The 2014 GNBA Championships continued from Milwaukee on Saturday. As teams marched towards a title, Kendall Brown and Top Flight advanced to Sunday with some impressive showings and the Illinois Rising Stars 5th grade machine rolled on behind strong performances from Kevin Miller.  Here is a look at those two and other strong performances at the 5th grade level from day 2 in Wisconsin…


Trey Baker – Kessel Heat 
Baker is a smart guard that’s very good at creating his own shot or scoring opportunities for his teammates. Saturday morning, Baker took over the game to lead Kessel Heat to a two-point win over Playground Elite. Baker scored a team-high 22 points on 9-14 shooting. He also added six rebounds, three steals, and two assists in the win. 

Johnathon Braggs – Playground Elite
Another game, another double-double for Braggs. He scored a game-high 28 points (13-26) and added 12 rebounds in a close loss to Kessel Heat. A strong finisher inside and an animal on the glass, Braggs collected seven offensive rebounds Saturday morning. Braggs was at it again in the afternoon, scoring 24 points to go along with nine rebounds in a win over the Illinois Predators. 

Ethyn Brown – SW Illinois Jets
After being quieter than usual, Brown awoke for a big performance Saturday afternoon. In a win over REACH Legends, Brown scored a game-high 24 points on 8-13 shooting. He also added four rebounds, three blocks, and two steals in the win. 

Kendall Brown – Top Flight
Brown is so difficult to handle with his size and ball handling ability for a guard. A smooth operator, Brown gets coast-to-coast for easy buckets throughout each game. He came up big for Top Flight in an overtime win over Ray Allen Select, pouring in a game-high 26 points on 11-14 shooting. Brown is one of the more well-rounded players out there, also collecting six steals, five assists, and four rebounds Saturday morning. Brown finished the day with a 20-point, five steal, three assist performance to help Top Flight advance to Sunday. 

Dontay Goodwin Jr. – SW Illinois Jets
Goodwin Jr. loves to run the floor and he does it well for SW Illinois Jets. Collecting another high-scoring effort, Goodwin Jr. racked up a game-high 20 points to lead the Jets in a loss to the Illinois Rising Stars. Goodwin Jr. also got it done on the glass, grabbing 13 rebounds to make it a double-double. 

Kobe Johnson – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Johnson put up 19 points and eight rebounds for the Playground Warriors in their close win over the Illinois Predators. The aggressive forward is always looking to attack or dish from the high post. Johnson also added four assists and four steals in an all-around effort.

Kevin Miller – Illinois Rising Stars
Miller scored or assisted on 13 of the Illinois Rising Stars 23 baskets Saturday morning. Picking up a win over SW Illinois Jets, Miller led his team with 14 points and seven assists. He also added three steals and two assists in the win. 

Tanner Resch – Ray Allen Select
Resch shot the ball well to help keep Ray Allen Select close in an overtime loss to Top Flight. Always looking to catch and shoot off screens, Resch knocked down four three-pointers Saturday morning en route to a team-high 20 points. Also dishing out three assists, a couple of Resch’s three-pointers came in big spots in the game, including one to send the game into overtime. 

Jamal Trice – Reach Legends
Trice had an impressive scoring performance for REACH Legends in their loss to Nebraska Hoops Elite. Trice scored a game-high 23 points, hitting shots from all over the floor. He was 6-9 from two-point range and also knocked down two triples Saturday morning. Trice also had a 17-point performance in a loss to the SW Illinois Jets Saturday afternoon. 

Sam Ver Steeg – Kingdom Hoops Elite
Defense was often sparking offense for Ver Steeg. He recorded five steals and a game-high 19 points as Kingdom Hoops blew past the Iowa Barnstormers Saturday morning. When it was time to play in the half court, Ver Steeg showed he could knock down shots from three-point range, connecting on three triples.