Championship Sunday was hot at the 2014 Invitational in Mequon, Wisconsin. Teams got after it and especially at the younger levels, the games were exciting and competitive. Joe Mooney stepped up big in the 17U championship for Chicago Lockdown, Chris Olson delivered at the 16U level for Net Gain Sports, Nate Schmidt had a good day overall for the 15U Playground Warriors and others played some top-notch basketball for their teams to keep them in the mix throughout the final day. Catch the recap below of Championship Sunday’s top performers...

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TOP PERFORMERS
KYLE CLOW - 2017 - G - WI SHOOTERS

Clow had a really strong tournament, and maybe saved some of his best basketball for the final game. In a game that was a defensive lock-down for both teams much of the contest, Clow got things moving in the second half with some tough shots from the field, an outstanding drive and reverse lay-up finish, and then a leaning game-tying field goal with time winding down in the championship. Clow scored 15 points in a semi-final matchup and then finished with 14 points in the 15U championship game.

MILES CURRY - 2015 - G/F - BULLS PREMIER
Curry kept Bulls Premier competing throughout their game against Mid Kansas early Sunday. The skilled guard/forward made a couple really nice moves when attacking the basket, including a two-dribble jab step into a spin move and completing the shot at the end of it. Curry also proved he can shoot the ball with range some by knocking down a pair of three’s in the game, finishing with 18 hard-earned points in the loss.

TIM FINKE - 2018 - G/F - IL IRISH
Finke had an outstanding 14U semi-final game against the St. Louis Prospects. He made plays all over the court and rebounded the ball with aggression. Offensively, the young wing drove to the hoop hard and finished his lay-ins, he knocked down a couple jump shots from the wings and then splashed in a three from the top of the key for good measure. Finke finished with a game-high 17 points for the Irish. He had 20 points in a game earlier in the day.

MONTAVIUS HENRY - 2019 - F - PLAYGROUND ELITE
Henry was a force for Playground Elite in their game earlier Sunday. The young forward made plays attacking the rim relentlessly early on, also getting some buckets off of offensive rebounds that he went up to get. In the second half, Henry showed some of his versatility, sending home a pair of three’s which helped seal the deal for Playground, while he finished with 20 points.

TYLER HERRO - 2018 - G - WI UNITED
Herro came up big in a semi-final matchup for United making plays all game long. He used his vision and savviness to find open teammates for scores when they’d make back-door cuts etc. He was most dangerous scoring the rock though, hitting a number of jump shots and getting to the basket for some finishes. He sealed the game up with a pretty three-pointer that practically cut the nets on the way through. Herro finished that game against WI Academy with 19 points.

JACOB JURSS - 2015 - SG - DTA DEVIN HARRIS SUPERSTARS
Jurss shot the ball incredibly well much of Sunday. One game, Jurss knocked down 7 three’s and really hyped his team up as they began to roll. Another game, the sharp-shooting guard drained another 4 three’s and added a couple lay-ins at the basket en route to 19 points and another win for DTA. Though struggling a bit in the championship game, Jurss still added another pair of triples and 8 points as DTA took home a second place finish.

GEORGE KIERNAN - 2015 - F - CHICAGO LOCKDOWN
Kiernan had one of the best games of the entire tournament with his performance against IL Rise on Day 3 of the Invitational. Kiernan used his size and athleticism to score basket after basket, making shots from the mid-range, he got to the rim in transition and finished strong, and then showed off his range as well, knocking down some pulls from the perimeter, all en route to a crazy 42-point effort in dominating fashion.

TERRANCE LEWIS - 2017 - G/F - PLAYGROUND ELITE
Lewis had an exceptional day for Playground Elite to close out tournament, despite falling in the semi-final to the eventual champions. The long and lean wing prospect started the day off with a strong 22 points where he hit some tough floaters off the glass from the wings, got to the rim for a couple finishes and scorched the nets with 4 three’s. Against the Warriors, Lewis had another few tough takes to the hoop and hit a couple jumpers, scoring 16 points.

JOE MOONEY - 2015 - SG - CHICAGO LOCKDOWN
Mooney had a really solid weekend, but played some of his best basketball in the championship game, helping his team to the tournament victory. The slick lefty shooting guard was on fire in the first half and really helped set the tone of the game for Lockdown. Mooney buried 4 three’s and had another couple strong takes to the hoop where he finished from short-range in traffic, scoring 16 points in the game and taking home the top hardware.

CHRIS OLSON - 2016 - SG - NET GAIN SPORTS
Olson shot the ball well all weekend and continued that run on Sunday with some more sniping in the championship game. Helping his team take first place, Olson seemed to come up with big shot after big shot to solidify wins for Net Gain, and in the title game he knocked down 6 three’s, good for 18 points in the game.

GRANT RALEIGH - 2015 - G - MID KANSAS
Raleigh played outstanding for Mid Kansas who had a great weekend at the Invitational. The tough guard made some big plays for his team, creating opportunities for his bigs, while also opening himself up with some nice handle and a good pull up jumper. Raleigh also sank some big three’s in their games, scoring 18 points in one game early Sunday.

NATE SCHMIDT - 2017 - G - WI PLAYGROUND WARRIORS
Schmidt was absolutely clutch for the Playground Warriors all day Sunday, coming up with big plays at opportune times, including the biggest one of the weekend for his squad. Early Sunday, the talented young guard scorched nets for 17 points and followed that up with another 14 to beat Playground Elite and advance to the finals, hitting a pair of three’s in that game coming off screens and knocking them down cold. In the title game, he only got a few clean looks, but he made the most of them, and the final one was anything but clean, but with the game on the line and only seconds remaining, Schmidt stepped up and knocked down a huge three from the corner to give the Warriors the championship victory.

STOCK BOOSTERS
JEROME CUMMINGS - 2015 - SG - DTA DEVIN HARRIS SUPERSTARS

Cummings played solid Sunday in an early win which was highlighted by Jurss’s perimeter outpouring, but the lanky forward did a lot of the dirty work in that game. Cummings went to the boards with a seeming vengeance, ripping down 15 rebounds in the game, while also getting to the rim for some baskets, and knocking down a couple mid-range pulls for 11 points.

MIKE FALOTICO - 2015 - PG - CHICAGO LOCKDOWN
The wily guard continued his superb weekend with excellent play on Championship Sunday, particularly in the championship game. Falotico worked the offense, showed patience and then attacked lanes where he could pull up and knock down what has become somewhat of a patented mid-range jump shot for him. He finished with 14 points to help bring home first place hardware.

KYLER KINNAMON - 2015 - PG - MID KANSAS
Kinnamon also played solid for Mid Kansas on Sunday, particularly in one game where he made some tough shots and got a few steals defensively. Kinnamon also saw the floor well and hit teammates on cuts and in transition for points. The rangy guard stepped back and knocked down 4 treys in the game as well, good for 16 points.

CONNOR NIEGO - 2017 - SF - CHICAGO LOCKDOWN
The younger Niego brother had a really strong game Sunday in a close loss to Playground Elite at the 15U level. Niego has good size, but plays really well on the perimeter while also proving capable of making plays going to the hoop. He came off screens well and drained shots from the outside and in the middle, good for 16 points in the game.

JORDAN POOLE - 2017 - G - PLAYGROUND ELITE
Poole showed Sunday that when he gets hot, he can take over games at times. Though, cool in the first half of Playground’s game against Lockdown, Poole found his stroke in the second and drilled a trio of three’s in a row, while also showing some skill in transition. He finished the game with 13 points.