The Double Pump Elite-Memphis Magic Elite match-up was a fitting ending to our week in Las Vegas, as the two clubs played a hard fought, and relatively well played final tonight at Rancho High. If it wasn't for some less than seeable foul calls that almost, but didn't decide the title it was a good day in Vegas.
The 17-Under Championship looked like it was going to a blow out early as Double Pump broke out to an early 7-0 lead, then built their advantage to 27-15 with four minutes left in the first half before Memphis started to chip away at the lead closing to withing five, 35-30 with 20 seconds to play in the opening stanza. But, Double Pump got a little momentum back at the buzzer when 6-9 Ryan Watkins made a putback at the buzzer to send his club to the locker room with a 37-30 lead over the Magic at the half.
The second half opened with the two clubs exchanging buckets, and Double Pump in front 46-39 with 11:17 to go. Then, on one of the above mentioned phantom calls, Double Pump's point guard Spencer Dinwiddie had to leave the game with five fouls. Immediately Memphis smelled blood and attacked with pressure to tie it at 50-all with 9:52 to play.The Double Pump coaches seeing it was a now or never scenario, put Dinwiddie back into the game, righted the ship, and took back the lead on a three point play to go up 59-56, with seven minutes to go. They continued to extend their lead as the Magic struggled from the perimeter to build a 71-62 advantage with three minutes to go. Double Pump hit five straight free throws in the final minutes to seal an 82-73 victory over the Magic and win the Adidas Super 64.
Double Pump was led by Tournament MVP Xavier Johnson with 20 points, while Nigel Williams-Goss added 18 points, Spencer Dinwiddie 11 points and Ryan Watkins chipped in with 10 points in the win. The Magic was led by Adonis Thomas with 18 points and Andre Hollins who added 16 points. Jakerious Bradley and Ka-Reel Davis added 11 points each in the loss for Memphis.
In the semifinals Double Pump had to survive four overtimes to edge the Atlanta Celtics 69-66 on a three point play by Xavier Johnson. The Memphis Magic edged the Compton Magic 88-77 behind 18 points by Brandon Mobley and 16 points from Adonis Thomas.
In the 16-Under final, the Texas Assault opened with a 15-2 lead, then had to hold on the second half to win a hard fought 62-55 decision over the Indiana Elite.