The culmination of the GNBA season came to Milwaukee for the championship tournament this weekend and play tipped off Friday night in the 5th grade division. Getting off to a good start was Conor Enright and Kessel Heat, who grabbed a thrilling win over Kingdom Hoops.
Here are the top performers in the 5th grade division from Friday night…
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Connor Enright – Kessel Heat
Enright had a big game, scoring a game-high 19 points on 7-11 shooting. He was an enforcer down low, controlling the paint and banging his way to some strong finishes. Enright also knocked down a three-pointer on his only attempt from the outside and contributed seven rebounds and four steals in a win over Kingdom Hoops.
Kolin Fischer – Playground Elite
Led by Fischer, Playground Elite cruised to an easy win over the Iowa Barnstormers. Fischer scored a game-high 17 points and added six rebounds in a winning effort. Fischer got hot from 3-point range, knocking down five triples Friday night.
Dontay Goodwin Jr. – SW Illinois Jets
Goodwin Jr. was a playmaker in transition as the SW Illinois Jets rolled past Illinois Speed Friday night. Flying up the floor, Goodwin Jr. finished with a game-high 19 points on 9-16 shooting. He also added eight rebounds and three steals in the win.
Hogan Hanson – Iowa Barnstormers
The Iowa Barnstormers came up short against Playground Elite Friday night, but Hanson had a strong showing. Hanson scored a game-high 17 points on 5-9 shooting. It was an all-around effort for Hanson, who added four rebounds, four assists, and four steals in the loss.
Gabriel Hepburn – Nebraska Hoops Elite
A consistent top performer, Hepburn had another solid outing Friday night. In a loss to Ray Allen Select, Hepburn scored 15 of his team’s 32 points. He didn’t get a lot of looks thanks to the swarming defense of Ray Allen Select, but Hepburn made his limited shot attempts count, going 4-7 from the floor, while also getting to the free throw line.
Bryce Hopkins – Illinois Rise
Hopkins got the Illinois Rise off to a great start and they would coast from there to a victory over the Illinois Predators. Hopkins finished with a team-high 19 points on 7-14 shooting. He was also one rebound shy of a double-double, pulling down nine boards.
Kevin Miller – Illinois Rising Stars
A speedy, creative guard, Miller scored a game-high 15 points on 5-8 shooting, including 2-2 from three-point range. Miller was unstoppable at times with his ability to dribble penetrate into the lane and then either score or find a teammate.
Reid Patterson – Top Flight
Top Flight cruised to a win over REACH Legends Friday night, in large part of Patterson’s efforts. Patterson scored a game-high 19 points and also added four rebounds. He got just about any shot he wanted and it showed with his high shooting percentage (90%).
Maki Rose – Illinois Predators
Rose helped the Illinois Predators nearly pull of a big comeback win. Down by 24 points at halftime, Rose and the Predators came back to make it a game. He scored a game-high 21 points and dished out three assists in the loss.
Jamal Trice – REACH Legends
REACH Legends had a tough outing against Top Flight, but Trice did a good job of carrying the load. Scoring 16 of his team’s 30 points, Trice was creating offense for himself throughout the game. Trice finished the game 7-11 from the floor.