last year at this event Collie showed that he could play. This time around he's got a game-winner in his back pocket for proof. He's a mid-level guy with continued development of his dribbling skills.

John Wall, PG, D-One – He's been clutch from the line this entire event. Against the Grand Rapids storm he sank 12-of-14 from the stripe and pumped in 30 points.

Tony Chenault, PG, Team Philly – He put 23 points on the Raptors as Team Philly moved on to play another day. Chenault took advantage of the Raptors losing both staring backcourt players (Bishop Daniels and Poobie Chapman) to injuries. He finished strong with both hands and made his jump shot early.

Damien Leonard, SG, Beach Ball – Against the Celtics he was the only guy who seemed to get out of bed for the 8 a.m. tip. At 6-foot-4, he's extremely smooth and is showing the markers of an elite guy at his position. Cool temperament, big time stroke.

The Deuce is loose. Against Inland, D-One 2011 wing Deuce Bello had two dunks to close out the game. Numerous reports flowed in to the effect that with seconds remaining, Bello hunted a rebound of the rim and dunked it home for a playoff victory. … Mid-level power forward Johnny Richardson of Houston Elite is an intriguing, undersized post player. He's got some people talking about his game. …

Wade Collie has an offer from Colorado State. Texas Southern and Pepperdine are interested. … Johnny Richardson has interest from Santa Clara, San Francisco, Utah and Tulane. … Ben Simons boasts offers from Oakland, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Wisconsin-Green Bay. Baylor, Providence, Drake and Utah were evaluating him. …

The entire Florida State staff was present for Favors. They were joined by assistants from N.C. State, Georgia and Georgia Tech. … Coastal Carolina's Cliff Ellis was there for Greg Gantt as was Holy Cross and a host of others. … Steve Alford was there for Matthew Staff. … Tony Chenault was watched by Boston College, Wake Forest, Temple, Virginia and LaSalle. …

The Grand Rapids Storm nearly sprung a major upset without their best player against D-One. Forward Ben Simons suffered what might be an MCL injury in Thursday's night game. …

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