BALTIMORE, MD (April 3, 2016) Team Richmond-Garner Road 17U Elite opened up its AAU season by winning the Big Shots Baltimore Final Four Championship in games played on the campus of Essex Community College in Baltimore, MD on April 2-3.
On Saturday, April 2, the 17U Elite Team defeated the South Baltimore Ballers 49 -24 in a contest in which every player on the roster contributed offensively. In the second game, Team Richmond-Garner Road defeated College Bound 60-19. TRGR was led by Miles Gibson (Millwood, 2017) with 13 points. In each of our games, there was a different leading scorer and a balanced attack.
In the championship game held on Sunday, April 3, TRGR, trailed by 16 points at halftime to Cecil Kirk 17 Team, a well-known AAU program. After regrouping, Team Richmond 17U Elite outscored its opponent 40-21 to captured the championship, 58-55.
Gibson had a big weekend showing his versatility inside and out with 12 points in the championship game. Isaiah Anderson (John Marshall, 2017) was dominating on the glass and hit big 3-point shots. Jayden Nixon (STAB, 2017) contributed with 12 points and Kimani Donavan (Deep Run, 2017) attacked the basket, made key shots and showed his versatility by making critical defensive stops down the stretch.
As the “floor general” of the team, DeAndre Thomas (Benedictine, 2018) had an outstanding tournament and took a big step as a lead guard. He was named the MVP of the Tournament scoring 18 points in the championship game. Austin Katstra (Albermale, 2017) had a good weekend doing everything on both sides of the ball; finishing and running the floor. He was named to the All-Tournament Team along with Gibson.
“This weekend was a step in the right direction for our team,” said Team Richmond-Garner Road 17U Elite head coach Del Harris. “With 12 high-level college prospects playing together for the first time, we had a good showing. But it’s important for our team to continue to improve and learn from each other.While we have a long season ahead of us, I am very proud of these young men.”