The Southern California
All Stars showed that they are perhaps the top AAU team in the country as they
won their second straight tournament with a 66-58 win over SYF Players in the
Kingwood Classic Platinum Division championship.
Kevin Love, who
was my choice for tournament MVP, finished with 21 points and was dominant
on the offensive and defensive glass. His outstanding outlet passes lead to
several fast breaks and he showed his perimeter game as he hit several long
SYF was led by 23 points
by rapidly rising junior Scott Martin, who has interest from Purdue, Michigan,
Northwestern, Valparaiso, Bowling Green, Wisconsin and Indiana. He hit four
three-pointers and also showed his variety of low post moves. E'twaun Moore, who
getting interest from Purdue, Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Iowa and
Michigan, had 16 points.
SYF led 25-19, but So Cal
scored eight of the last nine points in the half to go ahead 27-26 at the break.
They expanded the margin to 43-32, but SYF rallied to cut the lead to 57-52.
However, So Cal would not let them get closer as they continured to hit their
free throws, making 14 of 16 from the line in the second half.
The Portland Elite
Legends defeated the SYF Player 68-48 to win the 2005 Kingwood Classic, depsite
missing standout sophomore Kevin Love, who was sidelined with leg cramps
Kyle Singler, another
standout sophomore, led the Portland Elite Legends with 21 points as the Oregon
team cruised to a win in the championship game. He scored 19 points in the
semifinal win over Mean Streets and 19 in the 57-50 quarterfinal win over
High school teammates
Louis Williams and Michael Mercer from Snellville (GA) South Gwinnett scored ten
points each to lead the Georgia Stars to a 65-62 win in the championship game
against the Spiece Indy Heat. The two had shined all wekend, but it was Bill
Humphrey, who hit six three-pointers and scored 20 points in the title
contest. Alade Aminu and Daniel Emerson had nine points in the championship
game. Spiece Indy Heat was led by 19 points from Daequan Cook and 14 from
Greg Oden. Mike Conley Jr. had Josh seven points and McRoberts had
The New York Gauchos,
which was led by Russell Robinson from New York (NY) Rice with 22 points,
defeated YOMCA Team Memphis in the championship game.