Hawes Shines in Final Day at Vegas

LAS VEGAS – The idea to hold the adidas Super 64 and Main Event championships back-to-back at Cox Pavillion was a good one, especially for the few thousand fans who opted to watch Friends of Hoop and EBO/EA Sports capture titles in their respective tournaments.

Friends of Hoop Seattle rode its horse to its second straight Main Event championship. Last year Jon Brockman and Martell Webster led the charge but this season it's been Spencer Hawes show and even in Vegas it's a hot ticket.

FOH Seattle defeated the D.C. Blue Devils 78-61 to capture the Main Event.

Both teams played a slew of games to get into the championship and clearly they were fatigued. For example, Kevin Durant is one of the circuit's top shooters (see his second place finish in the 3-polint shootout) couldn't buy a bucket. He finished 5-for-22 from the field and 0-for-10 from 3-point range. Teammate Tywon Lawson didn't have any spring in his step. Together they combined for 23 points and that wasn't going to be enough. EBO/EA Sports held numerous advantages over Philly MJC going into the finals of the adidas Super 64. The most obvious advantage – size – proved to be all they would need.

Meanwhile, Hawes put in work and there wasn't anybody who could stop his progress inside at either end. Offensively he went 12-for-18 from the field, scored 26 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and blocked 7 shots. He was outstanding and clearly was the MVP of the Main Event.

Hawes performance in the championship game with head coaches from Washington and Stanford in the stands, is the reason why he's so important to the future of the five colleges on his short list. On a big stage, he gutted it out and made it happen.

EBO/EA Sports held numerous advantages over Philly MJC going into the finals of the adidas Super 64. The most obvious advantage – size – proved to be all they would need.

EBO/EA Sports captured its second consecutive adidas Super 64 title as it swatted away – literally – Philly MJC 83-62. Leading the way in the points column was guard Trevon Willis whose 20 first half points (29 for the game) gave EBO a little cushion before it cranked up its interior defense.

The storyline of the ballgame was Robin Lopez who held his own block party at Cox Pavilion. Unofficially, the guesstimate was over double-digit blocks by Robin and Brook Lopez had a handful himself. Together, they could have blocked upwards of 14 shots.

Philly MJC, a team defined by Reggie Redding's scoring and a tough collection of small guards, couldn't have asked for a worse matchup. Routinely they drove into the teeth of EBO's defense only to be denied short of the destination.

The Lopez brothers scored 16 points each. Derrick Jasper (pictured) was named the MVP of the event; he had 1 points, 8 rebounds and unofficially 8 assists in the final.

Ronald Moore led Philly with 17 points. MJC's horse, Reggie Redding, unfortunately picked a bad day for a cold streak. MJC was going to have trouble if he didn't score and Redding was held to 4-for-17 from the field.

In the championship game of the adidas Super 64 16-and-under Division, late game heroics gave K.C. Pump and Run the win over Philly MJC 16's. Caleb Dishman couldn't have picked a more opportune time to connect on a 3-pointer.

With 2 seconds remaining, Dishman, the son of a former KU player, stepped up and drilled the game-winner. Tyrel Reed had a dozen as well for Pump and Run. Assistants from UNC and Southwest Missouri State watched Reed in the finals. St. Joe's was in the house watching underclassmen Kyle Griffin and Chris Kurz of MJC.

Stanford coach Trent Johnson was there for the Lopez Twins. … Johnson and Huskies head coach Lorenzo Romar took in the game of Spencer Hawes in the Main Event championship with assistants from his other three finalists in the building. … Jerome Dyson's crowd included assistants from Maryland, N.C. State, Boston College, Texas, UConn and Villanova. …

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