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Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions: Team S.M.A.S.H. Blue claims 17U Zion Williamson bracket

12, May 2024

Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions: Team S.M.A.S.H. Blue claims 17U Zion Williamson bracket

Team Honcho jumped out to an early 8-0 lead before Team SMASH Blue responded with two unanswered baskets by (#13 Team SMASH Blue). Team Hunchos 2-3 zone caused many problems for Team SMASH resulting in several turnovers. The presence and length of big man (#15 Team Honcho) resulted in multiple blocked and missed shots for Team SMASH Blue. (#35 Team Huncho) ran through a pass and threw down a thunderous two hand slam that pushed  them out to a (15-6) lead. Team SMASH Blue was able to put the game to 3 with back to back to back transition layups.


Team SMASH Blue was able to take the lead off of a (#2 Team SMASH Blue) layup. This was quickly answered by a back to the basket post move by (#35 Team Huncho). Team Honcho threw numerous defenses at Team SMASH Blue but they were able to figure them out (#3 Team SMASH Blue) sliced through the zone defense for an AND 1 to give them a three point lead going into halftime (22-19).  (#13 Team SMASH Blue) led all scores at halftime with 10 points. He feasted in the middle of the 2/3 zone. He wasn’t rattled by his first few shots not falling, he stayed the course and took what the defense gave him. 


(#35 Team Huncho) started the half off with another nice post up finish through contact. (#15 Team Huncho) put his offensive moves on display in the second half hitting several nice jump hooks in the middle of the floor and pouring in 6 early first half buckets. The Team Huncho lead sat at 1 with 12:00 minutes to go in the game. (#2 Team Huncho) pulled off a circus-like 360 baseline layup to push their lead to 3 (30-27). After trading a few baskets, a 3 from (#3 Team Huncho) pushed their lead out (40-35). After a slow next few minutes Team SMASH Blue was able to separate themselves with an And 1 bucket by (#3 Team SMASH Blue) which gave them the (47-46) lead. Team SMASH Blue went to the free throw line shooting 1 and 1 with 12 seconds left and missed the front end but it rolled off the hands of a Team Huncho player and Team SMASH Blue retained possession. This was the nail in the coffin for team Huncho who lost the game (47-46).


Top Performer for this game was (#13 Team SMASH Blue) who had 17 points. He took what the defense gave him all day long, he didn’t get sped up or discouraged when things weren’t going his way to start the game. His basketball IQ is what ultimately helped him thrive in this game. His knack to find open spaces in the zone and his decision making rather to pass or attack was phenomenal. (#15 Team Huncho) finished with a game high 18 points, there was no answer for him on the inside. His presence was felt on both ends with him pouring in timely paint basket after basket and him altering shots on the defensive end.

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