The 2016 GNBA season concludes in Milwaukee this week. Playoffs immediately began across all divisions at Mequon Homestead High School as some teams stayed alive for the coveted title, while others are now forced to compete in the lower brackets. Staying hot this spring, Grant Flory made sure Ray Allen Select moved on after another strong performance while Nimari Burnett (Mac Irvin), Jalen Suggs (Team Sizzle), Reece Beekman (Wisconsin United), etc. were at their best during the opening day of action…

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7TH/8TH TOP PERFORMERS
Reece Beekman – 8th Grade – G – Wisconsin United

Beekman paced Wisconsin United in a hard fought win over Quad City Elite Saturday afternoon. Getting it done both offensively, defensively, and in transition, Beekman had a good effort in all phases of the game. He led the way with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting. He also added six steals, four rebounds, and two blocks in a 10-point victory for his team.

Nimari Burnett – 8th Grade – G – Mac Irvin Fire
Already holding a Division 1 offer, Burnett proved his worth in Saturday’s victory over Minnesota Basketball Academy. Burnett had a game-high 21 points as Mac Irvin Fire raced to an easy victory. He was 8-of-13 from the floor and also knocked down two triples. Burnett registered two rebounds, two steals, and an assist in the win as well.

Grant Flory – 7th Grade – F -  Ray Allen Select
Flory had a perfect shooting effort during Saturday’s blowout win of Future Elite. He was 9-of-9 from the field en route to a game-high 22 points. A versatile, mismatch problem for opposing teams, Flory pulls people out of the paint and has the quickness to go by them to the bucket or step out and shoot the basketball. He also had five rebounds and a block during Saturday’s victory.

Dawson Garcia – 8th Grade – F – Team 1 Tyus
Garcia and Team 1 Tyus stayed unbeaten with a win over Yanders Law Saturday night. Garcia led the way with a game-high 20 points. He was 8-of-15 shooting, but also contributed in other areas. Garcia added four rebounds and a steal to help his team advance in the Gold Bracket on Sunday.

Isaac Haney – 7th Grade – G – Yanders Law
Haney went for 23 points in Saturday night’s win over DTA. Haney shot the ball well from all over the floor, going 8-of-13 from the field, including 2-for-3 from downtown. He also helped ice the game by making 5-of-6 attempts from the free throw line. Haney also added two rebounds and a steal in the victory.

Dylan Johnson – 7th Grade – F – Martin Bros.
Johnson posted a double-double to kick things off on Saturday. He dropped 17 points and 11 rebounds as Martin Bros. hung on to beat the Wisconsin Shooters. An efficient and versatile big man, Johnson was 7-of-11 shooting, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. He also added three blocks and two steals in the victory.

Jalen Johnson – 8th Grade – PG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Johnson didn’t have the best shooting effort, but was able to impact the game in a variety of ways to help his team advance. A 6-foot-3 point guard, Johnson really does it all. He had a double-double in Saturday’s win over Butler Elite, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Johnson also had five assists and two steals as the Playground Warriors survived a strong test.

Will Jones – 7th Grade – C – Iowa Elite
Iowa Elite knocked off the Wisconsin Playmakers and Jones was at the center of it all. Jones posted a double-double Saturday night with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Controlling the paint, Jones was 8-of-13 from the field with just about all of his looks coming from around the rim. Jones’ six offensive rebounds were big for Iowa Elite, who held on for a 12-point victory.

Isaac Lindsey – 8th Grade – SG – Wisconsin Swing
Lindsey was on fire Saturday afternoon and was hitting from all over the perimeter. Known as a sharpshooter from downtown, Lindsey connected on six triples during Saturday’s loss to Net Gain Sports. He finished with a game-high 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He also added three rebounds, two assists, and a block in the defeat.

Anthony Sayles – 7th Grade – G – All-In Athletics
Sales has a lot of exciting skills as a guard and he put on a show Saturday morning. Leading All-In to a blowout victory over the Wisconsin Playmakers, Sales went off for 24 points. Sales was 11-of-14 from the field, creating easy scoring opportunities off the bounce. Sales also racked up seven steals, five rebounds, and three assists in a great all-around effort. Later in the day, Sayles nearly lifted All-In to an upset win over Team 1 Tyus, but his 23 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and six steals were just not
enough.

Blake Remme – 8th Grade – SF – Net Gain Sports
Remme broke the game open with his three-point shooting during Saturday’s win over the Wisconsin Swing. Remme was a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc en route to a team-high 20 points. He was a cool 6-for-8 shooting from the field and also grabbed a team-best five rebounds as well.

Wyatt Schroeder – 8th Grade – F/C – Minnesota Falcons
Schroeder had a nice effort Saturday afternoon, but could not lift the Minnesota Falcons past Mac Irvin Fire. He had a game-high 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting. Schroeder was one rebound (9) shy of a double-double and also contributed two blocks, an assist, and one steal in the loss.

