The Shooting Stars will face the Playaz Senior team tomorrow afternoon at IS8 in the championship game. The Shooting Stars won it all last time around at IS8.
The Elite were without two key members -- Gerardo Suero and Tristan Thompson. Tristan, a terrific sophomore forward who has committed to Texas, had other obligations and could not compete against the likes of Samuels, Mookie Jones, and James Southerland.
The Shooting Stars led 28-21 after the first eight minutes of play and increased the advantage to 52-36 heading into the fourth quarter. Occasionally, the Elite would make a courageous run. However, the Shooting Stars do indeed had too many "stars" for the Elite defense to handle.
Despite Samuels picking up his fourth foul with 7:21 left in the fourth quarter and the Shooting Stars leading 81-67, the Elite were unable to make much of a dent into the deficit.
Erving Walker (Florida bound) had a terrific day too. He unloaded five three-pointers, en route to a 21-point effort. Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas) recorded 20 points too and was solid on both ends of the court.
Zack Rosen, headed to Penn, had a great day for the Elite. The lefty guard dropped in 24 points while Scott Machado (Iona) registered 22 points for Chris Phillips and Eric Jaklitsch's gritty Elite team.
But the story was Samuels, who demonstrated that brute force is a good receipe to scoring points around the rim. He did so in a manly fashion throughout the game against a team that had no answers without the services of Thompson.