Hoops Report: 7/23/03

There are currently 21 teams from the State of Washington that are playing in the mother of all basketball tournaments, the Adidas Big Time in sunny, hot and dry Las Vegas.

Seattle's "Rotary Select-1" got the win of the day in the opening round of pool play. Bremerton's Marvin Williams knocked down all seven of his free throw attempts, including a pair that won it in the final 10 seconds, propelling Rotary-1 over the NY Ravens, 65-63. Williams, a North Carolina commit, scored 19. Joining Williams on Rotary is Josh Heytvelt (Gonzaga commit), C.J. Giles, and guards Lyndale Burleson and Rodney Stuckey. Their roster is loaded.

The Ravens are historically a very strong squad, so the win is a good one for Rotary-1.

Local team "Friends of Hoop" went 2-0 on opening day. That particular team is loaded as well, including class of 2005 big-timers 6-6 wing Martell Webster (Seattle Prep), 6-1 point guard Mitch Johnson (O'Dea), and 6-7 banger Jon Brockman (Snohomish). They defeated the Bay Area Ballers number-1 squad 66-54 in the morning and came back to hammer Sam Rines T Philly (PA.) 75-49. Friends of Hoop has won two major titles this spring and summer and was the "C" Division champs at last year's Big Time.

Webster, Johnson and Brockman were all invitees to the Nike Camp earlier this month in Indianapolis.

The "Emerald City Pioneer Black" squad, split a pair of games. The two big names on that team are 6-8 power forward Jake Beitinger and scoring machine Andrew Haskins. They lost to Indiana Red by a 71-65 score, and came back to take care of Playaz Red (NJ) 76-68.

The Pioneers and Rotary were both pre-seeded into the Open Division and will automatically be placed in the Open Division bracket, the tournament's highest level, regardless of their record in pool play.

So the big three went 4-1.

Other scores involving teams from Washington on opening day:

Emerald City Chaffey 57, TA Eagles (TX) 52
Branch West (CA) 73, Columbia Basin Select 65
NW Ohio BB Club 68, Team YES Red 60
Friends of Hoop Buckys 64, Bay Area Ballers-2 36
Sam Rines Blue (PA) 66, Friends of Hoop Buckys 54
IEPB Ballers (CA.) 66, Emerald City White 54
IEPB Juniors (CA.) 63, Emerald City Royal 45
MLK Mash (TX.) 69, Emerald City Pioneers White 60
Lancaster Elite (PA.) 68, Eastern Washington Elite Red 65
Tulsa Jr. Hurricanes (OK.) 84, Emerald City White 55
Emerald City Royal 67, Color Chaos 17 Blue (CO.) 45
WBVC 1 (CA.) 56, Yakima Valley Elite 46
Conn Northstars (CT.) 76, Yakima Valley Elite 71
MN Magic Blue (MN.) 46, Friends of Hoop True Players 10
Eastern Washington Select 75, Michigan Mustangs-III 64
Eastern Washington Elite Blue 67, Renaissance 2001 (TX.) 62
Eastern Washington Select 67, Supreme Court (CA.) 39
Michigan Mustangs-II 60, Eastern Washington Elite Blue 44
Texas Top Prospects 2003 89, Team Saxon 53
Team Saxon 83, Shadow Ridge Mustangs (NV.) 44
White River Summer Rec. 59, Poway Titans (CA.) 47
Rotary Select-2 89, Oregon Ice Metro-1 76
Saquaro (AZ.) 62, White River Summer Rec. 51
Bonneville (ID.) 59, Emerald City Red 42
Conn Flame (CT.) 58, Emerald City Green 36
Crusaders (NE.) 95, Emerald City Gold 23
Minn. Elite Bulldogs (MN) 60, Emerald City Red 49

Special thanks to Bill Nance, who sent this report from Las Vegas.

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