We received a heads-up from our good friend Clark Francis on the championship finals in the 17 & 15-Under Divisions at the Spiece Bill Hensley Memorial Run N Slam in Fort Wayne, Ind.
17-Under Senior-to-Be Championship
The final was a survival-of-the-fittest contest as the short-handed Indiana Elite I (without 7-foot Marshall Plumlee who had to catch a flight) met up against the tournament Cinderella squad in St. Louis Gameface. It was a close one from the opening tip as both teams on tired legs struggled to score. Indiana Elite won a 44-41 decision over St. Louis Gameface.
The Elite was led by 6-10 Cody Zeller who finished with 12 points, while 6-2 Jeremiah Davis added eight points and Kevin Farrell chipped in with seven points in the win. Gameface was led by 6-1 Bobby Young with a game-high 17 points while 6-6 Dontail Daniels chipped in with 15 points. Unfortunately, the rest of the Gameface squad only managed nine points in the game.
The big story on Sunday in the 17-Unders was the play of Young who scored 45 points in Gameface's upset win of a Tony Wroten-led Seattle Rotary Select squad in the semifinals. He showed that he can play at the high mid-major level and should be a hot look property for Missouri Valley, Conference USA, and Atlantic Ten squads this summer based on his play in Fort Wayne.
In the 17-Under Seniors-to-Be Silver Division title game, the King James Shooting Stars upended the Eric Gordon Elite, 59-48, behind the stellar play of 6-6 freshman Kerry Farmer from Garfield Heights, Ohio, who finished with 14 points.
15-Under Sophomores-to-Be Championships
All-Ohio Red held off a strong Spiece Indy Heat team to grab a 69-59 victory in the Sophomores-to-Be Championship. All-Ohio Red was led by Evan Bradds with 15 points and Broban Robeck added 14 points, while 6-6 Marc Loving and 6-foot Charles Tucker added 12 points each. The Spiece Indy Heat was led by 6-1 Bryson Scott with a game-high 17 points while his brother Brenton Scott chipped in with 13 points.