Martin Brothers win Hoops in the Heartland
Binnie and Meacham share MVP honors
Binnie and Meacham share MVP honors

Posted Oct 20, 2003


The depth, outside shooting and experience of the Martin Brother Select team were expected to make the difference in the championship game of the fourth annual Future Stars/Auto Glass Center “Hoops in the Heartland” Tournament, held this weekend on the campus of the University of Iowa. Those were important factors, but it was the play of two reserves that proved to be too much as the Iowa based squad defeated the Wisconsin Playground Warriors 103-82.

Martin Brothers made ten three-pointers in the first half as they opened a 52-44 halftime lead. Dayton commitment 6-3 Trent Meacham of Champaign (IL) Centennial made three three-pointers in the first half and fellow future Flyer 6-6 Jimmy Binnie from Johnston (IA) High had eleven points at the break, including two shots beyond the arc. However, the key to the fast start was the play of Albany commitment 6-7 Brent Wilson of Cedar Rapids (IA) Prairie, who scored 13 points in the first half, including three three-pointers.

The Wisconsin Playground Warriors were paced by star 6-3 sophomore Jerry Smith of Wauwatosa (WI) East with 18 first half points and 6-7 junior Marcus Landry from Milwaukee (WI) Vincent, who had 12 at the break.

Martin Brothers jumped out with a 16-6 run to open a 68-50 lead. The maintained a double digit margin throughout the second half. The Wisconsin Playground Warriors cut the lead to 86-76, but Martin Brothers scored 13 of the next 15 points to secure the game. 6-7 junior Shaun Logan of Eldridge (IA) North Scott came up big in the second half as he scored all 15 of his points in the final twenty minutes.

Martin Brothers had five players in double figures and had nine players. Meacham made five three-pointers as he led the Martin Brothers with 19 points. Iowa verbal Alex Thompson and Wilson scored 16 points each. Logan and Binnie had 15 points apiece. North Carolina Wilmington verbal Dylan Grimsley added nine points.

The Wisconsin Playground Warriors were led by Smith with 28 points and Landry had 25. 6-6 junior Breon Allen of Milwaukee (WI) Messmer added nine points.

Binnie and Meacham were named co-MVPs. Landry and Smith were named co-Most Outstanding Underclassmen.

Meacham averaged 13.0 points in the seven games of the tournament. Binnie finished with 12.4 points per game and Grimsley averaged 11.1.

Landry led Wisconsin and all scorers with 136 points (17 per game). Allen averaged 16.0 and Smith contributed 14.5.


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