YOMCA Gets Underway at Super Showcase

The 16-U Memphis YOMCA squad completed pool play today with a 2-1 record after a 67-52 loss to All Ohio Red. The 17s team, which features 2012 power forward Jarnell Stokes, begins pool play tomorrow with a game against the Michigan Hurricanes.

The 16-U Memphis YOMCA squad completed pool play today with a 2-1 record after a 67-52 loss to All Ohio Red. The 17s team, which features 2012 power forward Jarnell Stokes, begins pool play tomorrow with a game against the Michigan Hurricanes.

The 17s will look to take two out of the three major AAU tournaments they've played this year after last week's loss to BABC in the Peach Jam final. They won the Real Deal in the Rock in Little Rock, Ark., back in April.

"What I'm expressing to the kids is consistency," said YOMCA 17s coach Jevonte Holmes. "When we defend and take care of the basketball, we're a great team."

One of YOMCA's best defenders, Martavious Newby, is hoping to continue where he left off at the Peach Jam. Newby picked up several offers from high-major schools, a far cry from where he was before the tournament in North Augusta, South Carolina.

On Friday, the 16's defeated Team Finesse 65-38. Austin Nichols had 23 points, Markel Crawford scored 13, and Sam Craft compiled eight assists. VCU head coach Shaka Smart was observing.

"We started the year off great," Holmes said. "Capping everything off with a Super Showcase championship, that'd be great. Winning two of the three major AAU tournaments, I think anyone would take that."

Holmes also spoke glowingly of the depth on the 16s roster.

"Me seeing the talent out there, I think we have the best kids in the country," he said. "And I don't think any team in the country is going to be as deep as we are next year (when the 16's move up)."


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