Peach Jam shaping up for sprint to quarters


Jul. 22—NORTH AUGUSTA — No team has ever won the title at Peach Jam on a Wednesday.

Nor has anyone lost it.

That’s still a few days of basketball away, but after two days of championship pool play the 17U contenders are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

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Look no further than Pool A. Brad Beal Elite, MOKAN Elite and ProSkills are all 2-0 with three games remaining, while JL3, Albany City Rocks and Team Takeover are all tied at 0-2.

Those three undefeated teams aren’t safe yet — they’ve obviously still not played against one another, and there’s still three games left before the top two teams from each pool advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals — and the winless ones aren’t yet mathematically eliminated.

Those statements may change after Thursday, when Brad Beal Elite and MOKAN Elite square off in a game that will leave one with its first loss. Same goes for the game between Team Takeover and Albany City Rocks, where the winner will have life at 1-2 and the loser will be all but out at 0-3.

Brad Beal Elite, ranked No. 8 in The Circuit’s Nike Elite Youth Basketball top 25, has won its first two games by a total of 30 points. Nineteenth-ranked MOKAN Elite has a plus-16 margin of victory, while No. 4 ProSkills — led by Session I MVP Cason Wallace, who last week averaged 15.7 points, 7 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game — has won by a combined seven points.

ProSkills’ KyeRon Lindsay also earned recognition for his play in last week’s opening session in North Augusta. He was named Breakout Player of the Session after averaging 16.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

Seventh-ranked Team Durant is Pool B’s only unbeaten team after top-ranked Meanstreets had its 22-game winning streak snapped Wednesday morning by UPLAY Canada.

No. 11 E1T1 United and No. 5 NY Renaissance are both 2-0 in Pool C and could still both be undefeated by the time they face off Friday night.

The same goes for Pool D, where No. 12 New Heights Lightning and No. 2 Team Final are the only unbeatens and are scheduled to face off during the final wave of pool play.

Team Final 7-footer Dereck Lively II was named Defensive Player of the Session after averaging 8.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5 blocks per game. UPLAY Canada’s Shaedon Sharpe averaged 21.6 points per game and was named Offensive Player of the Session.

NJ Scholars’ DJ Wagner, a rising junior, was named Top Underclassman after averaging 18.1 points and 3.9 assists per game.



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