The opening day of the 2017 GNBA Championships featured a host of big performances and talented individuals on Friday at Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisc. The 14U division featured several upsets as several teams found their way into the Saturday’s championship bracket.

TOP PERFORMANCES
Anton Brookshire — 2021 — PG — Yanders Law

Brookshire continues to shine on the 14U GNBA circuit and on Friday he put together a big game against the Wisconsin Playmakers, not only scoring 26 points to lead all scorers, but canning a game-tying 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining, then scoring the game-winning bucket on a driving lay-up as time expired.

Robert DeLong — 2021 — Wisconsin Swing
The Swing entered Friday’s action with just one win under its belt in GNBA play this spring, but hung tough against a good Quad City Elite (8-2) team thanks in large part to the performance of DeLong and others. DeLong is an aggressive offensive player that can handle the ball a little and attack the basket as well as shoot the 3. He finished with 19 points in a hard fought game against Quad City Elite.

Isaac Haney — 2021 — G — Yanders Law
Had a big game on Friday against Wisconsin Playmakers, scoring xx points on an assortment of runners and scoop shots in the lane. A 5’6 guard, Haney had 10 points in the first half, then added seven more in the second half, including a key 3-pointer.

Keontre Isabell — 2021 — C — Playground Elite Terrell
Wide-bodied big man with soft hands and a soft shooting touch, Isabell had a strong game against a good Mercury Elite team on Friday, a squad that has good size in the paint. Played a lot in the high post against the zone defense of Mercury Elite and made several smooth passes to open players.

Zac Johnson — 2021 — G — Wisconsin Playmakers
Johnson is a physical guard that can handle the ball, shoot and likes to get on the boards. Johnson is a good playmaker off the bounce and did a good job of handling pressure in the backcourt in Friday’s contest against Yanders Law. A left hander, Johnson plays with good pace and keeps defenders off balance and has an assortment of runners he uses in the lane.

Jaylon Moses – 2021 – SF – Martin Brothers Select
A plus length wing with a nice upside, Moses was active and engaged throughout and he finished around the basket, in transition, and off put backs in solid fashion in an impressive overall team win for Martin Brothers on opening night.

 Eric Price — 2021 — G/F — Quad City Elite
Strong, physical, inside-outside forward who can handle the ball, attack the paint off the bounce and shoot the 3 as well. Price opened Friday’s contest against the Wisconsin Swing by scoring seven of Quad City Elite’s first 10 points as he knocked down a 3, converted a floater in the lane and scored on a layup. 

Jordan Rice — 2021 — PG — Quad City Elite
Had one of the better shooting performances we saw on Friday as he helped Quad City Elite fend off an upset bid by the Wisconsin Swing. A scoring point guard, Rice knocked down three 3-pointers in the first half and had 11 of Quad City Elite’s first 22 points. He finished with 21 points in a hard-fought win.

STOCK BOOSTERS
James Dougherty — 2021 — F — Wisconsin Playmakers

A long, rangy 6’6 forward, Dougherty didn’t put together big scoring numbers, but made what turned out to be the biggest shot of Friday’s game against Yanders Law. Dougherty ran off baseline screens and caught the ball in the corner and stuck a game-tying 3-pointer, showing a smooth and confident outside shooting stroke.

Jayden Houston — 2021 — G/F — Quad City Elite
An active wing player, Houston made his mark on Friday’s game with his hustle and willingness to work hard in transition. Houston plays bigger than his listed 5’10 height, getting on the boards and getting in the passing lanes. He came off the bench to haul in seven rebounds to lead Quad City Elite to a hard-fought win over the Wisconsin Swing on Friday and added 11 points.

 Mason Mascari — 2021 — F/G — Mercury Elite
Wing player with good size who showed a smooth outside shooting stroke as well as the ability to get on the boards on Friday in a loss to Playground Elite Terrell. He finished with seven points and seven rebounds in a low scoring affair. 

Gavin McGrath — 2021 — PF/C — Wisconsin Playmakers
His offensive game is still a work in progress, but McGrath is all arms and legs, is already listed at 6’7 and projects to be even taller. He is a terrific shot blocker and uses his length well challenging shots in the paint and around the basket. At the offensive end, McGrath did a good job of making himself available and had a couple of nice finishes around the basket.

Raysean Watson — 2021 — PG — Playground Elite Terrell
Diminutive guard that shot several deep 3-pointers on Friday against the Mercury Elite zone. He finished with seven points to help lead Playground Elite Terrell in a hard-fought upset win and showed the ability to put the ball on the floor and create for himself and his teammates. His passes led to several easy chances for Playground Elite.