Monday, March 29, 2010

Battle of the South Results

Congratulations go out to all of the division winners of the 2010 Battle of the South:

10U - New Orleans Revolution
11U and 12U - LA Primetime Select
13U - Georgia Press
14U - MBA Hoops
15U - Southern Kings
16U - MBA Hoops
17U - New Orleans Elite (D1 Ambassadors)

This tournament had close to 100 teams participating in a 3 day event!! I would like to compliment Coach Lemond Roy (and family) for doing a fantastic job this weekend and I recommend this tournament to any and all AAU and Travel Teams looking for good competition in the month of March.

As far as the MS D1 Ambassadors, it was a great start to kick off the AAU season! We finished 3-1, winning our pool (defeating Texas Heat and Team Shockaz (LA)) and beating Team Impact in the second round of tournament play. Unfortunately, we ran into a great team called the Xpress Sports Inc from LA, with guard Kyle Preston scoring 34 points in a 60-50 defeat! Kyle was truly unstoppable this weekend, and his team only lost to eventual champs, New Orleans Elite by one in the semi-finals.

Our team is as balanced as they come. LeAntwan Luckett, Rivals 60th ranked player in the nation, led the team in scoring with a 14 pt avg, scoring 19 twice. Donovan Ross, 6'5 junior from Ridgeland High, led the team in boards with 11 per game, and scoring at a 10 ppg clip. Injuries and absences from key players prevented the Ambassadors from being fully loaded, as 6'1 Jarron Mallory, Provine High, 6'5 Marcus Henry, Thomastown High, 6'4 Justin Kinsey, Yazoo City, and 6'3 A J Wade, NE Lauderdale, missed one or more games due to injuries and/or work.

We should be fully loaded this weekend in Birmingham AL for the Rivals 150 tournament. The Murrah High potent trio of 6'3 Daniel Francis,6'1 Jerrial Dawson and 5'10 Tony Hooten will be counted on to provide 3 pt shooting, while new additions Matthew and Marcus Hurn, and D'Courtland Christian from 6A runnerup powerhouse Meridian High will be counted for much needed depth. 5'7 Ridgeland guard Sean Hutchins also gave good minutes, starting the last two games and playing solid defense and surprising rebounding skills for his size.

A special shout out goes to 6'3 guard, Dexter Williams, who came all the way from Hawaii to play for the Ambassadors for two weeks!!! This young man has the talent to play college ball, and showed remarkable skill sets in his performance. He will return sometime in June to finish the AAU season. Coaches, be on the lookout for this young man as he will make noise this summer!

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