Teams from the St. Louis area fared quite well at the NY2LA Swish N Dish Spring Warm Up, which was held last weekend in Milwaukee, WI.
The St. Louis Eagles 15U won the championship in the Platinum Division in impressive fashion. The Eagles defeated Meanstreets (Chicago) 55-39 in the championship game. The their closest game in the entire tournament came in the quarterfinals when they defeated ET 12 Buckeyes 76-65. The Eagles top player throughout the weekend was 6’3″ swingman Jordan Goodwin of Belleville Althoff. Fellow metro east standout Noah Frederking (Okawville) also enjoyed an excellent championship game. The Eagles have also been bolstered by the addition of stellar point guard David Sloan from Taylor County, KY. He is a blur. Rounding out the roster are Reggie Crawford (Chaminade), Corey Boyd (Miller Career Academy), Alec Spence (MICDS), Brandon McKissic and B.J. Wilson (SLUH), A.J. Youngman (Bardstown, KY) and Mark Smith (Edwardsville).
The other team from St. Louis to win a Platinum Division championship was Team Ramey’s 14Us. Team Ramey added to its long list of tournament titles by defeating Chicago Select 61-58 in the championship game. Team Ramey has a dynamic perimeter trio of Courtney Ramey, Torrence Watson and Fred Thatch. Also on the roster are Shaun Williams, Tionne Harris, Dallas Craddieth, Mckyan James, Mario Rowland, Antonio Burks and Deandre Campbell.
Here is a recap of the rest of the area teams by club.
St. Louis Eagles: It was a very successful week in Milwaukee for the Iggles. In addition to their 15U title, the 17U team advanced to the championship game and the 16U team advanced to the Final Four, both in the Platinum Division. The 17U’s finished 4-1 for the weekend, losing only to a hot shooting All Ohio Red team 87-71 in the championship game. Chaminade standout Jayson Tatum averaged more than 20 points a game in the tournament to lead the Eagles. The 16U team finished 3-1 and advanced to the semifinals before losing to the Meanstreets 56-46. Guard Tarkus Ferguson (Cahokia) enjoyed a fine weekend shooting the ball, including a 30-point performance against the SYF Players in pool play. Guards Xavier Bishop (Springfield Lanphier) and Aaron Cook (Westminster Christian) also played well during the weekend.
Gateway Basketball Club: Gateway’s 16U team dropped its first game to Playground Elite, but rebounded to win four consecutive games and come away with the Silver Division Championship. It is a good start of the season for Gateway’s 16s, which enjoyed an excellent run at 15U last summer. They are primed to have another successful season again this summer. The Gateway 15U finished 3-1 and advanced to the Final Four of the Platinum Division before losing to the St. Louis Eagles. They had a nice victory over the Louisville Magic in the quarterfinals. I got plenty of good reports about the play of 6’6″ Wyatt Yess of Parkway West, who is one of the top young post players in the area. The Gateway 17Us were 1-2 on the weekend with their victory coming against Team Ramey 71-51. Guard Cullen Van Leer of Pacific scored 21 points in that game. It is nice to see the 6’4″ Van Leer back on the trail after missing the entire summer last year with a broken foot. The Gateway 14U team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Platinum Division.
The St. Louis Wolves 15U team have a nice weekend as they finished 4-1 and advanced to the semifinals in the Elite Bracket. The Wolves were led by 6’7″ post player Levi Stockard (Madison Prep), who is a load in the paint and guards Kevin Butler of Webster Groves and Koray Gilbert of SLUH.
The Southwest Illinois Jets took their 15U and 17U to Milwaukee. The 15U’s were 2-2 and advanced to the semifinals of the Silver Bracket while the 17U’s were 1-2 on the weekend.
The Missouri Impact had their 16U and 17U teams in the tournament. The 17U team finished with a 3-1 record and advanced to the Final Four of the Elite Showcase while the 16U’s were 2-3 on the weekend, advancing to the semifinals of the Orange Bracket.
Team Ramey’s 17U team finished 1-2 in the tournament while the W.I.T.T.S. Elite 14U finished 2-2 on the weekend.
*There’s a little look at what happened over the weekend at one of the top early season tournaments around the region. I did not personally attend the tournament, which is the reason why you did not see a lot of names mentioned in their first report, but I wanted to let folks know how our teams did. And just in case you were wondering, only the Platinum Division championship teams get entire roster listed. Notably, the watch check my organization sport is comprised of glass, along with an aluminum casing