Florida’s E1T1 takes home Peach Jam crown
E1T1 Elite of Florida had an undefeated run through this year’s Nike Peach Jam. It was capped off with a 108-102 win over the CP3 All-Stars of North Carolina.
E1T1 was led by Joel Berry, a University of North Carolina commit and D’Angelo Russell, an Ohio State University commit, both of whom had 22 points.
Boubacar Moungoro, who is undeclared, had 21 points, and Duke University commit Grayson Allen had 16 points. Allen, of Jacksonville, Fla., also provided many of the highlight reel plays of the game, including a number of circus plays, layups and dunks.
The team won seven of its eight games by double-digits, but the championship certainly wasn’t easy. The CP3 All-Stars made a furious charge in the game’s closing moments, cutting a double-digit lead to within two. Theo Pinson, also a North Carolina commit, led all scorers with 23 points in the loss.
Nate Mason had 21 points, and Gary Clark also had 20 and 14 rebounds. He was slightly outdone on that front by E1T1’s Alex Owens, a University of Cincinnati commit, who had 16 boards and missed out by having a double-double by a point, scoring nine.
The clutch free throws of Allen and Berry proved to be the difference down the stretch, however, as the gap proved to simply be a bit too large to overcome.
To get to that point, E1T1 knocked off Team Penny earlier in the day, 102-80. Team Penny, which was coached by Penny Hardaway, had trouble stopping the multiple scoring threats that E1T1 possessed. Seven players scored double-digits, led by Russell with 16 and Allen with 15.
The CP3 All-Stars defeated Team Final, 87-82, thanks to an offensive outburst in the second half. CP3 overcame a seven point difference and was led by L.J. Peak, from Gaffney, who is committed to Georgetown University. Peak had 21 points, including a number of big shots to put his team back in the lead or to pull a bit further away.
In the 16U tournament the Arkansas Wings defeated the E1T1 16U team, 67-48. Marquise Pointer had 14 points, Marlon Hunter had 12, and Devin Campbell followed them with 11 of his own. The E1T1 strategy seemed to be hack-a-Skal, as in Skal Labissiere, the 6-foot-11 big man for the Wings. Labissiere responded, though, knocking down 9-of-10 free throws.
Malik Maitland was the only double-digit scorer for E1T1 with 11 points.
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013 after previously working at the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Alvernia University and currently attends Drexel University.