The Family 4-0 in Spiece Run n' Slam Classic

Durand Walker's "The Family" AAU club is undefeated in early play. U-M hoops recruits Joe Crawford and Malik Hairston have led the team to successive blowout victories. Their championship march continues today. Click for more.

The Family rolled into Fort Wayne ready to dish out some serious pain. Their intentions have become reality and the butt whoopings have been plentiful as a result. In their opening game on Friday Night they won 102-59, annihilating the 14 point spread. Malik Hairston had 25 points and Joe Crawford had 27. They followed that up with a 97-73 victory over Compton Saturday morning, where Hairston went for 29 and Crawford 25. Those games set up what would an offensive explosion by Hairston in the Family's third game against the home team Spiece Top Prospects.

The contest was fairly nip and tuck in the early going. Then, Malik hit two quick threes in the latter half of the first quarter to widen the lead to double digits. That was only a preview of what was to come. He lit them up for four more threes in the 2nd quarter. It didn't matter if he was pulling up behind the arc on the break, or shooting a set shot…it was money! He added insult to injury by throwing down a couple of monstrous slams. After all was said and done, Malik had 38 points on he way to a 73-59 victory. Joe Crawford chipped in with 24.

In the Family's third game on Saturday (fourth game overall), they took on Long Island. In pre-game drills Joe Crawford put on an aerial show with some absolutely fantastic dunks. Spectators gathered from all around to observe Joe-Joe's acrobatics. The unison sound of oohs and ahhs was very noticeable and seemed to only encourage him. That display was a bad omen for the opposition because the game resembled an And-1 slam dunk contest. The Family completed TEN lobs in the first half alone! Joe Crawford caught 6 alley-oops, Malik caught 3, and Ronnie Coleman caught 1! I repeat…that was in the FIRST HALF! The assault was as comical as it was exciting. Michigan fans can certainly expect high flying dunks when Joe-Joe hits campus. As I've written before, this kid can absolutely jump out of the gym. His off of the dribble game was vintage, as he made it to the lane with ease for his patented pull-ups and leaners.

After being down by 27, Long Island made a run to cut it to 14. Ronnie Coleman then silenced their ephemeral comeback with a few sweet looking 3's of his own. That officially closed the door and The Family won 80-58. Joe had 27, Malik had 24, and Ron added 12 from his power forward spot.

The Family resumes their mission for the title today at 8am. If they win four more games, then the title will be theirs. I'll be there to report what happens.

As always, we'll put up pictures from the event throughout the week.

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