Team Takeover from Washington, D.C. finished their 2013 season EYBL season with an overall record of 19-4. Takeover qualified for the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League's season ending tournament (Peach Jam) with a regular season record of 16-2.
Here is a recap of the Team Takeover organization's 17U Peach Jam experience.
The team found themselves facing California Supreme a team that had revenge on its mind. Takeover during the regular season had defeated their opponents from southern California.
Supreme jumped out to a 35-22 lead and defeated Takeover in their first game of the Peach Jam 71-58.
"They were a tough team and they were quick." said Takeover guard Phil Booth offering no excuses for the tough loss.
Takeover shot 24.2% from the floor in the first half. They rebounded in the second half improving to 43.7% but the Supreme battled to the end never relinquishing the lead.
Dion Wiley (Potomac) led Takeover with 14 points and three rebounds.
Tre Campbell (St. John's) chipped in with 10 points and seven assists. Booth (Mt. St. Joseph) added 10 points and three rebounds. Martin Geben (St. Maria Goretti) led the team with 11 rebounds while scoring eight points.
Takeover rebounded from their loss in game one defeating All Ohio Red 80-58. The Team jumped out to a 43-23 lead at the half and never looked back.
D.C.'s Nike EYBL franchise shot 65.4% from the floor while holding their opponents 28.1%.
Dion Wiley led Takeover with 12 points and seven assists. Martin Geben chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds. Obi Enechionyia (St. James) led the team in rebounding with 12 while scoring nine points. Tre Cambell finished with seven assists and eight points. Quadree Smith (Paul VI) chipped in with nine points and four rebounds.
Takeover shot 52% for the game and 70.6% 24-34 from the free throw line.
Takeover again jumped out to an early 45-23 half time lead as they defeated Team Texas Elite 82-44. Takeover sot 55.6% from the floor in the first half.
Phil Booth led all scorers with 17 points and four rebounds. Dion Wiley chipped in with 14 points and four assists. James Palmer (St. John's) finished with 12 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Martin Geben added 10 points and five rebounds. Marcus Derrickson (Paul VI) led all rebounders with eight while scoring six points. Tre Campbell led Takeover with seven assists.
Takeover shot 51.9% from the floor for the game holding their Texas opponent to shooting 35.4%.
Takeover continued their success jumping out to an early 41-18 halftime lead over BABC from Boston, shooting a blistering 70% from the floor in the first half holding BABC to 35% shooting.
Dion Wiley led all scorers with 14 points and four assists. Tre Campbell added 13 points and four assists. Phil Booth chipped in with nine points and five assists.
Takeover shot 52% from the floor to improve their record to 3-1. BABC was held to 38.6% from the floor for the game.
In the crucial game five, Takeover ran into a hot shooting EITI (FL), dropping a critical 73-60 decision to their Orlando-based opponent.
EITI took a 29-23 at the half and held off Takeovers second half challenge.
Takeover shot 32% from the floor in their final EYBL contest of 2013, needing a win this game to advance to the championship round. Why? The game one loss to California Supreme.
"The players fought the ball just didn't drop for us" said head coach Keith Stevens.
"A lot of players received exposure and the chance to play against big time competition" said Stevens.
Dion Wiley led all scorers with 18 points, 4 rebounds, and three assists. Phil Booth chipped in with 13 points and three rebounds. James Palmer finished with eight points and six rebounds. Martin Geben finished with 8 points as Takeover shot 32% from the floor.
There would be no consolation in Coach Stevens' book - always the competitor - but for the record the 2013 champion was EITI, Takeover's last opponent.
Takeover's squad which featured Franklin Howard (Paul VI), Bryant Crawford (Gonzaga), Kevin Dorsey (Paul VI), Collin Goss (St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, Justin Jenifer (Millford Mill), Kenny Wormley (Good Counsel), Hamadou Ndiaye (Laurel), and Joshua Reaves (PaulVI) advanced to Peach Jam's round of 16.
The younger group defeated the Family (Detroit) 81-58 in their opener. In the second game Takeover defeated the St. Louis Eagles 65-58.
All Ohio Red stopped the win steak at two edging the home team 64-62 in their game.
Takeover continued their winning ways with a 59-51 win over Houston Hoops improving their record to 3-1.
In their final matchup, Team Takeover was defeated by the Arkansas Wings 54-51.
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