The 2015 GNBA season kicked off in Milwaukee Friday night. Anxious to get things started, a number of the Midwest’s future stars began the season with dominating double-double efforts, including Deontay Long and the defending 8th grade champion Milwaukee Spartans.
Here are the top performers and stock boosters from Friday’s action.
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Trequan Carrington – Playground Elite – 8th Grade
Playground Elite lost a close one to the Iowa Barnstormers, but Carrington nearly led his team to the win. Carrington had a game-high 19 points on 9-16 shooting Friday night. He was perfect from three-point range and also contributed four rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
Steven Clay – Playground Elite – 5th Grade
Playground Elite fell to Ray Allen Select in overtime, but it was Clay who stole the show. Clay scored a game-high 32 points on 14-22 shooting. He also had a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with four assists, four steals, and two blocks in a complete effort.
Deontay Long – Milwaukee Spartans – 8th Grade
Long picked up where he left off last season during a strong GNBA campaign. Long went for 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a blowout win over ET21 Buckeyes. He also added three assists and a steal Friday night.
Dominic Martinelli – Illinois Rising Stars – 7th Grade
Recording a double-double on Friday, Martinelli dropped 27 points and 10 rebounds in a tight loss to Playground Elite. Running the offense, Martinelli also dished out a game-high five assists as well. Martinelli put a ton of pressure on the defense with his ability to drive the paint and score and/or draw fouls.
Tayan Thompson – Wisconsin United – 5th Grade
Thompson began his GNBA career with a bang. Going for 25 points and 14 rebounds, Thompson recorded a double-double, while shooting 57.1 percent from the floor. Nine of his rebounds were on the offensive glass as Wisconsin United topped Wisconsin Playground Warriors 51-44 Friday night.
Kameron Givens – Team Getshook – 8th Grade
Givens did a little bit of everything for Team Getshook in their tight win over Kessel Heat. Givens recorded 15 points, six assists, and three steals on Friday. He also got to the foul line and made his shots in crunch time.
Mario McKinney – Team Ramey – 8th Grade
Team Ramey cruised to a win over Net Gain Sports Friday night led by McKinney. He scored a game-high 21 points in the victory. McKinney was on fire from the field, shooting 10-13.
Greyson Pritzl – RAS Milwaukee – 5th Grade
Pritzl nearly completed a rare double-double combo Friday night. Scoring a game-high 20 points and recording eight steals, Pritzl carried Ray Allen Select to a 19-point win over the Illinois Predators.
Maki Rose – Illinois Predators – 6th Grade
Rose got things done on both ends of the floor in a loss to the Playground Warriors Friday night. Scoring 20 points and racking up seven steals, Rose nearly led the Predators to a come from behind victory. Rose was also a very efficient 9-15 from the floor.
Richard Simmons – Mac Irvin Fire – 7th Grade
Simmons nearly contributed a double-double for Mac Irvin Fire in their loss to Wisconsin United. He scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed eight boards. Simmons played inside and out well, stretching the defense with his shooting and working the offensive glass.
Gerald Hunley – Chicago Select – 8th Grade
Hunley and the Select squad opened up with a bang and looked impressive in doing so. Hunley scored 15 points grabbed 9 rebounds and collected 3 steals in a convincing win over the Minnesota Heat.
Kobe Johnson – Wisconsin Playground Warriors – 6th Grade
The talented guard opened up his 2015 GNBA campaign on a solid note as he scored 17 points grabbed 6 rebounds kicked out 4 assists and collected 2 steals. Johnson continues to develop and excel and his performance last night in a victory is another example of his ability and potential in the coming years.
Delone Austin – Playground Elite – 6th Grade
The young middle school standout busted out of the gate with 17 points 11 rebounds and 3 steals. Austin has a nice feel and his ability to contribute and dominate on both ends was impressive on Friday.
Jack Campion – Wisconsin Playground Warriors – 5th Grade
The young talent was solid on opening night in a convincing win for his team over the Future Elite. Campion had 13 points kicked out 4 assists grabbed 2 rebounds and collected 2 steals in a solid floor effort on Friday.
Sam Fliehe – Top Flight – 5th Grade
Fliehe was solid as well on opening night as he poured in 11 points 3 rebounds and 3 assists in a victory. Fliehe has a nice feel for the game and can contribute across the board, which was evident on Friday.
Jalen Carlino – IL Rising Stars Elite – 5th Grade
The young talent fills the box score and on Friday that was evident as he delivered a solid 9 point 5 assist 4 rebound and 3 steal performance in an opening night win. Carlino has a nice understanding of the game for a young talent and a bright future with continued hard work and development.