Tuesday, July 2, 2013


The Minnesota Select AAU boys’ basketball organization hosted a basketball tournament in St. Cloud on the weekend of June 27-29, 2013.
In the 17u division the Wisconsin Playmakers took on Minnesota Select Ellis. Both teams looked to move the ball down the floor and score easy baskets in transition.
Select Ellis did a good job of getting the ball down the floor and getting everyone involved in the offense.
Select did a good job of getting the ball down the floor and scoring baskets in transition. Tim Messenger for Select did a good job of getting the ball to his teammates in spots where they knew that they could shoot it. If Messenger thought that he had a good look at the basket, he was not afraid to shoot the ball himself.
Jake Bodway for Select was not afraid to shoot the ball from anywhere on the floor. He had a nice three-point shot that he was able to hit from anywhere on the floor.  
The Playmakers didn’t give up on themselves, even though they had a hard time hitting shots they kept on driving to the basket and looking for shots that they could make.  
The Playmakers went on a run late in the first half, as they were able to make fast break baskets in transition.
At halftime the score was Wisconsin Playmakers 38, Minnesota Select Ellis 37.
Both teams dove on the floor for loose balls and they both went after rebounds on both ends of the floor.
Wisconsin Playmakers switched up between man-to-man and zone defense. They looked to confuse Minnesota Select Ellis when they were on offense.
The score remained close throughout the second half as neither team was able to go on a sustained run. I thought that both teams played tough-nosed defense as no one was able to get off an easy shot.  
Wisconsin Playmakers went to a zone defense in the second half that created a scoring problem for
Minnesota Select Ellis. Minnesota Select Ellis was not able to get to the basket with ease as they could in the first half. They had to fight to get open looks at the basket.
The Playmakers came up with some big plays in the second half as they were able to take Minnesota
Select Ellis out of their shooting rhythm.
Stefan Martinez for Minnesota Select Ellis was crafty with the ball. He was able to get past his defenders on the offensive end and Martinez was able to control his defenders in his he was guarding.
Neither team went on a run throughout the game. I thought both teams fought hard on every play and there was a lot of talking by both teams on both ends of the floor.
The game came down to the wire. The score went back and forth in the last four minutes of the game.
The Wisconsin Playmakers came away with the 77-69 victory over Minnesota Select Ellis.

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