Champions were crowned in all divisions during the final GNBA session of the year on Sunday. As he’s done all season, Gerald Doakes paced ABC Select with big performances and didn’t disappoint on Sunday as he and his teammates celebrated a title in the seventh grade division while Demonte Hudson's huge play down the stretch lifted Butler Elite to the 8th grade championship.
Here are some of the standout performances from Sunday’s action…
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Keyyaun Batchman – 8th – Grade – Machine Elite
Batchman came in averaging 13.1 points per game, and exploded for a big performance against 43 Hoops. Batchman was dominant in transition, turning defense into offense, and beating the opposition down the floor. Batchman was active in all areas, recording 18 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and four assists in a 21-point victory.
Gerald Doakes – 7th Grade – ABC Select
Doakes capped off a great GNBA season with 20 points to lead ABC Select to a blowout win in the title game. A savvy, electric ball handler, Doakes was able to go coast-to-coast at will. He got almost any shot we wanted, going 8-9 shooting from the field Sunday night. Doakes also added four rebounds and two assists in the win.
Daylan Jones – 6th Grade – Kansas Pray & Play
Jones is a very intriguing guard. Built like a shooting guard, but able to run the point, Jones is such a big weapon for Kansas Pray & Play with his ability to drive and dish. He came up with 16 points in the championship game and also added five assists. Jones used his long wing span to his advantage on the defensive end as well, coming up with four steals.
Deontay Long – 8th Grade – Milwaukee Spartans
Long just has the swagger of a player who knows there’s nobody on the floor who can stop him. Once again, the long, athletic wing proved why he’s considered the top talent in the eighth grade division. Long came up with 27 points on 9-15 shooting in a semifinal win versus Playground Elite. He also grabbed 16 rebounds and swatted away five shots Sunday afternoon. Long also had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the championship game loss to Butler Elite.
Caleb Love – 7th Grade – Team Ramey
Love put Team Ramey on his back in the semifinals. Although his efforts came up short, Love did all he could. Scoring half his team’s points, Love scored a game-high 24 in the loss. He didn’t shoot the ball particular well from three-point range, but was able to get to the rim at will, especially in transition. He also added four rebounds, two assists, and two steals on Sunday.
Jalen Suggs – 7th Grade – Team Sizzle
Before he left the game in the first half with an injury, it was about to be another special performance for Suggs. Luckily his teammates were able to pick him up and hang on for the win, but Suggs was stealing the show beforehand. He still finished with a team-high 13 points in limited minutes and also grabbed four rebounds.
Cyrus Alexander – 8th Grade – Machine Elite
Alexander flirted with a double-double in a blowout win over 43 Hoops. He scored a game-high 20 points and added eight rebounds. Alexander was the beneficiary of running the floor as his teammates were able to find him for easy baskets.
Demonte Hudson – 8th Grade – Butler Elite
One of the more underappreciated 8th graders in the state of Wisconsin, Hudson is instinctive and talented and the young man delivered as advertised when needed on Sunday. Down by 1 late in the 8th grade title game it was Hudson who delivered with his defense and dribble drive penetration. When it mattered he delivered including icing the title game with some clutch free throws late.
Marquise Milton – 8th Grade – Butler Elite
Thanks to three players scoring in double figures, Butler Elite knocked off the unbeaten Milwaukee Spartans in the championship game. Milton had 12 points, one shy of the team-high. He was especially impressive with his ability to penetrate and dish the basketball. Milton had a game-high four assists and made a big difference late in a close game.
Jake Schockemoehl – 8th Grade – Iowa Mavericks
Schockemoehl almost single-handedly kept his team in the game in a loss to Future Elite Sunday afternoon. The three-point marksman hit five triples, which accounted for all of his game-high 15 points. A shot hunter, Schockemoehl constantly roamed the perimeter looking to catch and shoot.
Regan Tollefson – 8th Grade – 43 Hoops
Tollefson led 43 Hoops with 14 points in a loss. Accounting for nearly a third of his team’s points, Tollefson was 6-10 shooting and grabbed five rebounds, one off the team high. The 6-foot-2 forward also did a nice job of protecting the paint defensively.
Kaden Cobb – 5th Grade – Core 6 Speed Elite
Cobb and Core 6 Speed raced past Playground Elite Sunday afternoon. Cobb led the way with a game-high 17 points and six rebounds. His 17 points were just three shy of the entire Playground Elite team combined and he accounted for one-third of his team’s made field goals in the win. In the championship game, Cobb came through once again, scoring a game-high 17 points on 7-10 shooting as Core 6 Speed defeated Top Flight.
Brandon Hoban – 5th Grade – Top Flight
Hoban had a game-high 16 points to pace Top Flight in a win over Wisconsin United. Also recording a team-high five rebounds, Hoban helped counter and even out the size difference of the opposition. Sparking a late rally, Hoban sprinted back on defense and made shots difficult in transition for Wisconsin United, helping to shut the door and give Top Flight the win.
Tayan Thompson – 5th Grade – Wisconsin United
Often the biggest player on the floor, Thompson doesn’t take his size for granted with his relentless effort on the glass. Thompson had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a close loss to Top Flight on Sunday. The long, athletic forward came through late with a couple of late baskets to keep Wisconsin United close. He also had two blocks on the defensive end as well.
2015 GNBA CHAMPIONSHIPS ROLL CALL
2015 GNBA 5TH GRADE CHAMPIONS – CORE 6 SPEED ELITE (ILLINOIS)
2015 GNBA 6TH GRADE CHAMPIONS – KANSAS PRAY & PLAY (KANSAS)
2015 GNBA 7TH GRADE CHAMPIONS – ABC SELECT (ARKANSAS)
2015 GNBA 8TH GRADE CHAMPIONS – BUTLER ELITE (WISCONSIN)
2015 GNBA CHAMPIONSHIPS MVP ROLL CALL
5TH GRADE CHAMPIONSHIPS MVP – Kaden Cobb (Core 6 Speed Elite)
6TH GRADE CHAMPIONSHIPS MVP – Daylan Jones (Kansas Pray & Play)
7TH GRADE CHAMPIONSHIPS MVP – Gerald Doakes (ABC Select)
8TH GRADE CHAMPIONSHIPS MVP – Larry Canady (Butler Elite)