Thursday Hoop Recap

The Peach Jam wraps up on Friday with the last three games of the event. A couple of Blue Devil targets have positioned their teams in the semifinals. So how'd they get there? TDD runs down the performances from Thursday.

Tony Parker, C, Georgia Stars -- Parker has had a very strong week on the boards and in the paint. The 6'9 big man continued that streak on Thursday against the Houston Hoops. The Hoops had nobody who could match Parker's size and strength as the big Georgian hit 9-of-11 from the field to finish with 18 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks. In the quarterfinal round against the Mac Irvin Fire and the "other" Parker on the Duke recruiting radar, Tony led his team ion the semis with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks while also drawing a number of fouls and generally disrupting the Fire's offensive flow.

Alex Poythress, PF, Georgia Stars -- Poythress was quiet in the Houston game, logging just nine minutes as the Stars won easily. The 6'8 forward finished with four points and three rebounds. He would rebound in the quarterfinals where he matched up with Jabari Parker. Poythress immediately went to work inside and playing facilitator. He finished with 9 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists despite just 4-of-12 shooting.

Rasheed Sulaimon, SG, Houston Hoops -- After ripping the nets for several games in a row, the future Blue Devil's EYBL season ended with an off-night. Sulaimon hit just two of 13 shots from the field and logged eight points and three assists in 26 minutes.

Rodney Purvis, SG, CP3 All-Stars -- Purvis continued to show well at Peach Jam and proved he is certainly capable of playing point guard for long stretches when needed. The Raleigh native capped off his EYBL season with 16 points and four assists in 32 minutes of action but the All-Stars fell behind big early on and couldn't rally back.

Jabari Parker, SF, Mac Irvin Fire -- Parker put together another strong performance in the opener, logging 17 points and seven rebounds against the CIA Bounce. Parker showed off the entire arsenal, hitting 50 percent of his three point attempts, and going off the bounce as MIF pulled away from the Canadian team with Parker getting the best of CIA's Anthony Bennett. Against Parker and Poythress in the semis, Parker found every shot contested and himself a marked man on defense. It showed as the Stars held Parker to just 4-of-14 shooting for 12 points in 27 minutes as Georgia pulled away easily in the second half.

Julius Randle, PF, Texas Titans -- When his team needed a big performance, Randle delivered in the first game against Boo Williams. The 6'8 forward scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 26 minutes of action to help the Titans overcome a strong effort from their Virginia opponents. The quarterfinal match-up against YOMCA saw Randle put together a terrific performance only to see his team come up short by one. Randle attacked the basket and earned 17 trips to the free throw line (converting 14). He also hit 8-of-13 shots from the floor and grabbed 10 boards in 40 minutes, finishing with 30 and 10.

Matt Jones, SG, Texas Titans -- Against Boo Williams, Jones had his offensive game working. Three pointers, pick and pops, and step backs were the order of the day. Jones hit 7-of-16 from the field and 5-of-9 from the perimeter to finish with 21 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. In the quarterfinal Jones, like his teammates, was content to attack the basket and get to the free throw line. There he connected on 7-of-10 attempts. From the field, however, he struggled, hitting just 2-of-7 attempts to inish with 12 points and three boards in 37 minutes.

Nerlens Noel, C, BABC -- In helping his team make the semifinals, Noel once again was a big factor on the glass. The 6'11 prospect scored eight points, grabbed eight rebounds, and blocked three shots in 24 minutes as BABC easily moved pat Team Takeover, 79-56.

Theo Pinson, SF, CP3 All-Stars -- Pinson struggled from the field and couldn't find the range on his shot. Still, the Greensboro, NC native managed to contribute on the boards, hauling in seven rebounds in 26 minutes to go along with his four points.

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