Boo Williams, Day Three
Riverside Wins A Pair of Titles
We can't tell you how the 17 and under championship at the Boo Williams Invitational went because there wasn't actually a game. After defeating BABC in overtime in the semifinals, Riverside Church was declared the winner when the St. Louis Eagles had to depart early to catch a flight.
The Eagles defeated Team Texas in the semifinals. Riverside guard A.J. Price was named the MVP of the event. Joining him on the all-tournament team was Al Jefferson of the Jackson Tigers, Gerry Corcoran of BABC, Jason Rich of Team Florida, Tommie Liddell of the St. Louis Eagles and Lamarcus Aldridge of Team Texas.
Riverside Church completed the title sweep as the Church's 16 and under squad defeated Team Richmond 62-51. The Church had to survive a fine effort from Team Texas in the semis when they won 55-53.
2004 Player Checklist
A.J. Price, SG-PG, Riverside Church: No big surprise here that Price would walk away with the MVP trophy. He scored 20, 21, 23, 18 and 14 points in his five games at the Boo. Price is simply one of the better scoring guards in the country and he's a solid Top 25 player. Some will recruit him as a point, others a two, but we think his greatest asset is his ability to score it.
Gerry Corcoran, SG, BABC: All this guy did was insure that BABC advance each time out. Corcoran has one of the finest strokes in his class. He can shoot and make 3s at any level and we were impressed by a few skilled shots he made in the semifinals. Is he a high-major or a mid-major? Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and he's won over a lot of fans with this weekend's effort.
Ryan Boyd, SG, Team Texas (16s): This guy has a super athletic body and he's a good shooter. He looks every bit like a high-major, skilled swingman.
John Mitchell, PF, Riverside Church (16s): The Mount Vernon (NY) High product is a lefty with an array of post moves. He played well in the championship game for the Church and we'll be hearing a lot about him in the future.
Edgar Sosa, SG, Riverside Church (16s): Another freshman standout for the Church, Sosa can really shoot it. He looks like the next star at Rice.
Off The Dribble
Team Texas coach Darryl Horton didn't want to play an extra session against Louisiana Select on Saturday and the overtime appeared to finally catch up with his team. After surviving against the Jackson Tigers, Team Texas fell to St. Louis in the semifinals. … Corcoran didn't seem to have the fresh legs a shooter needed in the first half against Riverside. But, somehow he got it going from deep late. "Somehow, I got my legs back in the second half." Yes he did as his hot touch game BABC a big lift. …
We didn't see the game, but Team Florida defeated Boo Williams in the Silver Division (runner-up pools) semifinals. Reports indicated that Alexander Kaun was again a man. His confidence will be sky high coming off a breakout weekend performance. … Tyrese Rice had the hot hand for Team Richmond early from 3-point range but the Church just wore them out as the game went on. …
17 and under Championship: Riverside Church via forfeit over St. Louis Eagles
Semifinals: Riverside 68, BABC 63 (OT); St. Louis Eagles def. Team Texas.
16 and under Championship: Riverside Church 62, Team Richmond 51