|Wayne Selden: Back in his groove|
Black n' Gold stay on march
- Last night out it Chicago, Tilton completed a three-game Windy City Sweep to win the Chip at the State Farms Tournament of Champions. In yesterday's championship game, Tilton went up against a powerful Huntington Prep (WV) ball-club featuring West Virginia-bound Elijah Macon, the Missouri-bound tandem of Stefan Jankovic and Negus Webster-Chan, and sophomore sensation Andrew Wiggins...Tilton got a slow start out of the gates and trailed 14-9 after 1Q of play, but the Rams outscored Huntington 14-4 in Quarter #2 to take a 23-18 lead into the break. The 3rd Quarter was more of the same, as Tilton won the frame 18-10 to take a 41-28 lead into final period. In the 4th, Huntington finally let the dogs loose and made a run at the Tilton lead, but it was not enough, and when the final buzzer sounded, Tilton won 53-48.
Notes- If Wayne Selden was in a mini-slump comin' into the #TOC championship game, he is certainly out of it now. Last night, he went back to his bread & butter, attacking the basket with explosive slashes from the wing and looking to draw contact and/or finish in traffic on the top deck. Selden also got out and went to work in transition, gettin' to the rim with ease after attacking space in the open floor like Cam Newton on the scramble. Finished with 14 and was named to the #TOC All-Tournament Team...Georges Niang had 15 in this low-scoring affair and was named to the #TOC All-Tournament Team...Nerlens Noel put on a passing clinic from the high-post and out of the high-low, feeding Niang and Goodluck Okonoboh for cupcakes and donuts. He also was his typical game-changing self on the defensive end and threw up 8 points, including a pair of loud two-hand crunch jobs. Oh yeah, Nerlens was named Most Valuable Player of the #TOC....Goodluck Okonoboh had the play of the night when he grabbed an offensive board, then used a two-hand power dribble hop-step to create space in traffic and launch into a loud two-hand, roof-raisin' chin-up job...Dominique Bull continues to pass tests running the show from the point guard spot. Last night, playing against his future Missouri teammates in Webster-Chan and Jankovic, D-Bull took care of business in engineering a grind-it-out W over one of the nation's most talented clubs...Kevin Crescenzi is no one-trick pony...Even though the Dartmouth-bound sniper didn't really get his long-range flow going last night, he was invaluable handling the ball against pressure, facilitating, and rebounding from the back-court...The Championship Game was watched on the Spaceship 100 yard flat-screen via High School Cube..The feed was amazingly crisp...Ohhh, imagine the possibilities if games 'r broadcasted live on the reg. Spaceship brainstorm session..