BornReady 16’s had Solid Debut at Spring Fling Live

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This weekend marked the official start of the NCAA Live Period. BornReady Elite 16U kicked off the tournament playing good Team Scan 2016. The game came down to the last 1:45 with Team Scan pulling out a 57-51 win. There were a few bright spots in the game as Isiah “Shaggy” Deas lead with 13 points, 4 assists and 1 Steal, Dominic Grayer, Cole Grant and Steven Tynes finished with 10, 10 and 9 points respectively.

We came into Saturday’s game against Team Takeover, being down 25-6 in the first 10 minutes of the game. However, we put together a 20-7 run to closeout the half to cut the lead 32-26 at halftime. Takeover countered by inserting a 6-10 shot blocker and 6-7 260 pounds beast to offset our rhythm and eventually wore us down to get the win. However, this game was a coming out party for Ishmael Johnson 6-7 WF Fort Hamilton HS who led us in scoring with 16 points, 10 Rebs and 1 Block. Steven Tynes was also instrumental in helping us get back into the game by pushing the pace, setting up guys and I getting to the rim breaking down the defense.

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On Sunday Morning we won our first game yesterday against Ocean Elite in Overtime. Cole Grant finished with a double double scoring 14 points and 11 Rebounds, Domenic Grayer hit 3 3-pointers and Shaggy Deas finished with 7points, 5 Rebounds and 3 Assists.

Born Ready Elite, one of the few non-Nike teams participating this weekend, got it started on Saturday for the locals taking on Team Takeover from D.C. Born Ready lost on Friday night to the Team Scan 2016 team, so a win here was imperative to have any chance to win the pool.They actually did a nice job in the opening half of staying the game against the much bigger Takeover team. Sophomore Ismael Johnson, a long and athletic 6’7″ forward out of Fort Hamilton H.S. showed a nice midrange touch, while also doing a very solid job on the glass. He is a raw and untested prospect who didn’t player for the Brooklyn school this year, but his upside was clear to see. 5’5″ sophomore point Steven Tynes of Brentwood pushed the tempo well and was a good perimeter scorer. The problem though was just that Takeover was too strong and deep. Their size wore down Born Ready, with a pair of 6’10” post threats causing havoc in the paint to blow open the game as Takeover ended up winning going away, but not without putting up a fight for 15 minutes.Johnson led the way for Born Ready with 16 and his game is clearly worth keeping an eye on. – See more at: http://nychoops.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1497867#sthash.LRWiW6Af.dpuf

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