Jalen Suggs – 8th Grade – SG – Team Sizzle
Suggs put the exclamation point on a win over the Milwaukee Spartans with a big dunk against a defender in the waning moments. That was the final bucket of his 22-point performance on Saturday. Suggs was 10-for-16 shooting in the win. Always contributing across the board, Suggs added six steals, four rebounds, and three assists for Team Sizzle.

Kaleim Taylor – 8th Grade – G/F – Milwaukee Spartans
Taylor helped get the Milwaukee Spartans their first victory in a two-point decision over Team Ramey. A long, strong wing with great vision and passing ability, Taylor had a game-high four assists to go along with a team-best 24 points on Saturday. Taylor was 9-of-14 from the field and also got it done defensively, recording three steals. He made a number of plays in the second half to help the Milwaukee Spartans build and keep their lead. The Spartans fell in their second game of the day, but Taylor led the way with 18 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in a loss to Team Sizzle.

Michael West – 8th Grade – F – Team Ramey
Team Ramey blew out Team Getshook thanks to a strong offensive effort by West. He made 9-of-12 shots from the field en route to a game-high 23 points. West also stepped up to the foul line and knocked down 9-of-12 shots from the charity stripe. He added three rebounds and three blocks in Saturday’s win.

Treyvon Williams – 7th Grade – G – Playground Elite
Williams and Playground Elite raced past Martin Bros. Saturday afternoon. Williams scored a game-high 20 points in the victory. He did so on just nine shots, using the three-point line to his advantage. Williams was 4-of-5 from downtown, including 6-of-9 from the field total. He also had two rebounds and a steal in the win.

5TH/6TH STANDOUTS
Katino Brown – 5th Grade – F – Playground Elite

Brown nearly made sure his team stayed alive in the title hunt with a huge performance Saturday morning. Although his game-high 30 points were not enough, Brown put together a gutsy effort in a three-point loss. Brown was an impressive 15-for-18 shooting. He also recorded a double-double, adding 14 rebounds in the loss.

Jaden Carrasquillo – 6th Grade – F – Yanders Law
Carrasquillo exploded for a huge performance to open the day. He poured in a game-high 29 points, leading Yanders Law to a lopsided win over the Springfield Predators. Carrasquillo was 14-of-19 from the floor. He also flirted with a triple-double on Saturday, adding eight steals and seven rebounds. Putting together a very balanced effort, Carrasquillo also distributed eight assists in the win.

Kamren Craft – 6th Grade – F – Mac Irvin Fire
Mac Irvin Fire dropped Ray Allen Select on Saturday thanks to Kraft’s inside-outside play. He was 7-of-13 shooting, including 5-for-9 from three-point range. Kraft finished with a game-high 21 points, leading two other teammates in double figures. Kraft also had two rebounds, an assist, and a steal in Saturday’s win.

David Freedman – 6th Grade – C – Kessel Heat Black
Freedman continued his big GNBA season with a strong effort on Saturday. Once again, he was nothing short of dominant in a win over the Wisconsin Playmakers. Freeman posted a double-double with a game-high 22 points, which was more than half of the total output for Kessel Heat, and 11 rebounds. Freedman was 11-of-15 from the field and also had two blocks in the win.

Jake Hamilton – 5th Grade – C – Springfield Predators
Another game, another big performance for Hamilton. The skilled center led the Springfield Predators to a tight win over Playground Elite on Saturday with 22 points. Hamilton was 9-of-10 from the field and also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. He also added two assists and a steal in the win.

Brandon Hoban – 6th Grade – G – Team 1 Tyus
Hoban continues to perform at a very high level this spring. Saturday night, he outscored the entire opposition (16) by himself, pouring in a team-high 20 points in limited duty. Hoban was 9-of-13 from the field. His nine made field goals were also more than Kessel Heat Black managed (7) as a team. Hoban added three steals and an assist in the victory.

Caiden Lecce – 5th Grade – SG – Illinois Attack
Lecce and Illinois Attack were able to stay unbeaten with a victory over the Springfield Predators. As usual, Lecce was at the forefront, scoring a game-high 24 points in the win. Lecce was 10-of-19 from the field, including 4-for-8 from three-point range. He also had four rebounds and a steal in what turned into a 16-point win for his team.

Derek Partee – 6th Grade – C – Junior Varsity
Partee came up big for Junior Varsity during their win over the OSA Crusaders on Saturday. He had a monster performance, registering a double-double with 17 points and 19 rebounds. Partee worked his tail off on the offensive glass, racking up second-chance opportunities. In fact, 14 of his 19 rebounds came on that end of the floor. Partee also added a steal and a block and set the tone inside by not giving up anything easy at the rim.

Prentice Young – 5th Grade – F – Wisconsin United
Keeping Wisconsin United undefeated, Young nearly outscored the opposition by himself on Saturday. Pouring in a team-high 22 points, Young did have more field goals (11) than the other team combined (10) during a win over Hoop Avenues. Young was 11-of-17 from the field and also added eight rebounds in the blowout victory. He did a little bit of everything on Saturday, recording four assists and three steals to his stat line.