The dust started to settle in the tournament brackets of the GNBA Championships on Saturday. Many players led their teams with tough, individual performances. Here is a look at some of the top performers like Donovan Billings of Wisconsin United and David Moreano of Nebraska Hoops Elite who both powered their teams to the GNBA Championship games in the 6th grade division.
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Drake Dobbs – 5-11 – PG – Net Gain
Dobbs started the day with 14 points and 9 assists against a very good Team Sizzle. He is a very good ball-handler. Unlike many young players, he changes of pace/direction very well. Then he has really good vision while penetrating with his good quickness. He nearly beat Wisconsin United with his great play. He finished with 21 points, 6 steals, 4 assists and 3 rebounds. He was playmaking for others and hit shots from the outside consistently. He has a pure stroke from the outside.
Austin Andrews – 6-1 – C – Net Gain
Andrews had an incredible day. He had 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting while grabbing14 rebounds against Team Sizzle. He followed that performance with 16 points and 17 rebounds against the big frontline of Wisconsin United. Andrews is a consistent finisher inside. He has good size and solid hands for his age. He was 14 of 19 from the field in the two games on Saturday. He even stepped out and showed a smooth release on a three-point shot.
Donovan Billings – 6-2 – PF – Wisconsin United
Billings is a physically imposing player at this level. He is a good athlete and very strong for his age. He runs the floor very well. He had 19 points and 14 rebounds in a narrow victory over Net Gain. He had 11 points and 18 rebounds in the morning game against the Iowa Barnstormers. Billings is a force on the offensive glass.
David Moreano – 6-0 – SF – Nebraska Hoops Elite
Moreano is a slasher with length. He is a good playmaker off the dribble with his vision and passing ability. He had 13 points, 6 steals, 3 assists and 4 rebounds against the Wisconsin Playground Warriors. He can impact the game without scoring since he makes good decisions off the dribble.
Darius Burford – 5-1 – PG – ET12 Buckeyes
Burford was dominant in transition against the Wisconsin Shooters. He tallied 35 points thanks to those He has smooth dribble moves in the open court. Burford also had 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting in the morning game against the Wisconsin Swing. His quickness is tough to contain.
Reece Beekman – 5-7 – SG – Wisconsin United
Beekman started his Saturday off with 13 points, 7 steals, 4 assists, 4 rebounds in a win over the Iowa Barnstormers. Then he was big in United's victory over Net Gain Sports. He had 18 points in that win. He has good handles and uses them to finish in lane.
Jordan Davis - 5-7 – SF – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Davis was solid for the Playground Warriors on Saturday. He had 16 points and 5 rebounds against Nebraska Hoops Elite on Saturday night. He also had 10 points and 4 rebounds versus Kingdom Hoops Elite earlier in the day. Davis is athletic for his age and has a great ability for getting to the lane.
Dominic Martinelli – 5-5 – G – Illinois Rising Stars
Martinelli has been a scoring force for the Rising Stars all spring and Saturday was no different when he scored 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting versus Wisconsin Shooters. He is efficient going to the basket. He was on his game against the Shooters.
Isaac Ripley – 5-5 – G – Iowa Barnstormers
Ripley had a break out game with 14 points and 7 rebounds on 6 of 7 shooting from the field Saturday. He has proven to be a solid rebounder at this position. He did a little bit of everything against the Illinois Rising Stars. It was a strong showing.