Flight 22 UA Elite Rise has become the team to beat of late with back-to-back wins on the grassroots circuit. They were led once again by 2021 wing/forward Bryce Harris, who posted 14 points in both of their semifinal victories over Garner Road 3SSB and NC Elite, to take home MVP honors in the division. Harris was one of many players on the Flight 22 roster that flourished this weekend.
In their semifinal victory over Garner Road, Flight 22 made 17 3-pointers as a team. 2021 shooting guard Charlie Miller led the way with five 3-pointers and 20 points. He was another top performer once again for Flight 22 showing that he’ll make you pay when you leave him open. 2021 wing Bennie Brooks was behind him with four made 3-pointers and 15 points. Brooks is another top performer that showed off his ability to find shots on the perimeter. New addition Jaden Cooper (Columbia commit) posted 13 points on three made 3-pointers.
In the final game, they didn’t make as many 3-pointers but they overcame 16 points from 2022 guard Jalen Hood-Schifino and a combined seven made 3-pointers from 2021 sharpshooters Donovan Atwell and Mike Zanoni. Flight 22 went on a late run that boosted them in the end.
Four players from along with Harris finished scoring in double figures with 2020 guard Reece Edwards putting up 13 points, 2021 guard Galvin Guion, 2021 forward Nygie Stroman and Miller finishing with 11 points.
In the Blue Division, the West Virginia Generals stole the show with a 65-63 victory over Harts Select. Jayden Nervis and Austin Ball led the way for the Generals in the back and forth affair with 20 points. 11 of Nervis’ points came from the free throw line. He did a good job running the point guard position and controlling the pace. Ball is just a 2022 prospect from Man High School in West Virginia but he showed he can attack the rim and create off the bounce with purpose.
2021 forward Sam Alajiki was named the Game MVP after finishing with 10 points and a ton of rebounds in the affair. He’s a strong, 6-foot-5 prospect that can get downhill and finish with authority and had a number of big plays in the victory.
For Harts Select, they were led by 2021 guard Darius Briley and wing Jaheim Taylor, who posted 25 points apiece. They’re two underrated prospects in the state of North Carolina due for a boost in their recruitment.
In the 16U Division, Big Shots Elite NC Lewis won the bracket title over Big Shots CPA SC 78-62 thanks to a big outing from 2021 guard Cedavion Wimbley. Wimbley posted 33 points along with six made 3-pointers to pace his squad. 2023 guard Treymane Parker put up 13 points and 2022 forward Jarod Brown also posted 11 points.
Big Shots CPA SC was paced by 2022 wing Trey Martin, who put up 19 points and three made 3-pointers and Drake Downs (13 points) and Griffin Green (12 points).
Garner Road 2023 3SSB squad showed that the future is very bright in the younger division as they took home the 15U bracket title over Big Shots Elite NC Lewis. 2023 shooting guard Will Otto led the way in the title game with 22 points on four made 3-pointers and eight made free throws. Jah Short was another top performer on both ends, finishing with 15 points and a number of impressive blocks. Joseph Bachmann was another impressive standout in the paint, finishing with 13 points and owning the boards. Jordan Durham ran the point guard spot well and finished with 13 points and two made 3-pointers.
Big Shots Elite NC Lewis was led by 2023s Isaiah Washington (20 points), Treymane Parker (13 points), Alik Lewis (15 points) and Tyler Thompson (10 points).
2024 wing/forward Hampton Evans was a name to know all weekend long for East Carolina Elite. They were a squad that won big all weekend including in the title game, winning 76-34 to cap off an unbeaten performance. Evans averaged 25.3 ppg in the 14U division, kicking off the event with a 37-point outing in their opening game.
He finished with 23 points in the bracket championship game and was the unsung MVP in the division. 2024 forward Alex Moye finished with 11 points and Alex Rechetnikov finished with 13 points as 2024 guard Austin Swartz led the way at point guard.