The tournament field consisted of the following teams: A.A.A. Basketball (Canton);Westwood Ballers (Dayton); Ohio Showstoppers (Akron); Moore Sports Tigers (Canton); Fineline (Zanesville); Dayton Airmen; Columbus Wolf Pack and Columbus Basketball Club. The tournament attracted not only the top teams, but drew a number of the top ranked 5th and 6th players in the state.
Top 5th grade players included: #1 Stevie Taylor-5'0 PG from Columbus; #2 Trey Burke- 4'11 PG from Columbus; #4 Javon Clark-5'0 PG from Canton; #7 Joe Lewis III-4'11 PG from Orange; #12 Kris Taylor-5'1 SG from Akron and #14 D.J. Bettinger-4'9 SG from Richfield.
The top 6th graders included: #2 Juwan Staten-5'0 PG from Dayton; #4 Storm Sanders-5'7 forward from Canton; #8 Deshaun Montgomery-5'7 center from Canton; #11 Jamon McClain-5'4 PG from Canton; #16 Daryl Wallace-5'5 forward from Dayton; #23 Isiah Elliott-4'10 PG from Canton and #25 Tavon Maclin-5-8 center from Dayton.
The tournament kicked off at 8:15 am and the championship game was completed at about 11:00 pm. Thought out the day-long marathon, Ohio's top 5th & 6th graders battled it out for respect and a chance at the championship. In the 1st semi-final game, A.A.A. Basketball defeated the Gym Rats on the strength of a late-game 16 point come back with less that four minutes left in the game. A.A.A. took their first lead with 4.6 seconds left in the game after a foul, and after converting 2 free throws. Although the Gym Rats got off a shot at the buzzer, it was well off the mark. The second semi-final game involved a blowout victory between the Westood Ballers over Moore Sports Tigers. The championship game featured a close battle early, but ended in a lopsided victory for A.A.A. Basketball.
The All-tournament team was selected from the two teams which reached the finals, and consisted of the following players: Juwan Staten; Daryl Wallace; Melvin Banks, Jr.; Deshaun Montgomery; Jamon McClain and Brice Wilder. The Columbus Basketball Club will be hold Gym Rat Shootout II on MLK Day. If its anything like the 1st tournament, pack a lunch, a sleeping bag, and football equipment.