In a grueling match up in the SEC Gold game we saw Team F.L.Y.  and the Greensboro Warriors unsigned team battle it out for the crown.  In the end a deep Team F.L.Y. squad team outlasted a late run to retain their lead and ultimately the title 75-72.

Greensboro, NC- This match up was intriguing because the make of these squads were similar as well as their playing styles, it was good team basketball being played. Both squads play hard on both ends, this was a fast paced game that saw majority of the points come from the paint. Division II coaches should be all over these squads, there is late value to be added and several diamonds in the rough are still available.  

                                                                            Standouts

6’5 2020 Achazyah McCombs (Team F.L.Y.)- McCombs is versatile he played big minutes down low, he finished with 16 points and proved to be a force on the block. McCombs is a brute down low, he embraces contact and continuously finished through fouls for and one’s, McCombs was high energy on both ends, and relentless on the boards earning extra possessions for his side. McCombs gives up some inches but makes up for it with natural strength and athletic ability.

 

6’2 2020 Xavier Kelser (Team F.L.Y.)- Arguably the most talented and efficient player on this roster the entire weekend, Kelser was the number one scoring option and helped anchor this group to a championship in the process. Kelser scores the ball at all three levels, he’s smooth with the rock, Kelser creates space off the dribble relatively easily and carries confidence as a reliable shot maker. Kelser scored a tough 19 points in the championship game, he found his stroke from deep early on connecting on a pair of three balls early on, from there he went to work in the lane attacking the cup.

 

5’9 2020 Jacquez Smith (Team F.L.Y.)- The other half of this explosive scoring back court, Smith opened the floor up with his shooting ability, he drilled four field goals from behind the arc, Smith possess a quick trigger and a fluid release on his shot. Smith led this team in scoring with 20 points in their championship win, he was fearless with the rock making plays and carving out space. Smith got looks for himself off the dribble and was money on catch and shoot opportunities. Despite a relentless comeback effort, Smith flourished through the pressure and lifted this group whenever they needed a bucket.

 

6’4 2019 Noah Dunn (Greensboro Warriors unsigned)- Arguably the most polished player overall at the entire event, Dunn can score it from anywhere on the floor, he’s a gifted passer and can play multiple positions on both ends. We saw Dunn in the point forward roll bringing the ball up and setting up the offense, he showed off the vision and gifted passing ability. Dunn went into attack mode when the Warriors needed a number one scoring option, he spreads the defense with a reliable shooting stroke, Dunn attacks the paint and mans it with sheer force. Dunn is built tough but still possess the finesse element to his game, he showed poise and solid footwork on the block as well.