The GNBA Championships kicked off Friday night with some of the top seeded teams squaring off against teams trying to knock them off and make their own push for a championships run. Several prospects stepped up to the plate, or court, highlighted by major performances from guys like Deondre Wesley-Carter and Mario McKinney, but also by several other players on Day 1. Here’s a look at a number of the top performers from the first night at the Championships...
MARQUIS BARRY - 2019 - SG - WI UNITED
Barry was sensational from the field Friday night in their opening round contest. The 5-5 off guard made a number of lay-ups, passed the ball well, but where his impact was felt most was certainly beyond the arc. Barry drilled 5 of his 11 three-point attempts and tallied up 23 points along with 5 steals in United’s win.
TALEN HORTON-TUCKER - 2018 - F - CHICAGO SELECT
Horton-Tucker had another solid game to start the Championships for Chicago Select. Despite bruising his knee a bit, the competitor in him got him back on the floor where he went back to work cutting up the defense with his handles and then making plays. He was 8-12 from the field, scored 17 points with 9 rebounds and 3 steals for good measure.
MAC HUBBARD - 2019 - G/F - FULL PACKAGE ELITE
Hubbard started off hot from the floor and never really cooled down that much, having a really nice game for Full Package. The 5-7 wing had 19 points in a loss to WI United, but he scorched the nets from the perimeter (5-10 from three) and also pulled down a few rebounds for his team.
MARKESE JACOBS - 2019 - G - CHICAGO SELECT
Markese Jacobs had some really nice buckets for Chicago Select, consistently hitting a shot or making a play to the hoop when Chicago Select needed a big bucket to extend their lead and fend off a Kingdom Hoops comeback. Jacobs used his quickness and athleticism to get by defenders and then was strong going to the basket and finds ways to get shots to fall. He was especially good in transition also and went 8-10 from within the three-point line. He finished with 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
TYREKE LOCURE - 2019 - PG - KINGDOM HOOPS ELITE
Locure played really well for Kingdom Hoops in a tough loss Friday night. The smooth 5-6 lead guard hit a number of tough shots as he drove and scored with kisses off the glass or lay-ins, finishing 5 regular baskets. He also sank a pair of three’s in the game with confidence and from deep on one of them. Locure finished the game with 17 points.
DEONTAY LONG - 2019 - F - MILWAUKEE SPARTANS
Long did just what he needed to do to lead his team to a win and advance on Friday. The talented post has a mature type of game when he attacks the basket as he showed excellent body control, took contact on his shots and followed through with good form and strength to make 5 regular shots and then also sank 3 free throws, scoring 13 pints in the game but also impacting his team with his play in the paint grabbing rebounds on each end, tallying 9 total.
TRAVIS METZGER - 2019 - SF - IOWA BARNSTORMERS
Metzger was solid in a late loss for the Barnstormers, but the competitive and talented forward affected the game in a number of ways. Metzger not only scored the basketball well on a couple nice plays around the hoop and some good short-range shots, but also rebounds, shared the ball with his teammates and was active coming up with a couple steals. His final stat-line read 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
MARIO MCKINNEY - 2019 - PG - TEAM RAMEY
A slick and confident young guard, McKinney dominated the game at times with his aggressive play defensively and on the boards, but maybe even more so offensively with his ability to run the floor ahead of others and then finish plays off consistently. McKinney had 12 rebounds and completed the double-double with 24 points, hitting jumpers, including a couple treys, and lay-ups, but also impacted the game with 4 steals and 4 assists.
DEONDRE WESLEY-CARTER - 2019 - G - WI UNITED
“Dre” Wesley-Carter may have had the performance of the night for any player in the 7th Grade bracket. With his quickness and relentlessness getting to the boards, the 5-8 guard had a number of offensive rebounds and got put-backs, made some good jump shots and was just all over the court with his energy. Wesley-Carter put up a cool 24 points in the win, but also had 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks, showcasing his versatility and ability to affect the game on each end of the court.
JORDAN WHITE - 2019 - F - KC POWERGROUP
White led KC PowerGroup to an impressive opening round victory over Playground Elite. At 6-0, White did an excellent job inside, finished 7 of his 9 shot attempts and was able to impact the game in different ways. He passed the ball well both off kick-outs for outside baskets by his teammates, but also just seeing the court and getting it to the open man. Defensively, he also used his size to reject a couple shots. White finished the game with 14 points and 7 rebounds to go along with his 3 assists and 2 blocks.