The 2010 Swish & Dish Spring Warm-Up dropped this past weekend and as talented as the field was on paper, the games and talent on the court surpassed that throughout the weekend as a number of scintillating matchups took place over the weekend and some talented prospects made their presence felt in a major way. Throughout the next couple weeks we will recap the event on a number of levels and today we'll start with a brief recap of championship play on Sunday and tomorrow we will start digging deeper into things.
The 17U action was fast and fierce and in a field that included programs like the St. Louis Eagles, Jackson Tigers, D.C. Assault, All Ohio Red, SYF Players, Spiece Indy Heat, Milwaukee Hurricane Rebels, Kingdom Hoops, Full Package Elite, Playground Elite, etc. it was a hungry group from the Milwaukee Spartans who took home the platinum division championship with a last second shot by junior Quevyn Winters (Milwaukee Washington) to defeat the Mac Irvin Fire 59-58 in the title game. The Fire played without standout junior Wayne Blackshear in the championship game and were without junior Sam Thompson for the weekend.
The Fire were up 1 with 19 seconds left and missed the front end of a 1 and 1 setting the table for Winters who took the ball from the left wing and after some dribble penetration knocked down a 10 foot floater with 1.7 seconds left for the Spartans. After a timeout the Fire missed on a last second attempt. The Spartans had to go through Marquis Teague and the Spiece Indy Heat, All Ohio Red, Playground Elite, Milwaukee Hurricane Rebels, and the Mac Irvin Fire in the Platinum Bracket to take home the championship.
The Fire advanced to the title game with a victory over the D.C. Assault in the semi-finals in what has to go down as one of the all time classics in Swish & Dish history with a plethora of talent on both ends of the court. In a classic semi-final affair, it was juniors Jamie Crockett and Macari Brooks of the Mac Irvin Fire who stole the show with spectacular performances in this one. Brooks came up big both defensively and offensively but it was Crockett who send the gym scurring time and time again with at least 4 jaw dropping dunks. If there is a better vertical athlete in the country than Crockett, he hasn't surfaced. This young man is a freakish athlete with ridiculous hops and he showed that time and time again on the court.
While names like Johnny O'Bryant, Branden Dawson, Marquis Teague, Brad Beal, Wayne Blackshear, etc. turned in some excellent performances, the M.V.P. of the 17U division ended up to be Chim Kadima who played arguably his best basketball to date with an explosive offensive performance and tough rebounding game in and game out to help lead the Spartans to the championship game.
Other Championship Winners on Sunday were as follows:
17U Gold - Peoria Irish over Wisconsin Playmakers
16U Platinum - Kingdom Hoops over All Ohio Red
16U Gold - Friends of Hoop over Wisconsin Starz
15U Platinum - All Ohio Red over Spiece Indy Heat
15U Gold - Michael Finley's Bumblebees over Kingdom Hoops Red
14U Platinum - Ray Allen Select over Ferrari
14U Gold - Milwaukee Spartans over Kingdom Hoops Red
13U Platinum - Playground Elite over Milwaukee Young Legends
12U Platinum - Playground Elite Royal over Michael Findley's Bumblebees
11U Platinum - AI9 Elite over Playground Elite
10U Platinum - Ferrari over Ramey Basketball
9U Platinum - Kingdom Hoops over Racine Lakers
Note: Antonio Curro is the National Recruiting Editor for NY2LASPORTS.COM and the Editor for GENERATIONNEXTBASKETBALL.COM and 414HOOPS.COM. He is also a member of the NBPA Top 100 Selection Committee as well as a consultant for ESPNU. Follow Antonio on Twitter @ACNY2LA.