Friday Night Lights
The lights are on and the stars out at EYBL Dallas
Team Takeover Indeed
Team Takeover continued its domination of the EYBL with a 22-point victory over No. 12 Mac Irvin Fire, who had problems keeping pace with the Five Star fourth-ranked team, even with the addition sophomore phenom Jabari Parker. Takeover had three players each score a game-high 16 points, including 2012 big-man Jerami Grant. The Dematha product dominated the paint with ease by altering shots and controlling position on the low block.
Mac Irvin had issues staying with Takeover, which led to the DMV squad shooting 52% from the field compared to Mac Irvin's 31%. One bright spot for the Fire was the play of 2012 PG Jaleni Neely, who scored 14 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe, as well as 1-for-1 from the 3-point line.
Barber Cuts for the Win
In the opening game for No. 13 Boo Williams, 2013 PG Anthony Barber made quick work of Baltimore Elite's back court. Always in control, Barber drove to the paint with ease, dishing it out to his forwards when the defense collapsed, and drawing fouls almost every time he took it to the cup. The undeclared prospect scored a game-high 22 points -- including 10-of-12 from the free throw line -- to go along with five assists for Boo Williams in a 74-62 victory.
Friday's Top Performers
Albany City Rocks SG Ricardo Ledo was a problem for Mean Streets with an impressive array of 3-point shots, midrange jumpers, and drives to the basket. He finished the game with 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-6 from the behind the arc.
The City Rocks' other Five-Star rated player, C Dajuan Coleman, absolutely dominated the paint with blocks, altering countless Mean Streets shots. His play anchored a defensive effort that culminated in a 62-39 route of the Chicago-based team.
No. 3 Oakland Soldiers SF Jabari Bird put in a perfect performance in his opening game against the Charlotte Royals, scoring a game-high 18 points on 6-of-6 shooting in just 19 minutes.
Seen and heard on Friday...
- The chances of the hometown Texas Titans coming out of Dallas with a winning record took a devastating hit with the news that Five-Star rated sophomore Julius Randle will be out for the weekend with an ankle injury. When it rains it pours, as starting C Zach Peters will also be out due to injury. Taking his place, 2015 big man Mickey Mitchell held his own against the Indy Spiece Heat in a close loss.
- Maryland commit Justin Anderson has decided to hang up his jersey for the summer; he has left Boo Williams to work on his game.
- NBA players Shawn Marion and Antonio Daniels were in attendance.