AAU Super Showcase Day 3 Update
BABC, Team Takeover, Houston Defenders and Hoop Heaven Elite are the last four standing.
After three days of around-the-clock hoops action, only four teams remain at the 11th Grade AAU Super Showcase: No. 1 BABC, No. 13 Houston Defenders, No. 5 Team Takeover and unranked Hoop Heaven Elite.
An unheralded team from the Garden State, Hoop Heaven Elite slayed Goliath - No. 2 Memphis YOMCA - and will look to continue their Cinderella run tomorrow afternoon. With the final quartet all squared away (tomorrow's game times listed below), take a look at Tuesday's top performances and final scores.
Aaron Harrison (Houston Defenders): The Five-Star rated floor leader notched an efficient 20 points in the Defenders' quarterfinal win over Each 1 Teach 1 Tuesday morning. Harrison, who possesses a lightning quick first-step and yo-yo handle, split defensive traps and continously found the open man in scoring position. He dictated the tempo of the game and kept turnovers to a minimum. When the rock wasn't in No. 2's hands, his backcourt-mate and brother, Andrew, commanded the offense with equal precision.
Shaquille Cleare (Houston Defenders): Let's make this 'Cleare.' An immovable object on the blocks, Each 1 Teach 1 had no answer for the 2012 center, who pounded the offensive glass and secured position deep in the paint on several post-up plays to the tune of 18 points and often looking like a man among boys in the day's opening quarterfinal matchup.
James Robinson (Team Takeover): While Robinson didn't score in excess - he registered a modest 14 points - he controlled the pace of the game, continuously set-up Jerami Grant and Beejay Anya for easy buckets and bottled up Long Island's guards defensively. Robinson's teammate, Patrick Holloway, scored a team-high 18 points in the bracket play victory.
Kamari Murphy (Long Island Lightning): Lightning didn't strike for the Long Island lads, but Kamari Murphy brought the thunder on a handful of highlight-worthy rim bangers. He tallied 18 points in the defeat and put on an shot blocking show in front of nearly 100 college coaches.
Jaren Sina (Hoop Heaven Elite): Talk about a thriller? The Alabama-commit showed out for his unranked squad from Hawthorne, N.J., and helped take down No. 2 Memphis YOMCA in triple-overtime. Sina spent the afternoon snapping ankles and torching YOMCA defenders with step-back threes and high-arching floaters in the lane. The 6-2 combo guard quickly became a fan favorite in HP Fieldhouse at Disney's WIde World of Sports.
Alex Mitola (Hoop Heaven Elite): Hoop Heaven's pint-sized point guard was brimming with poise in the face of YOMCA's unrelenting fullcourt pressure defense. Mitola, who's commited to Dartmouth, dropped 29 points in the 44-minute affair. His dead-eye jumper forced YOMCA to stretch their defense, playing into Hoop Heaven's offensive attack that's chracterized by perfect spacing, crisp ball movement and motion.
Georges Niang (BABC): Shot fakes. Ball fakes. Spin moves. Drop steps. You name it, Niang did it. The 6-8 Iowa State-commit scored 30 points (11-14 FGs) and put on an offensive showcase in BABC's blowout win over Tony Parker and the Georgia Stars. He also controlled the glass and helped limit the Stars to a mere 37 points, earning praise and nods of admiration from a smorgasboard of college coaches.
- Houston Defenders 73, Each 1 Teach 1 61
- Team Takeover 69, L.I. Lightning 61
- Hoop Heaven Elite 76, Memphis YOMCA 71 (3OT)
- BABC 66, Georgia Stars 37
Semifinal Matchups, scheduled for Wednesday, July 27
- Houston Defenders vs Team Takeover - 12pm EST
- Hoop Heaven Elite vs BABC - 3pm EST
Don't forget to check back in tomorrow evening for an update on semifinal action and list of top performers. You can also follow the action live on Twitter at @5starbasketball.